Rocked Under by Cora Hawkes
Synopsis: Falling in love isn’t always easy or pleasant. The intense and angst-filled story of Emma and Scott is a painful, gut-wrenching and exhausting portrayal of how hard it can be to let go…
Nineteen year-old Emma Harrington’s number one rule is; Never give your heart away to a man, no matter what. That lesson was learned early on in her life and she will never forget it.
Starting over in the USA, Emma starts college with her cousin, Ashley. She is finally free to do and live how she wants and no man will ever rule her decisions or emotions again.
That is until Scott Mason walks on stage…
Intense, bad boy Scott is the lead singer in a local and popular rock band. Ladies man and Ashley’s longtime friend, Emma is instantly drawn to him, even though he is everything she hates and needs to stay away from in a guy. He treats females like he does a cigarette; light it, use it, and lose it.
For her cousin’s sake, she makes an effort to get along with Scott. She soon discovers that there is more to Scott which makes him even more dangerous in her eyes. Underneath the façade of friendship; jealousy, obsession, fear and insecurities, fester and battle it out as she fights her attraction and history from repeating itself.
One thing she knows for sure is that if she breaks her rule, it may destroy her.
Scott Mason, a bad boy rocker who is tattooed, a lead singer, man-whore; what’s not to love? But there is more to him than what meets the eye. Emma, hiding a secret and guarding her heart is steering clear of Scott.
“I had no intention of getting involved with a tattooed, spikey-haired rock dude who wore his waistband under his ass cheeks, slept around and had commitment issues. Those were the types that had me running from the hills.”
Rocked Under is a sexy, angsty, filled with lots of sexual tension and hot, sweaty goodness! The storyline is a bit predictable, but the writing is good and had some really great elements.
Both main characters, Emma and Scott, do a lot of back and forth almost giving my heart a little whiplash. But it worked with the storyline. These characters had a connection and fought it almost every step of the way. I really enjoyed how the tension built between Emma and Scott and yet how they took time to get to know each other. As with all great reads, Rocked Under pulled a little at my heart, stomped on it a bit and then put it back together.
“It’s always been you. I’m incapable of loving anyone else. It’s you or no one. I would be so good to you, babe. Please, just give me a shot at making you happy.” SWOON!
A couple of parts of the story were a bit disconnected to the rest of the story that left me scratching my head a bit wondering the significance. It seemed like a thought or scene interrupted. There were other parts of the story that I felt had significance but missed delving deeper.
I was glad to see that these characters story will continue in a second book. I love being able to get a bit more of characters we just begin to know and love.
All in all, this was a great read and gave me that little bit of an escape from daily life that I look for in a book. Author Cora Hawkes did a great job with this novel and I loved the British elements kept with the character of Emma. Give it a try! 4.0~Stars
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Cora Hawkes lives in England with her man and their four children. She thinks the kindle is the greatest invention ever and hers is mostly filled with paranormal and fantasy romances. Favourite books are Kresley Cole’s IAD series, Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant series and Heather killough-Walden’s The Chosen Soul series.
Apart from family-time, reading and writing, she LOVES music and going to gigs. She hates soaps and rarely watches TV but loves The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and Gossip Girl.
“Why do you sleep around so much?” I whispered, knowing full well that I had no right to ask.
His eyes widened and he looked up at the sky for a moment. “Why do you ask?” His voice was quiet.
“Ash told me that you’ve never had a girlfriend.” Why was I talking about this with him?
He sighed before looking back down at me. “She told you that, but what she was really doing was warning you off me.” He was looking at me seriously now.
“No,” I lied, “she just told me.” I looked away.
“I don’t believe you, but I can understand her wanting to protect you, especially from me.” He shook his head. His tone had been serious but then he smiled softly at me.
I was momentarily stunned by him.
“You still haven’t answered my question,” I reminded him gently.
“I…I’m not into relationships,” he shrugged as if it was nothing, but I knew he was lying.
“So, basically, you sleep around because you can get away with it and you think that having a girlfriend would hold you back and you’d get bored.”
Very briefly, I saw his face crease with pain, but it happened so fast that I could have imagined it.
“Why? Were you thinking of applying for the position?” His grin was cheeky as he steered our conversation back onto safer ground.
I blushed. If only he knew how much I thought about him.
“Wow, is that a blush?” He looked surprised and then laughed loudly.
“Shut up!” I cringed as I punched his shoulder, my face burning hotter. “And no, I wasn’t applying for anything, I’m seeing Adam, remember? I’m sort of taken,” I said proudly, holding my head high.
He sobered then and looked up again at the sky.
“He’s lucky,” I thought I heard him say under his breath.
“I said, ‘he’s lucky’. But if he treats you bad, he’s going to turn unlucky real quick.” He looked serious.