My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lillie is young, pretty and temporarily stuck in a dead-end job she hates. Her breakup with “Married Matt” a year prior has left her more than a little jaded and hesitant to start a new relationship. That changes when she’s out on the town with her best friend, Kate, and meets gorgeous, sexy American rock star, Jed. The chance encounter turns into a whirlwind romance and Lillie finds herself willing to give love another chance. Jed is everything Lillie could ever want in a man and the feeling is more than mutual. When the boys in the band hear Lillie sing, they know they have to recruit Lillie to go with them on tour. Despite overwhelming stage fright, Lillie wows the crowd and becomes a fan favorite. Unfortunately, Lillie’s new life as a rock star and rock star’s girlfriend comes crashing down when she finally learns of the huge secret Jed has been keeping from her.
Gabrielle Aquilina does a great job of detailing what I’d imagine a rock star’s life to be like. From groupies, drugs and heavy drinking to living life constantly on the road while on tour goes to prove a rocker’s life definitely has its drawbacks and potential downfalls. Aquilina also expertly paints a cautionary tale of how falling in love too hard and too fast can certainly leave a young and trusting twenty-something open to some pretty devastating heartbreak – even when it’s a result of a misunderstanding. Lillie’s self-destructive downward spiral is believable and I found myself hoping that things would finally turn out positively for her.
In fact, all of the major characters in How to Catch a (Rock) Star were charming, believable and sympathetic in their own way – which helped me to become immediately emotionally invested in the story.
Kudos to Ms. Aquilina – she’s written an emotionally charged, unique love story with lots of twists, turns, drama and a happy resolution. I can definitely see this book becoming a movie or part of a book series. Highly recommended!
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