Rock King Review
Title: Rock King (Nothing But Trouble, #1)
Author: Tara Leigh
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: Forever Yours
I’m not who you think I am.
Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that’s what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But what you don’t see is the wreckage I’ve caused. The memories and pain I can’t escape, even when I pour them into music and spin them into gold.
I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn’t work. It hurt me and - worse - it hurt my band. That’s the last thing I want to do, so I’m cleaning up my act… starting with Delaney Fraser.
Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice - Delaney is the perfect “girlfriend.” When I’m with her I don’t have to pretend. It’s like she sees the real me. And I can see a future with her. But that’s dangerous. Because the truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn’t actually exist. He’s a shield to hide who I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict. Murderer.
And it’s impossible to love a lie, right?
This entire book is oozing angst and self-deprecation. The plot moved at a somewhat slow pace but it still kept me intrigued enough to keep reading.
I really liked Shane and Delaney. They were well written and enjoyable characters. They were both dealing with heartbreaking pasts that just made me ache for them. I liked that Delaney was self-confident and didn’t let Shane or Travis push her around. I also liked the fact that Shane wasn’t some spoiled alpha rock star. Yes, he was used to getting his way but he wasn’t obnoxious about it. And he wasn’t overly assertive. He walked the line perfectly (hehe, get it? Walk the Line?).
The chemistry was instantaneous between Shane and Delaney but they didn’t jump each other’s bones right away- which I liked. Their connection was like a live wire or “kindling mere seconds from bursting into flames”. They were explosive together. I loved watching their back and forth- their push and pull.
The secrets and the self-deprecation got to be a little redundant after a while. It was hard to read over and over again how much they loathed themselves. Some plot points were dragged on needless while others were resolved quickly. It was a little strange at some points. It didn’t distract too much from the story but it did make me stop a few times.
I also wasn’t too fond of the ending. It wrapped up too easily and did not make too much sense. I don’t know much about how courts work but (without giving any spoilers away) it didn’t seem all that believable.
Overall, I enjoyed it but it felt like it was missing something- I just can’t put my finger on what the ‘it’ was. Maybe it was because it did not seem all that believable to me. I’m not sure. However, I do think it is worth reading. Especially if you enjoyed Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series,