Thursday, July 5, 2012

This Rock in my Heart by Tommie Vaughn

3.5 Star

They say only time will heal a broken heart but Frankie Spencer proves that theory wrong. Music was her guide, and a job at a legendary Hollywood recording studio was her gateway. Bravely fighting her way out of a suffocating relationship, Frankie began working at Cherokee Studios with a cast of characters fit for a royal tabloid court. From the amazon blonde drummer to the son of a rock legend, she danced, pranced, and sang with rock stars and strippers alike. Every strum of the guitar was like a beat of her heart, bringing her back from the edge into a whole new world of mayhem, romance and stuff “books are made of”. Frankie stepped into the Hollywood dream and made it her own. 
Sabrina-Kate - 3.5 Star

I liked This Rock in my Heart basically because I knew who the slightly obscure artist references were about. I think that there could be a bigger mass appeal if bigger known names had been referred to, though possibly it still wouldn't be everyone's choice to read.

The book was an interesting look at an insider's view into the music industry and what it takes to make it there. I think there was a lot of realistic detail yet it did seem to me that everyone seemed a little too helpful to each other. I would think that in such a highly competitive field that it would be a little more underhanded at times.

The characters were definitely approachable which was a strong point. Their development and interactions with each other were well thought out and constructed. The main character, Frankie, had an interesting background, which was alluded to many times with different details and I liked the fact that not too much was revealed yet it gave you insight into her character. The supporting characters were all individuals with strong personalities and characteristics whom I felt really meshed well together.

I rated this book a little lower than I could have because I didn't feel like there was enough conflict in the book like I would suppose would exist in this type of atmosphere and from what I know of the music industry. I think that it's a great debut by the author and am looking forward to seeing what the author has in store for us in the next book!

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