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The Velvet Rose

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the early nineties, Scarlet, a painter and high fashion model, finds herself working in some of the world’s most famous fashion capitals. As her adventure continues, she meets Johnny of The Westies, an up-and-coming band on the cusp of superstardom. What ensues is an unhinged ride of a novel following the audacious lead female protagonist as she navigates her life throu
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Rare Bird Books
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May 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I expected it to be a train wreck, but it was actually worse. Personal major cringe moment: when she repeatedly butchered my language.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Reads like fan fiction and a lot of glittery details that were just fluff. Entertaining but predictable.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this, I really wanted to. As a person, I think Susan Holmes McKagan is awesome. But this book... it's awful. Couldn't get past the first chapter. This is a total vanity project; there are far better 'fluff' novels out there. ...more
Oct 13, 2019 added it
Could only get through a couple of sentences. Ouch.
Ashley Holstrom
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A supermodel and wife of a rock ‘n’ roll musician, Susan Holmes McKagan has lived through much of the madness. In The Velvet Rose, her first novel, she writes about Scarlet, a model living in New York City in the ’90s who dates the singer from an up-and-coming band, The Westies. What follows is her messy days of dating a rock star, partying every day, and also furthering her fashion career. It’s a fun page-turner about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll… and fancy clothes.

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May 03, 2020 added it
OMG - had nothing left to read during COVID19. Only reason this got published is bc of who she is married to. AWFUL
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fun, funny and touching read. I’ve long been a fan of the whole LA rock scene, and this was an entertaining story set in the 90s. I enjoyed this novel and would read more from her.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rock n Roll Love story!

I loved it! Any girl who loves Rock n Roll and has fantasized about dating the band will love this book! I hope Susan is just getting started with her writing career.
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
While reading Susan's book, it felt a lot like I was reading a fanfiction - except I have read far more exciting fanfiction before.

Anyway, this one is an easy and quick read - and I mean that literally, you can skip pages in every chapter and feel like you haven't missed anything.

I don't want to sound like a complete book trasher, because not all things are bad in this book! So before anything else, let me mention the only good aspect of the book, which I have to give credit to Susan for:

1) Rich
Jay Offenbach
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
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May 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was so was good. Like a marathon of bad reality TV. You know you should walk away, and do something more productive, but there you sit...episode after episode. That was me with this book. I just couldn't walk away. ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely, a true Rock n' Roll experience with vivid detail. Holmes McKagan is a fantastic writer & I hope to read more from her. ...more
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Get ready to delve into the world of fashion and rock n' roll—honestly, we couldn't wish for a better combo. This debut novel by Susan Holmes McKagan is a fun and humorous read ...more
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