Published by So Vain Books on July 28th 2016
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The much anticipated sequel to the new adult bestseller "How to Catch a (Rock) Star"
Johnny Moretti, bassist of American rock band The Dead Hour, is hot, single and in demand with women, but heÔÇÖs becoming disillusioned with the rock star lifestyle. Not that he wants to settle down like his band mate, Jed. Hell, no. He just wants something more out of life than meaningless hook-ups.
While filming for a popular UK chat show, he meets American TV actress Darcy Swanson for the second time. As with the first time they met, thereÔÇÖs no love lost between them so when their lives are thrown together unexpectedly when a traumatic incident involving movie superstar Jack Ford occurs, neither knows quite how to handle it.
With Johnny facing prison and DarcyÔÇÖs hard-earned career in serious jeopardy, they both need to confront their pasts and face up to the truth, but are they be brave enough to do it?
A web of Hollywood cover-ups begins to surface, but will Johnny and Darcy be the first spark to light the fire and run the risk of getting seriously burnt or will they stay silent and suffer the consequences?
Something happened throughout the last ┬╝ of How To Catch a Rock Star that swayed me over to #TeamJohnny (Dead Hour bass player Johnny Morretti). So as I finished reading HTCARS, I was anxious to dive into How To Catch A (Falling) Star. It did not disappoint. The story picks up with the band now living in the UK and in the midst of promoting their new album. Things are looking up for the band but Johnny seems restless. ThatÔÇÖs all about to change.
Johnny has never been shy, but when he meets up with Darcy Swanson, an actress who shot him down once, heÔÇÖs a bit put off yet simultaneously drawn to her. When an unfortunate event makes Johnny her hero but heÔÇÖs not treated as such. With this, DarcyÔÇÖs character is tested and their connection builds. From here on out, miss-perception really gets in their way. We get to know Darcy as well and I really took to her. SheÔÇÖs a bit jaded (rightly so) by Hollywood, but sheÔÇÖs genuine. There is just something in her connection with Johnny that normalizes her. ItÔÇÖs all consuming but all too short lived. SheÔÇÖs a bit stubborn, but definitely worthy of compassion. The problem is that DarcyÔÇÖs miss-perception makes for miscommunication and a missed opportunity
As the story progresses, Aquilina weaves in a mystery in JohnnyÔÇÖ s backstory and we learn why he is an unapologetic rock star whore. ItÔÇÖs sad but it makes sense and is actually endearing. For all his sexist bravado, heÔÇÖs got such a good soul ( as his friendships with Jed and Lillie show) and itÔÇÖs good to see Johnny feeling something more and something resembling hope.
My praise to Gabrielle for JohnnyÔÇÖs fabulous fantasy daydream, it just made me crush on him all the more. My only pause was that when the ending hit, it hit fast and I just wish there would have been more. ThatÔÇÖs how much I liked this story. I wanted another few chapters and that is the tell for a wonderful read. I sincerely hope we get more stories about the boys in Dead Hour.┬áAnother 5 Star book in this now 5 Star series.
~Review by Cyndi