Title: Runaway Rock Star (States of Love)
Author: C.J. Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 10, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 87
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Just hours before Brandon Harris is supposed to head home to Cincinnati for a Labor Day family picnic, his boss at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame forces him into giving a private tour to bratty British pop-rock star Lucas Black. Before he knows it, he finds himself swept up in a whirlwind road trip through Ohio with Lucas riding shotgun.
Lucas grabs hold of this wild opportunity to run away—even for a few precious days—from the gilded cage that is his carefully managed life. He’s just looking for a little fun and freedom as a normal person. From roller coasters to a college football game, Brandon begins to see the real Lucas Black buried under the famous persona. But by the time he and Lucas discover their mutual attraction, they only have one night left before both of them have to go back to their real lives. The fun is over…unless Lucas can run away for real this time and keep their adventure going.
Brandon Harris loves working at Cincinnati’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, even when his boss makes him delay his Labor Day plans to give a private tour to Lucas Black, an obnoxious pop star who owns a glow-in-the-dark Fender and sings drivel like “Ooh baby, your love drives me crazy. Goin’ insane, can’t get you outta my brain.” Turns out Lucas isn’t as shallow as his PR makes him out to be, and Lucas convinces Brandon to take him on an Ohio road trip.
While this book has a fun light premise, it feels cliched – misunderstood rock star meets nice guy who encourages him to go for his dreams. Both MCs are young – early 20’s – and there isn’t enough character development to get a sense of their chemistry or lack thereof. After Brandon spends most of the book wondering if Lucas is gay, there is one sex scene around 85% and the book ends quickly with a HFN. I guess I needed a few more scenes in the book to flesh out the characters and an epilogue after the hurried ending. I liked the author’s writing style and would definitely read another of her books, but “Runaway Rock Star” did not work for me. 3 stars.