Review: How To Catch A (Rock) Star by Gabrielle Aquilina (NA)

Book Blurb

A story of sex, love and rock 'n' roll

Aspiring singer Lillie and American rock star Jed seem like the perfect fit from the moment they meet. The pair are inseparable, but Jed’s jet-set schedule of shows and after-parties limits the amount they can see each other. So when Jed invites Lillie to sing with his band on their tour, she says yes. Yes with some hesitation, that is. After finding out that her ex-boyfriend was hiding away a wife and child when they were dating, Lillie’s trust in men is fragile and she also suffers from severe stage fright. As the tour progresses, Jed and Lillie are fast becoming rock’s hottest couple but with obsessive fan girls, a claustrophobic tour bus and a resentful guitarist, things start taking a turn for the worse. Lillie’s dream of singing may have finally become a reality, but can it last? The odds are stacking up against them and then the unthinkable happens…


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Lillie has been punishing herself for a year after finding out her ex-boyfriend had been married the whole time they were together. He also had a baby. She had no idea for two years. Now she needs to get back to dating but is unsure of herself. She doesn’t trust her judgment.

She comes face to face with Jed one night. He is a member of a band playing at the club Kate dragged her to. He approaches Lillie at the bar and strikes up a conversation. There is an instant attraction and he asks her to hang out until he is done so they can talk some more. He ends up asking her out to dinner for the next night. The attraction they have for each other practically shoots sparks. They end up spending the night together and part of the next day.

Jed really likes Lillie and continues talking to her when they move on to their next city against the advice from his fellow bandmates. Lillie and her friend Kate meet the band again in London. After a lot of prodding from Kate, Lillie sings with the guys. Jed is so blown away by her voice he invites her to sing on stage. The fans love her. Jed talks her into going with him as the band tours.

Lillie is unsure of her singing and this new relationship with Jed. Her horrible stage fright makes her question whether she should do it. However she takes a leap of faith and follows her dream. While on tour her relationship with Jed grows. She does have doubts though, sometimes Jed starts acting weird and she is confused suspecting that he is keeping something from her.

When they make it to the American leg of the tour Lillie meets the guys’ families and old friends. After a jealous groupie spills the beans about what Jed has been hiding, Lillie is devastated and makes a huge mistake. She ends up back in England, no longer on tour as her world falls apart.

This story was interesting. I love rock-n-roll stories as bands go on tour and meet new people. I liked how Jed and Lillie met. It was almost every girl’s fantasy. Meeting the lead singer of a band on tour and he taking an interest in you, then falling in love. The relationship happened so quickly which added some excitement. The author added in Lillie’s talent giving her a reason to stay with the band. It was almost a Cinderella story of dreams coming true.

Unfortunately fears get in the way as do poisonous people that they surround themselves with. You can just see the heartache and pain that both go through. They struggle with alcohol and their hurt. What makes this story even better is their friends are great and do everything they can to help them.

The ending was sweet and I liked the story line. I do wish Lillie was a bit tougher in the sense that she would stand up for herself better. Other than that, which is my only real complaint, it was a good story. I give it a 4 out of 5.

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