How to Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn
Series: Domme-Nation #2
Publication Date: July 21st 2014
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In this fun and saucy romance novel, all-star college basketball player Thea dominates on the courts—and off—with a rock star who is determined to win her over.
Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind…
Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and enticing ways, he seems to know everything about her. But some of his actions cross the line, and Keaton needs to be punished. Will Thea keep her head in the game, or get distracted by her other favorite pastime—reprimanding her rock star?
The title and blurb for this book are deceiving. The book is written in the first-person from the heroine’s point-of-view. She’s a college basketball star and that’s where most of her focus is. Therefore that’s where the focus of the story is. The music scene is mentioned only in the most casual way. Those looking for a tale featuring a rock star and the lifestyle that implies should go elsewhere.
The heroine is a Domme. The role reversal was interesting, especially since she was a 19-year-old college student while he was a jaded rock star (I believe in his late 20’s). While seeing her come into her own and the development of their D/s relationship was interesting, I didn’t really connect with either character. The story is rather light, so everything felt kind of superficial. Plus, she has major insecurities (the kind every young woman does; Am I good enough? Is he looking elsewhere? He’s a rock star, does he really want only me?, etc) that seemed to come out at the strangest times. I liked seeing her come into her own, but I wasn’t really invested.
I didn’t get a good sense of the hero, either. I got the feeling there was more going on – some kind of paranormal element – than we were shown. I’m assuming there will be a sequel, but I couldn’t find anything about it on the author’s website.
The lack of depth and connection to the characters really marred my enjoyment, but I am curious enough about the underlying paranormal stuff and the developing D/s relationship to continue, assuming there’s to be another book.
3 out of 5