Series: Rock Star Romance #2
Published by Berkley on 07/07/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
From the award-winning author of You Really Got Me comes the next romance in her red-hot Rock Star Romance series, about a rocker who lives for his music—and loves with all his heart.
Derek Valencia finally has the success he’s worked so hard for. His band is touring its debut album and great reviews are rolling in. But when pictures of him tossing naked groupies off a balcony go viral, it’s damage-control time. He’s assigned a “babysitter” whose sole job is to keep him out of trouble.
Violet Davis swore she’d never work in the music industry again, but being a minder for a rock star will earn her enough to pay off the mortgage on her wildflower farm. And for a girl brought up in the foster care system, owning her own home means more to her than anything.
Though at first the two bang heads, the rocker and the farm girl soon grow close and realize that they make sweet music together. But can a girl who craves the stability of life on a farm really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band?
I love the Internet. Seriously, I love it for so many reasons. But definitely at the top of my list for reasons why I adore the Internet is that I get recommendations for books I would otherwise have passed over. I would never have given I Want You To Want Me by Erika Kelly a second glance, but Renee loved it, and so when I saw it at Barnes and Noble I picked it up. Giving I Want You to Want Me a chance was such a good thing because I really loved this book and I want to read more in the series.
I Want You to Want Me is about Derek, a member from new and upcoming band Blue Fire. The band is on tour, and some of the members of the band are getting a little wild and generating some bad press. So Violet is brought in. She is sort of like a sober companion, but a step above. She’s there to help out the band members to find better ways to relieve the energy and stress from the grueling touring schedule.
I was a bit apprehensive for about the first 50 pages of the book. I wasn’t sure if I could get behind Derek, because he seemed a bit like a womanizer. But whoa, was I wrong. I totally fell for Derek. He is a pretty nice guy, and he wants more than anything for his band to succeed and for people to think he is a great musician. And although he initially isn’t happy about this babysitter, it’s more because he feels like he should be able to take care of his band mates, than him just wanting to party. And once he accepts that Violet really does know what’s best, he backs her up 100% and I loved that.
Violet is totally awesome! I love how calm and competent she is, and how she doesn’t let anyone from the band push her around. She doesn’t yell at them or shame them; she just talks to them and tries to get them to understand that this is in their best interest. Violet is dealing with some personal stuff, though, and what she ultimately wants to do is return to her wildflower farm on Long Island and live there. But first she needs to earn enough money to pay it off. Hence this whole sober companion job.
Violet and Derek have so much chemistry. It’s clear from the first time they meet, and I was rooting for them right away. But things are complicated, because Violet refuses to sleep with Derek because he is a client. And Derek is frustrated that she won’t sleep with him because it’s clear that she really likes him. Derek definitely makes some poor choices, and I was annoyed with him at times. But deep down, he cares about Violet so much, and he’s not sure how to handle the situation.
I Want You To Want Me is a fantastic contemporary romance. It’s not light and airy, but it’s not heavy and dark either. It’s the perfect balance. I cannot wait to read more from this series.