I Want You To Want Me (Rock Star Romance Book 2) by Erika Kelly

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Even more than wanting to be a rock star, Derek Valencia wants respect in the music industry. But right when his band hits the big-time, the guys spiral out of control, and the record label threatens to pull its support. So, when their manager hires a minder to keep them in line, Derek’s pride takes a hit. Still, he can’t refuse the help, not when he’s this close to getting everything he’s worked so hard for. But the blazing attraction for the babysitter he’s so intent on disliking might just be his undoing.

What does Violet Davis know about love and trust? She grew up in the foster care system, shuffled from one home to another. But when she falls for the bass player in the band she’s been hired to look after, something changes in her. She wants him more than she’s wanted anything in her life. For the first time, she’s in love.

But can a woman who craves stability really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band?

My Review

This is Derek’s story. He is the band manager and also the bass player. 

Derek is a straight-laced, no bs musician. He does it for approval from his father. However, getting involved with the band’s publicist may not be the most brilliant move. The next chapter of this book jumps to people we aren’t familiar with and a posh party. I’m not sure how this related to the band or Derek. Ahh, now I see where she comes in. Let’s hope this works. 

Scarlett or Violet, kinda confused as to why she goes by two names, is a minder. Her job seems to be to manage the reckless behavior of the rock band. 

This book gets into the not-so-glamorous side of rockstars. Interestingly there seems to be some chemistry between Derek and Violet, but she is there to work. It is honestly kinda sad. 

While it was a slow-burn romance with Derek and Violet, this book also covers much information on addiction. I like that the author approached this taboo subject about rockstars and their lifestyle. Sensibly, she doesn’t just bulldoze it or slap something on it, and magically it is fixed. Instead, she incorporates the minder position and the advice of a wise woman who has dealt with and helped others. Violet isn’t pushy, but she is strong. 

Derek finds himself in love with Violet, but can he make her see it. I absolutely love when things come crashing down. The author takes us on a journey to a place very much talked about in this book. I love that we get to sees Violet in her natural element and, of course, the love that blossoms with Derek. This book gets oh so steamy! The love is palpable in the writing as they really burn up the pages. 

This book goes from flying high on happiness and joy to crashing into a heart-wrenching, ugly crying moment. Derek and Violet’s story really is heart-wrenching as they both overcome fears, emotions, and themselves. However, this book will light you up after all the ugly crying, leaving you with a huge smile. 

I love the inclusion of song lyrics into the special scenes in this book. I loved Violet’s character being broken even as an important woman. I love that she was self-conscious and hurting. I love how determined Derek was; he was positively swoon-worthy. I love that author included an ideal setting for the inspirations that get the band back on track. I also love that the book included the rock star lifestyle. The author has the perfect mix of a steamy, emotional story but also interesting and exciting. 

If you like this book make sure you check out the other books in this series Rock Star Romance, I look forward to the next book in the series Take Me Home Tonight. If you love this book you may also like books with theese tags and categories Rockstar Romance, enemies to lovers and Rockband.

You can find I Want You To Want Me by Erika Kelly on Amazon. As an Amazon associate I earn on qualifying purchases. You can also find the entire Rock Star Romance Series on Amazon. Also check Erika Kelly’s Author Page on Amazon.


Published by Tanya

I am an avid reader who loves amazing romance, fantasy, or paranormal books. I spend as many hours reading as I can and love to find a fantastic story,

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