Series: Rock Canyon, Book 2
Also in this series: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Published by Avon on 22 April 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, Social Issues
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Also by this author: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada // Rock Canyon, Idaho // Winnemucca, Nevada
First Line(s): How many glasses of champagne did I have last night?
Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is the second book in Codi Gary’s Rock Canyon series though its a book that can well and truly stand on its own as there is little to no interaction with the characters from Things Good Girls Don’t Do. Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is one of those books where the two main characters wake up married and then have to figure out where to go from there. This one though has the added twist of the two leads having a shared past and a shared child though Travis wasn’t told of this at the time. So this one has three popular romance tropes the quickie marriage, rock star and secret baby. Four if you count second chance at love as a trope….which is can very well be.
As with Things Good Girls Don’t Do, Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars there were things about the heroine, Gemma that annoyed me. She was very quick to judge and fly off the handle and was always pushing Travis away. Then of course there was that pointless conflict that nearly split the two apart…again. *le sigh* I may like the various tropes of a romance but sometimes the cliches of them really get on my nerves. I also felt that the title of this one was a bit misleading as Travis and Gemma don’t really date. They get married and make an attempt to make the marriage work even if one of them is always looking for a reason to bail. I think a better title for this one would have been Good Girls Don’t Marry Rock Stars. Though the Good of the title is also a bit misleading as Gemma kept a good many secrets and I for one am not a fan of a woman who doesn’t tell a guy that they share a child together.
Overall though I liked Gemma and Travis’s story. I thought that the two had some genuine chemistry together and I had when Gary used the pointless conflict cliche to add tension to the story. This story didn’t need that as there was already the feelings of betrayal from past misunderstandings and the secret baby. I also didn’t really mind the character of Charlie, Travis and Gemma’s 9 year old son as he did come across as a real kid. So often in an adult romance the children come across as wooden and 2-dimentional. They just seem so fake and forced like you’re supposed to just nod your head and go awe at everything they do.
Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is definately a book that I would recommend to people. Its not perfect but it was a quick read, well written and kept me engaged from start to finish. Even with the pointless conflict my eye rolling and ebook notatation snark was minimal. It made my heart ache at times and that is a feeling that I love to have when reading a book. Even if I may want to shake a character a time or two for their actions….and Gemma wasn’t alone in this. I did like Travis but he did some boneheaded things too. So if you are looking for a fun new romance to try then this might be one to consider.