Also by this author: The Trouble with Sexy, Bad for Me, I Need a Hero, One Lucky Hero
Series: Rock Canyon Romance #2
Also in this series: The Trouble with Sexy, Bad for Me
Published by Avon Impulse on April 22, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Gemma Carlson didn't plan on waking up married.
She also didn't count on running into her old flame—and her son's father-turned-country rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow … neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there's just one thing to do: run.
Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when they had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn't hesitate. Of course, he didn't expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn't plan on losing Gemma again—or the son he didn't know he had. He proposes, albeit belatedly, a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not …
Gemma's not interested; she's got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don't date rock stars . . . right?
Kassiah: Single mom Gemma Carlson has no idea that when she takes a break for herself to attend a book lovers’ conference in Las Vegas that she’ll run into former flame Travis Bowers–or that she’ll marry him. She wakes up hungover with a ring on her finger and immediately bolts, but Travis isn’t willing to give her up now that he’s found her again.
“I’m sorry. It’s kind of hard not to touch you.”
She stopped and swung around, her eyebrow raised. “Considering we haven’t seen each other in ten years, it shouldn’t be too hard.”
“Maybe that’s what makes it so hard. when you spend years thinking and dreaming about someone and have them fall back into your life? Sounds like fate to me.”
Travis follows Gemma back to their hometown and tells her that he wants to make things work.
“I know how we left things, and I could have handled them better. I should have gone after you, but instead, I let my pride make all the decisions.”
He asks her to give them a chance and see if they can work things out, but everything changes when he learns about their son, Charlie.
“I loved you. I would have taken care of you both! I would have married you, Gemma. I would have provided for you.”
Pulling away from him, she snapped, “I’m sure you would have, financially. But you would have been on the road the rest of the time. You forget–I’ve been reading about your exploits for ten years.”
“That’s no excuse! You kept my kid from me because you were worried about me fucking around on the road? That wasn’t your call.”
Can Travis forgive Gemma for her betrayal? Will it be enough to heal their relationship so they can be a family?
I liked a lot of things about this book, especially the storyline. Stories that feature high school sweethearts getting back together are some of my favorites, and this one was pretty good. I liked the memories that Gemma and Travis shared and that they allowed that history to get them through the tough times they faced. I loved the writing and the pacing of the story, too.
There are some things that I didn’t like, though. Starting with the title. I don’t think a country star is a rock star. Is that because I don’t listen to country music? I don’t know. But to me, it’s not the same. So this is like false advertising to me. ::shrugs::
No surprise, but I didn’t care for Gemma all that much. She was selfish and juvenile, and though I can understand her actions and wanting to protect her son when she was a teenager and pregnant and stupid, her continued lack of faith in Travis was annoying. She never gives him the benefit of the doubt, yet she constantly thinks about how her actions while she’s in Vegas are for her, damn the consequences. On the flip side of that, I really liked Travis. Country star aside ( 🙂 ), he’s hot and stands up for what he wants. I love that Travis doesn’t let her off the hook for how she’s wrecked everything. I love that he stands up to her. He’s pretty awesome and definitely says and does some swoony things.
This is one of my favorite storylines and despite my complete dislike for the heroine, I really enjoyed Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars. I will definitely be reading more books from Codi Gary, and I think you’ll enjoy this one.