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Made the Grade: Rock Candy Series, Book 1 | #BookReview @virnadepaul

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 1643 KB | Release Date: June 22, 2015 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon

"Rock Strong" [Rock Candy Series, Book 1] by Virna DePaul

Author's Book Description : Book 1 in the Rock Candy series (a spin-off of the Say You Love Me series!)

**Note: "Rock Strong" released June 22, 2015, under the title "Say It Strong" but has been rebranded to ROCK!

I’ve seen and done it all—sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, and then some. I’ve made the cover of Rolling Stone. I’ve won Best Rock Performance at the Grammy’s. I’m living a life of fame, wild tours, crazy money, and insanely hot women. But the one woman I can’t get is prim and proper cellist, Abby Chan—gorgeous, natural, talented as all sin. The first time we met, I knew we would be something special. She’s not convinced, but I am.

Now I’m going to prove she’s all the woman a wild man like me will ever need…


Liam Collier, sexy and enigmatic frontman for Point Break, the world’s hottest rock band, is at the top of his game. With two songs in the Billboard Top 10, he’s a rock-and-roll bad boy, known for his trademark falsetto as well as his proclivity for partying and hooking up with gorgeous women. For Liam, falling in love was something he figured would happen far off in the future—not on the first day of his first world tour. And not with his super sexy but extremely reserved background cellist.

With a Master of Music degree from Juilliard School of Music, Abby Chan is on the road to becoming a cellist for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. But to pay back her expensive education, first she has to travel another kind of road—a gig playing cello for the North American leg of a garish rock band’s world tour. She’d expected hard work and long hours, but what she never expected was the intensity of her reactions to Liam Collier. He’s sweet. He’s hot. And despite being surrounded by roadies and the world’s most beautiful women, he’s set his sights on her.

When classical music meets rock and prim propriety meets a carefree attitude, Abby and Liam venture outside their comfort zones. What they discover is that living wild is the perfect preparation for flying high—on love.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, Juilliard graduate Abby’s (Abigail/Ab) longtime goal is to be a part of the NY Philharmonic. Therefore when she gets the chance to audition she is beyond thrilled, but until then she needs a way to make money so her friend helps her get a gig to be a part of Point Break’s string section for the summer. That first night Abby meets Liam, who’s the lead singer of Point Break, and both of their future desires instantly change. Yet time will only tell if those changes will be for the better or not.

Okay … I’ll be straight with you … I REALLY liked Liam and Abby, along with the other members of Point Break. It is ONLY because I liked the characters that I stuck with this novel because, without trying to give anything away, while the storyline might portray “insta romance” both Abby & Liam have reservations which in turn gets them to behaving badly. Badly enough that while some readers might feel Liam’s choices are fine, other readers might be disgruntled with the decisions Liam & Abby make. I was on the disgruntled side, I mean I get why Liam did what he did and though it wasn’t that bad I wish he hadn’t done it. I WISH what does happen wasn’t the big dilemma in this novel, though what happens gives this novel a more realistic feel to it.

Nevertheless, as I already stated, I did really like Abby & Liam together. Though they seem to be opposites, they have many similarities that draws them together too. I was rooting for them from the beginning. Then with Liam’s punk cowboy-ness and Abby’s classy staunchness, I found them to be an odd match made in heaven.

I do recommend this novel to those looking for a realistic-ish contemporary rockstar romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Amazon (Kindle) USD : Rock Dirty (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Rock Wild (Book 3)

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Book Teaser(s) :
I thought that was it---he'd be gone without another look my way.
But just as he was heading off with Helen leading the way, he turned and walked backward, connecting that amazing smile with my hopeful, grateful eyes once again. He kissed two fingertips and raised them in the air toward me. A moment was all it took to understand what women the world over saw in him---the hot, chiseled body, the handsome face, the sorcerer of kissery...
Embarrassingly, though, I was one of them now. ~ within Chapter 7 - titled 'Abby'

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