Monday, March 18, 2013

Rocked Under by Cora Hawkes

Rocked Under by Cora Hawkes
Release Date: December 31, 2012

Picking up the pieces and starting again in the US, Emma enrols in college with her cousin, Ashley. She is finally free to do what she wants and live how she chooses, and no man will ever rule her decisions or emotions again.  That is, until Scott Mason walks on stage...  Intense bad boy Scott is the lead singer of a popular local rock band. A ladies’ man and Ashley's long-time friend, Scott holds an instant fascination for Emma — she finds herself drawn to him, even though he represents everything she hates and needs to stay away from in a guy. He treats females like he does a cigarette — light it, use it, and lose it.  For her cousin's sake, Emma makes an effort to get along with Scott, but she soon discovers that there is more to him than first appears, making him even more dangerous in her eyes. Behind the fa├žade of friendship, jealousy, obsession, fear and insecurity fester — an internal battle rages as she fights her attraction and does everything she can to stop history from repeating itself.  One thing she knows for sure is that if she breaks her rule, it may destroy her.  -

Okay, I can see where people might try to draw some comparisons between this book and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.  Both books have a hot, bad boy protagonist that everyone warns the heroine to not get involved with.  Like the couple in McGuire's book, these two spend the entire book fighting their attraction.  Like the heroine from BD, this one spends the entire book trying to act like she's not in love with the guy... although Emma denies it even longer in this book, but after a while it just became a little unbelievable.

I had very mixed feelings while reading this.  On the one hand, yeah, the guy is hot, and yes they had amazing sexual chemistry together.  I did enjoy the book, so let me get that out there first.  But, the issues I had were that there were some times that Scott could be a real toolbag, although he wasn't as bad as Emma was to me.  Emma just seemed to be in denial through the entire book, loving him but not wanting to admit it, and I though that their denial of their feelings stretched on a little too long until it became somewhat unbelieveable.  It could have all been worked out with a simple talk.

The things I really did love though were that Scott truly was a good guy and just needed the right girl.  Secondly, that previously mentioned sexual chemistry.  It was definitely scorch-worthy.  The writing itself was good, and the book reads pretty quickly.  And it was a romance that I felt ended in a satisfying way.  If you're in the mood for some hot scenes and a pretty hot bad boy, this is definitely the book for you.


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