First of all I would like to thank the Gosling Girls and Netgalley for sending me an E copy of this book for review. I am even more delighted to be a part of the blog tour!

Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place is the prequel to How Not to be Starstruck which is due to be published shortly. It tells the story of the rockstar Dylan and his long suffering friend and music journalist Nicole as she battles to keep his behaviour under control and make sure he is in the right places at the right times – i.e. on a tour bus on his way to an important charity gig. But of course when dealing with a rockstar and his ego, this is easier said than done…

When I first read the blurb for this novella, I knew this was a book I had to read as it sounded exactly like the type of story I love to read. And it didn’t disappoint! This novella is well paced and flows nicely from one event to the next, with lots of twists and turns so you are never quite sure what to expect next from Dylan. I found myself drawn quickly into the plot of this book and the lives of each of the characters. I feel as though the characters could do with some more development so as to make them feel more real and relatable, but as this is only a prequel I am sure they will each develop more fully in the next book – something which I look forward to discovering. I just hope that Dylan doesn’t continue to be as frustrating as I found him to be in this book.

As for the plot, I can not fault it. Its well thought out and had me giggling along and sighing with exasperation as time runs out in the search for Dylan. Portia managed to fit such a lot of drama in so few pages, it only gives credit to her writing ability. I found this book an easy read and managed to read it fairly quick, I just had to find out what could possibly happen next. Although at times I did get slightly frustrated with just how arrogant and irresponsible Dylan is and some of the things he managed to get up to overnight. I certainly hadn’t expected it to finish how it did, and although I was left slightly annoyed by the ending, I think it was a good choice by Portia (it worked!).

So for anyone looking for a quick and easy read that will leave you doubled over with laughter then this is for you. Its a nice short read which can easily be devoured in one sitting.  I look forward to reading How Not to be Starstruck and discovering just what happens next…..

Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place Book Cover Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place
Portia Macintosh
Kindle edition

Behind the music…

Being best friends with a mega-star has its perks and Nicole Wilde, music journalist, laps them up. But when said friend, Dylan King, gorgeous lead singer of The Burnouts, has zero sense of self-preservation – once a drop of alcohol hits his blood stream ? and an inability to keep ‘little Dylan’ in his pants, it also comes with responsibilities.

Now, Nicole has to track down Dylan in time to play a charity gig tomorrow. Half a dozen groupies, a haunted hotel, a tattoo parlour, a reality show runner-up and a crazy bed-hopping, sleepless night later – will she find him before the tour bus leaves town? And when she does, is it time to head home? Or to jump on the tour bus and go along for the ride!

Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place is the fun and fabulous prequel to Portia MacIntosh’s How Not to be Starstruck. Look out for it March 2014.

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