Book Review: Rock by JA Huss

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Title: Rock
Author: @JAHuss
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
My American Dream just shattered and they think I did it on purpose. They have sentenced me to hell by sending me back to the last place I want to be. They have people watching me twenty-four-seven. They want the truth about how my band mates died, and they’re going to get it, no matter what.

No matter how hard I fight. No matter how many times I deny it. No matter what it takes, the truth is going to catch up with me.

I am Rowan Kyle Saber. I am RK. I am Rock. Ex-lead-singer for Son of a Jack. Ex-addict, ex-friend, ex-boyfriend, ex-brother… and presently in denial.

Welcome to Grand Lake, Colorado, where all my nightmares started. Welcome to the past. Welcome to the present. Welcome to RK’s fucked up life.

The only thing holding me together is her. But even that might be a lie.

Grace Review

I went into this book blind.  Trusting Julie to give me something special.
Then I read the prologue.

“Wait a flipping minute!  What the hell is this book about?”
*reads synopsis*

This book slowly unfolds as Rowan Kyle “RK”, aka Rock, returns to his home town.  It’s what he faces there and how it is revealed, that had my mind reeling.  I should have expected this author to bring in the mind fuckery, but I was simply not prepared.
*reads synopsis again*

What can I tell you about this book?  Not much.  And I don’t mean that in a bad way.  This is one of those books that you should go into blind.  Spoilers will absolutely ruin the reading experience for this story.  So not matter on whether you read the synopsis, or how many times you read it, you won’t really know what you are getting into until you dig in.  And that’s what makes the story special. Just like I expected.

“If I close my eyes, “I say into her mouth, “I can pretend you’re her.”
“Close them,” she pants back, her breathing kicked up, her chest heaving.  “I am her.”

What I can tell you, is that there are two mysteries early on in the story.  At first, I was very leery of RK.  Was he really responsible for everything that happened, not once, but twice? The first mystery is solved relatively early.  It made me question the heroine and I didn’t really connect with her through the story.  Maybe because her explanation of the past didn’t sit well with me.  Maybe because her change of heart was odd.  But lucky for her, RK is very forgiving.

The second mystery involved RK and his band.  This one took more time to develop. While RK’s condition wasn’t fully revealed, we eventually get the missing pieces in what happened that fateful night that changed his life once again.  Looking back, I wish RK’s friends and family were more upfront with him and what they were doing. It didn’t seem right to take such drastic chances when lives were at stack.

Other than the suspense of this story, which you should already know, is the author’s forte, there were plenty of sizzling moments between RK and the heroine(yes, I’m purposely not mentioning her name).  There a bit a of love/hate between them, making everything that much more intense.

This story isn’t your typical rock band romance.  The music is there to guide RK when needed, but this story is about recovery and moving forward, forgetting past mistakes and letting go.  If you are looking for a uniquely unpredictable story, look no further.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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