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Come Undone

(Rock Hard #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  86 reviews
On stage he’s dynamite. Off stage he rocks her world.

When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out wit
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Mischief (HarperCollins UK)
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♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Rock & roll and fame isn't all that's it's cracked up to be. Ms. Ellis writes a gritty love gone wrong in this contemporary erotica. Xane Geist is the driving force behind Black Halo. He writes the power lyrics and croons the tormented songs. His songs are personal as they contain deep intimate meaning. With his love betrayed, he pulls out of the band. It's also his chance meeting with Daniella Fosbrook.

This story is filled with angst. It's not a young adult melodrama. It's a truly saddening
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
ARC received from publisher via Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.

3-ish stars...

When Dani and her best friend find themselves in possession of an all access pass backstage to Dani’s favorite band, Black Halo she never expected her night to play out the way it did.

Xane has had enough of the band, of the way he’s been treated so callously. Unable to take one more second of the noise inside his head, his decision is made. Who cares if there are thousands of screaming fans in the audience
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
I really wanted to like this book, really, really, but I struggled. I nearly bailed a few times, but wanted to give it a good shot.

The blurb is enticing, the story I found less so. It is written in the third person, which I haven't read for a while, so found myself re-reading paragraphs to re-iterate it. I gained zero connection to the characters, and found their banter a tad forced.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
When I picked up Come Undone by Madelynne Ellis, I thought I was in for another bad boy, hot rocker read. Boy was I wrong. Come Undone should really be called Come All the Time as if the characters aren’t actually having sex; they’re either thinking about it or talking about it. Sadly though, what this book had in the trouser department, it severely lacked in the romance department. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of spice in my books as much as the next person but when it’s just sex, it become ...more
Heather in FL
There's something about rocker stories that I enjoy, especially when the other person surprises them. I can imagine that rock stars are used to people just wanting to take from them, whether it's time or money or notoriety, just to say "I was with so-and-so". So it must be a little disconcerting and intriguing when someone is obviously into you, but not interested in the sex as everyone else seems to be. She's definitely a fangirl, but she has her line she won't cross. Of course, part of that is ...more
Wow...gonna be a hard review...happy right now...nope. Will there be happiness...gosh I hope so!

I really struggled with the rating of this book…a 3 or a 5 or a 1…so I had to ask myself why? A huge factor for me was the complete lack of maturity on the part of our two leads, as well as the entire book of characters. They are so shallow, selfish, and egotistical that I found it hard to connect with anyone. Add to that Xane’s “former” sex addiction that he apparently has kicked (doubtful since all
Overall Rating: 3.5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Hero rating: 4 stars
Heroine rating: 4 stars
Erotic tension rating: 4 stars
Erotic descriptiveness rating: 5 stars
Erotic scenes frequency: 5 (lost count)
Writing flow: 2 stars
Emotional arc rating: 4 stars
Denouement: 3 stars

This is the story of a damaged girl who meets the lead singer, Xane Geist, of a Rock band just as he has left the band. The band, Black Halo, seems interesting and all of the band members are described. They begin an affair, and the emotional
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in place of an honest review.

Daniella Fosbrook has been following the Goth-metal band, Black Halo for years. Hearing the lead singer Xane Geist sing his songs is what helped her thorough some of the worst times in her teens that she had growing up. Having her mom join a cult after her father left was not what she wanted. She goes to a concert with her friend Ginny. They still a pass and get to go backstage.

Xane Geist is tired of being the main person
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

Wow, I have to say this is a very hard review to write. To be totally honest I loved and hated this book. It was messy, chaotic, confusing and complicated all at once!
It made my brain spin and twirl and at times I was a little dizzy from how fast these characters self-destruct! That being said, all the above reasons for hating it also made me love it. I know I think a little part of me loved how twisted all these characters were. Every character in this book is messed up and in no way
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I confess to downloading this book to my kindle as it was free and I do so love a bargain.

I didn't expect to not be able to put it down. I think I finally turned the light off about 3 am, in pieces as I'd discovered that part two wasn't yet available and desperate to know more. That was several months ago and I've re-read it twice since then.

It's about a rock band, a band at the top of their game, and one young woman who gets involved with one of them almost by accident.

There is plenty of very
Ashley Schoen
Xane is a Goth rocker fed up with the way his band, Black Halo, treats him and the fact his best friend married his girl behind his back. During one of their concerts Xane announces the band is over...he has had enough. Dani is a huge Black Halo fan....Their music has gotten her through so many dark times in her life she feels connected to Xane. While trying to find her way back stage to watch the concert she runs into Xane right after he announces the band is done. Dani can't believe her luck w ...more
Johanna Sawyer
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks netgalley for a free read in exchange for a review.
I am absolutely blown away from this book. Ah-Maz-Ing! I could not put it down! First this amazing author gave us this hot ass rocker guy, and then made him a softie, but didn't make his ass a wimp. The girl.....Dani, was smart, and just the right amount of scared. Falling for a hot rocker guy, especially if he's the one who has been singing words that speak to your heart, is not easy. Even if he is easy on the eyes. I admire Dani's brave
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)
"You wouldn’t know this about me, but there are three themes in romance novels that I admit to obsessing about. One of those themes happens to be rock star romances. Anytime I see a new rock star romance that looks like it would be worth the money, I snatch it up. These are the books I rarely give myself anxiety attacks over. Most of them measure up, some disappoint, but Come Undone confused the hell outta me...."

Read the entire review at ONE CURVY BLOGGER
Sofia Grey

** ARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

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I adore rock star books, and I had high hopes for this one. Tortured rock star running away with an innocent young girl? It’s probably every rock chick’s secret fantasy.

On stage he’s dynamite. Off stage he rocks her world.

When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tem
Jeannie Zelos
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Come Undone. Rock Hard: Book One. Madelynne Ellis.

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

I love all sorts of romance and have read a few Rock-star ones – and have enjoyed Madelynne's books so this was an easy request. Stupidly though I missed the “book one2 was surprised to get to end and find it wasn't :) but thankfully there's no awful cliffhanger, a big event but no wondering will they/won't they...though there is that little matter of a past romantic attachment now being available :)
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I’ll warn you right off, this book ends with one messed up, holy hell what was I thinking cliff hanger. I was blindsided and this made me one very unhappy reader. Yes, I know it says book one, but many, many series say book one and don’t end with a messed up confusing ending. So you’ve been warned. What you will get in this book is one hot as hell rock star that is brokenhearted and tired of being taken advantage of by his band mates.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to start off by saying that I have a love hate relationship with this book. I loved the storyline and where the author took it. I also really liked the 2 main characters Dani & Xane. At times though I wanted to slap the shit out of them & knock some sense into these two. They lived in a fantasy land where they ran away from their problems. Also, the insta love connection was a little to much for me considering what just happened to Xane. Besides that and the WTF cliffie ending, I ...more
Heather Carver
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC for an honest review
3.5 Star review by Jessica

I loooove me a sexy rock god book, so I was pretty stoked to dive into Come Undone. And Xane Geist, lead singer of the Goth rock band Black Halo, is for sure a sexy beast-he’s pierced, tatted, and filthy in bed. He’s also sensitive and damaged. What more could a girl want??

Xane was Dani’s secret piece of rebellion, her Lucifer wrapped up in an unbearably erotic package.

While the the characters in Come Undone, particularly Xane, intrig
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
*3.5 Stars*

Come Undone was a fine introduction to the band Black Halo and the characters inhabiting their world. It's centered on Xane and Dani though.

Danielle 'Dani' Fosbrook is a huge Black Halo fan and an even bigger fan of their front man, Xane Geist. She and her friend, Ginny, are present at the concert where the band apparently calls it quits and thanks to the careless actions of someone, Dani and Ginny find themselves backstage. It's here that Xane literally walks into Dani and sets the s
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have kind of a love hate relationship with this book, the story was fantastic but the ending left me with a holy hell, jesus christ, WTF, cliffhanger to rival all cliffhangers!!!!

This story contains one hot as hell hard rocker of a man, who is tired of all the bullshit of fans thinking they can paw at him whenever they like, and band members taking him for granted, Xane is the front man of the band Black Halo, the brains behind the lyrics.When two members of the band stab him in the back he hi
Lindsey Greer
Come Undone by Madelynne Ellis ****Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins, UK/Avon Mischief for providing a copy for review****
Daniella Fosbrook, or Dani, has harbored a love for the goth metal band Black Halo for a long time. Even when it wasn't allowed. She especially loved front man Xane Geist. When attending a Black Halo concert things go a little crazy for the band and the unexpected happens... Dani runs into Xane... literally. Xane seeking a way to runaway decides to ask the girl who snu
Shirley Frances
3.5 stars

Daniella is a huge fan of the band, Black Halo. She feels like the song have helped her along various hard times of her life. So when the opportunity presents itself to see them live and meet the band members, she goes for it.

Xane is tired of the rock-star lifestyle. He doesn't know who to trust or what to do, especially now that he feels that his best friend and band-mate has betrayed him.

I liked the concept, especially Xane's struggles to cope with loving his best friend and losing hi
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Come Undone is a different twist on a rock story. I did enjoy the intimate look at a rock star who doesn’t crave the limelight. What I didn’t like was that Xane and the sex seemed over the top. I felt that that was most of the story…with a little bit of dialogue thrown in.

Xane is the lead singer of Black Halo a world famous Goth-metal band. After a concert Xane leaves the band because of his relationship with one of the members goes sour. He runs into Dani in the hallway and convinces her to tak
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really struggled with the rating of this book…a 3 or a 5 or a 1…so I had to ask myself why? A huge factor for me was the complete lack of maturity on the part of our two leads, as well as the entire book of characters. They are so shallow, selfish, and egotistical that I found it hard to connect with anyone. Add to that Xane’s “former” sex addiction that he apparently has kicked (doubtful since all he seems to want is to bang once his mind starts contemplating complex issues). Addiction is add ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of Come Undone by the author for my honest review.

*Warning contains insta-love...
I thought Come Undone was a great book. The characters are funny, sexy and well put together...
Xane Geist is lead singer to Black Halo, a goth metal band, and a definite sex god.
Dani Fosbrook is a meek little thing of a girl that just wanted to experience her all time favorite band in concert, Black Halo. She has forever felt a connection with her life and the lyrics of most of Black Halo's songs..
C Joy
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I should have read this after the first Ash and Ginny story, it certainly explained some questions in the second book "All Fired Up".

I liked this story and not just because it's about a hot rock star and a plain Jane getting together. Both of them have physical and emotional scars, histories mentioned but not dwelled on. I also forgot to mention what my favorite part of this author's stories is, the traveling across UK and Europe. It's the visiting different places that interested me although i
Mar 23, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
I requested an ARC for this book because the synopsis definitely intrigued me. I am a fan of Olivia Cunning and her Sinners books, so I thought this would be a different take on the rock star romance. I tried for almost half of the book to get into it and I just couldn't. The main characters didn't hit it off, in my opinion, and the whole story read like a giant fantasy. The writing was decent, however, the story just didn't hold my interest enough to keep going.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rockstar, favorites
Re-read. After reading Resistor I had to go back to the beginning for another dose of Xane and Dani. This is such a great story. The characters are compelling and so, so hot. Love it!
Marie Malo
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
For me, I thought there was too much explaining behind the scenes. I got the plot without all the extra words. I think that was the reason I would give this only three stars. Someone else might appreciate all the extra stuff and would rate it higher.
I also had a hard time with the believability, but hey, it is fiction. :)
The sex scenes were hot, and the characters were enjoyable, so I finished the book with a smile.
Jennifer Louise
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The end made this for me.
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Madelynne Ellis is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic romance. She stared writing on a whim, after a friend suggested she give writing a "Black Lace" novel a go. The rest is history.

Madelynne writes focuses on a mixture of contemporary and Regency-set novels, and has been translated into a variety of languages.

She's a decaf drinker, has a healthy obsession with a certai

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