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Series: Rock Star Romance #3
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
When I first received Take Me Home Tonight for review I wasn’t so sure if I was going to end up reading it or not. In the end I am so glad I did read this fabulously written treat that has me wanting to start from the very beginning of the Rock Star Romance series. Once I started I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it in just one sitting.
The story starts off with Mimi Romano who wants to work for her father’s company but in order to do that she needs more experience and to earn her own way. Mimi decides to try out for a TV cooking competition to help her get to the next level. She has enjoyed working for the band Blue Fire but it’s time to get her goals in motion all while making delicious treats and secretly crushing on the temporary keyboardist, Calix Bourbon.
The band wants Calix to stop being temporary and sign on with them but with trouble at home he just has too much on his plate at this time. In order to help Mimi make it on the cooking show he brings her back to his family’s home in the hopes of helping his mother get out of her funk and help Mimi progress as a chef. The more time Mimi spends with them all the more life is being slowly brought back into his family.
Take Me Home Tonight is my first book by Erika Kelly and the first thing that I noticed was her voice. The writing and dialogue came naturally and that just made me want to continue reading. Rock star books tend to all be the same or go on the same path but Ms. Kelly breathed new life into the world of musicians. Since I didn’t read the previous books in the series I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I didn’t feel lost at all. While Ms. Kelly doesn’t exactly go into what happened in the previous book I got a glimpse of what the characters went through. I also really liked how close they were and couldn’t understand why Calix wanted to distance himself, but with the more his past came to light the more I understood his holding back. After all family should come first even if he would be missing out on his dream.
I really did love all the characters especially Calix and I really loved his name. He was a good guy in wanting to keep his family together after the loss of his brother three years ago. It wasn’t just his mom that was stuck, it was all of them and with him bringing Mimi home she helped them in a way he wasn’t expecting. While Calix doesn’t date much there is something about Mimi that has him wanting to give them an honest chance. Mimi was smart, open and funny, all while trying to get her workaholic father to notice her and give her a chance. I felt like I understood why she wanted to enter this TV competition and that it was also a way of trying to get closer to her father.
The relationship between Calix and Mimi didn’t start off strong, but as the story started to unfold and they began to grow closer I could start to see them as a real couple. Ms. Kelly didn’t write just sex scenes, she wrote emotional love scenes that showed how they were connecting. These two really had it bad for one another and I couldn’t get enough of them.
While this is a story about rock stars I missed the fact that that subject wasn’t really center stage in the story. It took to the background and the cooking competition took the lead. In the end I was left completely satisfied on how it turned out and Ms. Kelly has definitely got a new fan. I am really looking forward to reading more of her work and hoping this isn’t the end of the Rock Stars Romance series which is why I am recommending Take Me Home Tonight to everyone.