Review: I Want You to Want Me by Erika Kelly

23604323I Want You to Want Me
(Rock Star Romance, #2)
By: Erika Kelly
Publisher: Berkley
Published: July 7, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Derek Valencia finally has the success he’s worked so hard for. His band is touring its debut album and great reviews are rolling in. But when pictures of him tossing naked groupies off a balcony go viral, it’s damage-control time. He’s assigned a “babysitter” whose sole job is to keep him out of trouble.

Violet Davis swore she’d never work in the music industry again, but being a minder for a rock star will earn her enough to pay off the mortgage on her wildflower farm. And for a girl brought up in the foster care system, owning her own home means more to her than anything.

Though at first the two bang heads, the rocker and the farm girl soon grow close and realize that they make sweet music together. But can a girl who craves the stability of life on a farm really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band?



1thoughtsViolet is a “minder”. Basically, her careers based off of coming in ultimately baby-sit out of control rich people. People who may have drug addiction, alcohol problems, sex addiction, or pretty much anything that they need help correcting to get their life and their career back on track. She pops up, posses as a girlfriend or someone really close to them, watches over them, slowly gets them on a healthier life path, and in the end turns that person’s life around. Then, she moves on to the next person in need. However, she draws the line at musicians. Their lifestyles and attitude are too much for her and she’d prefer to work with other clients instead. However, when a friend calls her up begging her to help her brother’s band, Violet decides to help her friend out while making a butt-load of money in the process. However, she doesn’t plan to fall in love with the bassist… and the bassist definitely didn’t plan on falling for his band’s babysitter.

Unlike some musician romances I’ve read, this one did not involve a leading man who likes to party and sleep around. Instead, Derek prefers to hang out in his room with the band’s manager/his sex buddy while the rest of the guys party. He took it upon himself to look after his band-mates and make sure they get good publicity – or at least he tries to. Obviously, things get out of hand which is why Violet is called in. Derek never disrespected her or belittled her like so many of the leading men I’ve read.

Violet never had a stable upbringing. Her mother left her with her grandmother when she was a baby. Heck, she was never given a name on her birth certificate. When she was four her grandmother passed away which put her in the foster system. She’s never had security or a family. So, the fact that Derek is bringing feelings out in her that she’s never felt before and she starts opening up to him, scares her. She knows where his career is taking him and the kind of life a rockstar has. Instead of trusting in him, she lets her fears get in the way and that kind of irritated me. I mean, a lot of the drama could have been cut out if there was such thing as communication and understanding between the two. I really enjoyed the story except for those explosive parts that seemed a little silly.

I will say that this works as a stand-alone. Sure there are references to the previous book but it wasn’t anything that left me unable to follow along. I mean, it is Violet’s first time meeting the band, so we get introduced to everyone. I had some problems with the crazy drama that happens towards the end but it was an enjoyable read all the same. It had romance, rockstars, a farm girl, and steamy scenes. I look forward to seeing who is featured in the next book.


1favequote“I never had a type before, but that’s because I’ve never met anyone like you.”


4 Thoughts on “Review: I Want You to Want Me by Erika Kelly

  1. Oooh I do love rock stars, and this is different from most of the ones out there! 🙂

  2. I see a guitar on the cover, I am so there! lol

  3. I really enjoyed this one. She did have some issues for sure but I could kind of get them too. I was glad it turned out in the end 🙂

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