Book Review: How to Reprimand your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn

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Title: How to Reprimand your Rock Star
Author: Mina Vaughn
Genre: New Adult, BDSM, Humor
Length: 280 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

In this fun and saucy romance novel, all-star college basketball player Thea dominates on the courts—and off—with a rock star who is determined to win her over.

Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind…

Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and enticing ways, he seems to know everything about her. But some of his actions cross the line, and Keaton needs to be punished. Will Thea keep her head in the game, or get distracted by her other favorite pastime—reprimanding her rock star?

My Review
Did you read the synopsis and scratched your head, not sure what to think about this book?  I did.
A hot British bad boy rock star falling for a freshman basketball phenom?  With a BDSM backstory?  Whaaaaaaaat?

It’s a crazy, unrealistic, amazingly fun read!

Reading about Keaton, the rock star and “Heartbreaker of the Century”, I was totally expecting one thing, only to get something completely different.  On his chance meeting with Thea, he immediately makes a connection with her.  She’s not the typical groupie.  Hell, she doesn’t even know who he is, which for him, is freshening.  What makes this book different than other insta-love books is that he senses something he is eager to explore, a dominance he wants to submit to.  She is his Goddess.

“I’ve been waiting for a girl like her, you know, “ he said over my head toward the newcomers. “A fiery, wild goddess who doesn’t give a fig who I am.”

Thea has hit a confidence bump on the road to her “Rookie of the Year”.  Her coach and team are doubting her.  But meeting Keaton becomes a life altering experience, literally.  She’s a college freshman, not exactly who you’d expect to become a Domme.  His encouragement for her to take control wakes up a part of her she never knew existed.

This may sound strange, but given Thea’s age, I liked the innocence of her introduction into the kinky world.  And that’s where the book title comes from.  Scarlett, the basketball team’s landlord also happens to have a little side business, one involving whips and bondage.  Scarlett is the one who brings Thea into the BDSM world, teaching her how to become a Domme and tame her wild rocker.  I thought Scarlett was an excellent mentor, slowly teaching Thea without throwing too much at her.  She lets Thea assimilate through a voyeuristic way and let her control when she was ready to try new things for herself.  I also liked how she offered Thea guidance when she struggled with her confidence.  And she has a nice protective side, second guessing Keaton’s intentions and not wanting to see Thea get hurt.

I loved how the whole storyline connected together.  As Thea slowly learned the lifestyle, she finds the benefits of control throughout her everyday life, and even more important for her, when playing basketball.

Someone lifted the lid on the glass jar and let the air back into the room. The brightness of the lights dimmed and the sound of the crowd’s roar had little effect on my ears.
It was my body and I could control it the way I wanted.

Thea, as our narrator, is a fun guide through this new world.  She’s smart but willing to take risks and enjoy herself.  While she has some brief moments of self-doubt, she is able to reign back the control and stay focused, making her a likable heroine.  A rare feat.  Even though there would be reason to doubt the Heartbreaker of the Century, he proves time and time again that he is 100% committed to Thea.  While he offers her guidance and encouragement, you can truly see how much he enjoys her taking control.  The banter between them is both fun and sexy.  This unlikely pair seem to make it work.

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Callie is the ultimate best friend.
“Dude, I minutely poisoned myself on your behalf. The least you could do is tell me you’ve arranged for at least my ticket and orgy.”

And as the role as best friend, she is the cheerleader/supporter of Thea’s budding romance with the rock star.  The two of them have a fun relationship that adds humor to an already fun story.
“Wasn’t Rome known for their orgies?” I joked.
She fanned herself. “Don’t get me started. I read some Julius Caesar fan fiction last week that would-“

Coming into this book with some hesitancy, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  With a bizarre but fun storyline, likable characters, humor and sexy times, this book would really make a great movie.  It’s got the dialogue and quirkiness to stand out in a sea of other romance movies.  But until someone agrees with me and gives this author a contract, this is a great summertime read.

“My future is on the line. I am not to be fucked with right now.”
He smiled and tossed me the tape. “I needed to see that fire again, Goddess. Thank you for burning so bright.”

*An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.



Author Bio


Kink with a wink! Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she’s not writing her unique brand of fun smut, she’s plundering Sephora for any pin up girl makeup she can find. Mina’s debut novel, an erotic comedy entitled How to Discipline Your Vampire is about a punishment-seeking vampire who meets a quirky Domme with a serious role play fetish, available now from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star. How to Reprimand Your Rock Star, a sexy New Adult contemporary romance about a basketball phenom and a world-famous rocker, arrives Summer 2014. How to Punish Your Playboy arrives Spring 2015.


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