Sunday, 18 January 2015

You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly - Review

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.

Emmie is the PA for the biggest A&R in the music industry. However, Emmie wants more. She herself wants to work as an A&R - finding new music, singers and bands and signing them to their label. After eight years working for Irwin Ledger, Emmie is dissatisfied with getting his coffee, packing his suitcases, and finally draws the line at babysitting his daughter Caroline. After being pulled from the job of a life time, six weeks in Australia helping Irwin find new artist's to babysit his daughter, Emmie decides enough is enough. Irwin is never going to promote her, so she quits. They compromise - for the six weeks that Irwin is in Australia, Emmie has six weeks off from work. Emmie decides to put those six weeks to use - find a band for Irwin to sign, and then surely she'll get a promotion.

Slater Vaughn is the lead singer for the band Snatch, a rock and roll college band. Slater has managed to get every manager of their band to quit by being uncooperative and ignoring their ideas to help get them to the next level. However, Emmie's brother Derek is also in the band, and in exchange for living temporarily with the band, she'll manage them and use her connections to get the band to the next level.

This book was amazing and I really enjoyed reading it. I loved the chemistry between the main character's but also their determination to have successful careers.

I really connected to Emmie - her insecurities about not only her job but also her sexuality were very real to me. Emmie, after finding her boyfriend of three years cheating with not one but two groupies, has decided no more musicians. She couldn't count on her dad, a world-famous Jazz player, and couldn't count on a childhood-friend-turned-boyfriend rock star, she's decided to only date nice guys... So tired of being seen as plain and servicing, Emmie has decided to find her sexuality. This is what stumped me a bit. She wanted to be seen as sexy and wild, yet wants to date a nice guy? This just seemed like a waste of time in my opinion. And it seemed like Slater agreed with me.

Slater Vaughn. Sigh. I loved this guy, seriously. From the moment he meets Emmie I swear it was love at first sight - not that he would admit it. He loves this plain-Jane as is. Yes, he found her skinny dipping and trying new lingerie on sexy, what man wouldn't? But going on a date, wearing sexy clothes. Nope, this guy did not like. Not the sexy clothes (it wasn't her in his opinion) and definitely not the date. I absolutely loved how possessive this guy was over her! The fact he turned up on her date to claim his girl just made me swoon.

The sexual chemistry of these two was delicious! It was raw, dirty and also powerful. Like Slater said. 

However, these two have their hang-ups. What with their uncertain career decisions, the worrying about failing, and worrying if they'll be enough. 

Can I just say how much I hated Piper Lee!!!! Piper Lee is up there with Becca from The Avoiding Series, and Leah from Love Me With Lies. She is that bitchy, vindictive and plain evil! I hated Piper Lee with a passion and I can see where Emmie's insecurities about her came from. Piper  was musically gifted, so thus had more in common with Slater. And the fact she "took care of her guys". Er no, that's Emmie's job too! Eurgh, I just hated her!

If you're after a swoon-worthy guy and a normal, average girl - then this is the book for you! 

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  1. Love this review! I am reading it now. :-)

  2. Great review, spot on. I read this book before I saw this and couldn't agree more. Can't wait for Derek's book.