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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Rare Bird Books
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Embla
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.
Kathryn
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.
Charlotte
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
Gail
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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Falene
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
Bridget
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.
Kathy
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.
Susana
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
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Jay Offenbach
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Reba
May 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was so bad....it 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
GEM
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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