Saturday, March 14, 2015

REVIEW: Heart of Rock by Karyn Gerrard

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***


Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of 1974 rock-music success. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you’d think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs.

Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne's tour. Though she’s detached and tough as nails, Carly’s cool facade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses.

Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A past memory weighs on his soul, affecting his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?


I have mixed feelings about this book in all honesty. I like the broken man needing healing angle, sure, but he really hits rock bottom at the beginning and it’s hard to like Brogan at all. However, as he’s forced to clean up and he realizes just how bad he’d gotten, he kind of grew on me. I like Carly, especially for how she manhandles Brogan, but she gets reckless with him. I appreciate his transformation and her role in making it happen, but I don’t know how much I liked exactly how it played out. Their love scenes weren't bad, but I think I liked their general chemistry better.

I loved a few of the secondary characters and I’m disappointed we don’t get more of them, such as Brogan’s brothers and Carly’s right hand man, Gio (he was definitely my favorite). Overall, I just didn’t fully connect with our hero and heroine, maybe due to how little we really know about them beyond one character defining experience, and I felt their relationship developed too quickly and easily, though the ending was realistic and heartwarming.

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