Title: Rock My World
Series: Mondez #1
Author: Lee Piper
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rock star romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
High school teacher Grace Thompson didn’t want to be a mentor. And she sure as hell didn’t want to mentor Levi Mondez.
They got off to a rocky start, but it wasn’t entirely her fault. How was she to know he was the lead singer of local rock band, Mondez? How was she to know he considered her short temper a turn on? And how was she to know her best friend, Riley, would fall for him?
If he wasn’t so damn gorgeous it might have made the whole mess easier to handle. If he didn’t transform Grace into a blazing furnace of need, and if he hadn’t confused the hell out of her already bruised heart, life might have turned out a heck of a lot differently. She was screwed.
My rating:4.5 stars
I have to say that I ended up really enjoying this book. I have really become a huge fan of rock star romances since reading both the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott, as well as the Sinful Serenade series by Crystal Kaswell. It is so cool then to read in the author's bio below that Kylie Scott was her inspiration. I have a feeling that Lee Piper will now be another rock star romance author favorite of mine. I really liked the characters. Grace was pretty realistic to me, I could see a lot of my own attitudes and insecurities in her. I feel like she mostly reacted to situations in ways that were realistic. Now, I guessed the twist with her friend Riley pretty early on in the story, but I guess it wouldn't have made for as much drama/suspense if Grace had figured it out sooner. Levi was pretty sexy, and I definitely was into him. Loved his sense of humor, and just the way he was with Grace. I liked how they ended up going away together, and I like how it all worked out. I really love how Levi handled what should have been super good news at the end, as well as how Grace was ready to step back and let him have his dream. I look forward to reading more in this series, and hope each book will be with another band member, hopefully we will get to know Dom and Riley's story next.
We were alone.
Guess it had to happen sooner or later.
I took a deep breath and turned to face Levi. He hadn’t moved from behind the desk and was watching me closely with an unreadable expression on his face. Once again, I lost the power of speech. This was going to become a real problem over the next six weeks if I didn’t get a handle on it soon and I desperately hoped I wouldn’t have to resort to communicating with him in other ways … like through interpretive dance.
Levi slowly stood, never once breaking eye contact with me. He put his notebook and pen away in the leather satchel before swinging it over his shoulder and slowly making his way towards me.
This man held me completely spellbound by the intensity in his gaze. And if I didn’t do something in the next few seconds to break the magnetic pull between us, I would either internally combust or beg him to put me out of my misery.
“We, ah, should really be heading back.”
Genius. Pure genius, Grace.
He completely ignored me and stopped a few inches away before slowly leaning down to murmur in my ear. “You were amazing.”
My brow furrowed and I stepped back, staring squarely up at him. “I was helping students draft their work, Levi, not solving the world hunger crisis.”
“When are you going to learn to take a compliment, kitten?”
“At about the same time you stop giving them.”
He smiled down at me and a small grin played about the corner of my lips. Parrying with him was growing dangerously enjoyable. I quickly turned and grabbed my belongings from the spare desk I’d dumped them on at the start of the lesson.
“We should really be going. I’ve got a double free period next but we’ll probably need that time to clear out some desk space in my office and find you a chair.”
“Yeah, that might take a while.”
“Look…” For some reason I felt the need to grow defensive over my non-existent organizational habits. Don’t ask me why. “I wasn’t exactly expecting to have a student teacher when I first arrived at school today, okay? And I sure as hell wasn’t ready for it to be you, so just—” I paused mid-sentence. Levi’s face broke into a grin of swoon-worthy proportions and I was having a hard time remembering where I was going with my rant. He stepped towards me again and this time I didn’t move back. I mean, I honestly didn’t trust my legs with any given movement. So I also didn’t stop Levi as he gently brushed the backs of his fingers down the side of my face before tucking a stray strand of hair behind my ear.
“Relax, kitten,” he all but purred.
Easy for him to say, he wasn’t the one currently fighting a losing battle against gravity.
“We’ll get it sorted out. There’s no need to get your panties in a twist.”
My eyes popped open in shock. “Don’t think for one second that you’re having any effect whatsoever on my panties,” I growled out.
He just grinned wider and brushed his thumb across my bottom lip.
I couldn’t help myself. I opened my mouth and bit down on it.
Levi inhaled sharply from my involuntary assault and his pupils dilated to an alarming degree.
What was I doing?
So, before Teacher Grace could appear and cane my sordid ass, I released his thumb from between my teeth, spun on my heel and wrenched the door open. To say I essentially bolted back to my office would not have been an understatement. And to be blunt, I honestly didn’t give a shit if Levi followed me or if he got lost along the way.
Playlist for Rock My World
Cog, The New Normal
1. Real Life
2. Anarchy OK
3. Silence is Violence
5. The Spine
6. My Enemy
8. The River Song
10. Doors (Now and Then My Life Feels Like It’s Going Nowhere)
Lee Piper is a lover of books. She often juggles reading seven novels at a time for the sheer joy of it. At the grand old age of five, Lee Piper decided to become an author, however found a limited market for her unicorn stories. So, high school English teacher it was.
At thirty-two, and grieving the loss of her second miscarriage, Lee Piper turned to novels—Kylie Scott to be precise—to escape the pain. This then inspired her to write Rock My World, the first in a four part contemporary romance series. Her debut novel not only reached the second round of the 2016 Emerald Award, but also became an Evernight Publishing bestseller within the first two weeks of publication.
Lee Piper lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her drummer husband, cheeky daughters, and one very crazy dog.