ARC REVIEW: Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton (Romance Island #1)

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Maid for the Rock Star (Romance Island #1)
Author: Demelza Carlton
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: August 3rd 2015
Published By: Lost Plot Press
ASIN: B00Y9MUCEO

★ SYNOPSIS ★

A maid at the exclusive Romance Island Resort, Audra knows how to handle rock stars, billionaires and celebrities. She keeps their secrets, cleans up their mess and makes sure their holiday is a memorable one. There’s just one rule: no relationships with guests. And Audra never breaks the rules.

Jay Felix is rock royalty and he knows it. When one of his bandmates threatens to break up the band, he goes into hiding at the Romance Island Resort. Looking for a distraction, he sets his sights on the unattainable Audra. But what’s a rock star to do when the girl he wants is the one woman he can’t have?

Welcome to paradise, where the romance is as hot as the weather and the tides aren’t all that’s surging beneath the surface.

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★ MY REVIEW ★

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The first thing I’m going to do here, is warn you that there are spoilers in this review. I don’t typically give spoilers in my reviews, but this time it can’t be helped. I’m also going to state up front, that I did not finish this book. I got to 78% in it, and got so disgusted by it, that I had to put it down. In an attempt to be constructive about this review, I’m going to do the majority of it in gifs. So, to get started.

Our main leading “man”, and rockstar in the book is Jason “Jay” Felix. He is cocky, arrogant, and sometimes reminds me of a five year old thats lost his toy. He’s so used to people, and females in particular, pandering to him, that he’s got a complex about it.

“It’s not my fault women find me irresistible,” he said smugly. “I’m a fucking rock star.” – Jay, Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton

“Rock Star? Man whore, more like.” – Audra’s inner monologue, Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton

He’s flying out to Romance Island, one of the few things I actually liked about this book, was this island. The chapter headers in the book are of an island, shaped like a heart. I thought that was pretty neat. Anyway, I digress,  Jay gets there, he’s considering buying it and is staying for awhile. He’s also got these delusions in his head about some chick meeting him there and running into his arms, but hey, in the meantime, he’s going to go shag anything he can shake a stick at. Literally.

There is basically no one -to- shake a stick at, save for his maid. His sister tells him she doesn’t speak English. That doesn’t stop him!

“You understood every word, I bet,” he said. “And I know you recognized me. If you know who I am, we both already know the answer to my question. So answer me. Would you fuck me?” – Jay, Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton

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So lets take that further, I said cocky, right? Well, Audra, our leading lady, or our hard working maid in this case, won’t and can’t go near Jay. She’ll lose her job, a job that is far more important to her than sleeping with Jay. This is where I started to see sparks fly and thought, okay maybe it’ll get better. I continue reading.

“What more could a woman want than a fucking rock star, Audrey” he whispered. – Jay, Maid for the Rock Star by Dmeleza Carlton

“And it’s Audra, not Audrey.” She peeled her badge off her breast and held it up to his eyes. “Less distraction so you can see it better.” – Audra, Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton

The people I have friended on Goodreads saw this go up at about 11%. I almost stopped reading the book right at this point.

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You may wonder what caused this reaction, well then, let me clue you in.

“Mr. Felix.” “Babe, once you’ve sucked my cock, you can call me Jay.”

Uh, well, thanks. I think?

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“Babe, I’m a fucking rock star. I don’t need to pay for sex. I have chicks lining up to suck my dick. Fuck they’d pay me for it.” – Jay, Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton

God, someone just hand me a trash can. There is cocky and then there is I have a complex and need to remind myself that I’m awesome very five seconds.

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“You expect me to deal with this hard-on by myself?” His voice shifted up an octave. Audra thought she heard a note of desperation. Good.

“You have two hands, Mr. Felix. I understand that’s all a lonely man needs.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually liked Audra, up to a point. She wasn’t about to give in to him, and she made it clear more than once. Sure, she was tempted, but Jay clearly isn’t as irresistible as he seems to think he is.

Then because Audra won’t give into him, Jay takes himself off to the mainland, for booze and chicks. He decides mid trip, that the only woman he wants is Audra. So gets his drunk self in a car, and goes to drive back to the island. Only he gets in a car accident on the way and ends up in the hospital. What happens? Oh, Audra’s boss basically makes her clear her schedule to take care of him, because no one else will do. He won’t have anyone else.

The only girl he wanted in his bed tonight was Audra. Shit, He even remembered her name. It had to be love.

Oddly enough, at this point, Jay started to get less annoying, and so I was like.. huh, maybe he’s getting better.. I was wrong. I was so very very wrong.

tumblr_mk197qxbtb1s5pckjo1_500Audra takes care of him, they seem to be getting on better footing. However, she’s got an application due, hasn’t really slept and needs some time off. So she sends over another maid. At this point, I was like.. “Oh God, seriously? You didn’t expect that to happen?”. Wi-Fi isn’t working at the staff quarters, Audra can’t email her application… so IT tells her to go sit on one of the villa’s balconies and it’ll work.

So off she goes, and stumbles upon Jay, in the lagoon, with the other maid on her knees. Literally, his first words were, “It’s not what it looks like.” Uh, dude, she just walked up on you with trashy maid treating your dick like lollipop and you going on about it, vocally so that everyone around can hear how in another five minutes, she might actually break the record. How in the heck is that not what it looks like? Audra goes walking off, passes some guests, who walk upon the compromised couple seconds later only to find out, did that stop them? Nope, Audra overhears the guests exclaiming over how they’re now having sex in the lagoon.

tumblr_inline_ne9sl8M7Hx1rc3cktSomehow, I didn’t stop reading there. I kept going, oddly enough, I wanted to hear what he had to say for himself. I shouldn’t have, I really shouldn’t have. He tells her that he thought she sent the other maid to him as a present. And that when she walked off, he thought she meant for them to continue, so he didn’t want it to seem like he didn’t appreciate her efforts.

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I wish I could actually tell you that that, was the worst of it.

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Why can’t I even!? Well then, after that goes down. Trashy maid gets found out and is fired. She goes after Audra, knocks her unconscious in this knock down, drag out in the middle of the gym, and they all somehow miss the unconscious body. Then you have a very pissed off, drunk Jay, blowing up her ID band paging her, so that she can come drink booze with him. Audra walks into a completely trashed and demolished suite. All because she’s not paying attention to him. Let me again refer you to the gif asking his age…

“You wrote Shakespeare on the ceiling with ketchup because you missed me? Haven’t you heard of giving a girl chocolates? Oh wait – yes, you have. When you ran out of ketchup, you finished the quote in chocolate on the carpet. What kind of crazy man does that?” – Audra, Maid for the Rock Star by Demelza Carlton

Guess who gets to clean that mess up or be fired? Audra, obviously. She’s just been knocked out by a crazy, she’s in pain, I don’t doubt she has a concussion and is now dealing with a drunken idiot.

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I should have stopped there, but oh hell.. I didn’t. I thought I could see it through, I was close to done, right? I think my first mistake was having so much faith in Audra. Jay may be a lost cause, but Audra, surely there was something redeeming there. Well.. that got blown to hell.

Jay informs her that he’s bought the resort, so he’s basically now her boss. She can’t be fired for sleeping with him. Oh, that makes EVERYTHING better and she just drops her panties. More or less, literally. Let me also throw out there, this is less than twenty-four hours from the time she saw and heard him with trashy maid in the lagoon.

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78%… I’d like to tell you that there were more things in this book that I liked. I mean, I did like Audra. I liked the relationship with her sister and the backbone I saw at first. However, the backbone got mowed down fast. I thought for sure she’d tell him to step off and she’d end up with someone else. I mean, pride, anyone? Anywhere? Pride in yourself?  Your own self worth? Common… nope.. *inserts crickets chirping*

Anyway, I know some people enjoyed the book, but it’s definitely not for me.

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MY RATING:

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Stephanie says:

    This post made me laugh and roll my eyes so many times. Thanks for the very entertaining and informative review lol. Based on all of the things that you wrote, I’m going to steer clear of this book. I don’t get why so many romance authors write about supposedly strong female figures who end up falling for extremely unlikeable, egotistical male characters. In the end, those “strong” females lose pretty much all of their self-respect and dignity…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amber says:

      Oh girl… IMO, this was -not- romance. Heh, and you’re welcome! Gif humor was just about the only way I could handle it at the end because I as -really- upset. I literally detest writing a negative review and this time it couldn’t even be helped.

      I completely agree with you on that point though. Sometimes it’s obvious that it happens, other times it not. Sometimes it’s done well and it’s more of a compromise on both chars part.

      Oh, I did find out how the book ended from other reviews that went about the same lines as mine did… I’m glad I stopped reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Karissa Thorpe says:

    Oops. Sounds like one to avoid. I did enjoy your review though.

    Liked by 1 person

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