Jun 28, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review} Wicked White by Michelle A. Valentine

wickedwhiteWicked White by Michelle A. Valentine
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult Contemporary
THEME: Music, Romance


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?


I’ve read and seen so many bios on the hardship of being a celebrity, it may look fun but it sounds like a whirlwind of do this and do that, and never having a real life. I liked how Valentine explored a rockers life that saw the negatives and didn’t live the crazy rock star life. This was definitely a mellower toned story for a rocker, but it was a refreshing change from all the bad boys I’ve been reading about.

Ace is stuck in a life of fake people and no creative freedom, he wanted to be a rock star but didn’t see that his life was going to be following orders and being pulled along. After hearing the woman who he thought of as a mother was in the hospital, he doesn’t even think twice, he just leaves in the middle of a tour, going AWOL. I can only imagine in real life how freaked out the managers and record label would be if this happened to a star. But kudos to him not wanting to take it anymore. He moves in to a trailer park with his new identity, where he meets Iris who is struggling too. They have an instant attraction but Ace doesn’t want to bring Iris into his chaos.

Iris has come back home, leaving her New York life behind to take care of her grandmother’s estate. She hopes to go back a live her dream as a singer but for now she needs tenants. Iris handles her first new tenant who is Ace, but his attitude isn’t much to go on. She’s a little taken back by how mean he is to her for no reason. But of course guys like him think that being mean will keep people away, it only just makes people more determined to find out what’s going on. I found it interesting that someone whose dream to be a singer doesn’t recognize, even though he changed his appearance, someone who is so famous. But she seems to not be a judgmental person who gets star struck. I adored her positive attitude and she was so different from the girls I normally read about, she has a protective side that added to her strength.

In the end they both had to come to terms with their futures. The story consists of two parts, the first is more of an introduction and you can see how the leads really connect to each other. The second was a whole lot of angst and some annoying decisions made because of Ace’s true identity. I knew once Iris found out about him and or if the media tracked him down something big was going to happen. There were some ups and downs, but I really enjoyed the writing and character development. Even though it had an insta love romance I liked how they both connected and had such different struggles to help each other through. The ending however I wasn’t a big fan of so I’m hoping in the next book will see more of this couple and how they figure things out.

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Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.

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