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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Kissing Vicious by Brooklyn Ann

Who needs another rock star romance? Well, I do! I was really impressed with this book and can't wait to read the next one.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was won in a giveaway and not required to be reviewed)
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: August 20, 2015

Aspiring guitarist Kinley Black is about to get her first big break—as a roadie for Viciöus, her favorite heavy metal band, and for the rock god she always dreamt might make her a woman.


At 15, aspiring guitarist Kinley Black wished she were a boy. At 16, after hearing Quinn Mayne sing, she wanted him to make her a woman. Now, at 22, her dreams have come true. Quinn’s band Viciöus needs someone to lug their amps around the country, to strive and sweat with the guys. She just has to act like one of them.


Quinn had to admit the new chick could pull her weight, but that didn’t mean his road manager made the right choice. Taking a hottie on a heavy metal music tour was like dangling meat in front of a pack of feral hounds—and Quinn could be part dog himself. But more surprising than her beautiful body are Kinley’s sweet licks, so that no man could help but demand a jam session. Quinn will soon do anything to possess her, and to put Kinley in the spotlight where she belongs. And to keep her safe and sound from the wolves.

Kinley Black’s unconventional hobbies include playing the guitar and co-owning a blog dedicated to metal music. When she scores a backstage interview with Vicious, one of the most popular bands ever it’s a dream come true, but once backstage, Kinley gets far more than she could have thought: A chance to be a roadie for her favorite band. She just has to maintain her “Just One of the Guys” attitude, which becomes more difficult with every moment spent in the Quinn Mayne’s presence.

Kinley may pull her weight without complaint but putting such an attractive woman in the middle of a group of men is just asking for trouble in Quinn’s opinion. Sure she’s tough, opinionated and very talented on the guitar but Quinn knows every moment she’s on tour with them is another moment she could get hurt. His attraction to Kinley takes on a new meaning the more time he spends around her. He wants her to claim as his own but also see to it that her talent has a chance to shine on its own.

I want to see more women like Kinley in romance. I want heroines who succeed on their own, who don’t see romance as the see all, end all, know all in life. Kinley had dreams and goals that she was not going to give up for any reason and I loved that about her. She saw romance as a bonus in life, not the ultimate and only goal. She was a little young for my taste so naturally she had her moments of immaturity and internal drama but overall I did enjoy her love of what is typically considered a “man’s” hobby/job and that she wasn’t just playing at being a guitarist, she WAS a guitarist.

And I firmly believe that it takes a strong man to love and appreciate an unconventional woman so of course, I was going to fall for Quinn as much a Kinley did. He’s a cocky one though but balance it out with intelligence and dry humor and the ability to appreciate a female who has the ability to play guitar like a boss and yeah I was totally a goner. He had his moments of well, screwing up with Kinley but he’s a guy, if he’s not sticking his foot in his mouth then it’s no fun at all right?

The setting for Kissing Vicious not only made for a great rock star romance but it allowed for a natural chain of obstacles to occur for Quinn and Kinley. Metal music is predominantly a male oriented genre, not to mention the aggression and hostility that can be present in not only that genre of music but in any genre. I didn’t feel like the conflicts were forced on the couple just for the sake of adding conflict. There was a natural progression and escalation of conflicts all stemming from the misogynistic behavior of the men around Kinley. While Quinn may have wanted to be the hero and shield Kinley from it all, he recognized her ability to handle anything thrown her way. These two really made a good couple.

With a secondary cast of characters who are really neither all good or all bad (for the most part), Kissing Vicious caught and held my attention with a heroine that isn’t seen all that often in romance, and a hero who loved her because of her differences.

Final Verdict: Brooklyn Ann, I FREAKING LOVE YOU for making Kinley unwilling to give up her dreams just because she was in love with Quinn. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for creating a heroine who doesn’t see marriage to a man, no matter how sexy he is, as a good enough reason to quit being who she is in order to become just a wife. Thank you for making Kinley stick to her guns until she got her point across AND got the best of both worlds.

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