The erotic contemporary romance short story My Biggest Fan was released by Evernight Publishing in August 2013.
Cover art: Sour Cherry Designs. Models: Louis Bottone and Alynna Agnew
Shawn Torien is a handsome, arrogant bassist with the groove rock band Bloodless. At thirty four, he’s seen everything, been everywhere, and all is handed to him on a silver plate, groupies included.
His rock star attitude is questioned when the record company’s young webmistress Samantha joins the band to cover their life on the road. As she has crushed on Shawn for years, he takes great pleasure in teasing her and pushing her away… until he learns about the woman beneath the surface.
In November 2013, it became a semi-finalist in the Evernight Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 in two categories.
My undying love of rock music laid the grounds for this book. I’m a huge fan of KISS ~ Megadeth ~ Soundgarden ~ Rammstein ~ Aerosmith ~ Rage Against the Machine ~ L.A. Guns ~ Testament ~ Bulletboys ~ Marilyn Manson ~ Alice in Chains ~ Overkill ~ Faster Pussycat ~ Corrosion of Conformity ~ Mötley Crüe ~ Satyricon ~ The White Stripes ~ Skid Row ~ Foo Fighters ~ Annihilator ~ Thin Lizzy ~ Pantera… the list is endless! But the band that first pulled me into the wild, surreal world of rock in the early 80s was Metallica with their kick-ass debut album Kill ‘Em All.
Trivia: Shawn’s last name is the one of former Bulletboys vocalist Marq Torien! Love your voice, man.
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Either you don’t really know what you’re doing… or you have an incredible talent and understand the dynamics between man and woman better than anyone I know.
– a friend
ROCK ‘N’ ROMANCE!
Lea Bronsen has created an exciting, sexy romance and based it around one of my favourite things to see – a kick arse, sold-out-concert-with-mosh-pit rock band with attitude. The characters were easily identifiable, and I felt like I was getting a back stage look at any one of my favourite groups. The pace of the book didn’t let up for a minute and I couldn’t put it down. Despite my love of rock, the sections where the title comes into play were my favourite heart-melting moments and were a lovely surprise, especially from the male point of view. It was a refreshing view to read a romance from, and made the ending even more sweet. I’m really pleased when a book can leave a smile on my face, and My Biggest Fan by Lea Bronsen does just that.
– Michaela Miles
ROCKS MY SOCKS OFF!
I had the opportunity to beta read this story, and I gotta say, I LOVED IT. The writing was spot on, and more so, the story kept me engaged from start to finish. I hope she expands on this story and maybe gives us a glimpse into what they are doing in the future. Lea is an author who has officially earned her spot on my *stalking* list. Quick read, but one you def want to pick up. 🙂
– DC Stone
A bad boy who thinks he needs no one…until he meets the one. I love when the hero turns to mush. The writing is compelling descriptions vivid, and plot engaging. The story ends, leaving you wanting more.
– Cait Jarrod
FABULOUS SHORT STORY
My biggest fan is a fabulous short about rock star Shawn and the woman who captures his heart. Lea Bronsen’s vivid descriptions grabbed me and kept me completely immersed in the world of a man I wanted to hate but fell in love with. With the perfect amount of romance mixed with steamy, I was unable to put it down until the last page and left me wanting more.
– Kishan Paul
ROCK STAR? YES PLEASE!
I had a 30 minute wait at the mechanics last week, but the time flew by as I was able to start and finish Ms. Bronsen’s yummy rock star read. “My Biggest Fan” is quick and steamy– perfect for an afternoon diversion.
– Stephanie Moore
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I love bad boys and especially love romances that actually work through something and aren’t insta-love. And the epilogue was so sweet and really grounded the whole story.
– Marie Medina
This book was fun, sexy and touched my heart! And I thoroughly believe Shawn put the rock in rock star. 🙂
– Carlene Love Flores
If you want a romantic, steamy story to read then this is it. A rock star finally meets his match, in a young girl who refuses to give up on him. I highly recommend this book.
– Valerie Twombly
QUICK HIT! BEST BET!
Lea Bronsen delivers an entertaining and sexy quick read. If you’re looking for a good palate cleanser between longer novels this is an ideal choice! This being Lea’s first venture into romance, I’m excited to see what lies ahead for her. What a great start!
– Renea Mason
YOU NEED TO READ
This short read is your typical shy fan-girl gets it on with bad-boy punk rocker fantasy, and for what it is, the story supplied a perfect quick yarn that I could flatten in one sitting during my afternoon commute.
Shawn Torien is the epitome of entitlement; though he’s in his mid-thirties and has spent the past seventeen years partying hard, with all the trappings associated with his rock n roll lifestyle, he’s still got his good looks and sex appeal.
Okay, he is beyond arrogant, but then again, that can be expected. Shawn lives in the present, giving his fans – and a lucky number of groupies – exactly what they want. His life is a show and he is hollow inside, and that emptiness is beginning to bother him.
The record company has employed one of Shawn’s biggest fans as the band’s webmistress, and it’s clear that the moment Samantha joins the band on tour to play tagalong for a bit, that the young woman is completely star-struck. She’s one of those undying fans who’s looked toward Shawn’s music during her own dark patches as she’s grown into adulthood.
To give her some credit, she doesn’t fall for his dubious charms immediately, and though Shawn is adamant she’s not his type, he can’t deny that Samantha holds some sort of allure. Perhaps because of here fixation on him, she’s in a good position to understand him.
As a character, Shawn is a creature ruled by his passions, but he does redeem himself when he realizes the relationships that are the most important to him – his ailing mother and his new girlfriend. He is, however, very needy and spoilt – the not-so-nice side to him. But then again, I think there are many of us who’d secretly gravitate to such lads, if only in our dreams. He’s far from ideal as a love interest but he’s definitely a fun character.
The only issues I took with the story was that I felt that Bronsen could have improved the character development and, especially the dialogue, far more. She’s a strong writer but there are moments where the narrative is too fast. By fleshing out the handful of scenes between Shawn and his mother, as well as Shawn and Samantha, and looking for ways to increase the conflict, this little tale could have had a lot more impact, and be a little more than what it is – which is essentially a wish-fulfillment escape.
That considered, My Biggest Fan is a fun, romantic story worth considering. Bronsen’s love of music is evident and she offers us an entertaining fling that definitely brightened my day.
– Nerine Dorman for You Gotta Read Reviews
I really enjoyed this story. Once I got going, it was hard to put the book down.
– Janis Frisch
A SEXY READ
I enjoyed My Biggest Fan. The main character, Shawn, was your typical hard rocker that wanted the music and women. Enter Samantha, a young lady that works for his record label. She’s sweet and makes Shawn get his head out of the gutter. The writing was solid which is hard in first/present. The dialogue held true as did Shawn’s inner thoughts. He’s dirty, raunchy, and just the way we want our rockstars. My only complaint is I felt the sex scenes were a bit short. I felt like if anyone was going to kiss and tell, it’d be Shawn. I highly recommend this if you’re in the need for a quick read.
– Anais Morgan
I enjoyed this contemporary romance. I liked Samantha. She’s intelligent, strong and tough, but that is a good thing because she has to be to deal with such a complicated man as Shawn.
At first, I did not like Shawn. I thought he was a total jerk, but he kinda grew on me and I ended up liking him a lot. I could not help feeling sorry for him because even though he was surrounded by people, mainly women, he was still lonely. He did not have a special lady that he cared for and who felt the same way about him. I thought Samantha was a perfect match for him. She was compassionate and even though her life wasn’t perfect she was able to have deep feelings for him.
The love scenes between them are melting hot. This story contains very explicit love scenes and language.
– TRS for All Romance eBooks Cafe
Love a book with sexy as hell rockers. Shawn is a pain in the ass, womanizing, sexy bassist for the rock band Bloodless. Samantha is a sweet, cute, In love with Shawn and webmistress for his band. When they meet for the first time Samantha is smitten and Shawn wants to get laid. I loved the characters but thought the 180 with Shawn was a little too quick, one minute he doesn’t like Sam or want to kiss or have a girlfriend and the next he’s spending time with her, holding her hand, and falling for her. I enjoyed the book a lot just thought if it was longer it would have been that much better. There’s a lot of great secondary characters as well and would have liked to hear more about them. I enjoyed this book and would like to read more by this author.
– Nanee McGee for Up All Night Read All Day
Hot rock stars, fans and a good dose of sexy, what’s not to love?
Shawn Torien is a bass guitarist in rock band Bloodless. He’s gorgeous, arrogant and lives up to the reputation his fans expect of him.
My Biggest Fan is told in Shawn’s voice. Typical male he thinks of his cock and women, a lot, and we even get a description of him urinating. He keeps people waiting, rushes for no one and does his own thing. That is until he meets the band’s webmistress, Samantha. Then his thoughts turn to the fact that she’s on the road with them for a few days – oh, yeah, you just know how ‘that’s’ going to go!
Samantha already has a crush on Shawn, though I kind of wondered why, he doesn’t seem very likeable for the first portion of the book (he describes womens’ breasts as ‘huge melon’s and happily humps groupies).
But the relationship between Samantha and Shawn does grow (OT: I always prefer lead characters to have names beginning with different first letters but that’s just a thing of mine). He doesn’t find her particularly sexy to start with but their attraction blossoms as they get to know each other and he even describes her as a ‘friend’ which is a revelation for him as she’s female.
I warmed to Shawn a little more as I reached the half way mark, but when there’s a phone call with his mother in a care home and she’s in need of immediate help, I wasn’t impressed by how he handled it and that again turned me off him. Samantha however isn’t turned off and still wants a relationship with Shawn.
I felt there was a bit much going on for the word count of this book which is why I gave it half a star less than 4 which it could have had because the writing and plot are okay. Shawn wasn’t a bad man really, just complex and his niceness was buried beneath a lot of layers. With the present family issues and a bad childhood he’s a messed up soul. As for Samantha, she has burn scars on her chest from an abusive father – again it’s a part of the storyline that needed more attention in my opinion – and lost her mother at fifteen. A big pile of angst dropped into the dialogue when I least expected it and drew me out of the sexy.
My Biggest Fan is a rock ‘n’ roll read told from the rockstar’s voice. If you want to get in to the head of a sexy, mad, messed up guitarist this is your book.
– LAS for Long and Short Reviews