KKF’S SPOTLIGHT ON WICKED WHITE
Title: Wicked White
Series: Wicked White Book One
Author: Michelle A. Valentine
Released: 23th June, 2015
Publisher: Mountlake Romance
Cover design: RBA Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age: New Adult
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?
“Iris…that was amazing. You’ve got so much talent,” I praise.
Her green eyes light up with excitement like a child’s do on Christmas morning. “You really think so? You’re not just saying that?”
“No. I never bullshit about music. You’ve definitely got the chops for Broadway, it’s just…” I hesitate, not wanting to hurt her feelings, but I know that in order for her to get better, she has to be told what she’s doing wrong.
She lays her hand on my forearm. “Please, tell me. I can take it. Promise.”
I stand beside her, so close that my chest nearly touches her shoulder. I’m itching to touch her, but I won’t do it without permission. “May I touch you?”
She draws in a ragged breath and then nods. “Yes.”
I curl the fingers of my right hand around her right shoulder and pull back a little so that her posture is perpendicular to the floor. At this angle, I can’t help but notice her heaving chest and how her perky tits move in sync with each breath she takes.
I slide my left hand against her toned stomach and my pinkie grazes the warm patch of skin that’s exposed between her T-shirt and the waistband of her jeans.
Our contact is fucking electric, and my own breathing picks up speed as I attempt to fight back the arousal I feel for her boiling beneath my surface.
“Everything about you is magnetic,” I whisper in her ear, and she shivers at the words. “Don’t be afraid to open your eyes and watch your audience enjoy you. Be confident and project. Let go.”
I let go of her shoulder, and move to face her before pressing the repeat button on the machine. As the intro of the song plays, I say, “Do it again, but this time I want you to look at me.”
This time when she opens her mouth to sing, when she begins to tip her head down, I slide my index finger under her chin and angle her head so that she’s forced to peer into my eyes.
Her words are just barely above a whisper, so I slip my hand back on her abdomen and say, “Project–from here. Sing it like you mean it.”
It’s like lightening strikes this beautiful woman in my arms as she sings to me without fear. The words of the song come out effortlessly, and her voice could rival any of the greatest female vocalists of all time.
She’s that damn stunning.
I nod approvingly and smile. “Yes!”
With that little bit of encouragement, she shocks me even more when she pushes herself to hit notes that are above and beyond what she reached the first time.
Only on the last lyric does she close her eyes while she holds the note there until the music stops. She releases a contented sigh as soon as the music ends, and when her beautiful eyes meet mine again, they swirl with emotion.
Completely blown away, I fumble with the words to tell her just how impressed I am. “Iris, that was–”
Without warning, she throws her arms around my neck and crushes her lips against mine. I know kissing her back is wrong, but I’ll be damned if I don’t want her so badly at this point that I can’t stop myself from giving in. I’ve been so good with restraining myself when it comes to Iris, because protecting her from the chaos that I’ll bring her is what’s always been on the forefront of my mind.
Her fingers thrust into my hair, and I reach down and curl my hands around her thighs before hoisting her into the air. Instinctively she wraps her legs around my waist, and I thread one of my hands into her tousled curls while the other is busy cupping that perfect ass of hers.
“I’ve wanted you since you walked into my trailer,” she breathes against my lips.
A thrill shoots through me at her admission of how long she’s wanted me. “You’ve been driving me out of my mind from the moment I first saw you.”
“Then take me.”
Reviewed by Kindle Friends Forever
Actually, the first thing that we noticed when starting to read this book is it breaks barriers regarding your typical ‘Rock Star’ novel. It’s sensitively written, more realistic, but not what either of us expected. We both liked the way the two protagonists voice their points of view, their insecurities, and their qualms about what could be. However, the plot could have been so much more, and we did feel that the two main characters were lacking in development.
Ace White, the lead singer in Wicked White, voices his frustrations in a band where he is dominated by rules and regulations in a contract he’s not happy with. However, his manager had convinced him to sign it because according to her, it was the road to success! Whether or not he will bend to those rules is exactly what this story is about.
There were moments in this book that we really liked, moments which caused us to skim a few pages. Perhaps what we wanted was a tad more bite to this read. More conflict with his band members would have spiced things up no-end, and even though he did what he did, it wasn’t enough to hold our attention.
Iris’ wish for stardom has to be put on hold when she is forced to leave New York because of a serious family issue. Here she finds herself in a tight spot and serious decisions have to be made. But not all is gloom and doom. Her new neighbour’s opened up her curiosity. Not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he’s a damn nice dude, too! Eventually secrets are revealed, their stories are told and an amorous relationship blossoms. And get this, misunderstandings abound. We could have strangled him! Our very thoughts were how could someone who has such knowledge of Shakespeare; he constantly quotes his works, be so daft in the affairs of love. When everything goes haywire, the consequences are disastrous.
KFF recommend Wicked White to young adults which is the first book in a series and undoubtedly aimed at this age group. There are some really hot scenes which are described in a very loving way, too. Entwined, there is a moral to this story which we really liked and you’ll only find out what it is when you read the book! But this type of genre which we normally love, just didn’t seem to work for us this time. Nevertheless, it was well written, the editing perfect, and the storyline, romantically candy-coated. We wouldn’t hesitate to read more from this author as we’re absolutely sure that this being the first book that we’ve read by her, doesn’t give us any leeway to judge her works fairly. So for those of you who enjoy a real cool hero and a heroine who gives in a little too quickly for our liking, why not give this book a chance?
Michelle A. Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Rock the Heart. Wicked White is the first novel in her Wicked White romance series. She attended college as a drafting and design major, but her love of people soon persuaded her to join the nursing field. It wasn’t until after the birth of her son that she began her love affair with romance novels, and she hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not writing, she feeds her music addiction, dabbles in party planning, and expresses herself by working with arts and crafts. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, son, and two beloved dogs.
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