Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Review: Michelle A. Valentine's "Wicked White (Wicked White #1)."

Review: Michelle A. Valentine's "Wicked White (Wicked White #1)." 


Synopsis:

After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.

Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

Review-Jo 

I absolutely loved Michelle A. Valentine's "Black Falcon" series so as soon as I heard that Michelle had written another music based series, I couldn't wait to get stuck in. Unfortunately "Wicked White" did not have the same impact on me and I felt that this story was not as good as I had expected it to be. I was left feeling a little disappointed. 

Iris Easton is not the kind of girl you can sleep with one time 
and never see again. She's the kind of girl that makes you change everything 
you thought you ever wanted in life just to be with her.

This book follows the story of Ace White, the lead singer of rock group "Wicked White". Ace had been well and truly swallowed up by the music industry, so much so that he had begun to hate the lifestyle that he was living. He couldn't stand another minute of life with the band so he went on the run, escaping from all of his commitments with Wicked White. Ace was a soft and gentle kind of guy, most of the time. He was not the kind of guy who I would associate being in a rock band and it was kind of obvious why he felt like he didn't belong there. Although Ace came across as placid, there were moments in the book where I saw him display a fiery temper. This surprised me at first. I guess you could say he had a split personality. He reminded me a little of The incredible Hulk, Ace could be all soft and loving but if someone made him angry, that person knew about it pretty fast! lol! 

I'm going to make Mom proud of me and be a man who stands on his own two feet 
and lives by his own rules. I don't want to go back to that life. 
The fame-reporters always in my face-I'm done with it all. 
I want a life of simplicity, and that's what I'm going to set out to find.

Following the loss of her Grandmother, Iris was struggling to get by. Life was tough but she hardly ever complained. Iris was a sweet and fun loving girl or just needed a break... a fairy godmother to rid her of the grim life that she was leading. When Iris and Ace met, they were both instantly attracted to one another and I began to see some hope that life would improve for Iris. However things were not as easy as you'd think. With Ace's rock star past beginning to catch up with him, it was only a matter of time before Ace and Iris' relationship was put to the test.

"I don't care what it is you're running from, Ace. I'll be with you anywhere. I'm yours" 

Iris and Ace made a sweet couple but I wondered what would happen to the pair once Ace's truth was uncovered. Despite the frustratingly slow pace of the story I continued on because I wanted to know what Iris and Ace's future held. As this book was the first in the series, I wasn't sure if I would get to see Iris and Ace find their HEA or if this book would end with a cliffhanger and I would have to wait until book two before I got some answers. Luckily, I was pleased to discover that everything between Ace and Iris was all settled by the last page so this book can be read as a standalone.

I loved the premise of "Wicked White" and I thought that it was a unique twist to the usual rock star series' that I've previously read. I found the main characters to the story were both likeable and I enjoyed getting to them, however I didn't fall in love with Iris or Ace. I also felt that the story was really slow paced and failed to excite me in the way that I hoped it would which frustrated me. I wanted so much for this book to amaze me but sadly it didn't deliver. 

"Wicked White" gets ❤️❤️❤️

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