Raven, rock and roll bad girl with a heart of gold, has escaped a tough childhood by becoming somebody else. She doesn’t give a damn what people think, she knows she is standing up for girls just like her, and to hell with the consequences of her heart-breaking, hard drinking and drug taking lifestyle. Her manager despairs and bullies her into at least meeting a new PR consultant to try and improve her image.
Chris is the boss’s right hand woman at her agency, definitely in line for a partnership some day. She has never failed and doesn’t intend to now. Being a huge Raven fan and suffering from a nervous fangirl fluttering aren’t going to stop her being her usual down to earth and professional self. When she realises there’s an intelligent and sensitive woman under the bravado she finds herself even more intrigued by the enigmatic star.
The plot line of ‘Backstage Pass” it well done. The story arc might take a predictable line, but it is carefully drawn. The setting of a tour bus on the road gives Ms Scott a microcosm in which to create her world. She has managed to generate the tension, excitement – the adrenaline – of a rock star’s tour without ever having to spend a lot of time describing it.. it just is.
The characters are genuine and complex; they have strengths, weaknesses and flaws a-plenty. As the story unfolds we get to see more and more of the ‘real’ people behind the facade of the band, and realise their histories have literally made them what they have become. Riley Scott fills in detail on a wide range of characters as well as Raven and Chris, creating a good grounding for the plausibility of their interactions. Their behaviours are believable, and even when Chris breaks her own rules we can see how she has been swept up in the rush of life on the road.
This is a great read. Strong personalities, a solid and well-drawn setting and a plausible and well-constructed plot. I found myself getting involved in the emotional lives of the main players, wanting them to find a way to make it work, and what more can we demand from a romance than likeable characters, a strong story and hot sex.
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