Ready to Rock: Review

Posted December 1, 2015 in review Tags:

Ready to Rock: ReviewReady To Rock by Cara Connelly

Series: Save the Date #0
Genres: Romantic Suspense

His name's on everyone's lips--sexy rocker Jack McCabe. His gritty New York City band is red hot, almost as hot as his fiery affair with photography student Lil Marchone, the girl from his past, now the woman he loves. The problem is, Lil's controlling ex wants her back. Rich, powerful, and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing--including murder--to get Jack out of her life. But Jack's a badass himself, always up for a fight. And with the stakes this high, he'll risk everything for Lil, even his band. Even his life.

Ready to Rock
Cara Connelly

what i think

I struggled with Ready to Rock because I was just not feeling Lil. I am not sure exactly what it was, but I simply did not like her. The first 1/2 of the book focuses more on the relationship between the H and h. This part was kind of slow for me (I am not really a fan of the second chance romance so it probably won’t bother most readers!). The second have is like a different book-danger, suspense, action! It was intense! Perhaps I would have liked it better if the entire book was more like that? I have been on a big romantic suspense kick lately so many that is why I struggled with the first part of the book. I almost gave up on the book completely because I just wasn’t connecting with it. The ending was worth it for me though and thats why I gave it 3 stars!

Book Details:
POV: Dual
Tears: No
Trope: Rockstar, Second Chance
Triggers: None
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: View Spoiler »

if you liked

Finding Us by Debra Presley, The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle, then you will probably like Ready to Rock.

where to get it


#Free on KU!



Cara Connelly is the author of the Save the Date series of contemporary romances published by Avon Romance. The latest book in the series, The Wedding Gift, was released in May 2015. Cara’s smart and sexy stories have won several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. A former attorney and law professor, she lives with her husband Billy in the woods of upstate New York.

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From Ready to Rock by Cara Connelly:

I’d been in Jack’s room just hours before, but it seemed like another planet now. I stopped inside the door, afraid to move. He went to the nightstand and turned on the lamp. It cast a yellow glow, like candlelight.

His brusque manner had fallen away. He watched me closely, almost shyly. “Are you sure, Lil? It’s not too late to change your mind.”

My eyes ran over his body. He was beautiful. “I’m sure.”

He came to me, slid his fingers along my jaw, buried them in my hair. Then he kissed me, long and slow and very deep. Everything I loved about him was in that kiss. Strength and tenderness and fear and lust and passion and reverence and a million other things that made up Jack.

He unzipped my jacket, slid it off my shoulders, and he never stopped kissing me. He unbuttoned my shirt as if his fingers weren’t shaking, slipped his hands inside, breath catching when he felt my skin under his palms.

He couldn’t kiss me now, he was breathing too hard. He pushed my shirt back, let it fall. Unhooked my bra, dropped it to the floor.

“Oh God, Lil,” he breathed. “Are you sure? Because I won’t be able to stop.” His strong body trembled.

My God, he loves me. He loves me. And I love him.

My heart sang the words, then I gave them voice. “I love you, Jack. I don’t want you to stop.”

He crushed me to him, heart hammering against my cheek. “Say it again.”

“I love you, Jack. I love you.”

“And I love you.” His lips were at my ear, his hand in my hair. “I’ll do anything for you. Give you everything I have, anything you want. I’ll take care of you. I’ll never let anything hurt you. I swear it.” He was so earnest, so desperate to tell me how deep his love ran.

I wound my arms more tightly around him, smiled into his throat. “I believe you. But right now, all you have to do is make love to me.”

“I can do that.” His lips closed over mine again, hot as fire. He unzipped my jeans, pushed them over my hips. I stepped out of them in only my panties.

My hands went to his shirt, fumbled with the buttons, but they were too complicated for the state I was in. I gave up, tore it open, buttons pinging on the floor. Tugged at his belt, unbuttoned his jeans.

And then he was naked, his body a wonder of lean muscle and hard cock. I feasted my eyes on him. My lips, my tongue. We fell onto the bed, arms and legs twined together, drunk with the taste of skin on skin.


We asked Cara to share with us the 5 romance books she thinks everyone should read! Check out her picks below!

OUTLANDER by Diana Galbaldon

This is the ultimate Scottish historical, and the book that started me reading and writing romance.


HEAVEN, TEXAS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This is a hilarious and moving contemporary (although it’s 20 years old now) with my all-time favorite hero, ex-wide receiver Bobby Tom Denton.


PERFECT by Judith McNaught

This book (also 20 years old) has an absorbing plot, a fascinating hero, and the black moment of all black moments.



This is the ultimate historical, where the big, bad, notorious Marquess of Dain is brought to heel by an unlikely and very modern (for the times) young woman.



Vampires more dark and delicious than you’ve ever imagined them. This is the story of their King and the half-human woman he doesn’t want to love.




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