Title: ROCKIN' THE HEART
Author: Gracen Miller
Publication Date: 23rd January 2014
Source: e-ARC provided for the purpose of a review on this tour
If music nourishes the soul…
Loved by millions, but shunned by blood, Heath “Fang” Fangor has led his band, Hot Wired, to the top while others have fallen by the wayside. He devoted his life to music, and from that devotion harvested a new family—his band mates and fans.
A man can desire nothing else…or can he?
Living in the shadow of her brother’s fame sucks! Sam Collins is desperate to have what she wants—a simple and uncomplicated life. She’s no stranger to scandals and how they work. Now that she’s inadvertently dragged Fang into the center of her latest gossip, could the scandal she created in her quest for freedom have gone too far?
Amid stardom the heart stages a new melody…
Fang has more fame and fortune than he will ever need, but none of that matters if he can’t have the woman of his dreams. Years have been wasted waiting for the right moment to approach the woman his heart desires above all others. There’s just one major problem...she’s his best friend’s sister. To have her, he will have to risk it all.
One that might be responsible for Rockin the Heart!
Heath was a rock star god. The tight lines fanning outward from his silver eyes classified him as a pissed off rock star god.
“Wanna tell me what you did this time to get the platinum treatment?” He indicated the jail cell, while ramming his fingers through his shaggy, jet-black hair.
Preferring to shrink into the shadows and avoid a confrontation with him, Sam took a deep breath and rose from the bench. She stepped away from the metal seat to draw closer to the bars dividing them.
She’d expected her brother, Jason—Jase—to ride to her rescue. Like always. Her foundation. Predictable. Dependable. Rattled by her sibling’s abandonment, she ogled the skull on Heath’s shirt, mortification overwhelming her.
If Heath was Jase’s replacement, then he’d been serious when he said ‘don’t call me the next time you’re arrested.’ She’d assumed he yelled that in anger. She was surprised he’d bothered to offer aid at all.
Gut hollow at her brother’s desertion, she cleared the ache out of her throat and asked, “Can’t you just bail me out and we’ll forget this ever happened?”
Knowing he wouldn’t go for that suggestion, Sam swallowed hard and shuffled her feet. Disappointing Jase was one thing, but letting Heath down was an entirely different matter. She’d crushed on the man since her tenth birthday when he’d given her a heart-shaped jewelry box. Didn’t matter he’d been too old for her at a mature fourteen. That infatuation hadn’t waned with age either, but only grown stronger. Not that he showed her a stitch of interest. To him, she was nothing more complicated than a kid sister.
His digits curled around one of the bars. The tattoo lettering on his left knuckles fit his current disposition—ired. On the other hand the letters H-O-T-W graced his knuckles. If read together, they spelled out the name of his band: Hot Wired.
“Not this time, Samantha.”
She cringed. The only time he broke out her full name was when he was upset or disappointed with her.
“You been drinking?”
“You know I haven’t.” Just shy of twenty-one, in her world getting liquor wasn’t an issue. Neither was alcohol her preferred drug of choice.
She rolled her eyes, the question too stupid to warrant a response.
“This type of publicity is bad news for the band.” She’d heard that one before. None of her recklessness damaged Hot Wired’s career. Not that she sought to hinder their mega stardom. She wasn’t that selfish, she just struggled with controlling her impulses on occasion.
Therapy failed to help. Yelling spawned further rebellion.
Living under the umbrella of the band’s fame grew tiresome. Her life should be her own, to live however she pleased. Weary of the media hounding her, she craved going back to a time when nobody knew her name. A normal life like when she’d been a kid.
She’d grown up on daydreams of the band making it to the big times. They won the lottery of recording deals, while Sam discovered stardom came at a high price. Along with that knowledge came the freebie of all lessons…fantasies were often better than reality. The last time she’d visited the mall without a trail of vipers eager to report her purchases she’d been fifteen.
Was it too much to ask to have a date the world didn’t scrutinize? Even the loss of her virginity made headline news. That act should’ve come with the expectation of privacy. Thanks to the tabloids, Jase almost burst a blood vessel over that exploitation.
Once she’d picked her nose in public on purpose because a rag-reporter stalked her. Scratched her butt on another occasion. Gave them something to write. Those were the photographs and articles that gave her incentive to laugh.
“The only reason they’re not pressing charges is because of Jase.”
“Thanks for the reminder.” Along with it came the reminder that her brother sent Heath instead of coming himself.
Despite the news-hounds, she got out of a lot of shit thanks to her brother’s identity. This incident would be all over the rags and Internet before morning.
‘Hot Wired’s drummer’s sister is at it again!’ They’d go on to paint her wild and immoral comportment.
Have at it you fucks. Can’t hurt me any more than you already have, but what about the band?
Distance from Hot Wired would aid all of them. She’d get her peace of mind back, and they’d be devoid of the rebel-rouser in their group.
She’d mentioned changing her last name and moving back to their Southern roots in the small Alabama town where she’d been born. Jase had gone bat-shit crazy at the suggestion and went on and on about how their parents would be rolling over in their grave at her abandoning the family name.
The name-change idea had been discarded. Swept under the rug like a dust bunny never to be spoken of again.
Torn between two worlds, Sam was suffocating. Living with someone she couldn’t have in a world where she didn’t belong.
She sank back down onto the bench and lay down on the uncomfortable metal, staring at the ceiling. “Go away, Heath. I’m not in the mood for a lecture.”
A sigh came from him, followed by a long pause. She anticipated he’d argue, but she focused on the water spot marring the tiled ceiling and prepared herself to fight back.
The sound of his retreating boots hitting concrete echoed in the room. His exit surprised her, but relieved her too. Faced with his disappointment, she vowed again she’d terminate her criminal behavior.
She settled the backside of her wrist against her forehead. She made that promise to herself often and botched the good intentions each time.
After a moment, a new set of footsteps approached the cell. Even with her eyes closed she determined the intruder wasn’t Heath. In a room full of guests, she could identify his gait. Heath’s solid steps and long stride made for a unique swagger that bespoke his self-confidence. Celebrated his rocker status. Watching him walk compared to admiring art. Ogling his ass as he strode away…eye-gasms.
This individual’s fast-paced walk reminded her of the peppered rounds of gunfire. She waited for the person to speak. The clink of metal striking metal and locks disengaging snagged her attention. She turned her head. The thirty-something deputy swung the cell-door open. “You’re free to go, Ms. Collins.”
Sam rolled off the bench and grinned at the officer as she sidled past him. She’d bragged as they booked her that they wouldn’t hold her long and the charges wouldn’t stick.
In the lobby, Heath waited for her with his hands shoved in his jeans pocket. His shaggy-butchered hair shadowed his eyes, doing a good job of hiding his expression, but the hard line of his jaw indicated he’d married his irritation. Lectures were sure to come.
Looking at him, no one would guess he rocked the panties off chicks worldwide. With his long-sleeved, pull-over black shirt, sporting a white skull, his snug well-worn jeans and scuffed boots, he appeared as average as any hard American worker.
That’s what I need to warm my cold bed. Average. Not my brother’s best friend and rock star god.
There was nothing average about Heath Fangor—Fang to his band mates and the world. Neither would he seduce her. Not even as a one-time gig. The man and his fucked up principals…or maybe they were her fucked up principals because she couldn’t say for sure if she’d enter into a one-night-stand with him if he begged for one. She wanted more, and a one-nighter would be difficult to live with.
“Thanks for the bail out, Fang.” She breezed past him with all intention of snubbing him, but he caught her arm. He held on tight, giving her a warning glare when she tried to jerk free.
“Don’t be ungrateful, brat.” He towed her toward the elevator.
“Thanks for the autograph, Fang!” She glanced back at the deputy who’d released her from the cell. He waved a piece of paper at them, grinning ear-to-ear.
Heath shoved her into the lift. The moment the doors shut, he slammed his palms down on either side of her head. Sam sucked in a breath, her eyes frozen on his sexy-ass mouth. The bottom lip was slightly puffier than the top, nice and pink, and wet. He’d probably licked them, which explained the sheen. She had naughty fantasies with them as the star of the show navigating her body. The damage she suspected they could accomplish created a slippery situation in her panties.
A slight tilt of his lips before he said, “Eyes on mine.”
She refocused and locked onto his silver gaze. The accusations she saw there struck her like a blow to the gut. Looking away would be easier, but Heath had a way of holding her to a higher level with just a penetrating stare. His expectations were tall, and she despised him for having such grand aspirations for her.
“What’s gotten into you? Base diving—”
“That was fun. You should try it.”
“—bar brawls, knifing chicks in Miami—”
“Hey! I was found innocent of that allegation!”
Elevating his eyebrows, he called her statement a lie without uttering a word.
“—and now you’re adding grand theft auto to your long list of offenses.”
I really don't know where to start my review or what to say. This book totally knocked my socks off. I have been looking forward to it for ages and am lucky enough to be able to be part of the blog tour. I know this book was called 'Rockin' The Heart' for other reasons but, truly, it rocked MY heart. It was a full-on emotion coaster. I love how it's told from a mixture of POV's, it allowed me insight into each character - so much so that I hope Gracen will release a book for each individual character. This is mainly Sam and Heath's story. The next one will be Sam's brother Jase's story.
The way this book was written was nothing short of amazing. I was instantly hooked like a junkie looking for my next fix. I stayed awake late at night to finish reading and didnt go to bed until after 1am this morning (19th Jan) - I was so caught up in the story that I really needed to know how it ended before I lay my head down to sleep.
One thing I will tell you straight now is, I am a HEATH girl and NOT a FANG whore!!
Fang is a rock GOD and I won't try to say he's not but Heath is such an amazing man. When he's not being his alter-ego, he is so real and tangible, I felt like I could reach out and touch him.I won't tell you what the story is about because that's not what you're really here for. You're here for my opinion. Well if this first Goodreads status is anything to go by, I think this book may truly be one of my all time favourites.
"This book is totally amazing. Gracen Miller has the ability to deliver the most enthralling story and pepper it with sweetness, vulnerability and red hot sexiness! I want my own real life Heath - not the Fang the world sees, but the man behind the alter-ego. This story is fast-paced, exciting and has me turning the pages almost faster than I can read them!"
This book touched me in so many ways. I connected with Sam and how she felt about Heath and then when I read things from Heath's POV it was so easy to fall in love with him, and how he felt about Sam was so beautiful. I could see why he owned Sam's heart. Sam is sassy, feisty, and reckless. Fang is sexy as Hell, a rock God and a bit of a man-whore. Can they tame each other's wilder side and bring each other a love like no other? There's a chance that Sam's brother Jase will screw it all up. He's jealous and bitter that his best friend and sister decide to embark on a relationship. Could he throw a spanner in the works and tear apart what they have built so carefully? The answers to these questions lie within the pages so you'll have to read it to find out.
My last GR status as I finished the book said this:
"What an amazing, un-putdownable, highly entertaining read. I am a Heath girl, not a Fang whore but I must say, I want Keys and Derringer to find HEAs. I love those boys. Jason? He's a rat bastard but I forgive him. I want him to get a HEA too. I was sad-crying, then laughing, then happy-crying. What an ending. Talk about rockin' the heart, Gracen Miller just rocked mine!"
In my honest opinion, Gracen Miller is an absolutely awesome author. You can just tell that she poured her heart and soul into this story. I am so honoured to have read and early copy and I am so grateful to Gracen - not just for writing the story, but for creating Heath. I know 2014 is barely under way but any book I read this year will have a lot to match up to. This is the best book I have read for a long time - it's fast-paced, highly entertaining and utterly absorbing. When you're with Sam and Heath, there is nowhere else better on earth. The secondary characters, Keys, Derringer and Jase are all so awesome in their own ways. Jase is a rat bastard at times but I can't wait to read his story and get to know what's behind the facade. Keys and Derringer are so supportive of Sam and they care about her and want to protect her, even if at times it's from her own brother.
If you're looking for something to really sink your teeth into, then this is the book for you. I will be honest, it made me cry - but that just means that Gracen did an awesome job of getting me to really fall into the story and fall head first in love with Heath! This book has it all; there's passion, intensity, drama, amazing sex scenes and best of all, a storyline you can't help but be sucked in by. From the first word to the last, this book blew me away!!
Thank you Gracen for being so amazing!
Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and blending coffee and writing together generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs. To learn more about Gracen and her writing or to leave her a comment, visit her at the following sites:
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There are moments in a person’s life that defines them and alters their future forever. Some are the basic ones, like marriage, the birth of a child or the loss of a loved one. In 6th grade I had a life changing moment when my English teacher, Mrs. Syler, gave us a homework assignment where we had to write a play.
Being the drama oriented twelve year old, I was panic-stricken by the assignment and was sure I’d flunk. I’d never written anything before and wasn’t sure where I’d get a creative spark from. That afternoon I trudged into my mother’s workplace and sat down in my cubbyhole and worked on homework, saving the dreaded English homework for last.
With math and I don’t remember what else out of the way, I opened my English spiral-bound notebook. I stared at the lawn of the well-manicured golf course—my mother worked at the local country club as a waitress—and before I knew it ideas surfaced. I set pen to paper and a whole new world opened up for me.
At first it was a story about Atlantis rising from the ocean to take over the world. They were evil of course because what else would powerful beings do but take over the world?
I had the best time writing the Atlantis play! The next day I returned to school with my play and we had to share our story with everyone in class. The class voted on their favorite three to act out by classmates. Mine was one of the three picked by the class. I was shocked that my peers liked my story, but I was excited too.
That one story opened up a whole new world for me. It gave my imagination freedom to spawn and grow. I’ve been addicted to writing ever since. I wrote stories and poetry all through high school, but didn’t get serious about writing a book until my early thirties.
Do you have a defining moment in your life that changed the course of your future?
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