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January 29, 2015

It's All Part of My Rock N Roll Fantasy

By Madeline Iva


Why read rock-n-roll romances? Because of the hero of course! There are so many fantabulous rock star traits that make for a perfect romance hero. Let me count the ways…

1) ROCKERS LIKE DIRTY SEX — as in ‘no holds barred sex’.  As in other-people-are-watching-and-you-don’t-even-care sex.  Rockers have a reputation for no-rules mayhem when it comes to nookie.  This is what fans of rock-n-roll romances crave.  Shari Slade and Amber Lin deliver that kind of finger lickin’ fun in THREE NIGHTS WITH A ROCK STAR and ONE KISS WITH A ROCK STAR.

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While the girl who’s ‘with the band’ might be up for anything, romance lovers still want a modicum of rules–a veneer of consent to the orgy of sensation about to begin.  Robin Covington sets out the rules in an informal way in her latest PLAYING WITH THE DRUMMER.  Her hero/heroine frenemies agree: seven days with all the uninhibited sex you can handle, and then walk away. Sounds good to me!

Slade and Lin go super-formal with signed contracts by both parties stating if/how/and when the rocker can have his wicked way.  Also included in the contract is a non-disclosure statement.  It’s a kind of one night stand pre-nup, ensuring mutual discretion or there’ll be hell to pay.

2) ROCKERS ARE GLAM –A rock star’s charisma weaves the magic spell, making him Mr. Popular. He’s got riches, fame, glory–and on top of that, hair for days.  His muscled arms are well-defined from plucking at his, er, guitar all day long.  Oh, and did I mention he’s got massive trust issues?

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Covington makes her hero an illusive target, and thus, a challenge.  Let’s face it–in this day and age, contemporary romance has to search high and low for great challenges and barriers that build romantic tension.

3) ROCKERS ARE SEXY AS ALL GIT–I’m not talking cucumbers or sausages in tight jeans here.  I’m talking unshakeable confidence and a certain kind of masculine magic.  He’s singing right to you–all 50,000 of you.  But it feels like it’s just you.  Wait, did he just wink at you?

4) YOU DIG A SKINNY ROCKER MAN-CHILD–It was interesting to note that Robin Covington’s Drummer guy is strapping and tall.  Slade and Lin’s guys are more lithe and lean.  So many rockers have a certain sort of skinny thing going on.  Androgyny combined with a glorious sensitive face proves too much for women of every decade.  Somewhere in the rock n roll bible Donny Osmond begat David Cassidy who begat Andy Gibb who begat the Hansons who begat the Beeb-meister. The skinny man-child rules in our hearts forever and on the pages of a great rock n roll romance.

5) ROCKERS HAVE WOUNDED SOULS–Sid Vicious.  Jimi Hendrix.  Kurt Cobain…these sensitive types have demons.  They reek of vulnerability and thus women want to mate with them.  Constantly. Because…


You missed two classes and no homework
But your teacher preaches class like you’re some kind of jerk
You gotta fight for your right to party

— Beastie Boys

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There’s something about a powerful rock anthem that turns you inside out despite yourself. Galvanizing lyrics create insta-rebellions in the your heart. Suddenly, you’re not the good girl you thought you once were.  You realize that, dude, you gotta fight. For your right. To paaaaaaaar-tay!

The other side of rocker poets spawning a million hellion-in-waiting tweeners are those quieter lyrics. Ballads that hit ya right between the eyes.  Like a kitten snorting catnip, these lyrics will make ya melt.

There’s popcorn for dinner/Last night it was cheesecake/A little sleepy-time tea/spiked with another heart-ache…–Paul Westerberg, The Replacements:

At one point all I craved in life was to spike some poor guy’s tea with heartache. Y’know?  Kurt Cobain lyrics were even more wrenching.  Who couldn’t listen to his thoughts on drinking pennyroyal tea and not want to cradle his grungy blonde head right into the girls?

7) THAT VOICE IS TO DIE –whether it’s Robert Palmer, Bono, or Jim Morrison–your rock n roll fantasy has a voice that vibrates inside you right down to your knees. “You shook me allllllllllll night looooooooooooong!” Indeed, Mr. Palmer!

Want more? Click on the book cover photos above, and kick off your own rock n roll romance obsession. Tell us what you think in the comments section below. Meanwhile, follow us at LadySmut.com–cause we will rock you!

Want mo, mo, mo? Here’s what Shari Slade has to say about her rock n roll fantasy:

Joan asks where are the girl rock star romances???
Joan asks where are the girl rock star romances???

“I’ve always been fascinated by rock stars. The “hair bands” of the 80s, Guns and Roses, Cinderella, Skid Row. Big metal bands like Metallica and Tool. Industrial rockers like Nine Inch Nails. Early 90s grunge like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. More contemporary bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Imagine Dragons and AWOLNation. None of the guys from Half-Life are based on any one rocker, but they’re all informed by that long standing love affair with the music. It’s loud and aggressive, but also emotional and often romantic. In fiction, I find rock stars compelling because they’re both glitzy and gritty. Even if they’re in a band that is still struggling, there’s an element of celebrity and fantasy. But then there’s the under-belly, the “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” of it all. It sets the stage (with pyrotechnics, of course) for lots of conflict and tension and leaves room for plenty of juicy bad decisions.”

Here’s where you can find more of Robin Covington and Shari Slade goodness—check them out! You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Shari’s here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsharislade

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShariSlade

Robin and her man candy here:

Pinterest Board: http://bit.ly/1wE7hHm

Website: http://bit.ly/1lewhMg

Facebook Profile: http://on.fb.me/YSW9n3

Twitter: @RobinCovington

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1c1Tm5u


  • Post authorKemberlee

    Unashamed plug — Rhythm of My Heart (by me)! OK, Kieran isn’t a rockgod, but he’s a mega blues guitarist, and isn’t that where rock was born…the blues? 😉

    I’m currently working on an erotic romance novella called Rock God. Not sure if it’s band members, his tattoos, or just the music, but yeah, I can see the appeal of shagging a rocker 🙂

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    What’s that they say about brilliant minds, Kemberlee? ; > I think I see a major romance trend developing here.

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    • Post authorKemberlee

      Years ago I read that books about singers and musicians didn’t sell because writers couldn’t write music…readers couldn’t hear the music while reading. I say, those writers need to hone their craft 😉 Writing music can be very sexy.

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    Hmmp. Interesting. Well, the incredibly hot sex in Shari Slade and Amber Lin’s book is what sold me on writing about rock stars. I noticed with both books it’s not about time on stage–it’s about engaging with the rock star and all the baggage that comes with him.

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  • Post authorKel

    It’s the charisma.

    Seriously… Rockstars all have one thing in common – they know how to work what they have, and they know how to emote their charisma to play a crowd. When that weight of charisma is turned on you, all of a sudden it’s very hard to turn off your own attraction. Other people have it, too… but rockstars (and many non-rockstar musicians) are guaranteed to have it. It’s their job.

    Actors are the same way… except they put on other people. Rockstars just put on exaggerated versions of themselves.

    • Post authorCarlene Love

      Brilliant! … Rockstars just put on exaggerated versions of themselves.

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    • Post authorMadeline Iva

      Charisma, charisma, charisma! Totally. Could not agree more.

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  • Post authorShariSlade

    Thanks so much for the rock star love! I see your little side bar “where are the girl rock star romances” question and…

    Laura Florand’s newest ONCE UPON A ROSE has a burnt out rock star heroine fleeing to the south of France. Into the arms of a growly gardener hero.

    And I think Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliot’s latest rock star romance TWISTED has a rock chick too. Friends to lovers…the hero and heroine are on stage together.

    Oooh, and my friend Shelley Ann Clark’s HAVE MERCY features a rock diva who brings her hero to his knees. LITERALLY. It’s so effing hot.

    m/ <3 m/

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    • Post authorLiz Everly

      Thanks for stopping by the blog, Shari. I thought Three Nights with a Rock Star was a very good read. You made some interesting choices with that story. Also, I love Laura Florand’s chocolate series. I must add her new one to my list. Cheers!

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    • Post authorMadeline Iva

      Ah-ha! Let us not also forget Carlene Love Flores and her rock n rollah series. 🙂 It’s obviously the sexy trend of the moment.

      Think I’ll make a pinterest page with all these –as you say — effing hot romances. Woot!

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  • Post authorToni Kenyon (@Toni_Kenyon)

    Kemberlee, I didn’t just read years ago that books about rock stars don’t sell – I had an editor tell me that! I’m so grateful that the trend has changed and that my hot rockers are so popular now 🙂
    Nothing like a tortured, musical poet to get this girl going 😉

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    • Post authorMadeline Iva

      Tortured! God, me too! I love tortured guys. (Not too tortured) But give me the twisty poet-y angst of a guy living on his nerve and feelings — lurve!

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    • Post authorKemberlee

      Toni, Yep, both editor and publisher told me that. I still wrote the story. They always say to write what we know. I know music.

      I’m not sure if it’s a trend or just readers popping up saying, “Finally, rock stars. Been waiting for these.” 😉

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  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    I have a punk rock gal romance and no time to write it…

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  • Post authorCarlene Love

    Hi Madeline! I can’t form a complete sentence right now! Okay, maybe I can but it’s really really hard. Another post by you that is freaking ridiculously entertaining. If I weren’t married, I think I’d totally ask you to be mine based on this post alone. xoxoxo

    The first rock star romance I ever read was Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning. It’s been awhile, but I just remember being like, “Wowee! You can put that in a book??” I think writing about rock stars lets you take chances and know you’re gonna be believed by your reader.

    if I could pause life and just read rock star romances day and night, I would. But then hubby would kick me to the curb and I’d have to show up on your doorstep with my love begging bowl.

    Favorite rock star lyric of all time…Foo Fighters…”Come fly with me, I can’t cry naked alone.”

    Cheers, my friend. Thank you for this post and giving me the lowdown on Robin and Amber and Shari’s new books!

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    • Post authorMadeline Iva

      Sweetie! 🙂 xoxoxo I’ve heard of Backstage Pass. Yaz. Foo Fighters! My fav is Everlong and the lyrics “If everything could ever feel this real forever
      If anything could ever be this good again
      The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
      You gotta promise not to stop when I say when”

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      • Post authorCarlene Love

        Oh my gosh, …don’t stop when I say when…. thud went a gazillion hearts. Keep up the excellent work in entertaining the Lady Smut masses, Madeline. 😉

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  • Post authorSusan Helene Gottfried

    Stop by The Rock of Pages. Jett and I are always glad to host lovers of Rock Fiction (yes, it has a name!) and post reviews. It’s all Rock Fiction all the time over there.

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