Blog Tour: 'Don't Mention the Rock Star' by Bree Darcy
They fell in love in an instant … so why have they spent a lifetime apart?
As a teenager Kellie dated an American boy but circumstances meant they went their separate ways. Now he’s back and she’s so tempted to see him again. But two decades have passed and they are both married with children.
And the last thing a celebrity reporter like her needs is the world finding out about her past relationship with a rock star. Especially as Kellie’s husband doesn’t even know she once dated AJ Dangerfield, lead singer of legendary band Danger Game. And she has no intention of him finding out. EVER.
As Kellie deals with a demanding boss, a bullied son, an infuriating mother-in-law and a best friend who won’t act her age, she finds herself playing a dangerous game. What will happen if her two worlds collide? And is it possible that first love never fades?
I'm really honoured and excited to be part of the blog tour for Bree Darcy's debut novel 'Don't Mention the Rock Star' today! Bree Darcy is the author pseudonym of Stephanie Pegler, the founder of the wonderful website Chick Lit Club (click here to visit it), for which I'm also a reviewer. When Steph contacted me about possibly reviewing her debut novel, which was released this January, I couldn't say 'yes' quick enough. I had a good feeling someone who knows this much about chick lit would be able to write a pretty amazing novel herself, and the blurb sounded really promising as well, so I was really excited when I was able to pick up the book a few weeks ago and start reading!
When she was just a teenager, Kellie fell head over heels in love with American bad boy Andy who was in Australia visiting his family. The two of them were inseparable, but things suddenly changed and they both went their seperate ways. These days, Kellie is married to Curtis and tries to juggle both taking care of their children and her job as a celebrity gossip journalist. Andy is now A.J. Dangerfield, lead singer of world famous rock band Danger Games, and happily married with kids. Due to certain events at work, Kellie unexpectedly gets back into touch with Andy and while she knows she's taking a big risk by letting Andy back into her life (especially since her family doesn't even know about her connections with the famous rock star) she can't seem to stop herself. Did Kellie really get over Andy and vice versa, or is there still a trace of a spark between them?
The basic storyline of 'Don't Mention the Rock Star' is quite a classic one within the world of chick lit, but the author has definitely managed to make it her own and turn it into a thoroughly enjoyable read. The novel has some well-drawn and easily loveable characters at its core. I immediately warmed to Kellie and Andy was unlike any other male hero I've come across before; I loved how unique and funny he was. The reader is also introduced to Kellie's husband Curtis, their children, her mother-in-law, her colleagues, and her best friend. Since the novel is quite long, there was more than enough time to get to know all these characters and their background stories, and I really fell in love with all of them as the story progressed (except for Curtis, whom I couldn't help but intensely dislike!).
As I already mentioned, the book is quite long. I have to admit it was a bit daunting to me at first, but when I got into the story I really couldn't get enough of it. I loved all the flashbacks to the past, seeing how a young Andy and Kellie got together, how they grew up, and how everything eventually turned into the present situation. I also enjoyed all the different locations of the story: Australia, the UK, the USA. But most of all, I just really enjoyed the author's writing style. This was such an entertaining and comfortable read; I honestly loved it. 'Don't Mention the Rock Star' is an amazingly entertaining and simply wonderful debut novel; I loved everything about it and I already have high hopes for Bree Darcy's next work, hopefully we won't have to wait too long!