Miss Riki’s Review:
Fledgling caterer Sydney Metcalf can’t say no when her best friend asks her to cater her lavish wedding, even though the idea of returning to her hometown is less than appealing. Her devotion wins out, and things seem to be going well when best man and sexy rock star Lazlo Stone calls with a request to provide food for the bachelor party too. Syd is consumed with thoughts of making everything just right, but Laz is intrigued by the sweet and sexy voice on the other end of the line. When a mix-up occurs that has Laz thinking Syd is the stripper, the two are thrown together. After a drunken kiss, Laz can’t stop thinking about Syd, and will go to any lengths to be near her. Things get intense as Syd’s past and Laz’s rock star present collide, and Syd must decide if she can handle a relationship with a superstar.
Although the actual storyline didn’t hold any great twists or turns, with a fairly straightforward famous-man-falls-for-hometown-girl plot, the beauty in this delightful novel is in the characters.
I absolutely fell in love with Sydney, who is not only whip smart and determined to make a life for herself, but also just the right amount of fumbling and unsure of herself. Her backstory was what made her such a compelling character, with her determination to make a better life for herself after a rough childhood. Going back home to face the people and situations of her tortured past was a challenge, and I loved seeing her overcome.
I also loved the wonderful friendship between Sydney and her best friend Callie. It is refreshing to see a strong female friendship in a romance novel, and this one does an excellent job of supporting the plot and moving the story forward. Some of the sweetest moments of the book are recollections of their childhood together, and I loved how Callie stood by Sydney with all of the confidence in the world in both her catering abilities as well as her chances at love.
Speaking of love….Laz….holy heck! Lazlo Stone is everything you could possibly ask for in a romantic lead. He’s 6’3” of rock god beauty, and has a sweet heart to boot. The author has done a wonderful job of showing both sides to this man, from his initial interactions with his band mates, showing his manly side, to his sweet infatuation with Sydney, showing that tender heart. The chemistry between Sydney and Laz is immediate and sizzling, with one of the hottest moments in the book being when they share a bed, but have no sex. The buildup to their first sexual encounter is a slow burn, leading up to a smoldering love affair.
I totally swooned with the ending of this book, as Laz comes up with the perfect solution for keeping his sweet Sydney by his side, despite the demands of a music tour.
The rock star hero is one of my favorite tropes in romance literature, and Christine Bell has done a wonderful job of delivering compelling characters within the rock and roll world. Equal parts sexy and sweet, Reforming the Rock Star has something for everyone.