REVIEW: The Resistance by S. L. Scott
Dear Ms. Scott:
I enjoy the rock star romance fantasy but I know it’s not for everyone. The Resistance is a familiar story. Bad boy rock star seeks normal girl Jenny from the Block who will see past his stage persona to the real person underneath his tattoos and scowls. What sets this book apart from others is the heroine’s agency.
Holliday Hughes is the creator of the internet sensation “Bite Me Lime”, a sarcastic animated fruit which I took to be a riff off The Annoying Orange. It’s made her internet famous and fairly well off.
At a conference in Law Vegas, Holli is seeking refuge from conference activities at the bar when she realizes she forgot her purse. The bartender jokes that he won’t card her this time but a stranger pretends to be an undercover agent and tells her he’s going to have to see her license.
The setup is cute but problematic. What woman who realizes she doesn’t have her purse doesn’t immediately go and get it? That she was forced to do so seemed very weird. Second, she doesn’t recognize the stranger even though he turns out to be the lead singer of one of the most famous rock bands of the current period. I’d believe this more if she wasn’t a fan of the music but she is. The lack of recognition bothered me less than the purse though.
Holli and the stranger who calls himself Jack Dalton go up to his room, a penthouse suite at the Vegas hotel, because Holli’s interested enough to have a one night stand or even a vacation fling. It was refreshing to see a heroine who’s sexually adventurous not being painted as a slut. Instead she came off as confident and knowing. She wanted to have sex with Jack and she wasn’t afraid to go after what she wanted.
Because Holli had a successful business in her own right, it was easy to see how she’d be able to weather a relationship with moody Jack Dalton. The reader doesn’t know much about Jack even though there are a few scenes from his point of view sprinkled throughout the story. We know that he’s good with a line, good in bed, and projects just enough of a hint of vulnerability to keep Holli interested.
Their relationship is largely sexual from the beginning even though Jack wants to pursue something emotional–that’s the reason he gives for his subterfuge. The heart of the story is how a relationship can form and thrive in a rock star’s world. I liked that Jack was presented as a tender, but often presumptuous person. He lived a life in which his every need is catered to and he fed off the adoration of fans. That seemed very realistic to me. He was disgruntled when Holli didn’t fly off and meet him on his different tour venues, that she wouldn’t give up her job and career to be with him.
There was one particular scene in which a male friend of Holli’s brings her and her staff lunch while at a trade show and Jack shows up incensed. He doesn’t understand what the big deal was about the lunch delivery and he could have had lunch delivered. Holli points out it was the thoughtfulness of the gesture, not just the delivery of the lunch.
Both Holli and Jack have to learn to readjust what their expectations are of a partner, particularly a life partner. In the end, it is Holli who has to decide whether she can be with someone who is often on the road, moody and temperamental who doesn’t live in the ordinary world.
I definitely could see why Jack not only loved Holli but needed her. He needed someone stable and confident to lean on. Jack was a little more mysterious to me. Sure, he was a sexy and famous rock star but was he good enough for Holli? Sometimes I wasn’t so sure and that’s probably why I’d give this a B-. I would have liked more on why the two fell in love rather than had just a physical connection.
It’s a very sexy story and if a reader enjoys he rock star hero fantasy (and I do) then it’s definitely one I’d recommend.