Rockin’ the Alternative (PrinCkhera’s Review)

rockin the alternative
Title: Rockin’ the Alternative (What’s His Passion?)
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 50
Reviewed by: PrinCkhera
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: .71 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.

Bryan finds pushing his fanboy nervousness aside is difficult when Aubrey finally stands before Brian. He’s amazed at how little Aubrey has changed—his intense gaze, his unique style and his still youthful looks epitomise the star he’s always been. But Aubrey’s vulnerability when he sings and shares the deeply personal lyrics of a new song triggers something in Bryan that he never knew was there. The need to give himself to Aubrey, to let the rock god do to him what he’s never before desired a man to do.

Warning: Dissenting Opinion Ahead

I don’t get it. Maybe it’s an “it’s just me” thing or an “everybody loves it but me”. If so, cool! I guess this one’s my first.


Sorry, just had to get that out there. Of course you don’t care about that, you want to know about the story, what it’s about and whether I (one of its reviewers) would recommend it.

I have wanted to properly write this review for months! I didn’t because I wanted to read the continuation to this story first before I wrote said review.

I thought many things before postponing writing this.

I thought it might get better.

It didn’t.

I thought these characters might grow on me.

They didn’t.

I thought I might stop wanting to hit my head against a wall repeatedly to make the memory of this book get out of my head.

I didn’t. I did groan in frustration, carefully slammed my head against the metro windows, did an actual real-life faceplant into my mattress, bookmark (I couldn’t highlight for some reason) every time I came across something so ridiculous causing my eyes to actually hurt from rolling them so much (basically bookmarked the whole thing).

I thought I might enjoy the plot.


Never have I ever started a book, and then put it down so often. And just imagine, this is a short story – 50 pages – that’s nothing. I’ve devoured books with over 400 pages in a matter of hours (very many hours, but you get the point). This one, itself, took me days. Every time something ridiculous happened, I just couldn’t continue reading.

It happened a lot.

If this was a satire of how absolutely ridiculous some fan fiction can get about a supposedly straight guy meeting their rock star idol (insert any fucking boyband here) and then promptly losing their panties in less than 24 hours? Then Ms. Morticia Knight, you are a fucking genius!

But, that’s me trying to salvage the train wreck that is this book.

Did anything surprising happen in this book?


Did you at any point feel like “hey, this isn’t so bad”?

In the beginning, but then I felt like


There truly isn’t much I can tell you about the first part of both Bryan and Aubrey journey. Simply, because not a lot happens.

And what does happen is so insta-lust & insta-love done badly that I can’t even.

My mid-read reaction (my words):

As I’m reading this, I wonder whether to give it one star or two stars, because believable it is not. You have one supposedly straight guy panting like a horny teenager in front of his childhood idol within a few hours after their initial meeting. There is so much I cannot believe someone wrote this going on in my mind at this point in time and I do not know how the author is going to save this book.

I might be borderline rude by wondering why did Ms. Knight even bother writing a sequel. But, that’s where I’m at.

This story did not work for me on any level.

And I, personally, do not recommend reading it.

(Because the second part is much longer, and these characters are developed more in it – I’m writing the more in depth analysis of both Bryan and Aubrey in there. There’s honestly nothing more I can tell you about this book at this point which also won’t be a criticism within the second one).

Btw. Just a helpful tip for whoever wrote the blurb for this book – a blurb shouldn’t be so elaborate for a book that short because honestly 1) there’s way too much information, 2) it ruins the “omg”-factor… You know, if there was any to begin with.

My version of the blurb (trying to be all professional and stuff): 

Rock journalist Bryan thought he had his life figured out. When he gets the assignment of a life-time, the chance to write a memoir, with an idol he’s admired for decades he can’t believe his luck. Little did he know that actually meeting the man in person would me more than he could handle.

Aubrey King, has-been rock-star, is trying to make a come-back into a world he left behind 10 years ago when his alternative rock band broke up. He wants to enter the scene with a clean slate, but that means answering some questions that he’s been avoiding time and again. Finding someone who he can relate to, someone who would understand him and his love for music is crucial, and he thinks Bryan could be that someone.

Even that seems too long, but do you get what I’m saying.

By the way, even that blurb superbly misleading because this is what I actually read.

Bryan is a terrible journalist who jumps into bed with his client before the contract is even signed. Aubrey is an idiot who did said jumping without even getting his NDA out.
Because their connection is so real? Because he’s special? Because he might be… the one.

Just. No.
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Galley copy of Rockin’ the Alternative provided by Pride Publishing in exchange of an honest review.

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