#NewRelease & Review “Dirty Rock” by Vicki James

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Tricias Musings…

5 rock ‘n’ roll love CROWNS

It had always been about the music for Rhett. Since he was a young boy he’d lived it, breathed it, wanted to create and perform it. Nothing else mattered, except losing himself in his creativity. As he got older, whether consciously or not, he began to shape himself into the quintessential bad boy of British rock. Life with the band meant partying and drinking, not to mention the drugs and of course the ever willing women ready to drop their unmentionables for their chance with the charismatic front man of Youth Gone Wild.

Despite his seemingly perfect life, he was living the dream after all, I got the feeling that there was something missing for Rhett, a certain discontent. It was subtle but there was something he wouldn’t, or couldn’t, acknowledge. He instead pushed it to the farthest recesses of his mind, blanked it out with the use of extra curricular activities or poured it into his music when it couldn’t be contained.

Julia is the publicist for the band, a real stalwart, a strong, intelligent woman, quick witted and dedicated to keeping the wheels on the proverbial wagon. She makes sure that what goes on behind the scenes doesn’t become part of the public arena. I love a strong heroine, and Julia certainly is that but she’s also hiding a part of herself away, something which gives her an air of vulnerability. Unlike Rhett, she acknowledges this side of herself and I really admired her. A real woman, with real feelings and desires, living a somewhat unreal life day to day, there is more to her than meets the eye and I found her hugely likeable. Used to being the one in control, once her secrets were revealed I wondered if she would be able to take that leap of faith.

Rhett was a bit of an enigma and, regardless of their obvious chemistry, I’ll admit this author had her work cut out persuading me that he was sincere when it came to Julia, that she wasn’t just a conquest to satisfy his own ego. I’m not going to say much more about the plot, as that would spoil the story, but I will say that Ms James’s beautiful descriptive writing made every action and reaction, every emotion seem real and relatable, how I imagine I would feel in the same situation. I loved the way these characters grew, how their dynamics changed as the story progressed. All but the Epilogue is told from Rhett’s point of view, which is unusual but which I enjoyed very much. He in particular did a lot of soul searching, it was quite profound and it was fascinating getting an insight into his thought processes. This author did a brilliant job of creating characters who were more than just one dimensional and for me Rhett’s journey was especially satisfying. In the end I found him hugely endearing. Not something in the beginning I anticipated happening I must say.

Put simply, Dirty Rock is a gorgeous love story. Fun and hugely entertaining, it’s witty and laugh out loud in some parts, angsty and poignant in others. Fantastic characters, together with great musical references too, made this a wonderful story I enjoyed so much I didn’t want it to end.

ARC review


The master of the tease.
The god of rock.
Frontman of the world’s most desired band, Youth Gone Wild.
I’m Rhett Ryan, and I get what I want.

Women? They were lining up.
Money? I had enough.
Accolades? My shelves were full
Love? I didn’t have time for that.

Not until I had no choice but to pay attention to the last woman I expected to fall for.

My beautiful, sassy publicist, Julia goddamn Speed.

She was a vital part of the band’s success, and she was as off-limits as they came. I’d never wanted anything more in my life. But Julia wasn’t like the rest, and my advances only pushed her further away. She was the first woman to make me work for it, and Christ, did I suddenly want to work for it!

Even if I knew it would end in disaster.

Even if I knew there would be tears.

I was willing to play dirty to make it happen.

I just had no idea how much I’d change in the process, or how something that had once been my everything would soon become nothing because I’d jumped into the forbidden with her.

Stupid, Reckless Rhett.

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About the Author:

Vicki James is a pseudonym for Victoria L. James, taking her stories from heavy angst to heavy romance and bad boys you can’t help but fall in love with. She is, however, one and the same person so feel free to follow her on any of her platforms. Most importantly, enjoy the stories she tells, no matter what name she releases under.

Happy reading,


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