Published by Carina Harlequin on February 20th 2014
Behind the music…
Being best friends with a mega-star has its perks and Nicole Wilde, music journalist, laps them up. But when said friend, Dylan King, gorgeous lead singer of The Burnouts, has zero sense of self-preservation – once a drop of alcohol hits his blood stream ‒ and an inability to keep ‘little Dylan’ in his pants, it also comes with responsibilities.
Now, Nicole has to track down Dylan in time to play a charity gig tomorrow. Half a dozen groupies, a haunted hotel, a tattoo parlour, a reality show runner-up and a crazy bed-hopping, sleepless night later – will she find him before the tour bus leaves town? And when she does, is it time to head home? Or to jump on the tour bus and go along for the ride!
BETWEEN A ROCKSTAR AND A HARD PLACE is a hilarious, slapstick romp with a feisty heroine that had me giggling from start to finish. The prequel to the forthcoming STARSTRUCK, this is a short novella that introduces us to the world of Nicole Wilde, a music journalist who happens to be best friend to Dylan King, the hottest rockstar on the scene. There’s plenty of perks but one major downside, Dylan is a magnet for trouble and finds himself in the middle of many drunken escapades and it falls to Nicole to keep an eye on him and have bail money on hand if necessary!
This time around, Nicole and Dylan are attending a music festival when he goes AWOL. Due to perform at a charity gig the next day, Nicole is tasked with finding the errant musician and delivering him to his manager. Thrust into the wildest of wild goose chases around town, Nicole teams up with reality star and ever so swoony Troy to track Dylan down. Cue many hilarious encounters with fangirls, prostitutes, tattoo artists and weary hotel staff, as the hours tick by, Nicole resorts to the most desperate of measures to find her friend but like any smart cookie finds time for some flirty banter with her partner in crime, Troy.
This was a really cute, fun read with a good mix between the farcical and entertaining. It was clear that McIntosh drew on her own background and experience with the music industry and it gave the short story an extra edge that was cool. I loved how readable it was and McIntosh kept the plot flowing perfectly with a hook at the end of each chapter to keep you engaged and determined to keep reading.
Nicole was a great MC and it was easy to get a handle on her character, she was instantly likeable and I loved her banter with both Troy and Dylan. I can’t wait to see how her story develops in Starstruck and what hijinks she’ll find herself engaged in.
Full of sparkle, energy and effortlessly entertaining, Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place is a solid foundation to the series and tons of fun!