Title: You Really Got Me
Author: Erika Kelly
Series: Rock Star Romance #1
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.
As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.
But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.
Erika Kelly delivers the beginning of a fun, sexy, rocker romance series with You Really Got Me. This is my first novel from this author and it certainly won’t be my last. You Really Got Me was well written, overflowing with descriptive imagery that brought Emmie and Slater’s story to life and pulled me into their world from the very first page. I adored Erika Kelly’s unique take on the rock star storyline, enticing readers with a hot leading man only to hook them with a strong, successful heroine worth rooting for. While Emmie and Slater couldn’t seem more different initially, their easy friendship and shared fears quickly had me invested in their happily ever after. The building tension between them led to heated flirtations, innuendo-laden banter, and plenty of sizzling encounters. Plus, this story came with a touch of “off limits” angst that made Emmie and Slater’s blossoming relationship that much more intriguing. Entertaining and full of feels, You Really Got Me is a sweet and steamy lighthearted read that will leave you grinning and wanting more.
“He was full of energy, full of life. Couldn’t sit still. And I was very serious, very thoughtful. He needed my clarity of thought, and I needed his passion.”
Emmie was refreshing in so many ways. I loved that she was the knowledgeable, successful one and that Slater and the rest of the band deferred to her skills. Emmie was also insecure and vulnerable in a way that made her entirely relatable. She was sweet, sure, and stood her ground, endearing this character to me immediately and keeping me fully invested in her. Slater, on the other hand, had to work for my admiration. He was a rocker stereotype on the surface and it was only after Emmie began to break through his walls that I could truly appreciate the depth of his character. I very much enjoyed his development, finding myself falling harder for Slater as he realized the extent of his feelings for Emmie and resolved to make things work between them. Overall, Erika Kelly did a great job developing Emmie and Slater over the course of their journey. I especially appreciated the bits of individual history that she gradually revealed, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of both characters and grounding their thoughts and actions in past experiences.
“If I seem a little off, it’s because I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster with you. But now I’m getting off. Because I’m pretty sure tonight’s going to change your life. And I’m going to stand back and watch you go.”
One of the highlights of this novel was the handful of secondary characters that proved to be charming pieces of Emmie and Slater’s story. I enjoyed the humor and heart they brought to the book and am certainly looking forward to hearing their stories as the series continues. For the most part You Really Got Me was an easy read. I’m not a huge fan of third person narration, but Erika Kelly made it work by creating distinct voices that held my attention. Admittedly, there were a few places that felt repetitive, significantly slowing the pace of the novel and disrupting its flow. Luckily Erika Kelly already had me hooked on the great chemistry between Emmie and Slater. The slow sizzle between them eventually grew into a scorching hot flame that I just couldn’t ignore regardless of everything else. Erika Kelly writes with plenty of feeling, taking readers on a rollercoaster of emotions with Emmie and Slater. My heart undoubtedly fluttered and faltered as I experienced their journey, before finally finding delightful contentment. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this author and her rocker romance series for more of this great couple!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Rock Star Romance series:
I Want You to Want Me (Rock Star Romance #2)
Take Me Home Tonight (Rock Star Romance #3)
More Than A Feeling (Rock Star Romance #4)