Rockin The Alternative (A.O. Chika’s Review)

Title: Rockin The Alternative
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 60
Reviewed by: A.O. Chika
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5

The chance of a lifetime and the touch of a rock god are offered to music journalist Bryan Gallagher on the same day. Embracing one is easy, but resisting the other is harder than he’d anticipated—especially since Bryan has never been with a man.

It could be his dream assignment. Aubrey King, the legendary god of alternative rock music has requested to meet with journalist and writer Bryan about penning the star’s memoir. Aubrey and his dark, angsty songs are the reason Bryan was inspired to become a leading rock journalist. His obsession for his career has alienated the women in his life, but Bryan doesn’t care. What really matters to him is the music.

Aubrey King has been out of the music scene for almost ten years—ever since his alternative rock band, Falling in Stereo, broke up. Questions about his sexual preferences have always surrounded him, and now that he’s ready to make a solo comeback, he wants to tell his story, his way. He’s followed journalist Bryan Gallagher’s career for a while and believes that Bryan’s obvious passion for music mirrors his own. He loves his writing style, but is also enraptured by the boyishly handsome writer.

Rockin the alternative is interesting for a short book. Lemme explain, the attraction a bit too fast but the fact that Bryan was a massive fanboy made it less of an Instalove…. Scratch that, the book makes me wonder if it’s all lust or love. Emotions were thrown in pretty quickly, but the author managed to pull off a subtle character arc for Aubrey and Bryan.

Also, Damn Aubrey need to chill a bit on the seduction, He was on the prowl and all I could think was ‘subtlety thou art a lost cause’ PS: loved the thong!

Personally, I’m not very comfortable with explicit sex scenes unless I can see a strong emotional connection between the two men, and while I couldn’t call what they have a strong emotional connection per se, There was tension, emotional conflicts, nervousness, and hesitation. That made it more real and less like an Instalust or a groupie sex thingy.

Another thing I loved was the vulnerability in Aubrey, it made him seem more attainable and more human, I could do without his self-deprecating moments but it seemed to fit him somehow.

I’m still on the fence about how Bryan went from straight to Bi to your the only dick for me and that’s why it didn’t work out with ladies.  I think the author tried to ease up on it by showing some hesitation and the scene where his boner shriveled up. The ending was a bit abrupt and I felt that their relation moved to fast.

I mean they went from Fanboy meets Rockstar> first-time gay sex> Only penis for me> let’s travel together. For someone who is supposedly straight and another with some subtle abandonment issues, their relationship seems to move at lightning speed, not to mention the fourteen-year difference. It’s a good book but I wish some scenes were expanded to show more depth.

I can’t wait to read the second book- Rockin it Forever, I hope the Author added some physical and emotional conflicts as well as give their relationship more depth.
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Galley copy of ROCKIN THE ALTERNATIVE provided by PRIDE PUBLISHING in exchange of an honest review.


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