Book Review: ‘Falling Down’ by Anne Mercier


Title: Falling Down (Rockstar Book 1)

Published: 2nd September 2014

Author: Anne Mercier


Twitter: @Anne_Mercier




I was twelve when I started crushing on him.

I was seventeen when I met him by chance and our connection was made.

Now here I am, twenty-three, and I’m one of the two actresses in the video for his band’s latest single.

Jesse Kingston is a tall, dark, and gorgeous temptation I’m finding hard to resist. It ends up not being as simple as doing a job and going home. It can’t be when he continually makes his presence known with his not-so-innocent touches and sexy words. There is no avoiding him and after spending so much time with him, I’m not sure I want to.

So, when he proposes a weekend together, knowing I should say no, I throw caution to the wind and instead I say yes. I’m going to ignore the warning signs and do what I normally wouldn’t–I’m going to give in to my desire. I’m going to indulge my fantasies and give this sexy rocker what he wants and something he won’t forget–me.

The only question is: Is one weekend going to be enough? Will our time end up changing this bad boy? Or will it end up changing me?

*DISCLAIMER* This book contains remnants of a teenage crush. A straight-laced Hollywood actress. A sexy bad boy rockstar. Rockers who live and breathe sarcasm and sexual innuendos. Explicit wild monkey sex and dirty talk. Graphic language, frequent dropping of the F bomb, career changes, bossy parents, panty ripping, and rock n’ roll. Not for the faint of heart.


**This is a stand-alone novel with a HEA. No cliffhanger. **

Featured in Glamour and Elle magazines!


Interesting read about some hot rockers. Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Board – A book about music.

Lucy has had a fangirl crush on bad boy rocker Jesse since he began his career with Falling Down. A chance encounter at an airport sees her face to face with his hotness and very start struck in the process. She feels a connection almost immediately between them but thinks she is alone in it. Its not until years later when another chance encounter brings them face to face again that she finds out it went both ways.

Six years on and now a very famous actress, Lucy comes face to face with Jesse again, this time on a music video set. Have to say that I loved how it happened. Lucy and her sister Sera (though really her cousin) a famous model have been hired to be the dancers in a music video but neither have been told who the band is that they are working with. Everyone keeps telling them it’s going to be a surprise and it’s just that. After finishing getting ready for the shoot they have some time to kill so decide to have a jam session while no one is on set. It’s the first time that it’s mentioned that this is what they really want to do with their lives – be in a band that rocks. You can tell straight off that they are talented and wonder why they have been holding back on what they really want to do, later to find out that it was to make her mother happy. After jamming for a while they are half way through another song when another guitar suddenly starts up and someone starts singing the song along with Lucy. Jesse and the rest of the Falling Down band start in with the song helping them finish it off. Ever the professional they all continue until its finished even though Lucy is still shocked beyond compare with what’s happening. So much so that her first thought when she heard Jesses voice was that she thought she was going to pee her pants. She might have shown confidence while playing but the moment the song is over she turns into this shy creature that doesn’t know how to act around him. Then turning a little dumbstruck when Jesse calls her by her name seemingly to remember her from their encounter at the airport years before.

The chemistry between them is electric right from the start. Lucy may come off shy to begin with but that soon changes after spending some time together on and off the set. Jesse makes it very clear that he wants her and knows she wants him too. Lucy does come back with some great one liners to his comments but still wants to hold back with doing something – well at least until the shot is over that is. When Jesse finally gets her to his house after the shoot is done they end up having one hell of a hot time together. (Anne surely knows how to write some hot stuff, though whether its completely realistic is another thing entirely but hey when in fiction everything can be made better and last little longer!) Lucy knows that Jesses is known for being somewhat a manwhore and is trying to get her head around the fact that they will only be together for a short amount of time, as he doesn’t do relationships. After a weekend neither can forget though Jesse doesn’t want to give her up so easily. He along with the rest of the band decide to help Lucy and Sera get theirs together. Now the speed and ease at which everything came together for them seemed a little on the fast side. One minute Lucy and Sera are an actress and model and the next they are in a band waiting to create their album. They already had one friend joining them to be in the band so they just needed a drummer and base guitarist and two amazing people just happened to be around waiting for a new band to join. If you can get your head around the speed of it all happening then just go with the flow. I mean they do know a lot of the right people so it could happen like that if they are as talented as the book makes out.

Jesse can’t seem to let Lucy go even though he doesn’t really know how to do relationships. When the press gets wind of her leaving acting and dating him they become so bad that she has to leave her place. His first suggestion is that they all stay at his place with the rest of Falling Down – it’s like a thirty room mansion so I think he had the room. Lucy isn’t too keen on the idea at first and its not until Sera and later Ben (Jesses brother) step in and pretty much have the conversation for them that Jesse finds out its because Lucy doesn’t want to come face to face with his groupies. Jesse is quick to point out that he wants her and her alone – with his brother help as well though. A little weird at first that they are speaking about them as if they weren’t in the room when they where (which happens a few times throughout) but if you hold out and keep reading then you will see why both of them would be so protective of their family – especially with what happened to Lucy in the past.

Rocker boys Falling Down meet their match when Blush is formed and it’s decided that they should go on tour with them as their opening act (something else that seems to happen with such ease), convenient but cool. Means that Jesse gets to keep Lucy around longer but is he willing to let go of his rocker ways with the groupies and his ‘regulars’? Lucy doesn’t like being lied to so he really has to watch out what he agrees to with her, do the wrong thing and you get the feeling she will bolt quicker than he can blink.

I loved the closeness between Lucy and Sera; they are more like sisters than cousins. Sassy women who say what is on their minds no matter what when maybe they should hold back a little bit – boobsweat is all I’m going to say! A lot of characters are introduced in this first book and if you can name them all, with whom they are in relation to each other as well, then good on you. Some are more miner characters that might make more of an impression later on in the series. They all seemed to click very quickly and you get the impression that they will have your back no matter what. Fun read though, with a lot of hot sex scenes throughout, and a great starting off point for the series as a whole. Will be interesting to see how the dynamics of everyone will evolve when they are all out on tour together. It could turn into one bumpy ride.


4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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