Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Sophia Rose reviews - Married to the Rockstar by Christina Hovland

Today Sophia Rose is back, this time with a modern day marriage of convenience romance. 

Married to the Rockstar by Christina Hovland

#3 Mile High Rocked

Publisher: Indie

Published:  4.29.22


Pages:  254

Rating: 4

Flames: 3

Format: eARC

Source: Author

Sellers: Amazon

ADD TO: GoodReads


GoodReads Blurb:

Nothing about this arrangement is convenient...

Jeremy Dillion—a.k.a. Knox—has no intention of succumbing to wedded bliss. Gag, no. His parents divorced when he was young and the only stability in his life comes from his bandmates. But now they’re finding their own forever sweethearts, and Knox is feeling the heat of being a lone wolf in a group effort. Still, an actual relationship? No. Ick.

Irina Carmichael is ready for her big break. The problem is no one takes a second look at her, since she doesn’t fit into the general mold created for Hollywood starlets. Her hips are too big, her nose is too sharp, and her lips are too wide. But she’s so ready to step out of the background and into the spotlight.

When Knox gets trashed in the tabloids, his publicist pitches the idea of an image-saving marriage to Irina. Irina figures the publicity can't hurt and accepts—until the offers for major roles start pouring in, and she doesn’t need the arrangement. Unfortunately, Knox has broken the first rule of marrying an actress for publicity: don’t fall in love. But can he handle a real relationship? And is she ready to stop pretending?


Sophia Rose's Review:

Love sneaks up on a rock star on the rocks and movie star needing a jump start to her career.  This series rocks all the fun, feels, and sizzling romance and I’m down for a friends to lovers match up when marriage of convenience turns into something more.


Married to the Rockstar is the third of the Mile High Rocked series of standalones that spin off the frolicking Mile High Roamnce series.  Newbies would be fine picking it up, but I have enjoyed them in order through both series since the characters from before pop in now and then.


Irina’s friend, Courtney, who has recently had a romance of her own with a Dimefront rocker, nudges her toward Knox to help her with her acting career.  She’s friends with Jeremy Dillion and he’s willing so what could be the harm in helping each other out. 

Jeremy ‘Knox’ Dillion is feeling out of sorts that his bandmates are each finding their forevers.  The band is successful and it needs to stay that way.  So, when he gets bad press for being a player and needs to clean up his image, it is determined that a romance will do the trick. 


Married to the Rockstar is light, fun and sexy, but it is also full of friendship, family, and dealing with what it takes to have a forever romance.  Each book in the series poses a different type of romance trope which makes me anticipate a new situation even if all surround the rocker group of guys. 


I loved both Irina and Jeremy.  They are friends and that only gets better when they start this marriage together.  In his formative years, Jeremy saw what a bad relationship could do and it makes him gun-shy about committing to love or believing in it for himself.  There is still family drama led by his mom, in fact.  Irina has struggled and worked hard at her dream and doesn’t think she can have it all.  They both hide the depth of their feelings, but are so comfortable and supportive of each other.  And, I loved seeing them communicate and discuss expectations when they really commit to what they have together.


Like earlier books, I was tickled to see their friends come to the rescue and be a strong part of the story particularly when the romance was in jeopardy.  I knew this pair didn’t stand of chance when Babushka the matchmaking eccentric Russian grandmother got involved.  I enjoyed the antics along the way that gave the lighter tone without heavy angst.  It read quickly and easily and I loved the big moment at the end, but the journey to it was fun, too.


All in all, these are entertaining, sexy, and satisfyingly fun.  Irina and Jeremy’s friendship and romance hit the spot and I can’t wait for our last rocker to get his story.  Those who like light and funny contemporary romance should give these a go.


Author Bio:

Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale: an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, the sweetest dog around, and now Chloe, the wonder pup.




Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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  1. Oh, this one sounds like a lot of fun. I've read some other "rock star" books (Nalini, Pippa Grant) and I've always enjoyed them.

    1. I first discovered her books with her earlier series and then easily slipped right into her rockstar romances. Each one presents something different trope-wise, but all are fun. :)

  2. Sophia I like the book premise, I'm not usually into rockstar romance but I think I'll put this on my list. And she's a new to me author too:) thanks for the super review

    1. You'd love Babushka. If you can, start with her older Mile High series. :)

  3. This sounds like such a great romance. I really like the sound of these characters. I have a feeling that I would enjoy this one.

    1. So much fun, Carole! I loved these and the earlier Mile High Romance series. You'd love Babushka. :)

  4. I have not read a rock star book in ages! Sad

    1. LOL, same here. This series is my big return and they're more rockstar lite. :)