29 July 2013

Review: Rocked Under by Cora Hawkes

What they say: Falling in love isn't always easy or pleasant. The intense and angst-filled story of Emma and Scott is a painful, gut-wrenching and exhausting portrayal of how hard it can be to let go...

Picking up the pieces and starting again in the US, Emma enrols in college with her cousin, Ashley. She is finally free to do what she wants and live how she chooses, and no man will ever rule her decisions or emotions again.

That is, until Scott Mason walks on stage...

Intense bad boy Scott is the lead singer of a popular local rock band. A ladies’ man and Ashley's long-time friend, Scott holds an instant fascination for Emma — she finds herself drawn to him, even though he represents everything she hates and needs to stay away from in a guy. He treats females like he does a cigarette — light it, use it, and lose it.

For her cousin's sake, Emma makes an effort to get along with Scott, but she soon discovers that there is more to him than first appears, making him even more dangerous in her eyes. Behind the fa├žade of friendship, jealousy, obsession, fear and insecurity fester — an internal battle rages as she fights her attraction and does everything she can to stop history from repeating itself.

One thing she knows for sure is that if she breaks her rule, it may destroy her.

Warning: Contains mature content — recommended age 17+
What I say: Holy Moly! Rocked Under is one hell of an emotional read! Emma has moved from England to the States to start Uni and live with her cousin Ashley. Emma is immediately drawn to Ash's rocker friend, the gorgeous man-whore Scott.
Cora Hawkes really puts her characters through the ringer in Rocked Under and the reader is drawn in to Emma and Scott's emotional journey. The first time I read Rocked Under I both loved and hated it in equal measures. Emma has some serious issues with trust. Because of her fathers mistakes Emma refuses to be drawn into a relationship with a badboy like Scott. This results in vast amounts of pain and some pretty messed up situations.
At times Emma reminded me of Abby from Beautiful Disaster. Through her denial she hurts them both. Scott is completely besotted with Emma and tries everything to win her over, but some of his methods leave a lot to be desired - Boys, bringing other girls home to make a girl jealous is always gonna bite ya in the butt!

I liked Scott and really felt for him when Emma couldn't seem to cut him loose but wouldn't date him. BUT he does do some pretty shitty things. In many ways Scott was a musician version of Travis Maddox, but with even more issues.
Emma tries dating the somewhat sneaky Adam to convince herself she doesn't want or need Scott, whilst Scott er 'dates' *ahem* hooks up with a lot of women. I really wanted them to get their act together and for Emma to stop denying the inevitable.
I enjoyed the angst in this one, even if I did suffer heart palpitations on several occasions. It's a good book and if you like emotional scenes then you'll enjoy Rocked Under.
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "It’s the person you are inside that counts and you’re beautiful. You’re beautiful outside, too, but that’s not what’s got to me."
  • "I had no intention of getting involved with a tattooed, spikey-haired rock dude who wore his waistband under his ass cheeks, slept around and had commitment issues. Those were the types that had me running from the hills." 
  • "One day, Scott, you're going to fall in love and I hope she's the one to say no to you and makes you chase her forever."
  • "It's always been you. I’m incapable of loving anyone else. It's you or no one."

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