Review: Played by the Rockstar by Christina Hovland

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

A rock star walks into a bar…

Certified behavioral counselor (and former band groupie) Becca Forrester needs a break. Taking a leave of absence from her job, she moves into the apartment over her parents’ garage, and clinches a gig waitressing at a dive bar known for bringing in big name musicians.

Cedric “Linx” Lincoln is a certified rock star. Bassist for the hugely popular rock band, Dimefront, he’s in Denver while the band is on hiatus a-freaking-gain. He’s looking for something—anything—to keep him occupied until they can all get back to making music. When he saunters into his friend’s bar, he finds the perfect diversion.

Becca’s presence is a breath of fresh air. The sizzle she ignites in him is precisely what he needs. Bonus: no-stress, no-strings hookups are his specialty. But when things between them tip toward serious, his band implodes, and Becca’s leave of absence ends, they’re forced to decide what their “real” lives should look like. Maybe there’s room for an encore…

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/580595731

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56859338-played-by-the-rockstar

My Thoughts:

Played by the Rockstar is a spin-off of Christina Hovland’s Mile High Matched series. It is fresh, fun start to a new series. I’m not typically a fan of rock star romances, but Ms. Hovland created a very atypical rock star! Some of the characters in the book have been alluded to or fully introduced in prior books by the author, however, there is absolutely no need to have read those books to fully enjoy Played by the Rockstar (but I highly recommend those other books).

I loved Cedric; he looks the part of a bad-boy rocker, but he has a caring heart and is smart about keeping his head. His rather formal {real} name juxtapose to his stage name of Linx, is clue to how deliciously Ms. Hovland has layered this personality. Becca is a stressed-out therapist looking for a new direction. When she moves back in with her family in Denver, her parttime job in a locals’ bar allows her to reconnect with the rock star she mooned over as a young adult. What is meant to be a thoughtful, quiet vacation from life turns into a sweet, flirty relationship and a few months of breaking rules and having fun. 

The pace is great, the chemistry is electric, and the characters are all lovable. While outwardly they seem completely different, at heart, they share a lot of commonalities that make a relationship beyond the initial burst of attraction believable. Becca’s mom provides much of the comedy with her all-too-honest and too-much-information conversations with her daughter.

Played by The Rockstar is a fun, sweet, sometimes humorous story. I hesitate to peg it as a contemporary romance or a romantic comedy; it’s a little of both. However, I have no hesitation in recommending it!

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Played-Rockstar-laugh-loud-escape/dp/1733690743
or
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Played-Rockstar-laugh-loud-escape/dp/1733690743
or
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Played-Rockstar-Christina-Hovland/dp/1733690743

About the Author: Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale: an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, the sweetest dog around, and now Chloe, the wonder pup.  Find her at: https://christinahovland.com

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