Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review of Cupid Rocks by Francesca Hawley

When her parents’ rock band The Pack performs at Zach’s bar, Mandy discovers her True Mate, Joe Blackwolf, the band’s lead singer and guitarist. All she has to do now is convince Joe that she told a little white lie to make her mom happy, her father that rock musicians aren’t all alike, and her new mate’s family that rockers aren’t all that different from classical musicians.
Joe Blackwolf is celebrating his fortieth birthday. And what he wishes for when he blows out the candles is to find his True Mate. He succeeds when he meets Mandy Goldwolf. Problem is…she belongs to someone else. Finding out the truth leaves him free to explore every inch of her smokin’ hot curves, but now Joe and Mandy are neck deep in overbearing relatives and everyone is in for a rockin’ Valentine’s Day.


As a fan of the paranormal genre and stories with rock star characters I found myself immediately drawn to this story, but upon the conclusion I was left a bit disappointed.  The writing was well done with an eclectic cast of characters set in the realistically portrayed world of rock music and all the sexuality oozing from that world.  What fell a bit short for me was the paranormal part of the story which was barely touched upon.  These are various families of werewolves with all the power that entails however, with the exception of one scene, you would never know the characters are werewolves.  The melodrama that surrounds the h/h is on a more mundane/human level.  We see jealousy, addiction, and father/son issues.  It's only through talking and a sharing of secrets, not brawn, that a HEA is achieved.

Mandy is tired of the pressure her mother puts on her to find a Mate so she enlists the help of her best friend Zach to get her off her back but is shocked to discover that the new guitar player is in fact the Mate her mother's always wanted her to find.  What starts out as a little white lie soon turns into a scene from a soap opera as the truth is slowly revealed and Mandy must adjust to what it means to have a True Mate, one who hears your every little thought.  I never really warmed up to Mandy as I found her to be a bit of a spoiled brat in her early dealings with Joe.  She wanted to be the constant center of attention and threw a fit when she wasn't.  Using her friend Zach early on and then later to create jealousy also lessened her likability for me and has me hoping Zach will eventually find someone much more worthy of his loyalty.

Joe is super sexy and rocks not only the stage but the bedroom too. He has lots of emotional baggage stemming from a cheating ex to an extremely exacting and judgmental father that kept me intrigued and hoping that a new love will give him the support he needs to put these hurts behind him.  Meeting his father you can't help but admire Joe's openness and vitality since his father was cold and unyielding. He's never afraid to show his emotions and never played petty sexual games to keep Mandy by his side.

It's through the power of music that these different families bond and where old hurts are put right,  the latter half of the story was a smorgasbord of music and musical terms that eventually led to a picture perfect HEA where everyone was happy.  Along the way are numerous hot and heavy sexual interludes between the h/h that are well-written and immensely satisfying.  The whole story ends up being entertaining but not quite perfect.  As this is my first book by Ms. Hawley, I'm intrigued enough by Cupid Rocks that I'll definitely check out more books from this talented writer.

My rating for this is a B.

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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