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Played by the Rockstar by Christina Hovland
Series: Mile High Rocked #1
Published by Self-Published on February 25, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
A rock star walks into a bar…
Certified behavioral counselor (and former band groupie) Becca Forrester needs a break. Taking a leave of absence from her job, she moves into the apartment over her parents’ garage, and clinches a gig waitressing at a dive bar known for bringing in big name musicians.
Cedric “Linx” Lincoln is a certified rock star. Bassist for the hugely popular rock band, Dimefront, he’s in Denver while the band is on hiatus a-freaking-gain. He's looking for something—anything—to keep him occupied until they can all get back to making music. When he saunters into his friend’s bar, he finds the perfect diversion.
Becca’s presence is a breath of fresh air. The sizzle she ignites in him is precisely what he needs. Bonus: no-stress, no-strings hookups are his specialty. But when things between them tip toward serious, his band implodes, and Becca's leave of absence ends, they’re forced to decide what their “real” lives should look like. Maybe there’s room for an encore…
After the fun and hilarious Mile High Matched series, I was not ready to say good bye to the world and the people so I was tickled for the spinoff series with the Dimefront rockers getting their stories.
Played by the Rockstar begins with one of the gal posse, Bekkah, a behavior counselor, back in Denver on a break from her life decides waitressing at Brek’s, catching some of the bands he brings into his bar, and maybe a fling with the hottie bass player, Linx from Dimefront while the band is on a break will help her decide what to do next. But, no matter how much of a good time the rockgod is, this is only temporary and she has to wave away the bothersome feels.
Cedric Lincoln is fed up with his fellow band members for all the unnecessary breaks they seem to need, which leaves him kicking his heels too often. He just wants to write and make music. After a slight contretemps, he ends up with Brek, his old band manager as a babysitter and Breks puts him to work in his bar to keep Linx out of trouble. He tells him to get a hobby. Hanging out for fun with Bekkah and playing with a sweet sounding new band who are making their start at the bar’s stage turns out to be better than a hobby. Slowly he starts to realize he may just want more and he may have to step away from the old band to have a fresh start and become a steady guy to hold onto a beautiful woman like Bekkah.
Like the Matched series, Played by the Rockstar is a slightly spicy and light romcom. The characters are engaging, have some sizzle to go their flirty banter and just need a little extra push from their friends and Babushka to fall in love. Yes, Babushka is back and as hilarious as ever.
I love the new world of the rock band, their work as musicians, and the antics they get up to. Bekkah fits right in as she used to be a groupie when she was younger. She’s pretty great at reading other people and handling them. She’s loveable and sweet, but she has no clue about herself. I loved seeing Linx really see her and draw her out giving her confidence just like she saw past the rockgod image to the regular guy who loves his cat, working on songwriting and getting into mischief.
The other bandmembers are getting their stories next and I can’t wait to see what comes of Bax and Courtney after what went down in this one.
All in all, it was off to a good start reading quick and leaving me smiling and laughing at times. Want something light and flirty, grab this one.