Thursday, February 12, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Rise (A Rock Solid Romance) by Karina Bliss

Adult Contemporary Rock star Romance
Release: January 28, 2015
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 “You have the ability to make controversial characters sympathetic. Maybe I just want to be understood.”
Acclaimed literary biographer Elizabeth Winston writes about long-dead heroes. So bad boy rock icon Zander Freedman couldn’t possibly tempt her to write his memoir. Except the man is a mass of fascinating contradictions - manipulative, honest, gifted, charismatic, morally ambiguous.
In short, everything she sought in a biography subject. When in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend? But saying yes to one temptation soon leads to another.
Suddenly she’s having heated fantasies about her subject, fantasies this blue-eyed-devil is only too willing to stoke. She’d thought self-control was in her DNA, after all she grew up a minister’s daughter. She thought wrong.

Outside your comfort zone is the only place worth living...
Zander Freedman has been an outlier - many would say an outcast – for most of his life. But there’s no disaster he can’t overcome, from the break-up of his band to the fall-out on his reputation. His Resurrection Tour is shaping up to be his greatest triumph - if his golden voice holds out. Contracting a respected biographer is simply about creating more buzz; Elizabeth's integrity the key to consolidating his legacy as one of rock’s greats.
All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not make him think.
Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out. And certainly not to fall in love for the first time in his life.
Turns out he is scared of something - being known.

Rise - a redemption story of a rock star going straight(er) through the love of a good(ish) woman.

About the Author
New Zealander Karina Bliss’s debut, Mr Imperfect, won a Romantic Book of the Year award in Australia, the first of eleven books published through Harlequin SuperRomance. Her most recent release, A Prior Engagement, was a Desert Island Keeper at Her next release, Rise, is a single title, self-published contemporary which continues the story of Zander Freedman, who first appeared as a villain inKarina’s bestselling title, What the Librarian Did – a book that made DearAuthor’s Best of the Year list in 2010.Two of Karina’s books have also featured in Sizzling Book Chats at SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.
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I found it hard to get into this book initially, only because I didn't know that Zander and his band were featured in a few earlier books (it really didn't help that I had no clue what books to even look for to get more of a backstory). Add to that, I wasn't familiar with some of the phrases and terms used in the book, so that took away from the story a bit (only for me though). But once I got past that and just got into the flow of the story, I enjoyed it. It took a good while for me to like Zander though; he came across as a self-entitled asshat, which I suppose could happen once someone has been a celebrity for a long time. But he slowly began to change and even became a character I liked; not loved, but at least liked. And Elizabeth is the perfect opposite of him, so their interactions were fun to read (when he actually decided to show up to do interviews).

Overall, an enjoyable story, but probably better enjoyed if you read the earlier Harlequin Romance stories where you first get to meet Zander and his band.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.


  1. Bad boy gone good? Ah, my weakness! Thank you for sharing! Adding this to my TBR. (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

    1. You're welcome! If you haven't read the Harlequin romance stories by Ms. Bliss, I'd start there so you can get the back story on Zander's band falling apart. That was an obstacle for me, I had no clue about the earlier stories :)