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Rock Me

(Jaded Ivory #1)

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I am not a victim.

At least that’s what I wanted to believe. What I wanted the world to see. Five years of trying to find the girl I hid from the world.

I wouldn’t let the bullies win. I couldn’t.

What was I supposed to do when he walked into the building? He’d made my high school years a living hell.

But, he doesn’t recognize me.

How do I prove he didn’t break me? Simple,
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Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published September 21st 2017
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Sofia Lazaridou
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The blurb made this book sound like a good idea when I first read it (see what I did here?), but I didn't exactly love it. I was all in for seeing Mari get revenge on the person who bullied her and then having her see how much Cole has changed and end up falling in love with him. I wasn't all in for her stupid reaction to that leaked video. Before that I liked Mari. She seemed strong and she had a good head on her shoulders. Then she jumped to stupid conclusions about that video and I just lost ...more
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Well fuck me. Rebecca Brooke just wrecked me in the best way possible. I could tell from that blurb that this book was going to be pretty amazing but what I just finished reading was so fucking epic y'all....like rip you your heart out then slowly piece it back better than ever before.

Rock Me was a sexy, emotional, addicting, and captivating romance that hooked me before I even started. I'm not sure what I expected when I began this journey but what I got was unforgettable . My feels wer
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Amy
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
“Our lips reconnected; the same as before, yet different. This time there weas a promise. A promise of more.”

“Cole was different. It was like an inferno was racing through me, burning nerve endings along the way. I felt sexy and desirable.”

I thought this book was an ok read. I thought the idea of the story was unique and it definitely intrigued me. I thought the author did an amazing job with how she portrayed Mari’s past and the bullying that she endured. Fast forward to the future, Mari is not
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Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.5 Stars

I'm not really sure what to say about this story. Definitely unique. Up and coming rockstar heroine, Mari, just ran into Cole, who just happens to be one of her tormentors from high school. Cole not recognizing Mari is captivated by her after seeing one of her shows. With the veil of anonymity on her side she decides to sleep with him to show him & herself that she's no longer that freak from high school. Which makes things even more complicated especially when he finds out who Mari
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Leslie Ooten
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a little conflicted about this book. I've never read this author before, so I'm always happy when I find one that can capture my attention from the beginning. The writing flows well, and the characters are developed nicely. Here is where my conflict comes in. My main complaint was with Mari. I was not a popular kid in high school, but once I left high school, that's where that stuff stayed. Mari is 23 and still letting all the crap from then rule her life. I understand that it sucks, but you ...more
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
I Voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book

WoW... This was a sad, happy, angst, angry, romantic book. And just so much feels that I can't even describe it

Mari Cosmann is a singer. But until she started singing in her best friend's band, she wasn't too keen on being the center of attention. But after singing with her friends Sawyer's band she quickly find out that that is exactly what she wanted to do, she found her passion.
Cole Wallace was a NFL superstar, until an unfortunate accident changed hi
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Alecia ~☆~The Staircase Reader~☆~
Arc received to review honesty.

I am in complete awe of Mari and Cole's story! holy shit that was a hell of a ride!

Rock Me is the first novel in the jaded ivory series. This series is based on a rock band with the leading lady Mari staring.

Mari is on the edge of having all of her dreams come true. What started as filling in for a night turned I to het becoming the lead singer of the band! Mari had overcome all of her fears and obstacles that threatened to hold her back. After being horribly bull
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Red Cheeks Reads
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Brooke has once again given me a book I was unable to walk away from. I read an early copy of this story and could not believe this was her first jump into the rocker lifestyle.  Rock Me is a second chance romance that was never supposed to happen. Mari reunites with Cole years after her ugly duckling, being bullied days of high school. Only now that she has reinvented herself he doesn't recognize her. He becomes enamored and she is torn for falling for who Cole is now and the boy who hu ...more
The Book Fairy Reviews
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We have all had that moment when we think back and wonder what we would say to our younger selves. What we would say to our tormentors that tortured us through school. Yeah High school reunions are the perfect venue for those scenarios, but what about the ones your afraid to face. The ones that left scars you had to climb out of. What if they now saw something different? This, beautiful and romantic story touches on all of those topics. A second chance at love, both romantic and the self love th ...more
Le Ann Foster
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
♡♡Reviewed for CherryOBlossoms Promotions ♡ ♡

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

This was my first book from Ms. Brooke and it definitely will not be my last. I love how the storyline was written and the realism to the story. As someone who grew up being bullied this hit home for me. I wasn't bullied to the point that Mari was but I did find that I can relate to her and the situation. I truly believe that people can change and that Cole proved himself to her, her band mates and to the world that he has
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FMR Book Grind
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FLAVIA'S REVIEW
5 STARS

WoW... This was a sad, happy, angst, angry, romantic book. And just so much feels that I can't even describe it

Mari Cosmann is a singer. But until she started singing in her best friend's band, she wasn't too keen on being the center of attention. But after singing with her friends Sawyer's band she quickly find out that that is exactly what she wanted to do, she found her passion.
Cole Wallace was a NFL superstar, until an unfortunate accident changed his career path and no
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CrazyDaisy
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-arc
5 Crazy Ass Must Read Stars!!!!!

I knew as soon as I read the blurb, I just knew I had to sign up to review this book. So heart wrenching, so heart breaking. This book hit so close to home having been a victim of bullying. While my circumstances were more of the racial type of bullying, Mari’s were no less devastating. Bullying is is just despicable in any form.
I loved seeing how Mari was able to build herself up with the help of her friend Sawyer and her band mates. Her strength to overcome her
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Charli (charlithebookprincess)
My Thoughts:

This was my first book by Rebecca Brooke and it did not disappoint! People who love music romances and people who fight to stand up for themselves will love this story. I already can't wait for the next books in this series!

The Story. I felt it was very well written and had a great flow to it. It also had a fantastic set of characters (Sawyer and Heath I am looking at you), which made this books and out even more. For anyone who has ever been bullied in high school, this is also a bo
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Elizabeth Horbaczek
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author is looking for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Can a person really change? Can they be a person that they should have been when they are younger? Are they able to overcome what they have done in the past? Then you can ask these questions. If you have been beaten down so many times in your past, can you get up and make it better? Can you become that better person. This book takes an ugly topic and makes it something pretty amazing. Learning to forgive and move on is the biggest thing in life
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Chrissy
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017, series
http://rpmbt-blog.com/rpmbt/review-ro...

Rebecca Brooke has written a beautiful story of overcoming bullying, finding yourself, strength and forgiveness. Rock Me is an amazing read, that once I picked up, I was unable to put down!

Mari has spent years trying to overcome everything she went through in high school and forgetting the girl she used to be. Learning from what she went through and becoming stronger every day. Now a member of the up and coming band Jaded Ivory, she’s on the way to making
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Christi Fowler
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Romance - rockstar, second-chance, redemption
Stand-Alone: Yes
Part of a Series: Yes - Book 1 of the Jaded Ivory series
POV: Mari, Cole
Steam Level: Warm
4.5/5

Rock Me is a layered, emotional and intense romance about love, redemption, and friendship. The topic of bullying was dealt with well on so many levels - from in person to sexual to cyber. The main starting off point of this story is that Cole participated in bullying Mari in high school. She recognizes him but he doesn't recognize her s
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Books Laid Bare
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to give thanks to this author for the fact that she gave this character a story that will resonate with so many women and girls. She gave us the opportunity to journey with her as that past not only resurfaces but also pitches her back to where she doesn’t want to be.
Bullying played a major part in Mari’s high school years and despite having worked her way through all of the pressures and heartaches that come with experience, all it takes is just one of her tormentors to enter her l
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Wit & Wonder Books
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**


Second chance romances always bring out the best and worst emotions in us as a reader, because within those words we all find something we can relate to, or dream of finding ourselves. Rebecca Brooke’s Rock Me indeed induced a few emotions I believed I had suppressed, but every one of us at one particular time has had to deal with the issue of bullying.

Being the odd one out, the least popular in high school put Mari in direct line of
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Nina ~ Meleth Bookaddicted ~
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I have got a new favorite book by Rebecca Brooke. God, ROCK ME, the first book in her new Jaded Ivory series is everything! It’s beautiful and compelling and I never wanted it to end. I am not sure why, but I have a thing for bully / ‘geek’ stories. How the bully sees what he was doing is wrong and is willing to move heaven and earth to prove he is not that awful person anymore… Second chance romance in general is one of my favorites – and this one took that sub-genre – combined with the rock st ...more
Booked  Every Night
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an emotional journey. This book was much more than I expected, and I expected a lot knowing the author and her writing style. This book touched on many different issues, bullying being the main one. Bullying is something that affects everyone in some way, maybe not directly but everyone knows someone who has been bullied or who was the bully. Bullying isn’t the only topic covered in this book.

I loved every word of this book. The writing was so well done, the author created characters
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Melinda ~ Twinsie Talk
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

WOW Just WOW this story is one I will remember for a while to come. Mari was the "music geek" in school and Cole was the "jock" need I say more. Throughout this book we see how Mari was treated and picked on in high school. However, Mari is strong and with the help of her best friend she is able to be herself despite her insecurities.

Mari had things going her way she was the lead singer of a band and they were rising fast. But one night her pa
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Tanja Kezmic
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omgreads
I'm not sure how to start this review. This story will stay with me for quite some time I think with its content.
While reading it I felt sick with everything that Mari went through high school with all the bulling. I never really understood why some of us need to put some else down in order to feel good?!?!

Mari has gone through hell and with the help of her BF Sawyer she is finally whole or so she thinks until one of her bullies is thrown back in to her life.
Cole was supposed to go big in NFL
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Cee Cee Houston
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story was fairly unusual in that it doesn’t really fit in with any major tropes. It’s not an enemies to lovers romance like some people are touting it as, because Cole and Mariella weren’t enemies. Cole and his friends bullied Mariella all through high school from freshman year to senior. Mariella believed she was weak, but to have put up with what they did only showed how strong a personality she actually had.
A chance encounter brings them back together years later, when Mari’s band are pl
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Brittany
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
*Received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review*
I enjoyed how this book had a female musician rather than a male. It made the story more interesting for me considering that the majority of romance novels have a male lead who can't keep it in his pants who changes for that one special girl. I really liked Mari because she wasn't like the typical musician character. She had been beaten down in the past but grew stronger and knew what she wanted out of life. I related a lot to he
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Elaine Watling
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by Rebecca Brooke and it won’t be the last. This book was about a girl who had a really tough time at school because of bullies. It follows the story of Mari Cosmann, who is a singer and she helps out her best friend Sawyer by being the lead singer in his band. She’s not overly keen on being the centre of attention, but finds she really enjoys this job. We meet Cole Wallace, he was going to be an NFL Star until an injury put that dream out of reach and he became ...more
Bethany
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rockers
It has been a while since I read a female rocker book and I am so glad I chose this one to jump back in. I loved it. I just love a chick that can rock out, especially when she is the leader of the band!
I was completely sucked in.

Mari overcame her past or she thought she did until it come walking back into her life and turned things upside down for her. The flashbacks to her torment were heartbreaking. What she endured during high school was awful and just knowing kids face that crap every day
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BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen
Amount of sex 2.5 / 5
How explicit 2.5 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

Rock Me is an emotional standalone story from author Rebecca Brooke. It is told from both Mari and Cole’s point of view with flashes of events from the past. The story is written very smoothly and I quickly became attached to Mari and Cole as he grew older and wiser.

Rock Me begins with Mari, in the present day, getting ready to go on stage with her band, Jaded Ivory. She has anxiety and emotional issues as a result of her painful
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Sue
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rock Me by Rebecca Brooke is the first book in the Jaded Ivory series. Despite the title, it is about way more than Rock or a band.

Mari is the lead singer of the band Jaded Ivory. It was a reluctant position for her but one that has her finally coming into her own, becoming her true self after years of high school bullying had completely decimated her and brought her to her knees. She has grown with the help of her best friend Sawyer and her band mates into a truly talented, beautiful young wom
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Nightbird Novels
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

Mari is the lead singer for the band Jaded Ivory, which is on the precipice of their big break. She has overcome a lot of self confidence issues that developed in high school and has finally accepted herself for who she is.

Cole is enamored when he watches Mari up on the stage... but is shot down immediately when he approaches her. But he won't give up that easily... until she rocks him with the girl she used to be...

I enjoyed this book. Mari had really been through a lot of bullying in
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Zoe
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rock Me
A Jaded Ivory Novel
Rebecca Brooke

Mari has Sawyer her best mate and bandmate. “I know I don’t need to prove anything to you. This is something I have to prove to myself. To know that I am the strong woman I believe I am.”
Mari had the worst of times in High School. She went on to flourish and find herself in college with Sawyer by her side in the music programme.
Cole was a jock in High School, he blew out his leg before making it to the NFL. Football is still his only dream as teacher and
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Rebecca Brooke is the author of the Traded Series, as well as other contemporary and paranormal books. She grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or rea
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