Book Review: Rocked Up by Karina Halle & Scott MacKenzie

Title: Rocked Up
Author: Karina Halle & Scott Mackenzie @MetalBlonde
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 253 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars


Rocked Up is a STANDALONE rockstar romantic comedy and the fun and sexy brainchild of New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle and her husband Scott Mackenzie.

I have been watching him since I was a child.

He didn’t notice me back then and it didn’t matter. Brad Snyder, guitarist and singer for one of the world’s greatest bands, was my entire life.

My father, the CEO of Ramsey Records, takes credit for all of Brad’s success, trying to control him in the same way he’s controlled me.

But I finally get an opportunity to prove myself.

To be wild.

To be free.

Today I’m auditioning to be the replacement bass player for Brad’s band. If I get the job, I’ll go on tour and work with Brad every day, in very close proximity.

There’s only one rule: he’s not allowed to touch the boss’s daughter.

Remember when I said that Brad never used to notice little ol’ me?

Well, Brad’s noticing me now.

In a way that’s going to get us both in trouble.

My name is Lael Ramsey and we all know how this will turn out.

Grace Review


A light and fun rock star romance, with two souls looking to break away and set a new path for themselves, finding love along the way.

This book was a bit different than most rock star romances I’ve read.  Typically, the H is a manwhore, and then meets the virginal h who makes him want to change his ways.  Instead, this story focuses on a man, Brad Snyder, who has risen from nothing to achieve success, but is completely controlled by the man who “discovered” him, Ronald Ramsey

A series of events leads that same man to allow his daughter, Lael, to be the temporary bassist for the band.  What a great dad, right?  Think again!  This guy is a huge a-hole to both Brad and his own daughter.  But Brad and Lael cook up a plan to make this hiring go smoothly, which marks the beginning of their story together.

From the minute Lael strikes a cord, she puts Brad under her spell.  Are those feelings reciprocated?  Most definitely – Lael has had a massive crush on Brad for years, but has matured since her teenage years, and handled herself quite well, all things considered.

The friendship between the two is instant.
The connection builds daily.
That final spark is lightening quick and damn if that didn’t accelerate everything.

I was surprised by the direction of this story.  Where I expected major angst, there wasn’t much.  Instead, you have a man who reprioritizes his life for someone else.  For a good part of the book, I was upset that both Brad and Lael let her dad walk all over them.  But they surprised me near the end.

“Love means everything.  It’s why we sing about it, yes?”

The story focuses on the cleaner side of the music industry – I would have liked a bit more of the dirty side of the business (drugs and women are mentioned, but it was not in any detail).  On the flip side, I did enjoy the wild shenanigans that Brad and Lael got themselves into – Rattlesnake Valley.

This was a unique collaboration between this established romance author with her husband.  Going into this book, I knew very little about the collaboration, but what I can say as a reader, is that the collaboration was seamless.  I really couldn’t identify who wrote what part, although I would guess that Scott wrote the male POV.  But that doesn’t matter one way or another.  The book flows from chapter to chapter and I couldn’t tell when the two authors switched up, which is a good thing, imo.

Overall, this story was entertaining, sweet and sexy.  If you are looking for a fun read with mild angst, check this one out.

Final note: While this has been promoted as a Romantic Comedy, but it is a Contemporary Romance, imo.  Not much in the way of laughs, not sure why that sub-genre was selected.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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