Book Review – Wild Card by Nic Starr

The Road to Rocktoberfest #3
Publisher: Indie
Characters: Rafe/Parker
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Shared World

Hitting the big time in Australia isn’t enough. Making it overseas, now that’s on a whole other level.

Rafe Moreno, lead singer of HyperOctane, is on the brink of achieving everything he’s set out to do before his thirtieth birthday. Ten years of hard work and focus is finally paying off. Not that he doesn’t enjoy the rock and roll lifestyle–adoration, parties, men. What’s not to like? Including a hot hook-up with his bandmate’s younger brother. But the most important thing is keeping his eye on the prize at any cost.

Parker Shaw is nothing like his outgoing, super-talented rock star brother, so finding himself on a plane heading to the other side of the world to play guitar with HyperOctane is insane. Who in their right mind would want an ordinary, skinny, red-haired analyst to perform with one of the top bands from Australia?

Rafe’s dream is the big time, not a relationship. The furthest thing from Parker’s mind is trusting his broken heart to anyone again. But what happens on the road, stays on the road, right? Rafe and Parker embark on the rock tour of a lifetime, a tour that will bring a lot more than they expected, because love is a wild card, not something you can plan for.

Wild Card is an opposites attract, forced proximity, rock star romance.

Wild Card is the third book in the multi-author Road to Rocktoberfest series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but why not stay and enjoy the whole show? If you like scorching tales of hot rock stars and the men who love them, then you’ll adore the untamed musicians of Rocktoberfest!

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Nic Starr is one of my favourite sweet contemporary romance authors, and this story doesn’t disappoint. I loved Rafe and Parker’s story, and romance, and the added bonus of the music setting and being part of a shared world.

I love Rafe and Parker’s connection, and how Rafe takes him home, makes him tea, and they talk. It felt realistic, and I always enjoy stories where characters take the time to grow a friendship amongst the romance. The scenes where Rafe is calming Parker when he’s nervous are very sweet. I totally agree with Harvey that Parker’s ex has done a number on him, and I liked how Rafe is able to break through Parker’s self doubt and begin building him up again. I got invested in their story very quickly, and kept turning pages wanting them to have the conversation they both badly needed.

I loved the family feel and friendship between the members of the band, and how, despite different backgrounds, they’ve come together to make music.

The way in which Parker becomes part of the band’s road to Rocktoberfest was nicely done, and felt very natural. I also liked how he still stayed true to his own vision and the company he’s built at the ending of the story.

I thought this was a lovely sweet story, and would love to see more of HyperOctane.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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2 Responses to Book Review – Wild Card by Nic Starr

  1. Nicki says:

    Thanks for taking the time to read and review. It makes me so happy to read your kind words.


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