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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,424 ratings  ·  684 reviews

Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

Jack is the quintessential rock sta
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by A.M. Madden; First edition (first published July 25th 2013)
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May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars!


This was a ‘rock star’ book that was highly entertaining, was very sweet and so much fun to read. I loved the relationship Jack and Leila had with each other. Watching them go from band mates, to friends, to fighting their attraction, then to falling in love. It wasn’t your typical rock star book and I mean that in the best way possible. The band members of Devil’s Lair felt like guys you could be friends with. They were very down to earth. Leila is a girl following her dreams and is a c
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Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s L
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 4 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars, but also continuing
Overall Rating ~ 5 ROCKING STARS!

Now that was one FANTASTIC read. This is a full length novel at 445 pages, and that in itself really surprised me, because most romance released these days are much shorter in length. This book grabbed my attention right from the get go and kept me glued to every single page. The
Geri Reads
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
New review posted!

The reworked version is definitely better. You can definitely see the difference in terms of editing. It's more polish and there is no awkward word usage, phrases or whatever. The story remained intact. I find Leila and Jack's voice to be stronger and clear cut here.

Jack is still lovable and I still contend that Jack Lair is not a bad boy. A charmer and a manwhore, yes, but definitely sweet when he puts his mind to it. And that's definitely okay. I still loved Evan and Leila's
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Writing: A.M. Madden, please, please find an editor. The plot was lost in all of the extraneous detail. An editor can assist with minimizing superfluous information. Then the rambling and the never ending rabbit hole internal thoughts, and topic jumping. The first 100 pages were agonizing. I really didn’t think I would make it

Characters: I had a hard time liking Leila and Jack. Their personalities were lackluster due to the overwhelming detail. I don’t need to know what everybody is wearing in e
Sweet Rock'n Roll Ride

I really enjoyed this one.. it's not a completely typical rocker romance where the girl is absolutely nobody and although the guy is a man ho, he's not a dickhead at all..

Jack.. I may have actually preferred him to be a little more douchy to be honest. He get's around, ALOT, but he's got a good heart and doesn't lead anyone on. His band, Devils Lair, is right on the edge of hitting it big...they are getting more bookings and cutting and album. All of Jacks dreams are fina
Michelle [Helen Geek]
10/23/2014 --

I thought this was pretty awful. Definitely not what I'd thought I'd get. I bought a 3-book bundle and am returning them.

You may have better luck here. Hope you do.

Happy Reading!
Shari Kay
Sep 03, 2017 marked it as not-for-me
(view spoiler) Cheating to me, even if not technically
Reanell Tisdale
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I just adored this book! I'm going with 4.5 JACK stars!

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Reading about rock stars is my 2nd favorite type of book, right behind fighters. So when I had the opportunity to read this book I jumped on it! The cover alone was enough to sell me the book, but the book itself is awesome too!

Jack is amazing, like I want a Jack in real life! We are introduced to Jack Lair(I just love his name) when Leila goes to audition to be a back-up singer to his band Devil's Lair. Leila has been a fan, and is infatua
Jacqueline's Reads
Nov 18, 2013 marked it as top-tbr
I freaking love the new cover! EKKKKK, it's always better with lickable abs

Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming re
Lynsey A
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***This is my second read through of this book and I liked it just as much, if not more than my first read through. I am currently re-reading Front & Center because this book ends with a Cliffhanger of sorts (our couple is still together at the end but life has thrown them a curve ball) and I recall how much I enjoyed Front & Center that I had to read it again, right away after finishing this one.***

Well, I am somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. I liked the o
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish, so-so

The start was pretty much there, two stars.

This just did not work for me.
The characters' reactions are so over the top...that it was downright funny. And what's with her crotch clenching all the time?

Well, atleast I had a great laugh.

And the characters keep on introducing and keep talking about people who aren't even that significant (to me). Bored me to tears.
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty
Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

**4 Stars!**

I completely enjoyed this story!


Leila Marino is an aspiring rock star. She is currently the lead singer in her band, The Cliffhangers. Amidst all of her performances, a girlfriend of one of the members in an up and coming rock band, Devil’s Lair, sees her potential and sets her up with an audition as a back-up singer for the band. The band witnesses her talent at the audition and proposes that she sign on the dotted line. A
Promiscuous Book Blog
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I do LOVE a rock star romance, but I love even more of reading when the band is starting out on their way to fame. And, just like the band in this book the author is well on her way....
Leila Marino is a back up singer already in a band with the boys she grew up with, and even one who broke her heart, but when she's approached for the opportunity of a life time to try out for an up and coming band, she jumps at the chance to stardom. I loved Leila she was a real girl with insecurity issues dating
2 to 3 Stars–Contemporary/Rock Star Romance ...more

~~4.75 stars~~


Leila Marino's biggest dream since she was a little girl is to become a rock star. Being at the right place at the right time gives her that chance. While doing her regular gig singing with her band The Cliffhanger at a bar called The Zone she meets Patti. Patti is the girlfriend of Scott Malone, the guitar player of a band called Devil's Lair. Leila is a true fan of Devil's Lair. She knows every song and thinks the lead singer Jack Lair is gorgeous. The band hires Leila as their
A.M. Madden
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: omg-s
Jack, Leila and Hunter stopped by Sweet Books book blog to do their very first interview. Check it out, and while there like their Facebook page.
Nikki Groom
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a surprise this book was! It's a little treasure and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It is a chunky size book and was great to sink my teeth into. I hadn't read a rockstar read for a while and it was just the ticket.

Leila Marino is the lead singer in a small town band called The Cliffhangers.
She loves her bandmates but wants more. For as long as she can dream of, she has wanted to hit the big time.
Her dreams looks set to come true when she is spotted at a gig and recieves an invite to audition as
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
5+ back up stars!

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Loved loved loved this book! It had everything you want from a perfect read!
A strong beautiful down to earth heroine... Check
A sexy sweet dirty talking hero... Check
Great chemistry between the two... Check
Steamy scenes with a amazing story line... Check

I really really enjoyed this book and am desperately looking forward to the next! I absolutely loved Leila and Jack together. They built a beautiful friendship and are so in love you can feel it.

The book ends in a slight clif
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
#CCDS - #StripPoker - #SpongeBob

Holy Hotness Batman! The Back-Up series has been on my TBR forever and with the holidays here I finally made the time to start reading it. Thank goodness I'm able to read them back-to-back since I was left hanging off a cliff at the end of the first book. I'm forcing myself to stop and write this review when what I really want to do is move on to the next book in the series. I knew it was gonna be good because I'd heard the buzz in the book world, but it was even
 Anna (Wicked Book Blog)
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

Things might get complicated when you're about to confess your wrongdoings.
Jack Lair gets a first hand lesson on this topic.
What matters is how you're going to spread the news, handle the consequences.

When her lifelong dream comes true, Leila Marino is overwhelmed.
She gots the hots for the Devil's Lair singer and being designated for a future with the rock band as a back-up singer doesn't help the matter ;)
Luckily, she's not the only one pining
This was a pleasant surprise! It started off a little rocky, but then the writing kept getting better and better. A rockstar and his back-up singer try to keep their romantic relationship on the down-low as they finally commit to each other. Full of sexual tension and heated looks, these two main characters are so attracted to each other. It's not just the sex, but also deep down emotionally that they connect. With a supporting cast that's stellar and some bomb-shell secrets revealed, the story ...more
There is no irritating female and the book is well written, the story is good and there is of course that hot alpha male... then it's thumbs up for me!

Though it is not a cliffy.... their story continues on book 2.....

Jade Leigh

I absolutely loved this book!!! So looking forward to the next one...need it with quickness! ♥
2,5 Sterne
Ich bin ja normalerweise immer für eine Rockstar- Romanze zu haben. Die Mischung aus Musik, dem Stress der Bekanntheit, meistens Tattoos und so weiter... Leider kam für mich hier der Aspekt mit der Karriere zu kurz (obwohl doch einiges an Story damit zu tun hatte, aber gefühlsmäßig rückte die Musik hier sehr in den Hintergrund). Dazu bin ich abundzu über den Schreibstil gestolpert (ich habe aber den Verdacht, dass das durchaus an der Überseztung liegen kann an einigen Stellen). Ich wer
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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I was really excited that A.M. Madden asked me to review this one. I absolutely love rock star romances! LOVE THEM! They are my all-time favorite stories to immerse myself in and disappear for hours.

Back up is told from the POVs of Leila and Jack. This book was easy to read, easy to follow, and didn’t jump all over the place and cause confusion like other books with different POVs often do. Lei
Miranda Elaine
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great debut novel from new author A. M. Madden. I started and finished this book on New Year's Eve making it my last book of the year. What a great way to finish 3013. Back up had just the right mix of intriguing plot and pure sexiness!The novel is told from alternating point-of-views by Jack and Leila.

The two main characters Jack Lair (main singer for Devil's Lair) and Leila Marino (new back up singer for Devil's Lair) are both driven wanna be rock stars. From the beginning you can
Sarah :)
OMG How was I living without meeting Jack Lair????

Okay first things first, you gotta meet Jack Lair, he is just, wow!! (Can you tell I'm a bit obsessed with him?LOL)

This was a fantastic read. It grabbed me from the beginning, and I couldn't put it down. I started reading, next thing I know I'm at 40%, yes, that good. I love the characters, its well written, and I love the story. I have a thing for rocker series, and this one is definitely going on my list of favorites.

Leila is a very talented gi
Helen Stothard
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, then again I do have a soft spot for a good Rock Star romance!

Leila and Jack's romance is one of those will/they won't they romances for most of the book, the tension makes for some great reading.

I love this thought from Leila when she meets him for the first time:
"I continue to devour him with my eyes and commence a mini sex dream that plays in Technicolor glory in my mind".

One of the great things about this book is that this is a band just on the cusp of hitting the big time
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A.M. Madden's romance debut is The Back-Up Series, consisting of Back-Up, Front & Center, and Encore.

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.


Other books in the series

Back-Up (8 books)
  • Front & Center (Back-Up, #2)
  • Encore (Back-Up, #3)
  • Backstage (Back-Up, #4)
  • The Devil's Lair (Back-Up, #4.5)
  • Backstage Pass (The Back-Up Series)
  • Sold Out (The Back-Up Series Book 5)
  • The Back-Up Series Box Set (Books 1-5)