Monday, June 20, 2016

Rockin’ It Forever by Morticia Knight

Can the touch of a rock god last forever?

Music journalist Bryan Gallagher’s life has completely changed in an unexpected way. Not only has he snagged a dream assignment as the memoirist to alternative music’s rock superstar Aubrey King, but he’s also promised to give the beautiful and enigmatic musician a chance for them to forge a relationship. It’s all very overwhelming for Bryan since, up until he spent a sexually charged day and night with Aubrey, Bryan has never even dreamed of being with a man.

Aubrey is completely smitten with the boyishly handsome, young rock writer, Bryan. After their instant spark grows into something more, Aubrey is desperate to keep Bryan by his side for always. He’s promised Bryan that their love is for real, that Bryan isn’t simply one of his rock star conquests.

Their road isn’t an easy one, though. Despite their deepening bond and growing need for each other, other factors intrude. Neither Aubrey nor Bryan is ready to come out, and their relationship needs to remain a carefully guarded secret. In addition, Aubrey has to answer to the demands of his profession and Bryan has to traverse the shifting waters between his personal and business relationship with his famous lover.

Then a secret is revealed and everything in their joint world implodes. When a love is so strong that two men can barely take a breath without thinking of the other, will that be enough to bridge the loss of trust? The only way they can rock their love forever is if Aubrey can reach Bryan before it’s too late.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars.

Before beginning Rockin' It Forever, I recommend picking up a copy of the short story, Rockin' the Alternative, which ends where this novel begins. Without doing so, I would have been confused.

Rock legend, Aubrey King, has hired Bryan to write his memoir, setting up the plot of this novel. In the closet, gearing up for a tour, Aubrey has fallen for a straight man, and finds himself enamored, to the point of being clingy and pushy for attention.

Rockin' It Forever is a romance between an age-gap couple who are already established (in a way). They're at the beginning stage of their relationship at the start of the book, yet their connection is so intense and instantaneous, they go from strangers to boyfriends within hours (which is shown in the previous short story). So if you're reading this title, it starts out with Aubrey and Bryan as a couple already, who are struggling with sorting out a schedule.

Once the couple is in the same location, the main conflict is miscommunication when it's important while being wordy with one another every other time, secrets coming back to rear their ugly head, and the staying in the closet for both parties. I understood Aubrey's need to stay in the closet for so long, when at the height of his career, he would have alienated his female fan base. As for Bryan, a man who was straight for nearly 30 years, he has to come out to his family.

I highly recommend this title and its predecessor for those who love the rock genre, MM romance, want a steamy, nearly erotic read, and want romance, romance. and more romance. Aubrey and Bryan do engage in some epic dirty talk during between-the-sheets action.

The reason for my 3.5-star rating has nothing to do with the author's writing style and ability, as I would try more of her titles. It was simply that this storyline didn't work for me. Personally, as a reader, I need tension and buildup. The way this story was presented, there was neither of either, and I came to realize I truly do need it.

I believe without reading the short story, (1) I would have been confused, and (2) it felt more like a conclusion than a beginning. I'm the type of reader who likes the journey prior to the commitment, the I love yous. If it wouldn't have confused me, I would have been content either reading just this book, or only the previous one, as both felt concluded. Obviously the short wasn't as developed, while the novel was about story and character development.

Also, Bryan jumping into his relationship with Aubrey without a second thought was difficult for me to grasp. Without going through some sort of existential crisis, it felt more like a super fan willing to do anything for their favorite rock star. So I saw some of it as manipulation, an abuse of power of position, which I'm sure the author didn't mean as such. Just my personal take on things, and the emotions that the story elicited as I read it.

I recommend this title to MM romance fans, as I stated above.

Would I read more by this author? Yes. This particular story didn't work for me, but that doesn't mean another one won't.

I really enjoyed this story, although I felt there was some information missing, and I read afterwards that there is a prior book. I would recommend that you read the books in order. That said, I found this to be a satisfying read.

Ms. Knight has a writing style which makes it difficult to stop turning the pages. The connections between the lead characters are strong and deep – and as Bry gets to know Aubrey's friends, he realises just how valuable his trust and love are. When things inevitably fall apart, it is them who help give this romance a happy ending. As well as being emotionally engaging, it is also a hot read, as the men thoroughly explore their attraction for each other.

The issue of discretion and their attempts at conveying their feelings in public were both touching and a reminder of how far there still is to go.

Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after.

If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011.

Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rockin’ It Forever by Morticia Knight to read and review.

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