Review: Rock Rebel by Tara Leigh (Nothing But Trouble #3)


Rock Rebel by Tara Leigh is now available!



He’s a rock star with a secret, she’s a pop princess with a painful past – can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?

I’ve earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City’s hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now… I’m rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I’m an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.

They’re not entirely wrong. I don’t give a damn what other people think, and I’m all for breaking the rules… except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.

Rock gods don’t tour with pop princesses.

It’s not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity’s incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is… intriguing. But I’m convinced the skeletons in Verity’s closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we’re not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I’m determined to keep hidden.

Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .

But since when do I give a damn about the rules?


I had only read one book by Tara Leigh—Rock King, which I unfortunately didn’t love—before reading this one and to be quite honest I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it more than I did Rock King. Surprisingly though, I enjoyed this book way more! Well, maybe not WAY more but more.

Rock Rebel is quite an intense story. I found it to be beautifully written and full of emotion. It not only broke my heart with topics like abuse but it also stitched it back together with the strength of the main characters and their powerful and beautiful love. It is heartbreakingly real and very relevant and I think that’s why I enjoyed it more.

I have to admit that while I enjoyed pretty much everything about the story along with the wonderful writing, I still found myself skim reading most of the story and that’s partly because it was a bit fast-paced for me and also due to Dax. Dax, the hero, is not my favorite character ever. If it weren’t for his POV I probably would have given this book four stars. I definitely could have done without reading everything going on inside his head and that’s very unlike me since I LOVE reading male POVs. I just felt like from the very beginning his mind always went straight to the physical and sexual things but hey, maybe that just me and I got it all wrong.

If you’re into rock star romances that are very romantic, emotional and fast-paced then consider adding this book to your TBR. BUT before you pick it up, definitely keep in mind that it deals with some triggering topics like abuse and the #metoo movement.


3.5 / 5 flowers




Apple Books




Check out the previous books in the series:

Rock King (Book #1)

Rock Legend (Book #2)




Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.

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