Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by: Codi Gary

Rock Canyon, Idaho series Book 2

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” Gemma Carlson didn’t plan on waking up married.

She also didn’t count on running into her old flame–and her son’s father-turned-country rock star–Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow … neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there’s just one thing to do: run.

Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when they had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn’t hesitate. Of course, he didn’t expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn’t plan on losing Gemma again–or the son he didn’t know he had. He proposes, albeit belatedly, a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not …

Gemma’s not interested; she’s got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don’t date rock stars . . . right? “
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Content Warnings:
-Hidden baby/child trope
-Verbally abusive parent
-Growing up in foster care
-Mention of young child finding parent dead

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Over the summer I fell in love with the little town of Rock Canyon by reading “Things Good Girls Don’t Do.” [Review Here] I actually enjoyed TGGDD so much, that when I went to look for book 2 [Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars] and found it was out of stock everywhere I just ended up buying up the entire series on my Kindle. Yes, I am the kind of person that will impulse buy an entire series based on one book. I also ended up pre-ordering Codi’s Christmas book “Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist” which I LOVED so I continue to have no regrets. [Review Here]

Look IRL I would never be okay with the hidden baby trope but…when it comes to romance novels, if written well, I’m a total sucker for this trope. I’m also a sucker for a well-written [as in it makes sense and the characters are deserving] second chance romance. I was not disappointed in either of those tropes in this book.

I love that we’re able to see how much Travis and Gemma truly loved each other when they were 17 and just how much Gemma, at 17, really did think about the potential consequences of telling Travis vs not telling Travis about her pregnancy. And how after seeing each other, for the first time, after nine years they’re both struggling not to slide back into the loving relationship they had nine years ago. The fact that neither one has been able to commit to anyone else because they can’t shake the feelings they had for each other *chefs kiss*.

The one thing I wish we would have explored more is Gemma’s relationship with food. She talks a lot about being chubby growing up and being bullied and how she’s smaller now and really watches what she eats. There’s one point when she gets pizza for the boys and just gets a salad for herself and her son mentions to Travis that she always eats salads…it just made me so sad. Granted I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with food, between my struggles with body dysmorphia and my ulcerative colitis, so maybe I’m just relating too much and want her to be happy and free of any negative relationship with food.

Another thing that I loved about this book is when Gemma and Travis have a fight, and things are said that aren’t meant we actually get that inner recognition of “why am I saying that when I don’t mean it.” I feel like so many romance stories will have fights and unmeant words are thrown but it isn’t acknowledged, until later, that they never meant what they said. There are so many instances where we’re fully aware that we’re only throwing words to hurt when we don’t mean them one bit…so having the characters actually have that inner acknowledgment felt more realistic.

Overall another fantastic read from Codi Gary. I look forward to reading more about Rock Canyon and all its inhabitants!

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Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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