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July 8, 2015

Loved It: Sweet As Sin by J.T. Geissinger

Series: Bad Habit 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Rockstar Contemporary Romance

Twentysomething Kat Reid is loving life as an in-demand Hollywood makeup artist. She has absolutely no interest in rock ’n’ roll, but in order to pay the mortgage, she agrees to work on the set of a rock video for the world-famous rockers known as Bad Habit…which brings her face-to-face with Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit and Adonis in the flesh.

However, the fiercely independent Kat isn’t impressed by the hard-living, womanizing rock star. But when Nico’s model girlfriend shows up to the set drunk and Kat is tapped to replace her as the video’s sexy bride, her combustible chemistry with Nico suddenly threatens to consume the set. Nico feels it, too—and becomes determined to win Kat over, body and soul. Yet behind his rock god swagger, Nico hides a dark secret. Can he rock Kat’s world forever, or will he just break her heart?




SWEET AS SIN by J.T. Geissinger tore me asunder! First of all, this isn't my typical read. Rockstar romances doesn't appeal to me very much not to mention the new adult label attached to it (although I think this is contemporary romance as the characters are NOT new adults in every sense of the word). BUT it's a Geissinger book so...

The Bad
One of the reasons why I avoid reading books with this theme is I tend to over analyze things, zap the story of spontaneous romance, snicker in judgment for the characters, and see their actions and dramatic antics as idiotic. Maybe it's just me, but I find rockstar/celebrity romances superficial so it's a challenge to suspend disbelief. 

SWEET AS SIN has its share of the abovementioned things with a few stereotypes complete with celebrity meltdowns and intrigue. It's great though because Nico gave a warning early on that jerk moves are to be expected, so there's that. It's also a love-at-first-sight romance in hyperspeed pace so that part made me question the relationship long-term. If not for the guaranteed HEA, I think I'd caution Kat on a few things concerning Nico's temper and possessiveness. These are cute characteristics in the beginning but it can get stifling down the road. Kat's not without flaws too. Chick cries on almost EVERY little thing that Nico does and there is a sense of desperation on how easily she fell for Nico and allowed him to get his way most of the time. Gah! 

Last gripe, there's a few convenient excuses and history here too to justify Nico's current situation. I have to admit, it made my eye roll at times, but then I've seen worse. Also, the twist towards the end felt disjointed, but I'll get back to that later.


The Good
Despite all the cons I mentioned, it worked! I don't know what's gotten into me but I was totally swept away by SWEET AS SIN! It took me back to when I was Kat's age (25), super in love, totally vulnerable, and susceptible to drama. The romance between the two was fast and intense. Kat's reaction was very realistic in that she was both excited and afraid because she knows that she will never be the same after Nico regardless if they work or not. That's a big deal and both Kat and Nico handled it the best they can IMO. 

And inspite the insta-romance, there's still some sort of courtship that went on here. I have to admit, though I find it over the top and at times cheesy, Nico's grand gestures of love were swoon-worthy. I mean if it were me, my ovaries would be doing the Macarena too! Also, Kat and Nico are a cute pair! I'm not going to lie, Nico made it difficult for me not to love him and Kat's spitfire attitude is very endearing as well. Perfection is overrated anyways so their flaws, as well as the novel's, just highlighted the good stuff even more. 

Back to the sudden dark twist of events towards the end. And let me forewarn you that I'm going to get super subjective here. On the Acknowledgements, Ms. Geissinger shared a very personal anecdote while writing SWEET AS SIN, her father passed away (my condolences) in the middle of writing and naturally, it affected her work explaining the touch of darkness concerning Nico's storyline. This changed my perspective for the book entirely. I know some of you have a different opinion, that one's output should remain unaffected by personal issues. But my opinion on it is these books are emotionally driven, the authors use their personal lives as sources of inspiration for their novels so I totally understand why SWEET AS SIN felt polarized in the latter parts. And with that, I thank J.T. for sharing that bit of personal struggle with her readers. 

So after everything has been said and done, I loved SWEET AS SIN. It's what I expect a rockstar romance should be: intense, all consuming, possessive, and dangerous. The rest of the band members of Bad Habit are just as interesting, especially the drummer A.J. I look forward to reading more of this series, and congratulations to J.T. Geissinger on Bad Habit's strong debut!









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37 comments:

  1. That cover is hot. I have a couple of Geissinger's books but have yet to read them. Glad you loved this one. Great review!

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    1. Her paranormal series is great too! She's a great writer so I'm sure you'll like either/both series.

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  2. And I still have not really tried a rockstar book

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    1. I don't blame you, if not for my trusted writers, I don't think I'll read one too

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  3. Braine I LOVED your first line "tore me asunder"
    Okay I admit it, but then you know I LOVE cheesy romance so the bad boy rock star romances do float my boat, In fact I LOVE the Stage Dive series by Aussie author Kylie Scott. The NA genre usually is a HUGE turn off for me cause I'm and oldie but goodie :) but for Rock Star romances I just put on my sparkly Cougar Shades and dig in. Great review I'm picking it up!! xo

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    1. OMG you are hilarious! I need to get me some Cougar Shades too! I'll get the sparkly one and a glow in the dark/bedazzled for nighttime prowling!

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  4. I loved the fact that you noticed and mentioned the author's personal note and how "books are emotionally driven" thus changing your thoughts on the darker aspect to the story. I love reading author's notes for this very reason - seeing what makes them tick and how a story comes about is so fascinating to me.
    Awesome review, Braine! :)

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    1. I mean we write reviews based off on how the book made us feel too right? So writing a book based/influenced by one's emotional state is not far fetched too.

      I love author's notes too, especially the anecdotal ones. J.T. Geissinger's note really helped me understand the story. I can only be happy that it ended how it did versus the original draft.

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  5. Well, now, I have to read it just to observe the division in style for myself. Yeah, a voice shouldn't be affected by personal events, but I for one get very personal when I write, so what happens to me does reflect on my writing. I can't help it.

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    1. I find books written my emotionally written writers better and more affecting. It's like a horcrux, a part of the writer's soul is imprinted in the novel which makes it personal. Keep writing from your heart, Ramona!

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  6. It was a good thing you read the acknowledgements going in so you understood the darkness better. I think it is good she used her writing to channel her grief. You bet we can get together anytime for margaritas or what not and chat about books :)

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  7. It's been awhile since I read a rock star book :D

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  8. Yea, the reason I avoid these is the superficiality by concentrating on the popularity and the stereotypes. However, you may have sold me on at least trying this book. I am sorry to hear about her father but I bet it lent an edge to the book that made it more gripping.

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  9. I'm trying to think if I've read other reviews of this one or if it's the cover that they were sharing. I remember it sounding very good though. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Always fun when a book that would otherwise not work to your tastes just does.

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  11. I love rock star romances, or just music incorporated in general. But usually like the ones where the bands are small time or just starting out. Ugh, but I don't care for criers. Sounds good, though.

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    1. You love angst-ridden novels, try this! I think it's right up your alley

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  12. I confess that I don't read a lot of books like that but I liked her PNR series and I was curious to see reviews about this one. It's great to see you had a good time with it!

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    1. I'm the same way that's why I picked this up without hesitation. Her PNR is still my favorite though

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  13. I'm a sucker for these romantic trope! But a bit wary about assholes and cry-me-a-river Mary Sues. Boo.

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    1. I feel you, after meeting one too many assholes in real life, I don't want them filling my fictional life too

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  14. I love when a book surprises me. Glad this one did that for you. :-)

    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. That's always a good thing :)

      Thanks, Sherry!

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  15. I haven't read a lot of rockstar romances either as the genre doens't really appeal to me. I am not really a fan of the celebrity characters either, so I think that's part of that. That's a shame it contains a insta love I don't like the romances that develop to fast. Although sometimes when the romance feels intense it can make partly up for that. It certainly sounds like the romance has a lot of good things as well. That dark twist towards the end sounds well done. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of this series as well!

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    1. I have the same issues and for some reason this worked perfectly. I'm the biggest complainer when it comes to the issues you mentioned, I've surprised myself that I loved this considering it has most of the things I can't stand in the book

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  16. Hmmm maybe maybe! I do enjoy rock star romances and thankfully most of the ones I've read haven't been superficial so that's a good thing. I do like when an author uses what they're going through in their books but I also like it to actually make sense and fit. Hopefully I'll feel that way on this one.

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    1. I think celebs can be superficial, it's part of their JD. I can only be happy the human side of the characters shone through too

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  17. Glad to hear that you enjoyed despite the stereotypes

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  18. You know I don't shy away from a rockstar romance. ;) That being said, I do appreciate how you laid it all out here, Braine. There are always good points and bad points and I'm really happy they balanced out in Sweet as Sin...particularly since I know you love Geissinger. I recently read Shadow's Edge - which I won here about 2 years ago *ha* - and I loved it. I'm looking forward to becoming a fangirl. :)

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    1. Yay! We should buddy read the series!

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  19. I loved it too. I am a sucker for a good rock star romance, She's one of my favorite authors actually. Glad you enjoyed :)

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  20. *Serious face* Rockstars aren't idiots, are they? They never do stupid things! *Snicker*
    I don't mind these types of reads, despite how silly the characters are. I love the sound of Nico, sounds like he is a drool worthy character! Great review girl, i want this one!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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