Death of a Rock Star by NJ Frost
The Boy in the Band #0.5
So there you have it. Jamie is dead… and it’s no surprise.
A victim of his addictions – his love of drugs and his love for her.
Sylvie Smith isn’t just any girl.
She was my best friend’s girl.
No, not just his girl, she was his downfall.
She’s the last woman on earth I should want,
but the instant I set eyes on her I know.
She will be my downfall too…
Thrown together in the aftermath of Jamie’s death, Blake and Sylvie’s worlds are set to collide. Are they a disaster waiting to happen or an epic love story about to begin?
Death of a Rock Star is book #0.5 in The Boy In The Band Series and the first book I have read by this author. I grabbed this novella as an Amazon Freebie.
Ok so this is the prequel novella to the first book of this series.
This book is a little maudlin, its definitely not a happy go lucky Sunday afternoon read.
My overwhelming feeling having read this novella is one of depression and grief. I fell incredibly sorry for both Blake and Sylvie because someone they love has died.
Unfortunately for me that’s as far as my empathy stretches.
I didn’t like either Blake or Sylvie and I felt like neither of them showed any particularly redeeming qualities.
Blake seems to be spiralling into an alcohol induced haze where he uses sex and women as a crutch to stop him from relapsing into his drug habit.
Sylvie, well she just seems to be sexing her grief away! I don’t want to call her a slut because even from this short novella it’s obvious that she uses sex as a way of deflecting from her serious underlying issues.
These broken and despairing characters are well written and I definitely felt the pain and grief they were feeling.
I think if I could have found anything endearing or relatable in either of these characters I could have totally got on board with this broken and seriously dysfunctional pairing. Unfortunately I couldn’t and instead I focussed on poor Jamie and the fact that this creative young guy was driven to suicide which honestly just made me really sad.
I finished reading this feeling a lot depressed but still intrigued to see how this “love” story would play out. I went searching for the next and first full length novel in the series only to discover that it has not yet been released even though this novella came out back in 2014.
18 months is a VERY long delay between books and honestly I doubt my intrigue will last long enough to wait for the next book to be released at some point in the future.
Death of a Rockstar gets 3 stars from me.