Published December 2015
Series: Rosemary Beach #10
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.
So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.
He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily.
As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.
Kiro’s Emily is a side-novella (you could even say a spin-off) to the Rosemary Beach Series that takes us straight to the past and lets us have some insights into how Demon Slacker lead singer Kiro Manning met his wife Emily back in 1992. Kiro and Emily do not exactly play lead roles in the Rosemary Beach series, but there is a little mystery building up around them, especially in Take A Chance and One More Chance – which are the books dedicated to their daughter Harlow.
What I loved about this book:
- Nice, quick read
What I felt needed improvement:
- The plot was a bit standard
- I couldn’t really connect with Kiro
- I would have liked more answers and a less sad ending…
Kiro Manning is your regular 90’s rockstar: revelling in his fame, foul-mouthed as they come, and enjoying his share of groupies. Emily, on the other hand, is the nice and polished girl next door, as inexperienced as you’d expect. Her cousin drags Emily with her on her quest to follow Demon Slacker on their US tour, hopeful to get backstage and into the band’s pants. When Emily’s cousin finally manages to end up at an after-show party, and Kiro catches a glimpse of sweet Emily, it’s lust at first sight, and he can’t stay away.
As a huge Abbi Glines (and Rosemary Beach Series) fan, this novella was a total must for me to read, even though I did put it off for quite some time. And as always, I wasn’t disappointed by Abbi Glines’ dual-POV storytelling, which is great, light, and with just the right amount of steam.
However, I found it difficult to connect with the actual story and Kiro’s character. The story itself is pretty standard: bad boy falls in insta-lust over untouched virgin. And while bad boy only wants to get in virgin’s pants, he quickly recognizes that he has more feelings for her than he thought, and she suddenly becomes his only reason to live.
“With one kiss, my life had been altered. It would follow a different path now. One where a woman owned my heart.”
I really don’t mind the occasional insta-lust, and to be honest, it’s recurring with Abbi Glines so I knew exactly what I was getting into. What I did mind though, was Kiro’s character. He is a total douche, and really not the kind of guy you think Emily should end up with no matter how much he changes. After all, his first thoughts when seeing her are downright disgusting, and in the beginning of the story, women are just usable objects to him. And of course, Emily totally falls for him…
“I had never had an angel, and fuck, I wanted one. This one.”
In the end, it was a nice read, and one that gave a nice insight into Kiro and Emily’s relationship, but I can’t help feeling that it didn’t answer more questions. I also still have that bitter aftertaste in my mouth when it comes to Emily: with Kiro’s Emily Abbi Glines introduced us to her, depicting her as this wonderful and loving character (who very much resembles Harlow), but in the end, we know that this character will end up in a coma, and never be the same again. Also, her time with Kiro turned out to be extremely short, and I find both of these things depressing…
This is part of the reason why I am only giving this book 3.5 Stars, and also because while it was a nice read, it was kind of rushed and probably not extremely relevant in the grand scheme of the Rosemary Beach series.
|All the feels|