Exactly as it says on the tin; it's a collection of romances in the rock star genre. I'd have to add too, that each story could be a novella in its own right. I've read a couple of the others, and they are good quality, solid romances, but I'm really here to review The Hopping Hippos by Tirza Schaefer. This author is one of my favourite writers of lush, whimsical and sometimes spiritual, love stories, each of which comes with lashings of hot reverse harem sex.
In this story, Janis is a mum of two, divorced, an ordinary woman in her early forties. She's normal, like a lot of us reading now, yet she manages to secure a job as PA to the Hopping Hippos, a daftly named rock band who are incredibly famous and out of control. They need a firm hand, and the band manager thinks Janis can provide just that.
When I say, 'firm hand,' I don't mean in a disciplinarian, Mistress sense, but a loving, motherly sense, until she and Riot meet and he sees stars. A thirty-something man into older women, he is drawn to Janis as a cat is lured towards cream, and it isn't long before the other Hippos, (all hot, all delicious) see Janis as more than an annoying inconvenience, spoiling their drug-taking, boozing, bonking fun, but as a sensual woman.
There is a lot to enjoy here. The Hippos seem like man-babies at first, but they at least are willing to learn and listen when Janis tells them some home truths. There are lessons on bullying and, as one of the band, Wiggs, has ADHD, an interesting take on how Janis is able to help him too. One of the author's signature themes is Reiki and auras, and those subjects are covered too, as the band gradually find their inner peace and, in doing so, their love for Janis.
Yes, this is wish-fulfilment. Yes, it's a beautiful tale that is more fantasy than real life. People in her stories are more understanding and accepting than in real life, but who cares? You'll either love the author's work after this story, or pass on it. I love the fact she is willing to go there with different subjects that are near to her heart, and weaves characters that learn from each other and achieve that golden Happy Ever After. And the sex is hot too, both between Janis and her harem of rock stars and the men discovering some of them are just as into each other. It's a sexy brew.
Oh, and worth mentioning that the world Tirza Schaefer has drawn feels authentic. Too often, rock star romances can feel like they've been written with dress-up dollies for characters, but these people felt real, human, sometimes flawed.
I really enjoyed this story. Rock on!
Backstage passes and heated glances. Life as a rockstar is one party after another. But can life on the road lead to the love of your life?
Read sixteen sexy stories of what happens in the spotlight and when the lights go out. Brought to you by USA Today best-selling and award-winning romance authors, in a rockstar collection curated by The New Romance Cafe.Authors: Arell Rivers Chelle Pimblott Claire Marti CM Peters Debra Deasey Harper Michaels Katie Baldwin Kenna Shaw Reed Laura M. Baird Leila Coltyn Megan Hetherington Ofelia Martinez S L Hollister Serafina Jax Tirza Schaefer Toni Bolton