Title: Savaged Dreams
Author: Jennifer Lyon
Series: Savaged Illusions Trilogy #1
Genre: NA Rock Star romance
Release Date: June 19th, 2017
Source: Review copy from Herding Cats and Burning Soup tours
My rating: 5 stars
Going away to college gives LIZA GLASNER a chance to escape her painful and dangerous past…or so she thinks. At fourteen years old, she survived an attack by a famous musician. After that, the media, groupies and crazies hounded her with a merciless cruelty that ruined her life. But now she’s thriving—until an internship brings her face to face with the sizzling hot lead singer of a rock band, and she finds herself drawn to the very thing that once destroyed her. Justice is a temptation she can’t resist…and one that could get her killed.
Sexy rock star JUSTICE CADE is determined to take his band, Savaged Illusions, to the top by winning the Court of Rock T.V. show. Tortured by guilt for failing his family, he believes fame is his only path to redemption. But when the fiery college-intern hiding her beauty beneath baggy sweaters and a snarky attitude bursts into his life, Justice is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the stardom he craves. The wrong choice will cost him more than he can bear.
I've been in love with rock star romances for a while now, not sure if it started with Crystal Kaswell's Sinful Serenade series, or Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series. But it doesn't matter, this book definitely ranks right up there for me with these others that I loved. Liza's past is one that really is intense. Her past also makes a great path for her to try to help other people who have been in the same situation as she was, not to mention gives her a chance to be a voice when her family had her stay silent and figure things out on her own. Justice, the rock star of the story, is one that has his own demons. With a mom that deserted him, blaming him for the PTSD issues that her husband, Justice's father, let take him away from the family. The two come together through a reality tv show, which is another plus for me. I do love reality tv shows, especially this very type! As someone who started with American Idol from the very first year, and now is watching the new show Boy Band, this story-line really grabbed my attention.
Justice is really great. Very patient with Liza, and definitely seems to be willing to help her through what she wants. But he also has his own issues, he really wants to win, and honestly, his band needs to win in order to help Liza out with her plans. I liked the other characters as well. The other bands made for great friends and foes. All in all it was a great read, hard to put down, and now I have to wait for book two. I will definitely be requesting book 2 to review as well!
If you like rock star romances, this is one to add to your TBR list!