Thursday, January 23, 2014

BACK UP (Back Up #1) by A.M. Madden: Review & Giveaway

BACK UP  (Back Up #1)

Warning: This book is meant for mature readers who are 18+. It contains explicit language, and graphic sexual content. 


Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch. 

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. He’s living the perfect life, and enjoying every minute of it. With a steady stream of sexual conquests that satisfies his raging libido, he thinks he has all he needs in life…until Leila enters it. 

Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option. 

An intimate moment causes their willpower to collapse, and their erotic love affair to begin. Finding love was a bonus that neither Jack nor Leila anticipated. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life couldn’t be any better for the couple. Until a mistake from Jack’s past threatens their new relationship, and their perfect future together.


Back Up by A.M Madden wasn't the typical rocker story I was expecting, instead of jumping into a band on tour the reader gets to peak behind the workings of Devil's Lair and follow the guys as they prepare for the tour and rehearse with a new back ground vocalist.  This was interesting, you never get to see how a band comes together with a new addition before a tour and I like that different "take" on a rocker romance.

Leila and Jack were two very talented singers and their chemistry was off the charts!  A.M. Madden did a wonderful job letting us get to know these characters and letting the characters get to know each other.  Back Up is a story that has a great cast of characters, you get to know about Leila's bandmates and friends and then the boys of Devil's Lair.  I will admit it took a bit for me to understand who was who and keep all these characters straight, but once I had it sorted it was nice to see how all the characters interacted and related to each other.

Back Up was a good start to a new series even though it tended to drag in pacing at points (I think there might have been too many life changing things happening to the characters all at once).  I knew this was a series going in so I wasn't surprised that we didn't get a complete/finished story, but I was surprised that the series is going to follow just Jack and Leila, with all the characters I was hoping for a series that focused on a different bandmate in each book (like The Black Falcon series).  Regardless, A.M. Madden definitely gave Jack and Leila a lot to handle in their upcoming tour!

If you are a fan of rocker romances without all the mind numbing, angst/fighting/crazy drama then Back Up would be a great series to pick up!

Front & Center (book 2 in the series) will be released on February 18, 2014!

A.M. Madden, Independent Author of the Back-up Series.
A.M. Madden's debut novel Back-up is the first in a series of three. Book two, Front & Center and book three, Encore are both scheduled for release in early 2014.
A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.
A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while working a full time job and raising teenage boys.
A.M. Madden is a Goodreads Author and can be contacted on Facebook, twitter, or at