Thursday, September 5, 2013

**Release Day Spotlight ~ Sophie's Encore ~ Nicky Wells**

Happy Release Day, Nicky Wells!
Sophie's Encore, the conclusion to the 
Rock Star Romance Trilogy, is LIVE today!!

Sophie's Encore (Rock Star Romance, #3)

Her rock star is waiting in the wings, but will he get a second chance?

It’s all change for Sophie Jones—only this time, there is more at stake than just her happiness.

Rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, has been her patient and caring friend through the highs and lows since her wedding day, but now he figures it is time for her to start over. By stealth, the rock singer draws Sophie into the behind-the-scenes work for his band’s latest album. Through the days and weeks spent together at the mixing desk, Sophie discovers whole new horizons for her life, yet before she can even begin to explore them, she faces the very real threat of losing her rock star for good.

Join Sophie and Dan in Sophie’s Encore to find out how their journey will end…


Today, I'm reviewing Sophie's Turn, the first book in the trilogy. 

Sophie's Turn (Rock Star Romance, #1)

Sophie's Turn by Nicky Wells
Rock Star Romance #1
Release Date: July 6, 2011

Slapper. Slut. Adulteress. These are hardly words that Sophie Penhalligan would normally use to describe herself. Yet this is exactly how she is behaving, all things considered, even if she isn't quite married to Tim yet. And it's all happening because her past is coming to tempt her! Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan, up close and personal. Well, almost. Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life.
Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose-probably as soon as he could get his act together. But just as Tim's persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan's sudden reappearance turns Sophie's world upside down.
One fine day in Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is...well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. What is she to do now? Who wouldn't give anything to meet their favorite star, let alone marry him?
Find out how Sophie gets into this impossible situation, and how she turns it around, in Sophie's Turn, the honest, funny and sometimes bittersweet story of one woman's entanglement with a rock star.

Sophie's Turn is such an apt title for this story of a young woman finding herself - and having a rock star romance along the way!

"All my life, I had been worried about becoming trapped in a mediocre life..."

Sophie Penhalligan's chief concern is living a mediocre life. And that's exactly what she's doing. She's a journalist working for a mediocre paper. She lives in a mediocre flat and is in a mediocre relationship. Sophie wasn't always dull. But she's thankful to have her 'wilderness' days behind her. She thinks she's ready for a solid, staid life with her boyfriend, Tim. (kinda reminds me of those Death Cab lyrics about 'staying together out of fear of dying alone'.) However, she can't seem to stop daydreaming about a time spent with her rock star crush, Dan Hunter.

Dan Hunter is the quintessential rock star. He's gorgeous, gregarious, suave - and he's ready to sweep Sophie off her feet. And he sets about doing everything he can to do just that! Then there's Tim. Stable, reliable, kind Tim. Tim's ready to make a commitment to Sophie. And he's been constant for the past two  years. With two men vying for her affections, Sophie embarks on a soul-search of sorts. And in the process, makes some startling revelations about what she truly wants out of life.

What I loved about Sophie's Turn? I loved the passion - Sophie's passion for music, her writing, and for Tuscq, Dan's band. I loved seeing the tight bond of friendship between Sophie and her best friend, Rachel. I loved the romance between Sophie and Dan. But mostly, I loved watching Sophie have her turn. She begins as a 'soft' and uncertain young woman and blossoms into a more self-aware, self-assured woman. And that was lovely.

My only real frustration with the story came from Sophie, though. She made some questionable decisions. Decisions that were potentially hurtful to others. Although, in the end these decisions aided her in her self-discovery, I couldn't help being a little miffed with her about what I felt was her selfishness.

Ms. Wells has created an engrossing story. Her writing is vivid and made me feel as thought I was watching the story rather than reading it. This was particularly wonderful for me since the story is set in England, with a few jaunts to Paris, and although I've never been to these places, Ms. Wells painted brilliant images for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed Sophie's Turn and I can't wait to start Sophie's Run!

Nicky WellsHi! I’m Nicky Wells, your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, I write Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door. My books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! 

If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity ~ rock, pop, movie or other ~ you’ll connect with my heroes and my leading ladies.

I love listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When I’m not writing, I’m a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.


  1. This sounds good, although I too get frustrated when characters act selfishly... other than that though sounds like one I'd enjoy. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    1. Hi Teresa! Yeah, obviously I agree with the selfish part. But I also try to remember that at 28 (you're not there yet, are you??) you're still growing and changing and figuring out your place in the world. I'm WELL past 28 and I'm still figuring it out. And sometimes our behavior is a bit egocentric during this process! LOL It's really a great read though!

    2. Hi Teresa and Brandee! Thanks so much commenting after reading Brandee's review, Teresa. I'd love to hear your thoughts if and when you had a chance to catch up with Sophie and Dan yourself... :-) Brandee, thanks for your lovely perspective. I really enjoyed reading your response to Teresa, as well as the entire review. Rock on!

  2. I'm not familiar with this series, but you know I'm interested. I'm glad you enjoyed Sophie's Turn so much. Great review, Brandee!

    1. Thanks, Andrea. This series is more a sweet romance than a steamy one, but as you can see I rather enjoyed it! ;) I think it's right up your alley! LOL

    2. Hi Andrea, thanks for stopping by and for your interest! I do hope you enjoy meeting Sophie and Dan and would love to hear your thoughts one day. :-)

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! The blurb makes me iffy about reading it, but I may have to give it a shot based on your review. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laureen! Yes, the blurb makes Sophie out to be a character you may not like...but I think it's takes talent to create a character who's choices may make us cringe, but we still end up liking him/her. And Ms. Wells accomplished this for me.

    2. Laureen, hi! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, I always love to hear people's reactions. Don't hesitate to let me know what you thought if you do get a chance to pick up the book one day! Brandee ~ I'm so glad Sophie came through for you in the end, that means the world. :-)


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