She’s all alone in the darkness.
He’s lighting up the stage.
But not even the brightest spotlight can reach the shadows of a broken soul.
Every wanna-be rocker dreams of the day when crazed fans will pack their shows. But the more people worship me as some kind of musical god, the more I realize why singers are called “performers.” I’m just a pretender. A fake.
I need something real. Something to break through the revolting glamour that’s bled into every part of my life. And for one perfect night, I found that in Sara.
Then she ran.
No sane woman would’ve ever walked away from Declan Hollis after only one night. But walking away from him was the safest move for both of us.
I’ve spent so much time burying my old self in the past, trying to erase the vulnerable person I used to be. I’m smarter now—men are dangerous, and relationships are doubly so.
But the more time I spend away from him, the more I want to go back.
I may end up shattered all over again. Or maybe, just maybe, he’ll be the one to help me pick up the pieces.
***Immaterial Defense is a standalone contemporary romance***
A rockstar twist on The Emperor’s New Clothes, and this is how Declan and Sara’s fairytale begins…
Once upon a time there was a woman whose life had been blessed from the moment of her birth. She wore beautiful gowns and went to fancy balls and danced with handsome princes and hated every second of it. For though none but the woman knew it, these things were not real but imagined. And the reason she understood this was because she wasn’t real either, having been unmade in a single moment in time…by an enemy she hadn’t foreseen…in a way that left her body wounded and her soul scarred.
At that moment she finally learned the truth of the world—that nothing mattered because no one was safe and no one cared. Regardless of what she did, she couldn’t find anyone who believed her, so the woman felt alone beyond imagining. Even sadder than that was the day she stopped being lonely, when she gave up trying to make people hear her, when she gave up on people altogether. And even sadder still was the day she gave up on herself.
The woman began a new life, apart from all others, even while surrounded by admirers, for she knew they were admiring someone who wasn’t real, whose truth couldn’t be seen by their eyes. Though outwardly people still believed her to be beautiful and blessed, inwardly she knew it wasn’t true. And though her appearance and wealth continued to bring compliments and accolades, she saw what none other could—that for the rest of her non-existence, she would be invisible to all.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Another great one from my friend Lauren. I can’t say enough how I love the snark her characters have plus I like that she brings different qualitied to them that you might not find in other books.
Declan is a Rockstar in a band he totally loves. He, however, isn’t a fan of the rock star life of love ‘em and leave ‘em. He wants to find a girl who has zero clue who he is and what he is. When he meets Sara there is an instant zing of chemistry. He is considering MAYBE getting to know her when she runs out of his room in the middle of the night. LOL Declan just can’t get her out of his head. He needs to see her again but he has zero clue her name or anting about her except for her intimate parts *Snickers*
Sara has some issues with men. She WILL NOT fall in love or be an idiot over a man again. She is just gonna love ‘em and leave ‘em. She made a stupid decision once and now her career is a hot mess because of it. When he runs into Declan again after THAT night, she decides to give him another quick roll not realizing he will not let her escape again!
Now Declan wonders if she will be able to handle who HE IS? Will she wanna be with the Rockstar or just Declan???
I loved Declan. He was the best thing about this book. He is so sweet ad emotional and I just wanted to snuggle him. His agent is a douche wanting him to choose a single career or staying with the band. His band mates were a scream and cracked me up a lot in the book. Sara…..she was a tough nut for me at times. I liked her and then wanted to smack her on the head in for being so freaked out.
As always, I love me some Lauren and I hope you give her series a try because sarcasm is something she does VERY WELL!
Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with a teenager, an almost-teenager, a mellow cat, and a very high maintenance, very large puppy. On the nights Lauren doesn’t pass out from exhaustion, she reads almost every genre so, naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor.
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