Review: Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

January 18, 2016 Review 12

Review: Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.

But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.

But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?

Title: Rock N Soul
Author: Lauren Sattersby
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Author
Published: January 18, 2016
Genres: Ghost Story, Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 366
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Rock N Soul starts out with Tyler searching all over Boston for red seedless grapes. Which seemed somewhat odd until you realize it’s the middle of the night, he’s a bellboy in a respectable hotel and there’s a rock star involved. Tyler finds the grapes, rushes back to the hotel and heads to the room to deliver the meal. Only when he gets to the room he finds the rock star, Chris Raiden, dead of an overdose, stiffing him on the tip. Tyler’s girlfriend, who is an avid fan of the band, blames Tyler and promptly dumps him. The next time Tyler goes into the hotel room, he stumbles across Chris’ ring, promptly puts it on and POOF Chris appears and now is haunting Tyler. Not the room or location like a normal ghost, but Tyler himself. Everywhere Tyler goes Chris has to go. After seeking help, they determine Chris has unfinished business that he needs to deal with. To get rid of Chris, Tyler agrees to help him out.

I’m not always a fan of ghost romances. I like my stories to have HEAs usually the live half of the romantic couple ends up dying so they can be together. Really, how do you call that a HEA? However, I found the blurb for Rock N Soul to be appealing. Emo-narcissist rock star ghost attached a bellhop who he stiffed tipping because he died? Huh??? Yes very interesting indeed. So I grabbed Lauren Sattersby’s debut book, Rock N Soul, and settle in for a read. What a surprise!

The story itself was very entertaining. Dead rock star with unfinished business haunts a bellhop who ends up helping him settle his business, and they end up falling in love. Sounds corny but actually it worked out very well. There was no instant friends/lovers here. They were both less than thrilled to find themselves stuck with each other. The progression to friends was a nice gradual one sometimes even on the comical side. I didn’t find Chris to be a complete jerk nor did I find Tyler to be a complete loser. Both had very likable layers and as they evolved into eventually being as a couple you can see them grown as people. The secondaries characters were added bonuses and, with the exception of Carmen, I enjoyed all of them. As for Carmen, two thumbs up to Eric and the ultimate revenge! LOL!!!!

Lauren Sattersby really nailed it with her debut book, Rock N Soul. Comedy, romance, laughter and tears, I ran the whole gambit of emotions. I wasn’t too sure how she was going to pull off a HEA with this story but what she came up with definitely gives me hope there are HEAs to be found in ghost romances. This book is certainly worth the read. I look for to reading more books by Ms. Sattersby!

Rock N Soul

Hi, I’m Lauren Sattersby, and this is the blog tour for my very first novel, Rock N Soul! I’ll be featured on various blogs over the course of the tour, and I’ll be sharing deleted scenes, playlists, answers to questions, and some of my thoughts on what it’s like to write a ghost story and make it both hot and romantic. 

About Lauren Sattersby

Lauren Sattersby works as a budget manager by day, but while she’s at her desk mindlessly crunching numbers, it’s a good bet that she’s also writing M/M romance in her head and counting the minutes until she can get home and write it all down. She is a grammar enthusiast, which is why she has a Master’s degree in technical writing, but that tends to scare friends away so she keeps that to herself.

Lauren lives in Wisconsin with her partner and their three terrible cats. She’s a recent transplant from a thousand miles further south, so she still gets crazy excited about snow. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found playing video games or scouring the countryside looking for interesting birds.

Connect with Lauren:

Twitter: @LaurenSattersby

12 Responses to “Review: Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby”

  1. Shirley

    This was a brilliant debut. I can’t remember the last time I cried so much in one book. creativedeeds(at)verizon(dot)net

  2. H.B.

    So far the review I’ve read for this has been pretty good. Thank you for the review =)

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  3. Laurie P

    Loving the reviews this story is getting, got to read it.


  4. Ree Dee

    i absolutely loved this book! I started it yesterday and finished it today! It was entertaining, funny, interesting and touching. I can’t wait to read more of Lauren’s books!

  5. Lisa

    This sounds interesting. I’ve added it to my wishlist & I look forward to reading it! legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Blackrose

    I am addicted to HEAs too. But this book sounds interesting and I am looking forward to reading about how they lead up to their future.