Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of rock music success in 1974. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you’d think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs.
Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne's tour. Though she's detached and tough as nails, Carly's cool facade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses.
Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A memory weighs on his soul and affects his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?
Heart of Rock by Karyn Gerrard is the story of Brogan Byrne, Irish rock star, his rise to fame in the 1970’s and his tortured soul. We meet Brogan in 1970, an Irish Protestant in Ireland who is in love with Tarrah, an Irish Catholic. The lover’s relationship is cut short when tragedy befalls them leaving Brogan with a heart of rock.
Fast forward the story four years and Brogan is leading a life a wild sexual orgies, drugs and alcohol to numb the pain he feels towards the responsibility of Tarrah’s death. His band is beginning to hate him, his brothers want nothing to do with him, his current girlfriend leaves him, and his record company has just assigned a new manager to him, as his old manager quit. Carly Montgomery is tasked with keeping Brogan in line; away from the women who throw themselves at him, as well as the drugs and alcohol. Carly realizes this will not be an easy task to accomplish as all three are readily available to him, and to complicate matters, she finds herself falling in love with the gruff, charismatic Irishman.
Ms. Gerrard’s story had me running the gambit of emotions, lust, love and hate as I read the story. The sex was explosive; lewd between Brogan and the whores who threw themselves at him, and tender and fiery between him and Carly. I wanted to dislike Brogan for his crude mannerisms and his debauchery, but I could not help but feel tenderness towards him as he attempted to mask the pain in his heart and soul with the behavior he exhibited. I cheered for him and Carly to be able to work out their lives in order to become a couple with a happily ever after.
I appreciated that Ms. Gerrard gave the story a true feel for those in the limelight, along with all the trappings that come with fame. The sense of reality was well written throughout the tale. She did not sugar coat the story in any way and never lead us to believe that the HEA could not be attained unless both Brogan and Carly worked hard to achieve their dreams. Her writing left me satisfied that through hard work and a heavy dose of love, anything could be possible.