I am so thrilled to be a part of the official Blog Tour for Sarah Gagnon’s new novel, DATE WITH A ROCKSTAR! I’ve got lots of great stuff for you, including all of the book details, my own review, and a very special giveaway opportunity.
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About DATE WITH A ROCKSTAR:
Only one girl will win the cash prize…and a chance at love with Jeremy Bane.
Monet isn’t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane–she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness.
Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that’s spread through saliva. It’s completely curable if you have enough money, which she and her single mother don’t. Now that she’s on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enough to woo Jeremy Bane so he picks her as the winner. She doesn’t even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life.
But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy’s attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him–and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she’s ready and ruin everything.
The only way to win Jeremy’s heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This was a really unique and refreshing take on a dystopian novel. Monet is an easy to like heroine, with a wonderful, engaging backstory. I loved the added stakes of Monet needing the money for a cure to her illness, so that participation in the show wasn’t just about snagging a rockstar. Sure, she loves his music and finds him attractive, but in reality, she needs that money for a serious reason, and it made everything that much more dramatic.
I really enjoyed the reality television aspect of the novel, with a sort of Bachelor-esque type of feel to it. I loved getting glimpses into the other girl’s dates and seeing how watching them on screen drove them apart. But, of course not all of the girls are awful, and I really enjoyed the friendship that grows for Monet and Pauline.
The romance between Monet and Jeremy is sweet and plays out at a nice pace. I loved that Monet kept sneaking out to see him, or Jeremy coming to find her outside of their date, giving the reader a chance to get to know them together and see them make a genuine connection.
The ending to this book is pretty predictable, but the story is fun and engaging along the way. I enjoyed the main characters and the futuristic world that Gagnon has created.
About the Author:
Sarah Gagnon grew up in the frigid woods of Maine amidst snow and animal skins and has now moved back home. As a small child she wrote ship-wrecked romances all while being stared down by a taxidermied duck.
She has a BFA in photography and a minor in writing from the University of Southern Maine. She’s the mother of two tiny, feral children and two ill-behaved dogs. For fun she’s taken up construction and interior design. Her first project: moving into a dilapidated farmhouse with her computer-genius husband.