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I will apologize in advance - this is going to be a long review, but this was one anthology I had to read cover to cover, so I am reviewing each story, in order. But the quick synopsis of the review is Best Anthology of 2017. Truly not a weak link in here (though I would say the entire book should be for adults only, and open minded ones at that.) With that out of the way, let's jump in and enjoy, beginning with the return of Jenna Galicki's Angel Garcia and Tommy and Jessie Blaze.
The Stage - Jenna Galicki
A great way to kick off the festival! I will admit it took me a long time to first read Jenna’s books because I wasn't sure how I felt about the M/M/F storyline, but once I finally got into it, I couldn't put it down. Very fun to see how their punk 'n roll family has evolved, and kinda fun to see Tommy a bit unsure. A great addition to the Immortal Angel catalog, and a reminder of how much I would like to see more of them. I haven't read any of the Bulletproof series yet, but I found Brandon Bullet completely charming and will have to add those books to my TBR. I believe I already own the first, time to move it to the top.
I have been looking forward to this anthology for so long, amd this was a great way to start things off!
Beating Hearts by Jade C. Jamison
I have been a huge fan of Ms. Jamison's for quite some time, and realized as I started reading this that I still have not read the 3rd Vagabonds book - something I will have to rectify soon. The story can definitely stand as a standalone though, so don't hesitate to jump right in.
This was a really fun twist from your typical coming of age story. Brandon is adorable, and I enjoyed seeing all of his insecurities, and his journey toward being comfortable and confident in his own skin.
I can't forget to add what a thrill it was to see a cameo from my all time favorite book boyfriend, Clay/Jet from Last Five Seconds. Can't wait for more LFS stories, and their appearance was a great tease to whet the appetite.
Something Wicked by Theresa Hissong
Heavy Metal has always been predominantly a man's world, though the previous story by Jade C Jamison features female guitar goddess, Kyle Summers. Ms His song's Something Wicked has a newly added bass player, who also happens to be female (and we'll see several more female rockers throughout this book, which are all great additions. As a 30+ year headbanger myself, it has taken me a long time to realize girls can rock as hard ý I have as off. All the women in these tales make it easy to believe that they deserve their spots. But, I digress....) It is a pleasure to get the female perspective in this story, from the stage (as opposed to girlfriend/groupie/fangirl/whatever...not that those perspectives don't work, but they are more more common in the genre.)
Kit and Aiden (the band's lead singer) are both fightin huge, Forbidden, attraction to each other. Is it really completely out of the question? And what secret is Kit hiding?
Alternating viewpoints, intense chemistry and outside drama all add to the greatness this story is.
Rock Casualty by Lisa Gillis
I have forgotten just how much I love and have missed the Loren family. It's odd to find Junie all grown up but I absolutely adore her, just as I adore her mom and grandma. You really need to read all of Lisa Gillis's books, but this one can stand on its own and is a perfect addition to the Get Rocked lineup.
I had admitted prior to the release that this may have been the story I was most looking forward to, and it certainly did not disappoint! I want to know more about Crey and his band now too.
I don't want to giveaway too much, but this is the perfect "it could only happen in Vegas" story. Junie, basically a runaway bride, winds up in Las Vegas, knowing her brother and sister-in-law will be there the next day, as their band is playing Get Rocked. Realizing she has not woken up alone, is only the first surprise of her morning. I loved this story so much. The ups and downs and craziness, mixed with family love and loyalty, mixed against a rocking soundtrack, is an art form Ms Gillis has perfected.
Jagged Dawn by Lashell Collins
A perfect mix of rock 'n roll, romance, drama and joy. It absolutely made me want to reread the entire Jagged Ivory series, but it can easily work as a stand alone as well. Ms. Collins has done a great job showcasing so much character in her characters in this Novella format.
I continue to enjoy the way characters from other authors' stories weave together throughout this anthology. It really sets the bar high for future anthologies I will read - I absolutely love the interactions here, and the way they absolutely fit the characters as if their own authors had written them.
Force by Jennifer L. Allen
Ms. Allen always has a way with her writing that pushes all the right
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