Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to Reprimand Your Rock Star, by Mina Vaughn

When I received this book as a preview copy, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started reading and while I know NOTHING about basketball and didn't know if I'd be able to connect with the story, I kept reading past the first chapter and was pleasantly surprised.

The story follows Thea, a freshman at UConn and superstar player. She’s the star of the team, but finds that she’s being distracted by a devilish rock star. Keaton Lowe, is the lead singer of the band Trickster City, and meets Thea when his band is playing the arena that Thea normally inhabits. She talks her way into her locker to get some equipment and finds that Keaton is there taking a moment for himself away from the band.

Thea is more annoyed by Keaton than enamored. Initially she has no idea who he is, and doesn’t scream and drop her panties like all the other women he meets. While she initially resists him, she can’t deny that she’s intrigued

“I marveled at the fact that I had three distinct and separate fantasies about him in the span of two minutes.”

He finds her refreshing and wants to know more. What they both find is a mutually beneficially relationship where Keaton gets to relinquish control, and submit to the directions of Thea. Thea gets to develop her dominant tendencies and explore with the help of a mentor and guide:

“Not a coach. More like a mentor. A kinky Obi-Wan , if you will.”

Thea becomes more confident both in the field and behind closed doors with Keaton. With the encouragement of her friend Callie, she begins to explore her sexuality and her strong personality comes through.

Callie was the perfect side-kick. Adventurous, supportive, and totally covers for her friend so she can meet up with Keaton. Plus, she’s a bit of a freak herself!

“I don’t get that from the tabloids. I get that from reading naughty stores on my Kindle.”
While I’ve seen some describe this as a BDSM, it’s not. It’s absolutely about dominance and submission, with just a slight bit of kink – but nothing that will make those new to this genre wince and feel uncomfortable. The only issue I had was with the ending – I wanted a bit more! But then again, when a book is entertaining, I always want more.

It’s a great summer read, and one that should be added to your “Summer Beach/Vacation Read” list!

Plus, when the author describes herself as a shoe whore and Sephora bitch – she’s all kinds of awesome! This was my first read of Mina Vaughn, but it won’t be my last.

*Advance Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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