Best of 2015: Rockstar Romance by a Debut Author

The first of the year always brings about discussions and awards for all the best things of the previous year.   With 2015 being the debut year for Backstage Books, we decided it is a good time to begin another annual tradition, the Best of {Year} Awards.    And, being the first time out, there will be kinks to work out.   And being who we are, we don’t necessarily do things the way anyone else does.   So, the awards will be presented at the rate of one a day instead of just in a list – so we can take some time to talk about the award winner, and why it won.   The large majority of the books will have been published in 2015, but there will be a few exceptions where we just discovered them this year.   And yada, yada, yada – let’s let the awards begin!   (and one more yada – other than the final three days, which will be Rockstar Romance of the Year and 2 Runners Up, the awards will be presented in a completely random owner at the administrator’s discression.)

First up, Backstage Books is pleased to present the Best of 2015 Award for Rockstar Romance by a Debut Author.    And….drumroll, please…..the winner is

Breaking Faith by Joy Eileen

Breaking Faith - Joy Eileen

Breaking Faith by Joy Eileen –

****** Synopsis ******

Faith made the mistake of giving her heart to someone who didn’t deserve her. After making the decision to leave, she sought refuge at a bar full of misfits. They accepted Faith without question, and now they protect her as if she’s family.

While putting the pieces of her life back together, she fights to keep her broken heart from falling for the moody lead singer of the JackholeS.

A man named Kill.

Killian has his own demons to battle, yet Faith brings out his protective side: a side he thought he’d buried long ago.

Can Faith and Kill trust each other long enough to leave their pasts behind and find love? Or is the past too overpowering to allow anyone a chance at happiness?

Rock’n’Roll Romance with a twist.
**18+ for sexual situations, language, and adult content.**

Backstage Books Review (as originally posted on Amazon)

5 Blazing Guitars for This Scorching Debut, September 7, 2015

5 Guitar Small

Rockstar romances are my thing – I even have a blog devoted to them. At first this may make it seem that I will rate them higher simply because it is, imo, an underserved genre. In all actuality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Because I do read so many of them, I think I may generally be harder on them than the casual reader. Let’s face it, the genre can easily limit itself to some pretty sterotypical storylines. Breaking Faith breaks away from those (pun fully intended) enough to give it an extra edge on originality alone. The depth of the characters, their quirks, their interactions – all work together to make this story a standout in wonderful way.

I will mention that it is definitely for mature audiences only for explicit sexual situations, and I will add a trigger warning about abusive relationships. As long as those things do not keep you from reading a book, I highly recommend this one. The author has a wonderful voice as a writer – seamlessly weaving very serious issues, with laughter, brilliant touches of snark, supportive girl friendships, a large cast of beautifully quirky characters, HOT rockstars (with hearts of gold), the insecurities of those broken by past relationships, and more realism than is often shown in this genre (not that I mind a rockstar romance with “the biggest band in the world” where money is no object, but sometimes it is nice to have a band that is still playing the bars, and girls juggling college and jobs around their romances, that aren’t always fairy tales.)

I have had the pleasure of contacting the author through Facebook, and am very pleased to know a second book in this series is not terribly far from release. I will be first in line to see where she takes us next!

RR - Debut

Though there were many great books to consider for this award, and I didn’t think it would be so difficult to narrow down and assign awards, there are a few reasons that this one is the winner.   I have thought back to the story many times since I finished it.   Let’s face it, as many books as I read, many of them start to blend together after a while, especially if there wasn’t something about them that really stood out for me.   One of the things that stuck out to me was how realistic this one was.   Don’t get me wrong, a lot of times what I want to read is pure fantasy about the biggest band in the world who have no worries about money or many of the other things us regular people worry about.   There can be a magic with either kind of scenario, but this one hit heights on the realism scale that few others do.   Some characters were facing some pretty crappy real life situations, and these were not downplayed.  I loved the way they leaned on friends to help them – or tried to handle them on their own when they could have asked for help, but felt it was too big of a burden already – and the way they had issues dealing with things outside of the band that had shaped their personality quirks.  The supporting casts of characters were very strong as well – sometimes to the point that they were very close to being as central to the story as the hero and heroine.   It left so much potential for future books, and, at least the last I heard, there will be more, with the next one hopefully coming soon.   Maybe we can follow up with Ms. Eileen and find out the details on the when!


One comment

  1. heyitsmejoy · January 24, 2016

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Breaking Faith was awarded Rockstar Romance Debut Author from Backstage Book Blog.
    Thank you everyone for your support. Surviving Faith will be published shortly.

    Liked by 1 person

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