Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: NetGalley
Lacey Dawes is a total pro at the talent agency where she works, and it doesn’t hurt that IMO Worldwide Media represents Dante Falcone. The rock god has starred in her fantasies since she was sixteen—and remains her secret crush to this day. So when Dante picks her to be the interim manager on his Dream It tour, Lacey can’t believe her luck. Handling Dante is sure to be the most exquisite, spine-tingling, nerve-wracking mix of business and pleasure ever.
Although Dante is grateful for the adoring fans who scream for one more of his full-throttle, soul-searing songs, being surrounded by a cadre of corporate types backstage is wearing thin. Then Lacey shows up. Yeah, she’s organized, smart, quick to get him what he wants before he knows he wants it—but Dante senses there’s something else going on with sweet, sexy Lacey. One kiss tells him what that “something” might be . . . and makes him hungry for more.
*Blurb from Goodreads*
I have a bit of a soft spot for rock star heroes, so I was pretty excited to pick up this book.
Lacey has loved Dante since the first time she heard his music. She was his biggest fan, so finding out her company is now representing him is almost more than she can handle. Being asked to travel with him and the band has her in a tizzy, trying to balance the professional in her with the fangirl.
Dante loves his music, but the business aspect of being a rock star is starting to wear thin. Something about Lacey is refreshing to him though, so traveling and having her with him is a breath of fresh air. But as the chemistry between them ignites, Lacey’s career is put to the test against their relationship.
I thought the premise of this book had such potential, but found myself being disappointed with the execution. While the writing was good, and the story flowed well, the book felt a little simplistic at times and I found myself growing a bit bored with both the romance and the character development.
I really wanted to like Lacey, but as the story went on, it seemed as if she became more and more immature. Her internal struggle with remaining a professional around Dante, and the screaming teenage fangirl was something that was rehashed page after page, and (IMO) never fully resolved. There were moments, even at the end of the book, where Lacey struggled with reining in the fan and being herself around Dante. It made her character seem so young and immature that I struggled with liking her as the book continued on.
While I enjoyed Dante, I didn’t feel as if we really got a good sense of who he was as an individual. Yes, we got to see his desire to branch out into different kinds of music and wanting to grow as an artist. However, it didn’t seem like we got to spend very much time in his head, so I felt as if I never really knew where he stood with Lacey, their relationship, and his overall career progression.
I think the thing I was most disappointed with in this book was the romance. Between Lacey’s struggle with being herself around Dante, and not a clear picture about Dante’s overall feelings, I couldn’t connect to them as a couple. I think this book had the potential to be a great Cinderella-esque story, but it just didn’t come through for me.
All in all I was disappointed in this rockstar romance from Chance. There wasn’t enough character development with either Dante or Lacey, and I struggled with connecting to both of them and their relationship.
I give Rock It a C