Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Tour for Rock Star by Stacey Kennedy (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Rockstar romances are among my favorites and when you add in the reuniting of high school loves you end up with a charming read that leaves me giddy.  The book I'm introducing you to today is just one in a series of five books revolving around a high school reunion and the lives that will be forever altered because of the event.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rock Star by Stacey Kennedy, and learn even more about it by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, along with getting my impressions of this heartwarming read.  In honor of this fifth installment in the Bad Boy Homecoming series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Rock Star mug and a $50 Amazon GC too!

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.
Veterinarian, Rae Evans expects to attend a dreadful ten-year high school reunion. Instead, she’s confronted by a past she’s never gotten over. The love of her life, Travis Walker, has returned to Catfish Creek, and the now-famous rock star wants only three things: Her. Naked. And screaming his name.
Fresh off his last world tour, Travis has returned to town to get a dose of reality. With fame casting a superficial cloud over Travis’s life, he’s scrambling to stay afloat. He needs an anchor, and Rae is that for him. But as he finds himself, he’s determined to remind Rae of the heat that once burned between them.
Before they know it, their one hot night is three, and soon, just like ten years ago, Travis holds the strings to Rae’s heart. But Rae’s not that young girl who watched her high school sweetheart race off to become famous. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and realizes when a man needs her. She just has to decide if she should put the past on repeat, or walk away from it forever.


The band played the perfect song. Something a little sexy and slow, keeping her hips swaying perfectly with his. He did nothing to shield his erection, but one look into her eyes told him that was all right. With her breasts pressed against his chest, her cheeks a little pink now, he noticed the heat in the depths of her gaze. He’d recognize it anywhere. That fire felt like it belonged to him—always had, always would. Yet in the past, she’d shy away from that desire. Now, he noted how she firmly held his gaze, telling him she wasn’t the young lover he once had.
“How long are you staying in town?” she asked, in an obvious attempt to divert their attention away from his cock.
“Just tonight.” He stroked his thumb over the back of her hand, keeping her as close as he could, inhaling her flowery scent that had faded from his memory. “I fly out bright and early in the morning."
“Only tonight?” She shot him a questioning glance. “You came all the way here from New York just for the reunion?"
“You seem surprised."
She shrugged, seemingly unaffected when another couple bumped into her, her interest obviously centered on him. “Seems like a long way to come for only a few hours."
A very good point, indeed. “Well, you see, that brings us to my story.” He sent her out, twirling her around before bringing her in close again and returning the smile she gave him. “But I think we need to go back even further for you to truly understand."
“Go on,” she said, watching him closely.
He paused, collecting his thoughts, then he began. “You’ll never hear me complain about my life. I have far more than I probably deserve."
“That’s a good thing,” she said firmly, even as a playful grin teased her lips. “You have a pretty amazing life, and you’d better not complain to me about all the fabulous trips you get to take around the world, or you might lose a tooth."
He chuckled but leaned in, calling her out. “And how do you know so much about my life? Reading up on me?"
“A little,” she admitted.
That’s what he liked most about Rae. She was honest, through and through. The fact that she followed his life could bite him in the ass later, but at this point, there was no going back, so he pushed the conversation along. “So, then you know that I have a very good life. I travel. I stay in fancy hotels. I eat at amazing restaurants. I never have to lift a finger. I have everything that anyone should want."
Her eyes searched his. “But it’s not the life you want?"
Of course, she caught on. He didn’t expect otherwise. That’s why he’d come to the reunion—to be with someone who truly knew him. “It’s not that I don’t want the life I live,” he explained gently. “It’s that something is missing. Something very important."
“Which is?"
“The guy I used to be."
She began nibbling her lip like she used to do in high school when she became confused. “What do you mean?"
“I can have anything I want, Rae. There is nothing that’s not available to me.” He slid his hand along her spine, pulling her in closer, leaving no room between them. “But the guy I was when we were together…I don’t know him anymore."
Her eyes softened, and her voice grew quiet. “That’s really kinda sad, Travis."
“It is what it is.” He shrugged, not wanting to get stuck on the things he couldn’t change. “My manager told me that I’d been invited to the reunion and saw it as a business opportunity. But I saw it as a personal one."
The song shifted to something faster, and the crowd began to fill the dance floor, bumping into his back. He refused to let her go, holding her tightly against him. “Do you want to know the real reason I came to the reunion tonight?"
“Yes,” she said, a little breathlessly.
“I came to relive the past, Rae.” He released her hand, wrapping his other arm around her and bringing his mouth close to hers. “That’s the only reason I’m here. I want to remember what it’s like to be with a woman who knows the real me.” He was encouraged by her shiver. An involuntary movement that spoke of her willingness to give him all that he wanted and more.
Hot and hard, he dropped his head into her neck, inhaled the subtle hints of her flowery perfume, and said into her ear, “We have a chance that many people don’t get. To go back and feel what we felt before.” He dragged his nose across her neck in the way he knew she liked, feeling her quiver under his hands. “Tomorrow, our lives will return to normal. Nothing will have changed. You’ll live here, entirely focused on your clinic and your life, and I’ll live mine in New York. Tonight’s our one free pass to dip into the past, and I want to take it. Because tonight, Rae”—he brushed his lips across her neck, and a soft moan escaped her mouth as he murmured—“I want one more taste of you."
She gasped and stepped back, blinking rapidly. “I…sorry, excuse me. I need to get some air.” Then those pretty pink cheeks and wide, excited eyes were gone, her dress trailing behind her as she ran for the door.
Travis shoved his hands into the pockets of his suit and grinned. He didn’t mind hunting her, it sweetened his reward.





Readers looking for a bit of afternoon delight will get just that with this tale of former high school loves who let each other go in pursuit of their dreams. Though they both found success, one as a rock star and the other as a veterinarian, they haven't found fulfillment in their personal lives and it's clear they've both been wondering what-if.  When a high school reunion gives them that opportunity sparks will fly as old feelings come rushing back to the surface in this sweet and sentimental story.

Travis and Rae were once each other's world until they parted company to pursue their individual dreams.  Scenes from their past are seamlessly woven into a narrative that finds them reuniting for a whirlwind re-connection that's erotic yet sentimental.  While Travis's life seems to be perfect with a music career that has him adored by all it's also left him feeling lost and alone.  Rae was once his muse and the years without her have felt hollow, in front of thousands he still feels alone.  His career has begun to feel like a job, full of obligations that he's beginning to resent.  He's returned home though to right a wrong and ask her the question that he should have long ago.  Travis is a sexy rock star who wears his heart on his sleeve.  He left a boy and returned a man, ready to claim her after wrapping her up in a sensual haze that ends before it's barely begun.

Rae's always been the more serious of the two, more focused and willing to make the hard choices.  Where Travis sees compromise, she sees heartbreak.  After sending him away all those years ago she quickly realized the mistake she made, keeping track of his life and dreaming of what could have been.  Seeing his success convinced here that she made the right choice despite it being a lie.  When Travis returns home she discovers their separation broke him just as much as it did her and for the short time they have together she'll do all she can to help him find his heart and soul again despite the heartbreak it might cause her once again.  Their time together is combustible and full of decadent temptations that she finds herself getting addicted to.  When their time is up she'll be left deciding what truly defines happiness and satisfaction in an ending full of introspection and lessons learned.

This is a quick read full of sensuality and sentimentality in the heartwarming reunion between two people meant to be together.  Their erotic encounters were nicely paced and balanced with sweet and nostalgic moments that had me rooting for them.  Interspersed with their romance were glimpses of other romances from other books in this series that have me wanting to read them next.  On a whole, while the premise is familiar, there's comfort to be found in that and in this tale full of charm with an ending that will pull at your heartstrings.

My rating for this is B+

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


Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee…strong and hot!


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