Romance author Rachel Cross shares why guys with guitars really rock in this exclusive post.
Why, oh why, is a man with a guitar so sexy? Researchers think that playing music is associated with physical and intellectual abilities. Sounds like science-speak for “sexy and smart” to me.
Count me in the group of women that have their phone number at the ready for a guy carrying a guitar. After all, both of my heroes are rock stars. Alec Sawyer in Rock Him and Asher Lowe in Rock Her can attest to the female fascination with guitarists too. They've had unsolicited phone numbers tucked into their pants all over the world.
So who are some other “golden gods” you’ll want to get to know? Check out some of these excellent rock star romances:
Lick: One of the best opening scenes ever: our heroine wakes up on a Vegas bathroom floor with the mother of all hangovers to find herself married to the hottest tattooed rocker on the planet and without a clue how it happened. Dating a rock star is one thing; being married to a rock legend is quite another. Funny and engaging but not angst-ridden, this first book in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dives series is a fast-paced Cinderella story and all-around great read.
How to Kill a Rock Star: Angsty, edgy, passionate and occasionally hilarious, Tiffanie DeBartolo’s novel features Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a singer-songwriter for Bananafish. Eliza's a rock aficionado who meets her match in Paul, and the two fall madly in love. But when Bananafish makes the leap into the big time, Paul is on his way to becoming a major league rock star, and Eliza has some tough decisions to make—decisions that lead to Paul’s sudden disappearance and an I-didn’t-see-that-coming ending. You won’t, either.
Fallen Too Far: Abi Glines’ initial installment in her Too Far series does amazing things with the sexy-bad-boy-meets-good-girl trope, creating an authentic and original story. Blaire is still naïve and innocent after spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. But for twenty-four-year-old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous (rock star!) father’s affluence, his mother’s desperate desire to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never heard no. Rush is equal parts spoiled and gorgeous. Blaire knows he’s bad news and that fidelity is not part of his repertoire. You’ll enjoy seeing how they end up finding their harmony.
Finally, let’s turn the tables. To get the real nitty-gritty, try autobiographies of some of rock’s greatest, such as Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ Life and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis’ Scar Tissue, or my favorite: Duff McKagan’s It's So Easy and Other Lies. More than a book, this story is an inspiration. The bassist for Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver shares his meteoric rise and the devastating struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction that nearly killed him. He got sober, went to college, fell in love and married, and along the way he reinvented himself as a writer, husband, father, and yes, rock god. (That one might sound a bit familiar to my readers.)
That’s right, just like a good romance, it even comes with a happily ever after.
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