Title: Death Of A Rockstar (Boy In The Band, #0.5)
Author: NJ Frost
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 25 2014
““Troubled rock star Jamie Grimes was found dead at his London home earlier today.”
So there you have it. Jamie is dead… and it's no surprise.
A victim of his addictions - his love of drugs and his love for her.
Sylvie Smith isn’t just any girl.
She was my best friend’s girl.
No, not just his girl, she was his downfall.
She’s the last woman on earth I should want,
but the instant I set eyes on her I know.
She will be my downfall too…
Thrown together in the aftermath of Jamie’s death, Blake and Sylvie's worlds are set to collide. Are they a disaster waiting to happen or an epic love story about to begin?
Find out in this prequel novella to THE BOY IN THE BAND.
Death of a Rock Star is the warm up act to the Boy in the Band, due for release this summer.
This really was like no other rockstar novel I think I’ve ever read. You’re not going to find a rose-tinted glow here – it’s raw, it’s gritty, it’s even really rather seedy and kinda grungy and I totally loved it. In fact, it’s bloody brilliant!
As the title suggests, it starts with the death of a famous rock star – Jamie. We’ve all see this before – some drug-addled celebrity’s body being wheeled out of an apartment block in a black body bag to a waiting ambulance in front of a baying pack of the world’s press, being carted off for an autopsy with the inevitable results that we all know – that their veins were clogged to Hell and back with Class A substances. We’ve all seen the fall of the prodigiously talented at the hands of a life of excess with no one to tell them no.
What we don’t see is how the aftershocks ricochet ever outwards after such an event and this is what we are shown here in this novella. As Jamie dies he leaves behind his girl, Sylvie, – she’s his muse and she’s a self-confessed whore who finds oblivion in fucking the way Jamie found it at the end of a hypodermic. She’s incredibly beautiful and so very fragile and there’s a darkness here that is only lightly touched on – and it’s enough for me to be desperate to want to know more. Sylvie works as an A&R girl for an up and coming indie record label but this confident facade is masking something deep down inside that has so far only been hinted at.
Sylvie also has complicated relationships with Chris Kavanagh, lead singer of Vertigo, another successful band and her boss, Alex Denton. I really liked both of these guys, especially Chris who is there to catch Sylvie as she spirals out of control after Jamie’s death.
Jamie also leaves behind his best friend, Blake, who although shocked at Jamie’s death is not really surprised. He’s watched his friend fade away from drug use in recent months and there’s a sad inevitability about the events of that day. Blake is himself a frontman for the up and coming band, The Flood and he’s also a recovering addict, still craving that next one way ticket to oblivion only drugs can provide. He’s also never met Sylvie – Jamie had tried very hard to prevent these two from ever meeting. Blake sees her for the very first time at the shrine that Jamie’s doorstep has become and he at once despises her and adores her. He blames her but she appeals to him in a way that no other woman ever has before and despite Jamie’s attempts to keep them apart, their worlds are about to collide. He hates her yet her can’t resist her.
So this is an incredibly tantalising sneak peak at what we can expect from the upcoming Boy in the Band and I can’t freaking wait to get my hands on that one. It’s incredibly well written with a style that grabbed my attention right from page one and held me in it’s thrall right until the bitter end. It’s definitely a walk on the seedier side of the underbelly of the British indie rock scene, an unadulterated and bleak look at the lives of those involved. It’s dark and angsty and I honestly couldn’t get enough of this. I’m hooked – can’t wait for the main event in the summer. This is such a promising debut from NJ Frost who I think is a very talented up and coming British author that we’ll be hearing a lot about in the future.
It’s very, VERY rare for me to give 5 stars to a novella – I’m often left twitching with unsatisfied desire as I always want more but this richly intoxicating prequel completely wowed me so 5 stars it is!
Series Reading Order
0.5 – Death Of A Rock Star
1. The Boy In The Band
NJ Frost has created a truly awesome playlist for this novel that is very much representative of the current British sound – some fantastic tunes in here.
Title: The Boy In The Band(Boy In The Band, #1)
Author: NJ Frost
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Summer 2014
Let me introduce us...
Sylvie Smith – that’s me. Head A&R girl at Artemis Records. Girl about town, with a thing for boys in bands. I have the perfect job – if you like to fuck up-and-coming rock stars, which I do, probably more often than I should. I have a crazy beautiful life and it’s more than a little complicated right now.
Blake Nelson – my current nemesis. Frontman for The Flood, the band I’m in the process of getting signed. The guy I’m obsessively thinking about NOT fucking, pretty much all the time. Why? Well he may be to die for, but he hates me and I hate him right back. He thinks I destroyed his best friend. The ghosts of our pasts are such vicious things. They don’t stop me from wanting him though. Wanting boys like him is in my blood.
Chris Kavanagh – my long term fuck-buddy. Lead singer of Vertigo, the band who just cleaned up at The Brits. Chris Kavanagh, playboy of the rock world, who just got voted sixth sexiest man on the planet. Chris Kavanagh who told me that love was for suckers. Well hell, it seems he only went and got suckered himself. By who? I’ll give you one guess.
This is the thing. Love just isn’t for me. I’m fine with my fucking. I’m never going to fall in love. EVER. I’m not going to let Chris Kavanagh wear me down, nor give Blake Nelson the satisfaction of seeing that I want him. I don’t have to explain myself, or change myself for anyone.
Blake Nelson is just THE BOY IN THE BAND. My day job. I’m not going to let him turn my world upside down with those lethal eyes, the ‘fuck me’ voice or his devastating smile.
You know what they say about best laid plans. So aren’t you just a little bit intrigued, like me, to see how all this plays out?
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NJ is an avid reader and obsessive writer, fuelled for the most part by chocolate and coffee.
During her postgraduate studies in English Lit NJ became a contemporary romance junkie and finally found her calling. A twisted romantic at heart, she loves nothing more than losing herself in a good book with lots of passion and angst. She’s always at the mercy of one book boyfriend or another, so creating her own book boyfriends and torturing them has been a wicked dream come true… but she may have lost her heart to her victims in the process.
Although she enjoys the darker side of romance NJ loves a ‘Happy Ever After’ and is eagerly pursuing her own.
THE BOY IN THE BAND, NJ’s full length follow-up to DEATH OF A ROCK STAR is due for release Summer 2014.
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