Saturday, November 15, 2014

Review: "Blackthorne" Heart of Fame #8 by Lexxie Couper

Blackthorne (Heart of Fame #8)

Rhythm is in his genes. She is in his heart.

Heart of Fame, Book 8

Caitlin Reynolds doesn’t care if the rock star lookalike trying to get into her bar is who he says he is. Sticking to the rules is a big reason the Chaos Room is the hottest velvet rope in Sydney.

Okay, so he’s freaking hot, but she’s been ignoring her hormones since her fiancé left her to go be a doctor in Somalia and then went missing.

After a shattered knee ended his promising soccer career, it seemed only natural for Josh Blackthorne to follow in his father’s rock-god footsteps. Now he’s a megastar, lusted after by women—and men—the world over. But he’s been in lust with Caitlin since he saw her picture years ago.

When Caitlin realizes Josh is who he says he is, she’s the first to make it right. But no matter how badly his seduction makes her want to melt into his arms, there’s a ghost hanging over their heads. A ghost who turns out to be not so legally dead after all…

Warning: Contains a rock star who’s livin’ the dream and livin’ it large, a self-made businesswoman with a weakness for a cheeky smile, and a red-hot battle of tormented wills. May stimulate a desire to throw your panties onto the nearest stage.


Caitlin is a strong woman. She's accomplished a lot at a young age. She owns the "IT" club of Sydney, Chaos Room. She's beautiful, independent, and lonely. The man she loved left her to work in Somalia and it's looking like he will never make it back. She's kept herself closed off and waiting for a ghost to reappear, for the man who wanted a break to decide he was wrong. Dreams are wonderful things, but they keep you from living.

Josh Blackthorne needs to get lost when his stalker is out on the loose. After talking with Liev, Caitlin's uncle, he decides to head home to Australia and look up Caitlin. She's more beautiful than the pictures he's seen, but she's cold as ice. He's determined to have her and to bring her back to life.

This book is full of the characters back and forth banter. Caitlin at the start of the book has a sharp edge and a quick tongue. The problem with that though is instead on turning Josh off, she's turning him on. She's the first woman to be a challenge to him and the one he's been secretly taken with for quite a while. Caitlin has secrets of her own and it makes her reactions puzzling at times. Josh is so easy to fall for. A famous rocker who is gorgeous is great, but on who hasn't forgotten his roots and is still down to earth is amazing. He's the type of celebrity that rarely exists.

Every time you think you know what is about to happen, the book takes a turn and surprises you.  The ending tore me up. I didn't know what to think or what I would do in Caitlin's shoes. This is an emotional book that I kept hoping would end the way I wanted. I hope these characters show up in the future. This is the first book I've read in the series, but I'm sure to read the others now. This is a great book for those who love rockers and romance.

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Lexxie’s not a deviant. She just has a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get darkly erotic romances with a twist of horror, sci-fi and the paranormal.

When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, two yabbies hell-bent on destroying their tank and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever.

Having no idea how old she really is, Lexxie decided to go with 27 and has been that age for quite some time now. It's the best of both worlds - old enough to act mature, young enough to be silly.

And silly she can be. Just ask her husband who frequently has to endure her bursting into song whenever the mood strikes her, feeling him up in public (one of her favorite pastimes), or rolling around in the sand with their dog - a large mutt of dubious origins who causes almost as much havoc around the neighborhood as Lexxie herself. Or squealing her way down the slide at the local park with her daughter!

Lexxie lives by two simple rules - measure your success not by how much money you have, but by how often you laugh, and always try everything at least once. As a consequence, she's laughed her way through many an eyebrow raising adventure.