Review: You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly

Posted January 22, 2015 by Bethany in Reviews / 0 Comments

You Really Got Me Review: You Really Got Me by Erika Kellyby Erika Kelly
on January 6, 2014
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three-half-stars
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Series: Rock Star Romance #1
Pages: 353

The first irresistible novel in a hot new series about a rock star on his way up—and the woman he wants to take all the way…

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.

Review

If you like rock stars, if you like slow burn romances, then You Really Got Me may just be the book for you. I had been looking for to this book. As soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis that I had to get my hands on this book.

Emmie decides to move to Texas to live with her brother, Derek, and his bandmates after she has a big fight with her boss, a big-time record executive in NYC. She wants a promotion, and her boss wants to keep Emmie as his PA because she’s the best at her job. This is when Slater Vaughn, new roommate and lead singer and songwriter of Snatch, enters Emmie’s life and captures her immediate attention.

“Emmie. A while ago you asked me what I wanted, and now I know. I want you.”

If I based this book review off the second half alone it would definitely rate 5 stars. However, I really struggled in the beginning with the pacing. It was very slow, and I actually put the book down for over a week until a friend encouraged me to continue reading. I’m so glad I did because the second half blew me away! It was so much fun watching the sexual tension and attraction play out between the two roommates. I enjoyed the escalation of Emmie and Slater’s relationship from just roommates, to friends, and then to lovers. Then, there’s a whole new dynamic added to the story when the band begins to make waves and Slater’s star begins to rise. I really loved the way the author took the direction of the story at that point. It was surprising and interesting.

“Of course you have to go. It’s the beginning of everything.”
“Yeah, but it’s also the beginning of us.”

You Really Got Me is just a flat-out good read. I connected with the characters. I really like Emmie’s honesty and straight forwardness with Slater. Slater made me swoon with all his sweetness and hotness. Erika Kelly is an extremely talented author, and I can’t wait to read Derek’s story in her next book of this series, I Want You to Want Me.

“She’s not a girlfriend. She’s my fucking heart.”

3.5-4 Stars

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About Erika Kelly

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life—she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

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