Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I Want You to Want Me (Rock Star Romance #2) by Erika Kelly

Derek Valencia finally has the success he’s worked so hard for. His band is touring its debut album and great reviews are rolling in. But when pictures of him tossing naked groupies off a balcony go viral, it’s damage-control time. He’s assigned a “babysitter” whose sole job is to keep him out of trouble.

Violet Davis swore she’d never work in the music industry again, but being a minder for a rock star will earn her enough to pay off the mortgage on her wildflower farm. And for a girl brought up in the foster care system, owning her own home means more to her than anything.

Though at first the two bang heads, the rocker and the farm girl soon grow close and realize that they make sweet music together. But can a girl who craves the stability of life on a farm really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band?

One thing that stood out to me about this book was how sweet Derek was. Derek wasn't the typical rocker. He wasn't a man who would party and do drugs. Derek was a genuine guy who always wanted what was best for his band. I really admired Derek's character in that sense. He was also extremely swoon worthy, which made me happy. 

I liked the main character, Violet. She was a very kind person who never let other people crush her spirits. Violet was very tough, and I enjoyed that about her character. She took a long time to open up to Derek, and I appreciated that. I thought that helped the romance develop at a natural pace. However, sometimes her fears irritated me because she would keep secrets from Derek. I understood that she was scared, but at that point, she should have been able to trust Derek. I felt like a lot of the unnecessary drama could have been cut out if Violet would have had better communication skills. I just wanted to slap some sense into Violet. 

One of the things I didn't like in the book was how Violet came to work for Derek's band. It just seemed so unrealistic that it was hard for me to accept it. Due to that, it took me a little while to get into this book. Also, at some points in the book, I felt like the story dragged a little bit. However, I still enjoyed the book. What I enjoyed the most in the book was the romance. I thought the romance was very cute and steamy at the same time. Erika definitely knew how to make me swoon!

I read this book as a stand-alone, and I do think it could be easily read as a stand-alone. The previous book was referenced, but it was easy to understand what was happening. I did not have a hard time just jumping right into this book. I am looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a sweet and fun romance with some hunky rockers. 

3.5 / 5 Fangs

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*

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