Series: Rock Canyon Romance #2
Publication Date: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Source: Avon Books
Gemma Carlson didn't plan on waking up married.
She also didn't count on running into her old flame‚ÄĒand her son's father-turned-country rock star‚ÄĒTravis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow ‚Ä¶ neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there's just one thing to do: run.
Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when they had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn't hesitate. Of course, he didn't expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn't plan on losing Gemma again‚ÄĒor the son he didn't know he had. He proposes, albeit belatedly, a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not ‚Ä¶
Gemma's not interested; she's got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around¬†could¬†make both a little easier. Still, good girls don't date rock stars . . . right?
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The first thing you see¬†when you read the synopsis is, Gemma Carson didnt plan on waking up married. Bamm! That hooked me right in and I decided to give Good Girls Dont Date Rockstars a chance. Like the synopsis tells us, Gemma wakes up married to her high school boyfriend whos also her sons father. Panicked and a little hung over, Gemma leaves the morning after, expecting a quick annulment and to never speak of the incident again. Trevor Bowers has other plans, however. He once let Gemma walk out of his life and hes not willing to do it again.
I read Garys first book in the Rock Canyon Romance series, Things Good Girls Dont Do, and despite the cheesiness, I thought it was a cute, light read. With that in mind I started Good Girls Dont Date Rockstars with a couple of expectations, and to be honest, I was a bit disappointed. Garys female protagonist, Gemma Carson, is one stubborn Mama Bear and while that can be a good quality to have, it worked against her throughout the majority of the novel. There are the classic tropes most romance novels seem to have, and while I expected them, I was hoping for a little more. Thats not to say I didnt like the protagonist, but at times I just wanted to shake her. Now, onto her more positive attributes, Gemma is fiercely loyal, loving, caring, and shell do just about anything to protect her sonall good qualities a mother should have. When it came to dealing with her son, Charlie, I had no protests. Gemma¬†thought shed picked the right choice for them at the time, and I cant blame her for that. The thing I loved most about Gemma? Her love of books!
Often when it comes to the male hero, romance novels tend to go for the same type: handsome (of course), rugged, and just a bit damagedand Trevor definitely fits the bill. Unable to forget about the one that got away, Trevor jumps at the opportunity to rekindle the romance he and Gemma once had, oblivious to Charlies existence. I can understand why he would be extremely pissed off that Gemma never once told him about his son; what I couldnt get behind was the 360 change in regards to his feelings at the revelation. Angry and hurt I can relate to, but angry to the point of hateful? Thats where I draw the line. Honestly, I felt a bit indifferent when it came to¬†Trevor. I liked him just fine, but there really wasnt a point in the story where I fell in love with him.
The romance in novels like this one tend to be a whirlwind effect, where lust plays a major role in the majority of the book. I have no problem with that, but the overall cheesiness of Trevor and Gemmas relationship did start to annoy me towards the end. Perhaps that means Ive been reading too much romance lately and not enough of something else, but I found their relationship to be a bit cliched and predictable. I really¬†did¬†enjoy those first couple of chapters that set the stage for the rest of the book, but once the hype died down, I found myself longing to get to the finish line. Regardless of my thoughts on Trevor and Gemma, I enjoyed the rest of the Rock Canyon gangGracie in particular! Im definitely interested in Gracies story, and I hope to hear news about it soon. Nevertheless, Good Girls Dont Date Rockstars was one of those light, fast and easy reads, perfect for when you need a break from the¬†heartbreaking books that do away with your heart.