ROCK MY BED
(Black Falcon #2)
by Michelle A. Valentine
Read below for my review, an excerpt & giveaway
Everything always seems to fall into place for twenty-four year-old Aubrey Jenson, except for when it comes to her luck with men. Bad boys always draw her in and crush her heart, and Black Falcon’s lead guitarist, Riff, is no exception. After sharing a few wild nights together, she leaves him behind, knowing a guy like Riff isn’t the relationship type, merely just a play thing.
When she returns to New York, she tries to get the passion she felt in Riff’s arms out of her head by dating Isaac, a successful representative at Center Stage Marketing. Just when she thinks she’s forgotten Riff, she’s forced to see him again when her best friend, Lanie, ropes her into being a bridesmaid for her upcoming wedding to Black Falcon front man, Noel.
Sparks fly instantly between Aubrey and Riff when they’re forced to reunite, and suddenly she finds herself caught between the man that’s good for her and the one who completely rocks her in every way.
**New Adult Romance–Book 2 in the Black Falcon series. This book can be read without reading book one.**
Rating: 4 stars
I read this book immediately following both Rock the Heart and Rock the Band. Is it necessary? I don’t think so. I will say that since I found myself becoming attached to both Noel and Lanie, I was concerned about whether I’d be open to a story that was not about them. Rest assured that as soon as I started this book, my concerns melted away.
One of my favorite things about it was that Ms. Valentine backtracked and pretty much started the book around where Rock the Heart started – but from Aubrey and Riff’s perspectives. There was no huge leap in time. You got to relive Rock the Heart and Rock the Band, just from a completely different viewpoint. I think this is one of the first times I have ever seen a book done this way. It felt like all the little holes in Aubrey and Riff’s story were perfectly filled.
Now Aubrey and Riff’s story is a bit different than Noel and Lanie. It’s not as sweet or sentimental, but it was more realistic. Riff immediately grabs your attention and your heart clenches for him. He is one broken man and you want nothing more than to see him put aside his self-hatred and let someone in. I’ve read reviews and comments saying that they love Riff more than Noel – now I won’t go as far as saying that, but I will say I love Riff equally but for different reasons. He was such a complex character that I just couldn’t help but want to know more about him.
Now I actually loved Aubrey for most of this book. I felt like her emotions were realistic and her character was easily relateable – almost more so than Lanie was in Rock the Heart. The one thing that bothered me was the secret she was keeping from Lanie throughout the book. It was a really crappy thing for her to do as her best friend and I was surprised that when Lanie finally found out she wasn’t upset. I was pissed for Lanie throughout the book and expected a bit more reaction than what I got.
Because the story was told from alternating perspectives – which I really enjoyed – you knew what both characters were thinking at all times. There was angst that’s for sure. It did become frustrating going through the back and forth with the both of them constantly. One moment they just wanted something physical, then another moment someone wanted something more but the other was scared, then vice versa, etc. It gave me a sense of emotional whiplash and I feel like towards the end I was a little over the ping pong game of emotions and all the games.
I hope there is more to Riff and Aubrey’s story. Although the ending was a good one, it didn’t feel complete and wanted more. I hope Ms. Valentine continues their story – even if it’s a novella like she did with Noel. I’m just not quite ready to let them go yet. If you’re a fan of Black Falcon and enjoyed Rock the Heart and Rock the Band, this book will NOT disappoint you.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I watch Zach throw the last of his things in a duffel bag. “I can’t believe you have to go back already.”
My heart sinks at the thought of not being with him every day. Believe it or not, in a week I’ve grown used to having him here all the time.
He walks around the bed and pulls me up by both hands. “Come with me.”
I throw my arms around his neck and squeeze against him. “I can’t. I have my job here and all.”
He sighs and rests his forehead against mine. “I know. I wish you’d quit and come on the road with me. I like having you with me.”
“That would be better than anything in the world, but I’ve worked so hard for this degree and it’s the best company in the field. I can’t give that up.”
He nods. “I know, but it doesn’t make the pain of leaving you here hurt any less.”
I rub the back of his head and the stubble scratches my fingertips. “I feel the same way. But like you said, we’re only an airplane ride apart. Maybe I can come to you on weekends or something.”
“I’ll take whatever you can give me.” He leans in and presses his lips to mine.
A crushing weight sits on my chest knowing this will be the last kiss I get from him in a while. I close my eyes, but it doesn’t stop the burn that’s taking them over. Squeezing them tighter doesn’t work either. It merely forces a tear out of the corner of my eye.
“Don’t cry,” he whispers, “I’ll see you again before you know it.”
The call button on my apartment rings as someone buzzes the apartment entrance. “That’s your ride.”
I fist his t-shirt in my hands and kiss his lips with as much force as I can muster. This week has been perfect and I’m scared to let him go. I don’t want this feeling to end, and I’m afraid that if we try this long-distance thing it isn’t going to work out. They never do.
“I have to go.” He gives me one last peck. “I’ll call you when I board the plane.”
I nod and pull my hands away from his shirt. I wonder if he feels this, too? The uncertainly of what lies ahead for us?
I sniff and do my best to hide the overwhelming emotion I feel building inside of me. The brightest smile I can afford to show fills my face as he steps back.
“This isn’t goodbye. It’s more like an I’ll see you later, okay?”
“Okay,” I answer softly.
He grabs his bag, takes one last look at me and then heads out of the bedroom. The minute the front door clicks shut, I fall back against my pillow and allow the breakdown I’ve been holding back to break free.
Never in a million years did I believe that kiss backstage with a sweaty, Mohawked rock star would lead to a connection like this. This is one curveball in life I wasn’t expecting.
Reading Order & Purchase Links
Rock the Heart (Black Falcon #1)
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Rock the Band (Black Falcon #1.5)
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Rock My Bed (Black Falcon #2)
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About Michelle A. Valentine
New York Times Best Selling author Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance of forthcoming novels ROCK THE HEART (2012) and ROCK MY BED (2013). Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos and sexy musicians inspired her BLACK FALCON series.
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