This is not your typical rock star romance. For one, the “rock star” is a rapper. And not just any had apper. Trace is the hottest ticket in the music industry right now, regardless of which definition of ‘hot’ you choose.
Taryn Starr is not the girl-next-door who unknowingly meets a celebrity. Known as “America’s Sweetheart,” the reigning country music princess and world-renowned superstar knows exactly who Trace is…or does she?
Their worlds collide when the musicians whose paths were never destined to cross are forced by their joint record label to collaborate on a song. The sparks fly and ignite a fire that blazes hotter with every minute they spend together—for better or worse. One thing’s for certain, the two media magnets can’t deny their explosive chemistry, but will life in the spotlight ultimately bring Trace and Taryn together or force them apart?
***This contemporary romance new adult novel is for mature audiences. The language alone would make a sailor blush (the guy’s a rapper, remember?) so 18+ only, please.
~ Excerpt ~
My guitarist, huh? I can’t help but wonder what else he is to her. Considering his close proximity and the adoring way he’s looking at her, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what he wants to be. Question is, what does she want? Or rather, who? And why the hell do I care anyway?
“Trace?” I snap out of my ridiculous thoughts to see both Taryn and Ryder staring at me. I also don’t miss the curious look her mom is shooting my way, arched eyebrow included.
“Nice to meet you,” I say, using my most polite voice. It’s a good thing my boys aren’t listening in or they’d be giving me shit for sure. “You must be a hell of a guitar player to get to back up this girl.” Okay, that was a dig I just couldn’t help.
“I do what I can,” he says with a smirk, and I have the unexpected urge to knock that grin right off country boy’s face. My label would love that, me starting a fight right here at the home office. “Oh, and congrats on the win, by the way, even if you did beat my girl here. Then again, she did take home the grand prize so it’s all good, right?”
If Taryn was a fire hydrant, he just pissed all over her. Yeah, I better get the fuck out of here and fast. “Yeah, we’re good. Look, it’s good to meet you, but I gotta jet...literally,” I say and notice the way the corner of Taryn’s perfect pink lips turn up at my words. “Tour starts tomorrow.”
“I heard about your tour,” he says and I raise my eyebrows. This should be interesting because I know this redneck doesn’t listen to my music. “What’s it called again?” he asks, and I see his eyes shift to the right where there is a newly-released tour poster covering half of the damn wall. The words “This is Me, Motherfuckers” are emblazoned across a life-sized version of me giving two middle fingers to anyone who sees it. Ironically, this poster doesn’t really represent me at all, but this asshole doesn’t need to know that. I’m not sure why exactly, but he is definitely trying to make me look bad in front of Taryn. Well, two can play at that game.
“I guess they don’t teach you how to read down where you’re from, huh?” I ask, indicating the poster. I don’t miss Taryn’s mouth drop open in shock at my words. So much for being polite, I think.
“Actually,” he says, the ever-present smirk still firmly in place, “our home state is known for its high literacy rates.” And there he goes pissing again.
“Well, that’s nice to hear and if I had more time, I’d love a little lesson on the educational system in Texas. But I have a tour to start so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll have to see both of ya’ll later,” I say and brush past Ryder, not bothering to look Taryn’s way again
We had the honor to be able to join this tour to read and write for this great author collaboration, guess what the book is also called Collaboration.
It was a enjoyable read, it was a sweet fairytale story between two people with different background, yet have one main thing in common music. Both currently the most popular artist in the music industry id working together order to work together by the conpany. Being forced to collaborate a song choose by the company, they work there magic and reform the song to there own style into a real collaboration. One of the reason the two are working together, obveriously the money and pubicity is the bonus but maybe to help Trace redirect is public imagine. Once working together they realise they have more spark than it meets the eye. The attraction grew strong and draw them closer than they think.
Trace the industry womaniser and playboy find himself thinking more about and more Taryn and less of other female even when they throw themselves at them. Finding himself look forward to seeing her and her messages, which oddly enough this strange feeling forming that his never felt before. Oddly enough his liking this feeling, finally someone that see him more than what meets the image he put up and what everyone else see.
Taryn on the other hand is fighting the attraction because of Trace playboy ways but find herself enjoy his company, easy as it was and they actually work great together. unexpected chemisty they have together, especially when they were co writing the song.
As the story goes on, you see the good and bad side of being a celebrity, especially as popular as they are. The multiple challenge they face, the trust and hidden secrets they both hiding from each other will all be keys to there relationship. Will the public image be more important than their true feelings. Do they trust and believe each other enough to overcome it all or will the media break them down.
As you read on your know, not everything is as you see or read, a run of emotions when you read this book. A few unexpected moments and sweet moments. Both main character had a really strong build up, it really comes throught when as you read on. The author did a great job, had a good build up on what they where like but i think i didn't feel the chemistry was as a strong. Yes i didn't feel the attraction but it didnt few stronger especial after each case they go through but it was definitely a enjoyable read, its sweet.
Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
Nevaeh’s first exposure to writing began in a middle school creative writing class. She was reprimanded for composing a politically incorrect story and forced to re-write about a “safer” topic. Being the writing rebel that she is, Nevaeh always likes to push the envelope a bit and never re-writes, unless her editor insists on it.
When she’s not writing, Nevaeh is a freelance book editor ;). And though she spends a good chunk of her time reading, writing, and editing, she can also be found hanging out with her family and taking road trips, exploring the area around wherever she happens to be living at the time. Even though “home” will always be Texas, she has lived in several different states and countries, but currently resides in the DC metro area.