Title: Rock F*ck Club
Author: Michelle Mankin
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 4/24/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance,Erotica,Menage M/F/M
Page Count: 400
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
10 cities in two weeks 10 famous rock stars
On my knees
Against the wall
On my tits
I don’t care. As long as I get the evidence to prove it.
Because I caught my former prick of a boyfriend from Heavy Metal Enthusiasts doing a groupie doggie style backstage on the night we were supposed to be celebrating our 1 year anniversary.
He told me I was too uptight.
So I got drunk with my bestie, Marsha West, the aspiring videographer. I ranted. I raved. I came up with a crazy idea.
What I didn’t know was that my best friend recorded me. Marsha put the video up on YouTube. It went viral with 10 million hits. Now I’ve got fans and sponsors offering me big bucks.
Rock stars are volunteering to be my f*ck buddy.
Hollywood is calling.
I get to choose which rock stars I want.
The stakes are high.
This sh*t just got real.
What could go wrong?
3.5 stars- A great message but lots of moving parts
I’d wager Rock F*ck Club will have plenty of readers in both the LOVE and PASS category from the synopsis alone. I ended up somewhere in the middle with this one. The blurb and plot hooked me from the first promos, so I was excited to get my hands on an ARC. I loved the idea of flipping the script and having the heroine as “the player” propelling the story. However, I think it is important to note this isn’t solely about a girl’s sexual exploits with rock stars, but rather a romance that takes an unconventional path.
Many people likely can empathize with Raven at the start of the book. A cluster of events may trigger a tail spin, but there’s the final “straw” that forces you to take stock and need to take control and stop the slide. I loved the emotion up front and really liked the main and supporting characters in the story. I enjoyed the romance and thought the couple complemented each other well. To avoid spoilers, I’m not going to mention where/how the hero comes into play…but I really liked how he grounded the plotline and heroine. Rock F*ck Club is a standalone, but Miss Mankin managed to work in a few appearances from bands/band members from her other series that I’m sure her fans will appreciate as much as I did. Those familiar with the author won’t be surprised there’s a good bit of grit to the main characters’ pasts as well as within the storyline itself. She always makes her characters work for their happiness, and Raven certainly doesn’t get a free pass. I absolutely loved the message that someone can’t have a successful relationship until they respect, love, and embrace themselves- even the “ugly” aspects.
Where it lost me was the abundance of emotions and a whopping dose of angst surrounding Raven’s past and present circumstances eventually overwhelmed the story that had, up to that point, really captured my intrigue. It inevitably became muddled- angsty romance meets girl power sexiness, starring a heroine with a troubled past and an intense love for music, and set among rock stars and concerts. All these components have promise on their own, but piled together it lost some of the power. As with the conflicts, the pacing was a mix of fast action and slower build-up. I went from “can’t stop reading” to distracted reading. I did enjoy the Navajo elements that came increasingly into play as the story progressed. It added depth to Raven’s character, and was interesting and different from much of what I’ve read in recent months. However, her spiritual journey and the background to explain why it was so important added yet another complication to the plot and weighed down the pacing as things were drawing to a satisfying resolution.
Rock F*ck Club took an interesting approach to romance. I liked the ideas fueling it and enjoyed most of the components separately. I just think there ended up being a little too much to wade through in the span of a single novel; the multiple facets ended up competing with one another and dwarfing a powerful story. For those on the fence, I’d encourage readers not to make overt assumptions about the book based on the blurb. Yes, there’s sex with multiple different partners included, but at the heart it’s a romance and a story about personal growth.