Review: You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly

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You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly

2 Stars

So, for me, what really saved You Really Got Me was that I really liked the first half. I liked the sexual tension between Emmie and Slater. I also really liked the music and band aspect of the story, as well as the other characters in the story. And I loved that it took place in Austin, TX.

As far as the Emmie and Slater go, sometimes Emmie’s issues come across as silly, so it was hard to take her seriously at times. And it wasn’t much different when it came to Slater. But they were fun together!

The second half was where it lost me a little bit. Once the two hit the sack, it was like that’s all they were doing. I mean, I’m not one to complain about sexytimes, but not when it takes over the story. Then there was all the drama that came. I don’t want to give anything away about the circumstances causing and/or surrounding this drama, but there’s lots of it.

The ending WAS kind of sweet, so I was happy to end it on a happy note, but overall You Really Got Me turned out to be just an ok read for me.

Book Info

You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly
Series: Rock Star Romance #1
Published by Berkley
Pub Date: January 6th 2015
Pages: 352
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
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The first irresistible novel in a hot new series about a rock star on his way up—and the woman he wants to take all the way…

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

5 Responses to “Review: You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly”

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    I like sexy times too but so many of these books lose focus once that happens. It’s just non stop sex and no plot – or silly drama to cause trouble for the couple.

    This does sound kind of fun. I guess if you know going in what it will be it might not be so bad.

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    Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    Jess, I couldn’t agree more with your review. I recently read this book last week when I was home sick from work one afternoon, and as much as I wanted it to work for me, it just…didn’t. There are very few things I love more than rockstar-based romances, but the conflict felt contrived and I think it would have greatly benefited from further editing. The final third of the book dragged on just short of forever, and I absolutely hated the obstacle that eventually kept the two apart. Plus, as you mentioned, Emmie’s reservations about the relationship from the outset never really rang true to me. It felt as though she was looking for excuses for the two not to pursue a relationship. I found the entire story very frustrating! If nothing else, it’s nice to know I wasn’t alone in that.

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