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Rock King

(Nothing but Trouble #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  683 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Fans of Kristen Callihan and Kylie Scott will scream for this sizzling bad boy rock star romance!

I'm not who you think I am.

Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that's what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But what you don't see is the wreckage I've caused. The memories and pain I can't esca
Paperback, 370 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Forever Yours
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Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
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I told myself this year that I needed to seek out new authors, embrace some new, try to find some I like. Seems like I don't need to embrace any really, they are literally planting themselves as new favorites on my lists.
Tara Leigh is one of them.

Rock King is the first in her Nothing But Trouble series, and let me start by saying

Going into a new release, by a new to me author, I am always nervous. This story, one of my favorite tropes, Rock Stars-duh, I knew I wouldn't h
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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“I would destroy her. But maybe, just maybe…she could save me.”

Rock King is book one in the Nothing But Trouble series by Tara Leigh. Tara is a new to me author so what better chance to introduce myself to a new author than with her brand new series.

Shane Hawthorne is a rock king, the lead singer of Nothing but Trouble, one of the most popular rock bands of the decade. Named sexiest man alive more than once, it would appear that Shane had it all. But it was all a sham. Shane was a sham. He h
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

I'm not who you think I am.
Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that's what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But what you don't see is the wreckage I've caused. The memories and pain I can't escape, even when I pour them into music and spin them into gold.
I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn't
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it


description~WRITING - PLOT - PACE~
So color me surprised because I really enjoyed this book A LOT. I'll be honest, I usually avoid rock star books like the plague. They all tend to have the same cliché plots complete with OTT other women drama, groupies, and/or cheating. Thankfully, this one was a bit different. I was also impressed by how well written it was. The pace was fairly good. I think maybe it was a tad too long as some parts dragged a bit but not enough for me to lose interest in the story. The
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
➳A romance filled with rock music, lust, passion, and dominance that brings you to your knees to the next level...

➳Knowing Tara's writing and how she likes to proceed with the category of romance for her main characters, I have gotten used to how she likes to express them. Shane and Delaney are two main characters that are brought to the page in a retrospective filled with hunger, both in the carnal department and also the emotional one. As a rock-star, Shane has everything he can have with
Aisling Zena
3.5 stars

Review now posted 30/3/18


I always find it difficult to review a book that hasn't stirred powerful emotions in me. Be it anger or love, strong emotions tend to fuel my reviewing. So when a book comes along that does neither, I find it hard to articulate how it made me feel and describe to others what it evoked. It's also worse when I have this feeling that everyone else loved it but for some reason I didn't. I'm the odd one out. Again. So let me just say from the get go that just becaus
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This is my first book by this author, so I was very curious as to how it would be...especially since "rockstars" is one of my favorite tropes ;)

I am happy to say, that I was pleasantly surprised by this one !

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The storyline isn't really original if I am being honest. I have read many books with the same sort of plot, some better, some not. But since I am being honest here... I really don't care. If it works it works and this one worked for me, even though it wasn't the first in it's kind.

Now I am
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
DNF at 40%

I am just not feeling it. I am not connecting nor feeling the chemistry between Shane and Delaney.

I liked the writing though, so I plan on reading future books by this author.

Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Firs I want to thank the author for giving me this book. It has no influence whatsoever on my rating.

3 "it's not you it's me" stars

Let me say something already: I've read this book after having finished a monstrously powerful book and it was a disservice to this story. It's really difficult to come right after a phenomenal read.

What is the plot and who might love this book?

The plot is a classic trope of singer rock star plagued by demons and hiring a "fake" girlfriend to keep groupies at bay and
Sentranced Jem
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Title: Rock King (Nothing But Trouble #1)
Author: Tara Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 20, 2018


This is my first Tara Leigh book and I am officially a fan!
Ok. Wow. This book... Damn...I really enjoyed reading this one.
I'll admit that this book was sexy AF..I mean oh my gosh!!! The sexual tension in this book is YUM!!! Hehehe 😈 Shane and Delaney's chemistry is off the charts!

Shane is the epitome of rocker bad-boy  dream! Delaney is a swee
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Shane is Nothing But Trouble's lead singer. The most famous band worldwide.

But he's a troubled guy. He manages to stay away from drugs and alcohol by focusing on music and his girlfriend of the moment. His hired girlfriend. His agent hires girls for him. To be with him, watch out for him, take care of him, be seen with him. It's the only way Shane survives.

Delaney ran away from New York after her dad went to jail for killing her mother. But that's not the whole story. Not by a long shot.

She's jo
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Shane is Nothing But Trouble's lead singer. The most famous band worldwide.

But he's a troubled guy. He manages to stay away from drugs and alcohol by focusing on music and his girlfriend of the moment. His hired girlfriend. His agent hires girls for him. To be with him, watch out for him, take care of him, be seen with him. It's the only way Shane survives.

Delaney ran away from New York after her dad went to jail for killing her mother. But that's not the whole story. Not by a long shot.

She's jo
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 ★'s

Shane is the lead singer of the Nothing but Trouble rock band and while he certainly has had his share of the rock king's lifestyle, he and his manager have come up with a good way to keep things more level and calm. The solution is to hire a fake girlfriend to be with him on tour. And...that's exactly what his manager, Travis, sets up for him to find.

And find he the form of Delaney. The interesting part of Delaney is that she that while she's a fan, she's not fanatic and she's
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I still haven't read many rock star romances, but this one I found myself to be quite fond of. Shane was making himself into a legend and his media presence wasn't really doing him justice. He felt like his entire life was a sham, no one really knew the man inside, and he had to constantly remind himself of his purpose. In order to stay away from temptation, especially on tour, he hired women to play the role of his 'girlfriend' to keep him on the straight and narrow. That's where Delaney fits i ...more
4.5 angsty rocker stars!

I loved this book! A beautifully intense rockstar romance that is SO much more than I was expecting. Dramatic and emotional, angsty and romantic, with epic chemistry, I fell in love with these characters and their story, and I can’t wait for more from this series!

Shane Hawthorne is a rock god. Dubbed the sexiest man alive more than once, he is the lead singer of a hugely successful rock band, and is loved and adored by millions worldwide. But in private he is a tortured m
Sam (AMNReader)
Feb 08, 2018 marked it as life-is-too-short
Shelves: hero-not-a-hero
DNF at 35%
The book is densely populated with exposition (and holy metaphors in there too!), so much so that we know the hero whose name may or may not be Shane is definitely an addict times three. And we know the heroine was just the type he likes. Insta-lust and he needs a girlfriend for tour.
This characters meet based on a set up by Shane’s manager—based on all those criteria that Shane find attractive. Fancy that, she fits the bill perfectly, like a turquoise-eyed goldilocks who likes his mu
3.5 stars.
A rock star romance that was high on drama and angst.
Both Shane Hawthorne and Delaney Fraser (the H&h) have a similar dark secret from their past that haunts them both and affects their ability to lead a normal life.
So when they meet there is a connection that is deeper than their initial sexual attraction and chemistry .
Though Shane wants to hire Delaney as his fake girlfriend for an upcoming tour, part of him wants to step away for fear of ruining her with his lifestyle. His world is
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Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well damn – this one blew me away. I loved it, loved it, loved it. Can someone give me book two right this moment? I need more, and I need it now.

Having read and enjoyed Tara Leigh’s Deal Breaker, the second book in her Billionaire Bosses series, I knew I needed more of the author’s work. Already I have Penthouse Player sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to dive into, but I found myself reading Rock King first. How could I not dive into it as soon as the chance arose? The synopsis alone was eno
Feb 24, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
You know those amazing books you read, that are so well written, with such a fantastic storyline, that you start panicking when you are coming down to the last 10% of the book because you don’t want it to end…YEP! Rock King by Tara Leigh is one of THOSE books! YES, Tara! You knocked it out of the park with this book! This is an eye opening perspective on the Rock World and groupies and obsessive music fans! The concept of a “contractual girlfriend” is…WOW! The instant chemistry and the banter be ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad, not great. Decent

This wasn't a bad romance, just a pretty typical one.

Cute characters, decent plot. Nothing to write home about, but good enough to make me want to finish reading it. There are a milion other books out there just like this, those easy to read, cute but forgettable ones (just like a decent pizza, just not your favourite one).

Worth reading if you have nothing better to try.
Carlene Inspired
Like everyone else who has read Rock King, I was attracted to this book thanks to the cover and the fantastic blurb. It's my first Tara Leigh book and one of the rare occurrences where I have reached for a book about a rockstar, because I usually have too high of expectations for them. In this case, I thought the rockstar persona, the secrets, the partying, all of it, was very accurate. Shane Hawthorne is the rockstar, the hearthrob, the guy everyone loves, everyone except himself. He has secret ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rock King was a introduction to me to Tara Leigh’s writing as I’ve never read a book by her before and I absolutely loved it.

It sucked me in from the beginning and I felt my heart beating fast through many moments in this book.

Normally when I’ve read a rock star romance it’s the rock star that is severely flawed or has a deep dark secret. In this story both characters have secrets, both seem to be seemingly running from their past and both seem to be going through life on auto pilot.
That in its
My Opinion:
Loved this rocker read! It had the emotional, physical and the mental, this book has all the emotions you can drum up. Rocker Shane has had a sad past that he walked away from years ago because of one fateful night. He would never be the same...Until he met Delaney.

These two are hot, spunky and full of lust for each other. Their scenes are hot and I was able to connect with them being a couple. I loved that they went through similar things and had to get over their past mistakes. I ca
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Buoni Amici Press***

This book is a rock star romance, and there are certain elements that always exist in this trope. the rock star is going to be sexy, and at least a bit of a bad boy. The woman he gets involved with is either going to be hired to be around him, or from a completely different world. This was all in here...and yet it was done in a way that felt a little different, I think because even though he is tough on the outside, you get Shane's POV and yo
2.5 Stars
This was so not what I was hoping for, I'm not a fan of insta-love, flip floppy MCs, and the constant lies...not great!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rock-stars

3 "Be bad with me..." Stars

I loved the characters in Rock King. I loved the plot and the story behind each character, where they came from and their histories. Their connection is palpable and the intensity of their relationship was perfect for romance lovers who dig the angsty push/pull of tortured characters. The friendship and trust building between the two also kept me so interested in their story. Secondary characters allowed me to get more invested in the story on a broader level, interest
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

What to expect when reading a Rockstar novel ?

Well there are basically two no wait THREE ways this experience can go.

Lets start with the worst… something superficial over the top with unlikeable characters – ok lets forget about this third option fast…

The other two options are for one .. the cliché … the Rockstar that has everything plus a fan falling in love with him. They meet - he falls for the fan … - some drama is about to happen – they reconnect and hopefully HEA.
That is the classic ver
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shane is the lead singer for Nothing But Trouble and has lived every bit of the rock star life with excessive drugs, booze and women to the point of almost self-destructing. He was hiding from the life he left behind and the secrets that were better left hidden…or so he thought. In order to have someone close to Shane to help keep him from the drugs and booze his “trouble repairman” and Shane came up with the idea to hire a girlfriend while he’s on tour. So just getting ready to hit the road aga ...more
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