This is not your typical rock star romance. For one, the “rock star” is a rapper. And not just any rapper. 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?
So let’s talk about Collaboration. I love this book to death. I actually read it twice since writing this review, because the chemistry that Trace and Taryn shared was definitely explosive and hot. When I read the synopsis it drew me automatically. I have read a bunch of rockstar books, none that contained a rapper and a country singer. How the heck would these two musicians ever cross paths and make a connection?
Well that’s the story of Collaboration. And with the first chapter it starts off. This dual POV begins with Taryn at the Grammy Awards. Already I am intrigued because I love reading book about celebrities and the Hollywood lifestyle. And this book follows exactly that path.
Taryn, is what the industy calls “America’s Sweetheart”. Beautiful, young, blonde and a talented self made country music star. She’s everywhere and they love her!! And she’s up for Best Album…and so is Trace. Trace is a bad ass rapper. Hottest young rapper on the market. And when he wins over Taryn, she’s furious. When he gets up on stage in front of millions to except his award, Taryn is expecting some punk kid. And she sort of gets that. But then she sees a different side to Trace. Something more softer when he’s up on stage talking about his parents. For a second she’s intrigued but it doesn’t mean the blow of not winning that award still doesn’t hurt. So that’s their first encounter together. For her, let’s hope its the last.
Let’s talk about Trace for a second here. I need to show you what we are talking about.You need to see the gorgeous face and insanely hot body that Taryn is hating right now.
Holy fucking shit!! Are you kidding me dude?? What goes on with that body?? And his eyes?? He is a beautiful black man with fucking blue eyes that stare right through you!!! My god, I am done for. I don’t care if you took my Grammy…dude, take my body!! and have at it! Seriously, look at him. You can’t help yourself with a face like that.
Okay Trish, focus. Remember there is a review to write. And I haven’t painted a great picture of Trace. That’s because he doesn’t paint such a great picture of himself in the media. He’s a whore; Trace and his boys are known for their parties, and girls, and booze. Just coming off of his high and winning Best Album at the Grammy’s, he has a reputation to uphold. Why not do a Collaboration with America’s Sweetheart and make yourself look that much better. Fucking Hollywood!
So that’s what happens…Taryn and Trace must collaborate on a song. They both do not want this, but the record company wants it. And they always get what they want. So when they meet up at the recording studio to work on their song, it just goes so very differently then they had imagined. First, of course, there is tension. But more so its sexual, hells yeah!!! But after the façade leaves them and the smoke clears, what you are left with is two very talented musicians. And they are both very surprised by this.
For me this where I fell in love with Trace. He’s so different and there is so much more underneath that bad boy persona he gives off to the public. And he’s so fucking talented. But aside from the crazy chemistry that they share in the recording studio on a professional level, there chemistry runs way deeper than that.
Trace is left dumbfounded by her talents.
“I’ve heard voices described as “angelic” before, but I never knew what they were talking about before now. She sounds like pure honey when she sings, all syrupy and so sinfully sweet-I’m pretty sure I could go to Hell based solely on the thoughts I’m having right now.
Now I’m the one staring. Fortunately, she’s is completely oblivious, her eyes closed while she strums her guitar.”
After there amazing time in the recording studio where they bonded in a way they never expected, they both go their separate ways, both touring the country. I love how they keep in touch with each other, via text messaging and late night phone calls. These two are just fucking dying to get in each other pants. I mean I would, she’s the purest of pure, sweet; his “Peaches”. And Trace, is just a surprise to her. So after time apart and way too much sexual tension these two collaborate in a different way…with their bodies….
“Do you want me?” I whisper. She leans her head back against the wall, further exposing her neck, and I take the opportunity to trail kisses from her ear down to her collarbone. I kiss across the delicate area, which judging by the sounds she’s making, is also an erogenous zone for her. Then I proceed to kiss my way back up her neck before whispering in her other ear, “Although I like that answer, I need to hear you say it, sweetheart. Do. You. Want. Me?” I ask, nibbling on her earlobe with each word spoken.
“Yes, dammit, I want you,” she says forcefully and yanks my shirt open, ripping the buttons, before tearing it off me. That’s all the answer I need.
Holy shitballs. Trace is so fucking hot!! And he does this shit to her over and over and over again. HMMM, all reasons for my re read!! HOLLA!!
The ways in which Trace seduces Taryn, and her body…She is no match for me. They fall…..hard….and I loved reading all about it. Again and again. Their dual POVs totally worked so well in this book. I needed and wanted to hear from both of them.
As much as you enjoy all the hot, steamy, panty dropping sex, this story is WAY more than that. Between the paparazzi, mixed up stories that are being told in the media, Taryn’s overly obsessive mother/manager and Taryn’s guitarist/close friend Ryder who is very much interested in her, there are just too many things working against them. And with touring and being separated, all this time apart just isn’t not good. And the story becomes very angsty. I LOVE IT!!
So many times I had to speed read to just to get to the end of a chapter to figure out what the hell was going on. Frustrated and OMGing a hundred times….
The authors do such an amazing job of showing the reader their amazing connection, considering they aren’t together for such a period of time. That’s what I loved about it. You need strong dialog to support this, and I LOVED their dialog. The media just can’t seem to accept an African American rap star dating a beautiful southern bell singing country music. So that is part of their struggle as a couple. Too many strikes against them. Can they fight it and survive it?
I have to say, what they go through in this book is heart wrenching, and real, and pulled at my heart, big time. And yes, we do have that “UGLY CRY” moment. Yes Trish had to put the iPad down, have her cry, a hard cry. I wasn’t expecting all this emotion. And this book evoked so much emotion from me. Hence the RE read!
I am done telling you about Collaboration because there is soo much more to the story, I think you need to read it for yourself to see. The way in which the authors choose to wrap it all up…the kick ass epilogue….I can’t say enough….I will gladly dish out 5 HOLLAS (5 Stars) for this amazeballs story!!
About Michelle Lynn
Michelle Lynn has always been a reader, but her passion has become a full-blown addiction since her husband bought her a Kindle for Mother’s Day. She’s pretty sure that he regrets this on a regular basis. Especially when she has it propped up next to the stove while she cooks, which often results in a burnt dinner. Or when he loses sleep because the glow from the screen wakes him up when he rolls over at three in the morning. He does agree, however, that she uses this gift more than any other he has ever gotten her. She joking counters that, because of some of the steamy novels she reads, he also benefits more from this gift than any other he has gotten her. ;)
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.
About Nevaeh Lee
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 when she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she can be found spending time 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.
She also adores her really big dog who frequently takes her for walks while enduring her many story ideas and rambling dialogue, which sometimes occurs in multiple languages. After many years of this, she finally decided to start writing out some of these stories and her first book, a joint effort called Collaboration, will be self-published on January 26, 2014.