Brooklyn Rockstar by Jennifer Ann
(Kendall Family, #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
What it’s about:
Sexy bad boy Charlie Walker had everything he could ever want as a rockstar: a platinum album, a cushioned bank account, and an endless supply of groupies desperate to have him. But things changed when the band’s drummer went missing, forcing Charlie to go it alone and question if he truly has what it takes to succeed in the business.
Small-town girl Evelyn Kendall has just arrived in Brooklyn Heights. With a new job and her best friend as a roommate, she’s ready for an epic adventure free from her family’s constant supervision. She’s not prepared for the muscle-bound, tattooed star who appears out of nowhere and rocks her world.
When Charlie locks gazes with the freckled brunette at his first solo gig, he falls hard and fast for reasons he can’t explain. Determined to keep Evelyn in his life, he’s ready to change his ways, even if they run blood deep. But will their instant attraction be enough to weather the storm brought on by the perils of fame, Charlie’s secrets, and Evelyn’s overly protective brothers?
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Small town girl meets big time rock star in Jennifer Ann’s suspenseful romance, Brooklyn Rockstar. This was my first Jennifer Ann book, and I’m hooked.
Initially, Charlie Walker seems like the stereotypical rock star character. He drinks too much. He’s a womanizer with an increasingly bad reputation. He is haunted by the loss of his friend–who is also his band’s drummer, and said drummer was a very bad influence on Charlie! Danny is the little devil on Charlie’s shoulder who encourages him to make all sorts of wrong decisions. However, as the story progresses, Evelyn becomes a catalyst for Charlie to change. He internally fights his wanton thoughts, and externally he fights his bad-boy image.
“You make me want to change, to become a better man and not be another famous a***ole who’s known for having a different chick on his arm every week. I don’t know where m career is headed. I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing a week, even a day from now, but I know I’ll get through anything with you be my side.” –Charlie
Evelyn is a sweet, inexperienced farm girl from Minnesota. She moves to NYC to get away from her loving, but over-protective, brothers so she can spread her wings and experience life. Evelyn is the type of character you can’t help but love. She is nice, happy, and believable. Evelyn moves in with online friend, Sharlo, who has become her best friend. Sharlo is another adorable character. I’d love to have had a couple roommates/friends like Evelyn and Sharlo.
Stand out secondary characters include Katie, Charlie’s sister; she is a delight! Connor and Taz, Katie’s sons, need a good dose of discipline. They’re rather unlikable as the spoiled, entitled brats without a positive role model. I was happy when Charlie realizes that he’s been a terrible role model for his nephews, but that is not totally unexpected given his male role models were his womanizing father and his equally bad best friend.
Together, Charlie and Evelyn have great chemistry. I loved them together, and I was rooting for them from the start! Evelyn drives Charlie to do the unthinkable—to think of love and “forever”. He’s never been inspired to take it slow and get to know a woman, but he’s never before met a non-groupie, real-deal woman like Evelyn. They don’t play games, and there is only a little silly, miscommunication-based angst. There is definitely an instant attraction between the two, but they agree to slow things down for their own reasons. Charlie thinks Evelyn is worthy of a real relationship and wants to treat her right, and Evelyn doesn’t believe a rockstar could possibly be interested in her for more than a conquest—especially given Charlie’s reputation. Their relationship progresses and grows at a perfect pace, and it’s helped along a bit by Sharlo’s support and advice to her bestie, Evelyn.
“The raw electricity crackling between us becomes too wicked to fight any longer.” –Charlie
Brooklyn Rockstar is deemed a suspenseful romance, but suspense is on the back burner for over half of the book. There is an underlying tone of suspense but it is not a driving factor in the early story line. Later in the book, a couple great twist and revelations from the PI hired to find Danny the missing drummer rapidly bring the story to a spectacular culmination. Avoid reviews with spoilers and detailed plot descriptions because the joy of this read will be ruined if you know what is coming. The story is brilliantly told in dual POV. Brooklyn Rockstar is fun, sweet, sexy, and satisfying, and I look forward to reading it again!
Purchase links not available at time of posting. Check Goodreads for links after release date. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book.