Friday, June 26, 2015

Wicked White (Wicked White, #1) by Michelle A. Valentine [Review]

After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.
Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.
Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?


4 Sweet and Angst (I love a rocker) Stars

Wicked White is a standalone and is part of the Wicked White series. I am assuming the next book continues Iris and Ace’s story, but I am not 100% sure.

This is my second Valentine book. I read Naughty King and loved it. I haven’t read her Black Falcon series, but it’s my understanding Black Falcon is less sweet and more emotional. You will be surprised that I’m not a huge rocker fan. I do read them, but it’s usually only for authors that I love or the book has raving reviews.

I was very nervous getting into this one because of all of the reviews, but I was very lucky to meet Michelle at a book signing and well she’s just fabulous and how could I not read Wicked White?
Wicked White to me is kind of like two books. The first half is sweet, adorable and completely romantic. The second half of the book is angst, drama and I’ll say it again, Angsty. It’s that A word again, but we will get to that.

Ace White is the lead singer of a boy band group. His band is produced by a record label and he has zero creative control. He hates what he does and all he wants to do is write and play music. When he finds out his mom is sick, he decides to go MIA and leave the group.

Ace finds himself in a small town, living in a trailer park.  The Trailer park is owned by Iris.
Iris is a young-something girl coming back home to handle her grandmother’s estate, the trailer park. Iris lives in NY and wants to be a singer on Broadway.   She goes home to handle her grandmother’s affairs, but Iris has plans to go back to NY to pursue her dream.

I loved the beginning of the book. I found Iris and Ace complete opposites, but complete alike if that makes sense.  Ace is broody, mysterious and keeps to himself. He doesn’t want to draw attention to himself since he’s trying to lay low. Iris is kind and open. She is attracted to Ace and is curious what his story is. Where does he come from? What is he doing in this small town? How come he wears designer clothes, but stays in a trailer park?

I love the mild tension between Ace and Iris. Ace keeps on pushing Iris away, but he’s always there to take care of her, when she’s in trouble. I love that! I love my damsel in distress storyline. It’s just really cute. As the relationship grows, stuff starts to happen.

I think this is where a lot of readers struggled. Something happens and it causes everything to blow up. At first I was okay with this change of pace because I knew Valentine needed to create tension, but I felt like the tension should start to shift into something else, but it just kept on building up and building up and I was pulling my hair out. Yup, it’s the angst!

I love the overall direction of the story and I love the characters. I liked the book and even though I struggled with the last part, I feel like Valentine added that crazy last bit to give us a different outlook on the relationship (the less pretty side).

What really worked for me was the pace, tone and how easy it was to read. Yes, there was drama but the flow was great and I read this book in one sitting.

I was so lucky to meet Michelle at RT in Dallas. She was so generous and she handed copies of Wicked White to her fans. I couldn't believe that?! This is my second book I've read from her, but it won't be the last. More photos - HERE
Wicked White #1 AMAZON
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New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance and New Adult novels. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos and sexy musicians inspired her BLACK FALCON series.

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