Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Rock Rebel | A Nothing But Trouble Series by Tara Leigh

ROCK REBELHe’s a rock star with a secret; she’s a pop princess with a painful past, can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?

I’ve earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City’s hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now… I’m rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I’m an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.

They’re not entirely wrong. I don’t give a damn what other people think, and I’m all for breaking the rules… except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.

Rock gods don’t tour with pop princesses.

It’s not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity’s incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is… intriguing. But I’m convinced the skeletons in Verity’s closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we’re not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I’m determined to keep hidden.

Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .
But since when do I give a damn about the rules?

4 Stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through Tara Leigh in exchange for an honest review, thank you to Tara for the gifted copy***

My obsession for Tara Leigh has grown into a full blown book boner of multitude proportions. First it was Throne of Lies/Legacy of Lies which absolutely took my breath away with the complexities of the plot and then passionate romance that melted off the pages had me swooning, but now this – a girl can only take so much melting before she is a puddle of hot mess. Seriously, I love a good rocker romance to get my speckled heart in a tizzy. 

Rock Rebel was phenomenal. I will say it now, and I will say it again by the end if my rambling doesn’t go too far because wow, this was such an amazing read. Though I did get Rock King and Rock Legend, which are two of the previous books, I did go into Rock Rebel knowing it was in a series but that it could be read as a standalone. Really, I promise, speaking from someone who hasn’t read the others, you get enough details to go into this without feeling lost, which is a plus! But just know, I have books one and two in my hands now and I will be going back to read them, you bet your bottom dollar I will.

I cannot describe enough how much I enjoyed Verity and Dax. Just their names was amazing, I love the name Dax – hopefully I am not alone in this obsession. But Dax was this perfect blend of confident yet shelled type character, he really exuded this confidence but had such a huge emotional flaw, which I loved about his character. He sheltered his feelings yet carried his heart on his shoulders, keeping distance from everyone, especially Verity. And specking of Verity, she stole my heart right from the start. She was very similar to Dax, which I adored about her. She was struggling with her past, both what her mother put her through and what she has allowed to continue happening, she is strong willed, passionate and yet she is someone who is very scared, and sadly with a low self esteem that causes her to push everyone aside. Not in a cocky way but in a way that makes her seem so guarded, I loved her personality. 

Dax and Verity though had a tricky romance, one that took a smidge for me to wrap my mind around. I liked it a lot, even loved many aspects of their connection. They had this intense presence, they revolved around each other right from the start, even a reader could tell there was an instant chemistry. However there was a little bit of a push and pull between these two, again one that at times might have came across less ‘flowing’ maybe even awkward with the rest of the storyline. Maybe it is just me, but something felt misplaced. But to counter this, things start to unravel about the two towards the end that kind of made the push and pull of their romance more realistic. They both have such huge internal battles, their life struggles were powerful, they really needed each other.

So even with that slight point, I still stand by it, Dax and Verity had amazing chemistry. It literally melted from the pages. I really loved how and where their romance developed towards, they really leaned on one another for their actual character growth, which is strange to admit but I loved that about them. 

Bottom line, I loved it. I really enjoyed everything about the witty, charming dialogue between Dax and Verity, they had such an amazingly delicious chemistry that was intense, passionate and fun. It was real and downright captivating for sure. I felt their connection was beautifully developed, and this entire book made me swoon! I cannot wait to see what comes next, I need some Jett in my life and here’s me diving into Rock King and Rock Legend – see you on the other side comrades. 

“Tara Leigh has written her best Nothing But Trouble Book with Rock Rebel.

~Musings of the Modern Belle

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