If you read my blog post last week, then hopefully you got a good idea for the feel of indie publishing back in 2011. As a fun celebration of that, I’m going to make some lists with rock star romance titles for each year, starting with 2011. I know (now!) that there were plenty of books in that genre before I naïvely entered the scene, but I want to start with the year I began publishing and sharing the novels I remember the most. This doesn’t mean they were the bestselling rock star romance books (although I know for certain that several of them are), nor does it imply that I’ve read them or endorsed them, nor is it even an indication of if it’s indie or traditionally published. Just, from my author perspective, these are books that got my attention during that particular year—and maybe they did yours as well.
At first, I was going to arrange the titles in no particular order, but then I decided to instead order them by publication date. If you want more info, you can click on the links that will take you to their respective pages on Amazon (or, if they are no longer available, on Goodreads).
One last thing: some of these books I discovered back then just by searching on Amazon’s Kindle pages, but a good many of them appeared in the “also bought” section on my book’s pages on Amazon. Maybe you’ll find a new-to-you rockstar read here! If you prefer binge reading series, then you’ll be happy to know that a good many of these books offer that as well!
Without further ado, here is a list of 2011 Rock Star Romance Books (by the way, YES…that means that these books are now a DECADE old, but they will still rock you!):
OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE: Despite the title, you will see far more than nine books here, because I’ve gone digging and found LOTS more. Enjoy! 🙂
- Rock Star, Lara Adams
- Seoul Mate, Jules East
- The Death of Davy Moss, Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Unwritten Rules, M.A. Stacie
- The Rock Star’s Secret Wife, Rebecca Ambrose
- Appassionato (Dream Marked #1), Erin M. Leaf
- Shadows Steal the Night, Christine London
- Please Don’t Stop the Music, Jane Lovering
- Going Home, Rebecca Abbott Miller
- All the Wrong Reasons, J.L. Paul
- Etched in Bone, Adrian Phoenix
- Karma & Melodies, Katie Salidas
- Blindsided, Sayer Adams (With the Band #1) – This is one of the first ebooks I bought for the Kindle as I tried to figure out how to format my books and all that good stuff (plus I liked the story!). To the best of my knowledge, this book is no longer available for purchase.
- Icy Temptation, Marisa Chenery
- Taste Me, Tamara Hogan
- Waking Maggie, Cindy Jacks
- Mayhem with Angels, C.H. Mills
- Rhythm in Blue, TFC Parks
- Rock Hard, Olivia Cunning (Sinners on Tour #2) – Olivia Cunning was the first rock star romance author to catch my attention. Shortly after publishing my first book, I bought the first book in her Sinners series, and I know lots of my readers have read and loved her books. What I enjoy most about Cunning’s books is it’s clear she’s a true fan of real hard rock music. As a fan myself, I appreciate that!
- Tangled Web, Jade C. Jamison (Tangled Web #1) – you know the story behind this one…and if you don’t, then you must be new to my website. 😉 In case you are new, here’s the description (which has, admittedly, evolved a bit over time):
He shouldn’t have expected his best friend to stay single forever…
Katie’s had a secret crush on her best friend Johnny Church since high school, but he’s never looked at her the same way. When he leaves home to become a famous rock star, she stays behind, eventually becoming engaged.
But when Johnny comes home to visit this time, things seem different somehow. He’s still her friend—but there’s something else there. And Katie realizes she should have told Johnny she had a fiancé, because maybe the attraction was mutual after all…
- Punk Rox Warrior, Rachel Cron
- Follow Through, Nicole Glass
- Downstroke, Desiree Holt
- An Unlikely Pair, Carla Krae
- Sara’s Song, Fern Michaels
- In Perfect Harmony, Samantha O’Hare
- Secret Dreams, Heather Peters
- Musician’s Monsoon, Brieanna Robertson
- A Musician’s Love, Jolene Rodriguez
- Beyond a Proposition, Rae Spencer
- Foolish Games, Leah Spiegel
- Rock and a Hard Place, Angie Stanton
- Breathe, Abbi Glines (Sea Breeze #1) – Glines was another name I quickly became familiar with as I began my quest to discover that I was not writing in a new genre!
- Spotlight, Carole Bellacera
- Rock and Roll Fantasy, Isabelle Drake
- Open Doors, Andie Fredricks
- Black Heart Down (Conquest #4), S.J. Frost
- Always on My Mind, Pam Howes
- Blood and Guitars, Heather Jensen
- Forget-Me-Hot, Sahara Kelly
- Reverb, Jet Mykles
- The Pictures, Stephanie Taylro
- Effortless, S.C. Stephens (Thoughtless #2) – While Stephens’s books didn’t hit my radar till a little later, I’ve started reading them now…and now I understand why this trilogy and this author is the one my rock star books are most compared to!
- Daron’s Guitar Chronicles #2, Cecilia Tan
- Mind Rider, Jane Carver
- Just My Blood Type, Carrie Clevenger
- ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes–Year 3 (The Trevolution #5), Susan Helene Gottfried
- Rock Bottom, Cate Masters
- Rock ‘n’ Roll is Undead, Rose Pressey
- Finding the Chords, Faith Talbot
- Sophie’s Turn (Rock Star Romance Trilogy #1), Nicky Wells – It wasn’t until later that Nicky and I met each other online, but she’s witty and sweet–and she writes humorous rock star romance!
- The Hand of Fate (Jukebox Heroes), L B Clark
- Falling Hard, J.K. Coi
- Midnight Mirage, Willa Edwards
- Ravensong, M.L. Hamilton
- I Am Nobody’s, Emma Hillman
- Best Night Ever (Best Night Ever #1), Keara Kevay
- Never Again (Best Night Ever #2), Keara Kevay
- Rock Star’s Girl, J.F. Kristin
- Second Chances, Leigh Morgan
- Baby, Be Mine, Paige Toon
- The Song Remains, Karla Bearse
- Fiery Temptation, Marisa Chenery
- Where She Went (If I Stay #2), Gayle Forman
- Joy Ride, Desiree Holt
- Rhapsody, Mahalia Levey
- The Green Room, Gwen Masters
- A Trace of Love, Danielle Ravencraft
- For Everything, Rae Spencer
While both of these books popped up on my radar after 2011, they were both released in September of that year:
- Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star, Heather Lynn Rigaud – I’ve not read it myself but based on the title and reviews, I think it’s safe to say it’s a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
- Groupie, Ginger Voight (Groupie #1) – I haven’t read this one, either, but it first caught my notice on Goodreads.
But they weren’t the only September releases.
- Tropical Sin, Lexxie Couper
- Daron’s Guitar Chronicles #3, Cecilia Tan
- Thunder Struck Hero – What’s the Voice of a Dead Rock Star Doing Inside Max’s Head?, Babs Annsetti and Eric Seiden
- Falling Star, Olivia Brynn
- Secret Bodyguard, Lori Crawford
- Never Enough, Lauren Dane
- Gunshy, Seleste Delaney
- Rock You Like a Hurricane, Joanne Kenrick
- Kylie’s Song, Marsha Lytle
- Vicious Circles, J.L. Paul
- Fallen Star Trouble, Autumn Piper
- No Particular Place to Go, Anya Somers
- Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll, Mia Dymond
- Humanizing the Jaguar, Monica Daddio
- Four Aces, Suzanne Graham
- Amplified, Tara Kelly
- Under the Rose, P.F. Kozak
- Revenant Rising, M.M. Mayle
- A Spark Before the Fire, Mima
- What the Heart Wants, Kelli McCracken (Soulmate #1) – I don’t know too much about this book or this series, but I do know they’re now being marketed as paranormal rather than rock star books. It looks like they’re both!
- Convincing Quinn (Rock Hard #1), Chloe Cole
- Glam Metal (Glam Metal #2), Chloe Cole
- Unplugged, J.P. Grider
- Resurgence, M.M. Mayle
- Breaking Beau (Rock Hard #2), Chloe Cole
- The Reunion (Glam Metal #3), Anna Daly-McCabe
- Beautiful Harmony (Conquest #5), S.J. Frost
- Rock Me Gently, Debra Nichols
- Connected, Jolyn Palliata
- Rocked by a Rockstar, Laura Veso
- Tattoos, Leather and Studs, Brenda Whiteside
I know there had to be lots more that year, including some I’m just not remembering—but that’s okay. This is a start! Stay tuned for more yearly lists but in the meantime I have some questions for you:
Were you reading rock star romance novels back then? What other contemporary romance books do you remember seeing that year? Let me know in the comments!