Release Date: Jun 23, 2020
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Self Taught Ninja
Rock Star’s Baby Bargain is the latest rom-com from Lili Valente. The story is about Collete who suddenly finds herself jobless, single, and in desperate want of a baby. She wants to have the father of her potential child involved in parenting, but she can’t possibly be considering asking her friend’s long time bandmate can she? Zack is at loose ends, he’s been in a band for so long he’s forgotten what it’s like to create music on his own. So he’s made a decision that rocks their friend group and leaves him feeling a bit adrift. When Collete comes up with a crazy idea to make a baby together, he begins to wonder if it’s not so crazy after all.
If you’re a fan of Lili Valente you already know that she’s a master at creating fun, sexy, and emotional stories. If you’ve never had the joy of reading any of her books this latest offering is a perfect example of why she has become an auto buy author for me. Lili is very adept at writing funny books that are truly laugh out loud rom-coms without resorting to over used slapstick style comedy. I also love that even in a book that’s made me bust a gut she still manages to find the space to have serious and emotional moments that move you as a reader.
I really could connect with Collete in this book, she was the type of strong and independent heroine I want to read about in romance. I especially liked that she was not afraid to be open about her strong desire to be a mother as well as still focus on a career. Even though her desperation seemed a little too far out there for me, I could appreciate why she felt like time was running out for her.
Zack was the sweetest Beta hero I’ve read in a long time, and if you’re in search of a man that respects and understands women Zack is your man. Several times over he is given a chance to take advantage of Collete for his own gain or just be a general asshole male, but he always chooses to show her respect and kindness. I love this type of hero, because Lili also manages to make him insanely sexy and charming. It’s such an excellent way to illustrate that we can want the rockstar romance without having to sacrifice our ideals.
I enjoyed that these two take a road trip together since I’m always a sucker for forced proximity in a romance novel and the place they stay totally speaks to my love of spooky old houses. These scenes really helped to cement the love story between the two characters. It was clear to me as the reader they were falling in love and the “fling” was way more than either intended.
The only small problem I had with this book was I did not care for the side character of the manager Chip, who is such a smarmy jerk. We see this type of character a lot in celeb romances, and I understand there’s some truth in this type of character. However, I’m just a bit bored with this kind of person being used over and over as a villain. There is also a small spot about another woman that makes Collete jealous. It was just unnecessary for me and I think there were better ways to insert some tension in the book.
Overall this book was purely a joy to read and those minor quibbles aside this has become a new favorite of mine from Lili. Which is saying something since I practically live and breathe my love for her Happy Cat series with author Pippa Grant. I would highly suggest if you liked this book to check out her Bangover series where we are first introduced to these two characters or the Happy Cat series. I’m giving this a 4 start review because there’s just so much to love about this book. It’s a great upbeat read to combat my quarantine blues.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.