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USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Robbins returns with a scorching second chance, age-gap love story about a Rock God and his muse. I know what I want. So when opportunity knocked, I took it. I grabbed my shot, willing to do anything to make it happen. From the beginning, I knew I was destined to be with the six-foot-four, bourbon-eyed Rock God. Only back in the early da USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Robbins returns with a scorching second chance, age-gap love story about a Rock God and his muse. I know what I want. So when opportunity knocked, I took it. I grabbed my shot, willing to do anything to make it happen. From the beginning, I knew I was destined to be with the six-foot-four, bourbon-eyed Rock God. Only back in the early days he wasn’t a god. Rhys Granger was my brother’s friend, the boy next door who wrote verses and played his guitar in our garage. He was talented. Exciting. Damaged. The kind of guy who made all the girls cry… Except for me. I thought I was special. Turns out I’m not. And now… I despise him. He’s the lead singer of the Stuffed Muffins, one of the biggest bands in the world, with dark hair, full lips, and a body to die for. Unfortunately, he’s a dick. Not that I care anymore. I have my own career. I’m successful in my own right. So, when offered another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I turn it down. But the universe has other plans, and I’m forced back into the savagely glamorous world of rock ‘n’ roll. Thrust into battling his seductive smile, his dangerous kisses, and my own addictive needs. He might be a Rock God, but he’s also a man. And I’m the woman he never saw coming. ---- Get your VIP pass to the hottest world tour this year. Rise is a complete standalone in the Rock God series. Stage dive straight into Rhys and Gia’s uncontrollable attraction. With appearances from beloved past characters, this is my most scorching book yet. *Not responsible for broken or spontaneous combustion of your e-reader.*


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USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Robbins returns with a scorching second chance, age-gap love story about a Rock God and his muse. I know what I want. So when opportunity knocked, I took it. I grabbed my shot, willing to do anything to make it happen. From the beginning, I knew I was destined to be with the six-foot-four, bourbon-eyed Rock God. Only back in the early da USA Today bestselling author Cassandra Robbins returns with a scorching second chance, age-gap love story about a Rock God and his muse. I know what I want. So when opportunity knocked, I took it. I grabbed my shot, willing to do anything to make it happen. From the beginning, I knew I was destined to be with the six-foot-four, bourbon-eyed Rock God. Only back in the early days he wasn’t a god. Rhys Granger was my brother’s friend, the boy next door who wrote verses and played his guitar in our garage. He was talented. Exciting. Damaged. The kind of guy who made all the girls cry… Except for me. I thought I was special. Turns out I’m not. And now… I despise him. He’s the lead singer of the Stuffed Muffins, one of the biggest bands in the world, with dark hair, full lips, and a body to die for. Unfortunately, he’s a dick. Not that I care anymore. I have my own career. I’m successful in my own right. So, when offered another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I turn it down. But the universe has other plans, and I’m forced back into the savagely glamorous world of rock ‘n’ roll. Thrust into battling his seductive smile, his dangerous kisses, and my own addictive needs. He might be a Rock God, but he’s also a man. And I’m the woman he never saw coming. ---- Get your VIP pass to the hottest world tour this year. Rise is a complete standalone in the Rock God series. Stage dive straight into Rhys and Gia’s uncontrollable attraction. With appearances from beloved past characters, this is my most scorching book yet. *Not responsible for broken or spontaneous combustion of your e-reader.*

30 review for Rise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Yan

    Can someone tell me My gosh this book!!!! 🥵 It's definitely one of those you wouldn't want to read in public or one you can't resist and just read it wherever you are but not without constantly looking over your shoulder to ensure no one is reading with you or looking at you with their judgy eyes. 👀 RISE is the first book in Rock God series by Cassandra Robbins. It feels like it's been forever and a minute since I've added this book to my TBR, frequently visiting her GR and FB pages willing for it Can someone tell me My gosh this book!!!! 🥵 It's definitely one of those you wouldn't want to read in public or one you can't resist and just read it wherever you are but not without constantly looking over your shoulder to ensure no one is reading with you or looking at you with their judgy eyes. 👀 RISE is the first book in Rock God series by Cassandra Robbins. It feels like it's been forever and a minute since I've added this book to my TBR, frequently visiting her GR and FB pages willing for its release date to come sooner than later. Finally, it's here and it did not disappoint!🥺 This series is a crossover from The Disciples series which I loved so much. 🖤🖤🖤 What to expect.. 🎙️ Age-gap, second-chance romance (10 years) 🎙️ Hot, sexy, dangerously good-looking, possessive Rockstar hero 🔥 🎙️ A very determined heroine (view spoiler)[ She first fell in love with the hero when she was 7 years old and he was 17. It's more of a childhood crush really and I found it cute for her to proclaim with utter resolve that she's the one he's going to marry and have babies with in the future. 😂 At the time, he only sees her as his best friend's annoying little sister and nothing else. 11 years later, they meet again (or more like she chased and followed him to finally be with him). Talk about real manifestation of a childhood dream. lol (hide spoiler)] 🎙️ Steamy and embarrassingly swoon-worthy smut scenes 🤑 🎙️ Equally attractive & lovable side characters 🎙️ Interesting portrayal of the life of a famous rockstar 🎙️ Moments that would make you sigh & have heart-eyes😍 🎙️ ...and scenes that would frustrate the hell out of you and make you cry. 🥺 Seriously... more than the smut, it's the heartache embedded in the story of RHYS and GIA that made this book such a page-turner for me. Even as their past is being told where they're happily in love together, you'd feel an underlying tension awaiting to burst their bubble and destroy what they fought to have. I loved how a moment in Rhys' past sort of foreshadowed an event in their future, something that he would have to regularly worry about because of his lifestyle and wayward ways. And boy, did it break them.💔 Their story is gripping. It felt all too real and all-consuming. There's just SO.MUCH.FEELS. I can't even begin to decipher how Rhys survives his every day life as the lead of Stuffed Muffins (I'll get to their band name later on). Each day for him and his bandmates is the same as yesterday and the day before that: wake up with a hangover, reach for a bottle of booze, light up a cigarette or perhaps smoke a joint, fondle a groupie or two, go to rehearsal, perform, get wasted, pass out... repeat all over again. It's a stream of endless flights. A blurry of hotel rooms. Back-to-back concerts. Crowds of faceless people. Nights fading into days. So much booze. Different drugs. And sex is just everywhere for them, literally. Rhys, Ammo, Cash, and Nuke aka The Stuffed Muffins are experts in compartmentalizing their lives. Their personalities and the mystery shrouding each of them were beautifully written and I really felt all the emotions. In this book, it was portrayed how fame, success and wealth can only take you so far until you give up and just let life happen only to realize it's not even gotten you near where happiness is. 😟 Like I said, this book is so full of angst and is a really great intro to the Rock Gods. 🎙️🎸 I can't wait to delve further into the lives of the rest of the Stuffed Muffins and read more of Rhys and Gia's HEA. 🖤 P.S. Why Stuffed Muffins? I was wondering myself and I was kinda disappointed to not find any explanation from this book. However, I was directed to a free novella that's supposed to cover the beginnings of the band back when they were just called The Dicks (ikr? lol). Click the spoiler only if you don't mind not reading said novella because it just basically tells the story behind the name. I'm telling you now though... it's nothing deep and it may even generate an expression of 😳 or 🤢. (view spoiler)[So... Axel (Gia's brother) and Rhys was on their bikes doing a tour, they stopped at a sty of a motel somewhere in the Mojave Desert. And in one of their moments of debauchery, after they did the act with a girl (yes, a threesome), Rhys sort of had an epiphany upon glancing at the woman's butt after said act. I'll leave it to your imagination how he came about the name. Just know that what he saw looked exactly as that - a "muffin" stuffed with something that's white and rhymes with rum. Brilliant, right?😈 (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Romantic Rush Blog

    Talk about ANGST- Rise is overflowing with it. From their unforgettable and forbidden beginning to their ensuing chaos, Rhys and Gia are nothing short of steamy, emotional turbulence. But boy are they compelling-the reckless, sinful rockstar and his bold and devoted muse. These two have a chemistry and an intensity that is practically a palpable beat-an arresting melody just thrumming off every page. What a wild and entertaining journey these two take- a story befitting these two uniquely daring Talk about ANGST- Rise is overflowing with it. From their unforgettable and forbidden beginning to their ensuing chaos, Rhys and Gia are nothing short of steamy, emotional turbulence. But boy are they compelling-the reckless, sinful rockstar and his bold and devoted muse. These two have a chemistry and an intensity that is practically a palpable beat-an arresting melody just thrumming off every page. What a wild and entertaining journey these two take- a story befitting these two uniquely daring, but guarded, souls. Completely consuming from start to finish! This is a story told in parallels- past and present, desire and fear, risk and safety. It all begins in a garage- one full of unrealized hopes and dreams and a childhood crush, with a teenager who later finds himself as a Rock God, the bad boy front man of the (hopefully ironically named) Stuffed Muffins and his best friend’s much younger littler sister that idolizes him. Years later Rhys has even more fans, but his one true fan remains the now grown up Gia. Armed with naive courage and years of longing, she decides she’s finally going to land her leading man as she cleverly engineers her way to being on tour with the band- and sparks fly. But these two have a love story that is far from serene- heartbreak, toxic mistrust, mistakes, and misunderstandings combat with their undeniable need for each other. This is a couple that takes years, and multiple chances to get it right. Rhys is just delicious- edgy, a bit broken, controlling, and obsessive, he’s the quintessential rocker alpha. Parts of him are deeply flawed, like his selfishness and his emotional repression, yet he has a magnetic charisma and a hardened vulnerability that makes him as endearing as he is frustrating. And Gia is just fantastic- she has a youthful vitality and optimism that make her shockingly bold. I loved her fire- her sass and resilience and fortitude. But, she has a soft and open heart- one that beats for Rhys. And soon, she learns that his heart beats for us too. But their age gap and familial challenges are the only sources of conflict between them. Cassandra leans into the trope, and the rockstar lifestyle- drugs, groupies, scandals, press, artistic demands, and travel- all work in concert to try to dismantle their fragile but intense beginnings. Things are just complicated- and when their feelings are already complicated it’s a recipe for a really messy situation….and MESSY it is. While I didn’t always understand their choices, I loved how Cassandra stayed true to them. These are two people trying to figure out how to love each other under extraordinary circumstances, when they both have some baggage. That’s not easy- and while at times I wanted to shake them to just trust each other, to just TALK IT OUT, I just had to sit back and let these two beat to their own drum. Their intensity, their chaos, because both are a bit lost. Rhys has lost his real self and been replaced by the rockgod, and Gia has somehow found an existence that only matters when she’s loved by Rhys. Their own struggles and their unhealthy foundation makes for explosive emotions and riveting chemistry, but also for mounds and mounds of angst. The longing, the push and pull, the irrational draw to each other. But the magic is that they find each other not just in each other’s hearts, but also by breaking them- a painful journey that has them figuring out how to refind themselves just as much as trying to refind their way to each other. And, an added bonus, is we get loads of character cameos along the way to spice up the story- especially since Gia just so happens to be the little sister of Disciples MC’S Axel. Now that’s one brother you don’t want to cross. There’s a lot of drama, so much angst, but oh my is this book sexy. Rhys is a poet with his dirty mouth, and I loved watching him corrupt and own the feisty Gia. But I also loved their soulful connection- they quite literally consume each other, so much so it’s hard to understand how one heart beats without the other. But that’s their journey- figuring out how to survive without each other, in order to figure out how to survive WITH each other. Two hearts beating as one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Robbins

    Who's ready to meet the Rock God and his muse?! Who's ready to meet the Rock God and his muse?!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serena Akeroyd

    When you give a character the nickname of ROCK GOD, you have a lot to live up to. Cassandra more than lived up to it. Granger. Is. Everything. Un-put-down-able!!! 5 stars!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rea

    Two things about Rise that I think are the most important for anyone reading to know. 1) If you’re not looking to become pregnant…..wrap it up. This one is so hot, sexy and steamy I’m convinced it could create some immaculate conceptions. Or just make you really go jump on your significant other. So remember that! 2) You’re going to want to pad your ereaders. The Rock God is going to put you through every layer of emotion you could even imagine. And for a large portion you’ll be torn between thr Two things about Rise that I think are the most important for anyone reading to know. 1) If you’re not looking to become pregnant…..wrap it up. This one is so hot, sexy and steamy I’m convinced it could create some immaculate conceptions. Or just make you really go jump on your significant other. So remember that! 2) You’re going to want to pad your ereaders. The Rock God is going to put you through every layer of emotion you could even imagine. And for a large portion you’ll be torn between throwing your kindle across the room or stroking it. That’s the facts. Cassandra brought us into a new world with The Stuffed Muffins and I am their newest #1 fan! The history you get of these characters in the first half of Rise is so well done, it’s an epic love story told from young to hardened and weathered. And the peeks we get of our favorite Disciples and TSM characters in their younger years is almost my favorite thing about Rise! Because In actuality, Gia Ana Fontaine is my favorite. A woman after my own heart. Strong, vulnerable, a subtle naivety, who knows herself (even when she doubts herself)! Like in her previous books before, Cassandra writes my absolute favorite females of all time!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annette Brignac

    This is one of my TOP Rockstar Reads EVER!!!!!! Y’all aren’t ready. This book… THIS. BOOK. This story is just PHENOMENAL! Cassandra is going to break your heart and put you back together. These characters and this world… This is a place I would love to visit. I am beyond obsessed with everything Rhys Granger and The Stuffed Muffins and want Gia to be one of my best friends. And let me tell you... my Kindle almost melted quite a few times. The chemistry is OFF THE CHARTS HOT with these two. And I'm This is one of my TOP Rockstar Reads EVER!!!!!! Y’all aren’t ready. This book… THIS. BOOK. This story is just PHENOMENAL! Cassandra is going to break your heart and put you back together. These characters and this world… This is a place I would love to visit. I am beyond obsessed with everything Rhys Granger and The Stuffed Muffins and want Gia to be one of my best friends. And let me tell you... my Kindle almost melted quite a few times. The chemistry is OFF THE CHARTS HOT with these two. And I'm not talking about your average off the charts hot... I'm talking about the sun is no competition for these two. I. LOVE. THEM. Get ready to be immersed in the gritty and beautiful world of Rock n’ Roll… This is ABSOLUTELY Rockstar Romance at its finest.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    Where to begin?? You know how almost everyone has that "safe" author. It doesn't matter what they write you know you are going to like it. Well, Cassandra is one of my "safe" authors. And boy she didn't dissapoint. Rise, book number 1 in the Rock God Series. Rhys Granger, oh God. I repeat once again, fictional male characters written by a woman.🤭 David was my number one damaged boy, but Rhys can join him anytime and three of us can be happy forever. 😉🤤 also get the feel a certain band memeber wil Where to begin?? You know how almost everyone has that "safe" author. It doesn't matter what they write you know you are going to like it. Well, Cassandra is one of my "safe" authors. And boy she didn't dissapoint. Rise, book number 1 in the Rock God Series. Rhys Granger, oh God. I repeat once again, fictional male characters written by a woman.🤭 David was my number one damaged boy, but Rhys can join him anytime and three of us can be happy forever. 😉🤤 also get the feel a certain band memeber will join the party as well. This man, THIS MAN!!! He is filthy, hot as a sin and a Rock God (duh). I'm not spoiling, but you will love him. Trust me. And the heroine, damn, Gia, baby girl. She is so fierce and wasn't afraid to go for what she wants. And who knows me, knows that I will always and I really mean always prefer a feisty heroine, so this book was a candy treat for me.😌😌 To give a book 5 stars, the book has to give it all. The great characters, good plot and all the feels. And yes, this book has it all.💫😌 My Kindle highlights are on fire🔥🤣, probably more than the half of the book is highlighted and filled with bookmarks. I really can't wait for the release day to discuss it with the world🍀 And this book wasn't just great because of the explosive story and a heart-breaking journey of the two main characters, but because of the all side characters😄😏 Tea time, drama and angst so be preaperd. Some scenes took me by surprise. There are so many possibilites for future books and I honestly don't know whose story I want first.  Who am I kidding, I do, I have been bugging Cass about him for forever now😂😂and of course I spamed her with questions. "I take a breath. One. Two. Three. " This book was an emotinal rollercoaster, I cried, laughed and raged, that good it was. The Stuffed Muffins forever🔥 Arc provided for a review💖

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mandy’s Book Reviews

    Ladies don’t sleep on this book it’s so freaking amazing Rhys is literally everything this is going down as one of the best books I’ve read this year! Cassandra’s writing is phenomenal she never fails to have me laughing crying and swooning all in one and the steam holy hell it’s so freaking hot ! This story definitely gave me all the damn feels ! This is one of the best rockstar romances I’ve read! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    3.75 stars This was a well written story about a raw, gritty, angsty and messy love between an h who’d grown up loving the H. He was a neighbour and best friends with her older brother. The brother and H were 9 when the h was born. The h knew she loved the H and would marry him at 7 years of age. The H becomes an international rock god and the h a renowned photographer. They reconnect after years apart and both feel the pull and spark between them. The presence and claims of groupies and distrust a 3.75 stars This was a well written story about a raw, gritty, angsty and messy love between an h who’d grown up loving the H. He was a neighbour and best friends with her older brother. The brother and H were 9 when the h was born. The h knew she loved the H and would marry him at 7 years of age. The H becomes an international rock god and the h a renowned photographer. They reconnect after years apart and both feel the pull and spark between them. The presence and claims of groupies and distrust and the general rock lifestyle get in the way when the h is 18 and H 27. Years later, when the h is 25, they reconnect again. Both have been with others. The h still harbours a grudge but the spark is too much to ignore. There is a lot of alcohol and drugs consumed by the band. Future books of the band will be interesting to see how the band members tackle their demons. There is some pull and push between the H and the h but just when the H feels confident they are settled, the h’s best friend gets in her ear to unsettle her about the relationship and she runs…again. The H is reminded of his mum running when he was younger and is devastated. The h is also devastated and is due to be at her brother’s wedding. She barely pulls it together for the ceremony. The wedding and the guests Were a segue that was filled with messy scenes but I suppose it was a set up for future books and a way for readers to connect with characters from previous books. Both the H and h had been miserable without each other so the H and his band decided to do something big about it. The H decides to win back the h with inspiration from John Cusack. Overall a solid read but I did get a bit of whiplash with all of the push and pull at times.

  10. 4 out of 5

    PP's Bookshelf

    Cassandra Robbins just knocked it out of the park in Rise. It was one of the hottest, most sinful and most emotional rockstar romance I have read in the long long time. Rhys is the proverbial broken bad boy rock god who made me hate him and then love him and then break for him spectacularly. And Gia is the fierce heroine with softest heart who just won my heart completely. And their journey full of rock and roll entertainment, sizzling hot chemistry and angsty feels was perfectly imperfect. Gian Cassandra Robbins just knocked it out of the park in Rise. It was one of the hottest, most sinful and most emotional rockstar romance I have read in the long long time. Rhys is the proverbial broken bad boy rock god who made me hate him and then love him and then break for him spectacularly. And Gia is the fierce heroine with softest heart who just won my heart completely. And their journey full of rock and roll entertainment, sizzling hot chemistry and angsty feels was perfectly imperfect. Gian Fontaine loved Rhys Granger long before he became the rock god and his band The Stuffed Muffins became rock sensation. But she is off limits because she is his best friend ( and now the VP of Disciples MC) Axel's sister. Their paths collided and heartbreak happened. Gia was completely destroyed when she made a plan of elaborate lies to go on a tour with them and Rhys ends everything. Now they are face to face again after eight long years and this time, Rhys won't let her run. This was more than a rockstar romance. A bit for forbidden thrill of age gap and best Friend's sister. The pain of second chance romance. The thrill and depth of a romance spanning across time and cities. Rhys always had issues. He is an egomaniac ,overbearing, eccentric and reckless artist. His early life was dark and desolate. Music is the only thing that saved him. He still holds that idea of being not good enough and the fear of being left. And that brings on the self destructive part of his personality. He loves music but rock god status comes with a lot of baggages. The fame. The addiction. The debauchery. The pressure. The groupies and fans sucking out everything. And Rhys embraced it grandly and lost himself piece by piece. Then came Gia with her goodness and her innocence and her beauty and above all, her fire. She didn't let him act his usual arrogant ahole alpha everytime ( except behind doors). She challenged him and forced him to see how much they need each other. I just love this sassy and fierce girl .Their connection is explosive and soul deep. She is his muse and he is her only love. I could literally feel my heart breaking and drowning in feels slowly. It was a powerhouse of emotions and I am swept away by it. The rockstar life put their love to taste. And they failed and got hurt but finally they had their happily ever after! Cassandra Robbins knows how to hit me with feels and melt me with steam. Rise was just an amazing rockstar romance and one of my top 2021 read. I reviewed an early copy voluntarily

  11. 5 out of 5

    Intel Chicky Reads Romance (Kara Merideth)

    Good Lord, what an emotional roller coaster ride! Cassandra Robbins has a special way of ripping your heart out and slowly putting it back together again. And then having us come back for more and more. What a wonderful story with a ton of great character development. Rhys and Gia are just super real. You don’t always like them in the story, but you always love them. Rhys is completely obsessed with Gia. He’s jealous, he’s possessive, and maybe just a little insane. She is his muse. Gia has alwa Good Lord, what an emotional roller coaster ride! Cassandra Robbins has a special way of ripping your heart out and slowly putting it back together again. And then having us come back for more and more. What a wonderful story with a ton of great character development. Rhys and Gia are just super real. You don’t always like them in the story, but you always love them. Rhys is completely obsessed with Gia. He’s jealous, he’s possessive, and maybe just a little insane. She is his muse. Gia has always known she wanted Rhys ever since she was seven and he was 17. She’s a little immature, but nobody’s doormat. She’s sweet and feels everything. When they’re together they’re incendiary. All the fire. All the drama. Ugh, it was great! Completely out of the ball park! Rise is the first book in Cassandra Robbins Rock God series and can be read as a standalone. It is connected to her Disciples MC series, but not required reading to enjoy. Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Trope: Second chance romance Angst: 😰😰😰😰😰 Smexy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Triggers: drug and alcohol abuse

  12. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    A Great Rock Romance First, I have to say that I love this author’s work and I was so happy when I seen that she had written this rock romance. This book took off running from the very beginning and kept me enthralled until the very end. Gia was ten years younger than Rhys but let him know when she was just seven years old that she was going to marry him someday. This book was full of angst and sure brought the heat. I can’t speak highly enough of this book and this is just the beginning to a rock A Great Rock Romance First, I have to say that I love this author’s work and I was so happy when I seen that she had written this rock romance. This book took off running from the very beginning and kept me enthralled until the very end. Gia was ten years younger than Rhys but let him know when she was just seven years old that she was going to marry him someday. This book was full of angst and sure brought the heat. I can’t speak highly enough of this book and this is just the beginning to a rock romance series that I can’t wait to devour.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    If you love the wild, hedonistic lifestyle of rockers- sex, drugs, and rock and roll- then this is the book for you. Cocky, talented, and every young girl's dream Rhys Granger is the ultimate Rock God. With Rise, Cassandra Robbins brings us a new adventure with the wild boys of The Stuffed Muffins. She always brings us a well-written story filled with angsty goodness, heartwrenching moments, and passion that will set the pages on fire. Rise is no different. From a young age, Gia knew who and what If you love the wild, hedonistic lifestyle of rockers- sex, drugs, and rock and roll- then this is the book for you. Cocky, talented, and every young girl's dream Rhys Granger is the ultimate Rock God. With Rise, Cassandra Robbins brings us a new adventure with the wild boys of The Stuffed Muffins. She always brings us a well-written story filled with angsty goodness, heartwrenching moments, and passion that will set the pages on fire. Rise is no different. From a young age, Gia knew who and what she wanted, and it was Rhys Granger. Even after years, that fact never changed until she decided to make him hers. Rise is their tumultuous and rocky journey. I loved the brother's best friend aspect of the story. I loved the tension between the characters, and having a juicy bit of Axel in this story made it all the better! These two will test your patience and often have you wanting to shake some sense into them. The sex is off the charts, but I will admit at times, I wished they would've resisted the urge and had a conversation. Gia frustrated me at times. I didn't always understand her logic or way of thinking but ultimately I loved these two together. It was great seeing a glimpse of previous characters from her other series and seeing how their lives intertwined over the years. I didn't feel that "brotherly" connection between the band members. While they had each other's back in public, there was a hint of tension and drama between the members behind the scenes. It was intriguing, not typical of other bands I've read about. Stories we haven't yet heard maybe? I'm curious about that. I hope to see the connection between members grow as the series progresses. I'm excited to read the other members' stories as they face their demons and find love. Ammo particularly has grabbed my attention. So many roads have been opened with this one book, with potential storylines and characters, and I cannot wait to see which fork we take for our next Cassandra Robbins adventure. All in all, this was a good read with a few shocks and surprises along the way. If you love rockstars, definitely give this one a try.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kylee

    Rise is what your heart rate will do along with the temperature of your skin as you are captivated in the world of Rock God. Rhys and Gia's story will consume your every thought as the angst and emotions overtake you. The sex scenes will have you nearly combusting as the authors words have you feeling every sensual moment between these two. The chemistry is electric and the sparks fly from the pages. As the passion, chemistry and drama play out between these two you will fall hopelessly in love Rise is what your heart rate will do along with the temperature of your skin as you are captivated in the world of Rock God. Rhys and Gia's story will consume your every thought as the angst and emotions overtake you. The sex scenes will have you nearly combusting as the authors words have you feeling every sensual moment between these two. The chemistry is electric and the sparks fly from the pages. As the passion, chemistry and drama play out between these two you will fall hopelessly in love with this couple. A story that wraps its way around you so tightly that you just don't want to let go. One of the best rock star books I have read in a long time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    T'Odes

    Goodreads where my negative rating at? Seriously, get that developed so we don't get lame ass books like this in our recommendations! It would be remiss of me not to pass on that this book is total crap....total! Goodreads where my negative rating at? Seriously, get that developed so we don't get lame ass books like this in our recommendations! It would be remiss of me not to pass on that this book is total crap....total!

  16. 5 out of 5

    MissPetiteBrunetteBookBlog

    Oh, Rhys! Get ready for a love/hate relationship with this bad boy!! Rhys Granger is Gia Fontaine’s brothers best friend…a rock god…and a total pain in her well, you know. She used to have a huge crush on him when she was younger and he wasn’t a huge star but nothing lasts forever or does it? When Gia gets the chance to photograph none other than Rhys and his band, The Stuffed Muffins, she takes it and her chance to make him see her more than just a child. Rock stars, drama, broken hearts and ev Oh, Rhys! Get ready for a love/hate relationship with this bad boy!! Rhys Granger is Gia Fontaine’s brothers best friend…a rock god…and a total pain in her well, you know. She used to have a huge crush on him when she was younger and he wasn’t a huge star but nothing lasts forever or does it? When Gia gets the chance to photograph none other than Rhys and his band, The Stuffed Muffins, she takes it and her chance to make him see her more than just a child. Rock stars, drama, broken hearts and everything in between is what you’ll get in this fast paced, rock star romance. Told in both the past and present so you get the full picture and maybe you’ll even get some Disciples cameos too! Buckle up…you’re in for a wild ride. Rhys can make anyone want to sin with him! Oh and…He.Is.Pierced! 😉 I just cannot say enough about the brilliance that is this story! The characters and the true to life rock world will keep you engaged the whole time reading. I need to see the other band members get their stories told ASAP. A definite top read of 2021! Told in dual POV 📸 Teaser Collage by Miss Petite Brunette Book Blog

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jess_Book_Basement

    Raw, gritty, all-consuming love. The kind where you need the other person in your life to function, be a whole person, they are the air that you breathe! The kind of love you only get from dating a tortured, forsaken, rockstar genius. This is definitely that kind of story and I am 100% here for it! Rise was a tragic emotional tale between Rhys (Rock God) and Gia (Axel from Ignite younger sister). From a very young age, Gia was convinced they were meant to be together so she embarked on a journey Raw, gritty, all-consuming love. The kind where you need the other person in your life to function, be a whole person, they are the air that you breathe! The kind of love you only get from dating a tortured, forsaken, rockstar genius. This is definitely that kind of story and I am 100% here for it! Rise was a tragic emotional tale between Rhys (Rock God) and Gia (Axel from Ignite younger sister). From a very young age, Gia was convinced they were meant to be together so she embarked on a journey to make Rhys truly see her and not a 7yo girl. Rhys self-loathing and reckless rockstar lifestyle did not lend itself to a stable relationship especially with vulnerable 18yo Gia. This was a solid read that I was thoroughly invested in. The toxic relationship between Rhys and Gia was so gripping I devoured this book. Bonus points for the scene when Rhys and Gia reconnect for the first time and Rhys doesn’t recognize Gia. HOT HOT HOT. Although this was a spin-off series, characters from the Disciples MC make an appearance and it is helpful (but not necessary) to read those so you are familiar with some of the side characters. I am definitely looking forward to Julianna’s story!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    What a fantastic love story this was. It was one that spanned almost 20 years. Beginning with the love or in other words an infatuation of a little girl crushing on her big brothers best friend. Gia has always loved Rhys even though he was almost 10 years older and when they meet again after years when Gia is 18, Rhys Granger the "Rock God" couldn't stop the way he felt for her. She was his everything his muse. But because of insecurities and lies, to save her, he chased her away and broke b What a fantastic love story this was. It was one that spanned almost 20 years. Beginning with the love or in other words an infatuation of a little girl crushing on her big brothers best friend. Gia has always loved Rhys even though he was almost 10 years older and when they meet again after years when Gia is 18, Rhys Granger the "Rock God" couldn't stop the way he felt for her. She was his everything his muse. But because of insecurities and lies, to save her, he chased her away and broke both his and her hearts. This book is in two parts and spans so many years. Showing ups and downs, frustrations, fights, crossed wires and just not coping and needing to run away. This book has it all. It was more than your typical sex, drugs, booze and rock and roll story. It was one that didnt only deal with just that side of life. It dealt with hardships growing up, fears and trust coming from all those years ago. This book fueled my emotions and made me cry so much on occasions. I didn't only cry for Gia but for Rhys too. I really loved all the characters and look forward to reading the other members of The Stuffed Muffins books. As a first read by this author, it's a book and story I totally loved and recommend. This book has made we want to read all the authors other book. Its great, enjoy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Wow! Y’all, this book! It will grab you from the very beginning and it won’t let up until the very end. Rhys is everything you want and need when it comes to a famous rockstar. Gia always knew who she wanted and she stopped at nothing to get him. I felt every emotion with both Rhys and Gia, having your heart break and by the end having it put back together. I loved getting the history of both their past and their present. This new world of rock and roll will rock your world. Their broken and dam Wow! Y’all, this book! It will grab you from the very beginning and it won’t let up until the very end. Rhys is everything you want and need when it comes to a famous rockstar. Gia always knew who she wanted and she stopped at nothing to get him. I felt every emotion with both Rhys and Gia, having your heart break and by the end having it put back together. I loved getting the history of both their past and their present. This new world of rock and roll will rock your world. Their broken and damaged yet fun and exciting. I can’t wait to see what Ammo, Nuke and Cash have for us.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charita

    This story is Cassandra Robbins at her ultimate best! I thought I had died and found my very own rock god in Rhys Granger, even though he could be an a-h-….But then, what I felt for Gia transcended those thoughts. I loved Gia’s tenacity and heart. Her determination and feistiness won me over. My favorite heroine for sure! And meeting The Stuffed Muffins has me full of anticipation for what’s to come! Bravo Cassandra!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cassandra Robbins spins off her Disciples series for a captivating start in book one, Rise, of her Rock God series. Rhys Granger was the guy that Gia Fontaine had always loved yet it was not an easy love and the road to a HEA with this pair was filled with considerable obstacles. Ultimately a significant age gap kept Gia's unrequited crush on Rhys in check until the gap narrowed and the attraction combusted. This was no superficial interest or casual fling that this pair shared. Their interaction Cassandra Robbins spins off her Disciples series for a captivating start in book one, Rise, of her Rock God series. Rhys Granger was the guy that Gia Fontaine had always loved yet it was not an easy love and the road to a HEA with this pair was filled with considerable obstacles. Ultimately a significant age gap kept Gia's unrequited crush on Rhys in check until the gap narrowed and the attraction combusted. This was no superficial interest or casual fling that this pair shared. Their interactions were littered with history including the fact that Rhys' was best friends with Gia's older brother who was not in favor of them being in a relationship. This was an agonizing love that faced so many stumbling blocks it was impossible not to feel the pain and frustration of these portrayals. Both Rhys and Gia's lack of communication and miscommunications fueled their torment and in the end this played as big a part in this couple's separations as outside influences. Some people are meant to be together and it was apparent this was true of this pair but not without them putting up a good fight and doing everything in their power to sabotage their fated love. Rhys took on the role of the rock and roll bad boy with ease. The wild side of his rock and roll lifestyle was not shown with rose tinted glasses but as a more destructive lifestyle where limits were pushed and often brought out the less than flattering side of the characters in this work. His path without a grounding force was taking its toll on him and those around him physically and mentally. Gia took her initial attempt at a relationship with Rhys as a cautionary tale for going forward. Tough and surrounded by defense mechanisms to protect her wounded heart Gia was a force to be reckoned with. Theirs was an inescapable draw. Both knew the allure of a true passion as their art drove them but it was their love for each other that was meant to sustain them and give them longevity in the paths they chose. Ms. Robbins did a great job of showing this couple's conflict in all its forms. Cassandra Robbins is a writer easy to get caught up in. Her works are high on the emotion but she accompanies it with storylines that are intriguing and give the emotion somewhere to play out for amazing reading experiences. Edgy is where this author thrives and imperfect characters shine in her writing. Rise was full of all the great stuff that makes a Cassandra Robbins story what readers keep coming back to! *I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. *

  22. 4 out of 5

    BookLover❤️ ❤️

    “She’s forbidden. And devious. I’ve never wanted anyone more”. Welcome to the exciting world of the Stuffed Muffin. This delicious book is about the Rockgod Rhys and his muse Gia. It’s one of my favorite troupes - brother’s best friend. Rhys is a sexy AF rocker who is a dreamboat and every woman wants to be in his bed. The sex….omg….is so hotttttt, you may need to change your panties or go make babies. The story gives us a look into their past and we get to fall in love with Gia, even as a child. S “She’s forbidden. And devious. I’ve never wanted anyone more”. Welcome to the exciting world of the Stuffed Muffin. This delicious book is about the Rockgod Rhys and his muse Gia. It’s one of my favorite troupes - brother’s best friend. Rhys is a sexy AF rocker who is a dreamboat and every woman wants to be in his bed. The sex….omg….is so hotttttt, you may need to change your panties or go make babies. The story gives us a look into their past and we get to fall in love with Gia, even as a child. She is brave and strong and that makes her a woman who goes after what she loves. She’s my favorite type of heroine. Rhys is the epitome of a Rockgod, he has every materialistic he wants or that he thinks he wants. But Gia knows all his secrets and beneath it all, he is a tortured soul. Cassandra gives us so much, she explores different types of love, trust, commitment and more. She will have you in love then crying because Rhys makes all the girls cry. You get to catch up with some of our old favorites like Jax, Rhyder, Axel and the girls and meet new ones like Julianna, Nuke, Cash, Sebastian, Rafe. I am already obsessed with Nuke. Cassandra writing is phenomenal, there was great plot and character development. I have no words to express my love for this book. She’s my unicorn because her stories come to life off a page. I’ve never been to a Rock show but I now feel like this is exactly how it is, I’m Rhys #1 fan and Gia is my perfect idea of a strong female with the beauty and hotness to match . And yesss I want Rhys and his perfect manhood in my bed, he is a sex god too. I could go on forever but please please read this book. I’m obsessed. Definitely going on my re-read list. Beyond 5 stars. Gosh the steamy sex scenes alone should make you download this book. Cassandra Robbins has done it again, this book is a hit. I was waiting for my hot Rockstar and she presented the god of all Rockstars, I am in love like Gia. This is officially my top read of 2021 Periodt.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly G (Now Accepting Book Boyfriend Applications)

    An angsty rock star AND brother's best friend romance by one of my One-Click authors...... YES PLEASE!!! Damn Rhys and Gia were freaking hot! 🔥🔥🔥 This book was everything I love in a book. There was angst, swoon worthy moments, hot scenes, dirty talking, public sex and a great build up. I love that not only was Rhys her brother's best friend, but that they had known each other since she was 7. 7 year old Gia told 17 year only Rhys that she was going to marry him, even after she asks him why he m An angsty rock star AND brother's best friend romance by one of my One-Click authors...... YES PLEASE!!! Damn Rhys and Gia were freaking hot! 🔥🔥🔥 This book was everything I love in a book. There was angst, swoon worthy moments, hot scenes, dirty talking, public sex and a great build up. I love that not only was Rhys her brother's best friend, but that they had known each other since she was 7. 7 year old Gia told 17 year only Rhys that she was going to marry him, even after she asks him why he makes all the girls cry! She knew what she was getting herself into! And he just called her a brat. Their story is one that we all know well.... she loves him, he loves her.....but he is a rock star and has been banging anything that is warm with 3 holes for years.... how can she trust him? This book also had some things that really hit home for me and I could totally sympathize with Rhys because of things he went through growing up. And then there was the grand gesture..... it was CLASSIC! Loved it all the way! This book also brought in a whole new cast of characters that I am so looking forward to reading about! Especially Nuke! And I think Cash will be fun too..... and I guess if Rafe is getting a book I will be here for it.... although at this point in time he is on my list of people to junk-punch. But this is totally a book that I will shout about from the rooftops..... all the stars! Love them so hard. In the ranking of Cassandra's couples.... Rhys and Gia take 3rd place (behind Reed & Tess and Edge & Dolly). If you love angst, spice, rock stars and brother's bestfriend you NEED this book in your life!!! Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Spice 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 Swoon 😍😍😍😍 Angst 💔💔💔💔

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela Wilson

    I hate when authors cannot let characters from previous books go on to their HEA and stay there and on the other hand, I hate when authors set up side characters for future books. And this is what happened in this book. CR mentions or gave every character from previous books a word in this book and brought in new characters that had as any words as the MC'S .It was so annoying and took away from Gia's and "Rock God's story. I feel the author wanted RG to have a muse so badly that she didn't deve I hate when authors cannot let characters from previous books go on to their HEA and stay there and on the other hand, I hate when authors set up side characters for future books. And this is what happened in this book. CR mentions or gave every character from previous books a word in this book and brought in new characters that had as any words as the MC'S .It was so annoying and took away from Gia's and "Rock God's story. I feel the author wanted RG to have a muse so badly that she didn't develop their relationship. Granger (RG), for no reason starts saying she's his muse even though he was "ROCK GOD" long before he laid eyes on an adult Gia( 9 yr. age gap). All aspects of this book was developed except for the most important part, the main characters. There were some many damn ppl from the Saddington's, the Weddington's, the Bikers, the Stuffed Muffins( band name), baby mama's😔, shit let me stop. And if this review sounds/reads fucked up , that's because it is just like this story 🙄

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Milne

    There are brothers best friend books and there is this book one of the hottest rockstar romances I've read for some time. One thing I loved about this book was that Cassandra has written a group of unashamed rockers with drink, the drugs and the women all an integral part of the storyline. Rhys Granger and The Stuffed Muffins and the crazy non stop drama world they live in is one I'd like to visit for one night only I'm not sure I could stand the pace. Rhys and Gia are not just hot they are scor There are brothers best friend books and there is this book one of the hottest rockstar romances I've read for some time. One thing I loved about this book was that Cassandra has written a group of unashamed rockers with drink, the drugs and the women all an integral part of the storyline. Rhys Granger and The Stuffed Muffins and the crazy non stop drama world they live in is one I'd like to visit for one night only I'm not sure I could stand the pace. Rhys and Gia are not just hot they are scorching together the sex scenes will melt your kindle. I loved all the history between them and did a happy dance when I realised who Gia's brother is. Gia has shot to the top of my list of favourite female characters she is gutsy and not afraid to go after what or should I say who she wants. The journey they go on has more than a few bumps in the road and although it was an emotion fest I loved all the twists and drama. This may be the first book in the series but I am hooked on all the band and can't wait for more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

    4 Stars! I'm on a new author kick it seems these days because Cassandra Robbins is brand spanking new to me and what a way to be introduced. Rise, the first standalone in the Rock God series, was an angsty, all in your feels rock star, best friend's little sister romance << oh yes, you read these right. These two tropes smashed together were absolute fire. Rise gives us Gia and Rhys complicated love story and y'all, this was a journey that gave me whiplash at times. Told in dual point of views AND 4 Stars! I'm on a new author kick it seems these days because Cassandra Robbins is brand spanking new to me and what a way to be introduced. Rise, the first standalone in the Rock God series, was an angsty, all in your feels rock star, best friend's little sister romance << oh yes, you read these right. These two tropes smashed together were absolute fire. Rise gives us Gia and Rhys complicated love story and y'all, this was a journey that gave me whiplash at times. Told in dual point of views AND in the present/past, these two will take you on journey that was unforgettable in so many moments with loads of highs and lows that'll make your ache. Angsty, intense, emotional, steamy af. This brand new rock star book had me flipping those pages fast as I could because I NEEDED that happy ending. I recommend this book. Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brittany St Thomas

    Gia has been in love with Rhys since she was 7. She told him she was going to marry him one day. Since he is 10 years older, he didn't think anything of it. That all changed when she took the opportunity of a life time. Not knowing what was going on, Rhys' shock to Gia was exciting to watch. She instantly made him feel settled. She became his goddess. Outside players come in and when you're young and easily swayed, running is the best option. These two are volatile. They explode like no other an Gia has been in love with Rhys since she was 7. She told him she was going to marry him one day. Since he is 10 years older, he didn't think anything of it. That all changed when she took the opportunity of a life time. Not knowing what was going on, Rhys' shock to Gia was exciting to watch. She instantly made him feel settled. She became his goddess. Outside players come in and when you're young and easily swayed, running is the best option. These two are volatile. They explode like no other and don't know how to really handle the emotions that they feel. Fighting for each other means fighting with each other. Everyone in their lives says they're going to fail. No one understands why she loves him and no one thinks he can love her. While everyone doubts, one thing is certain. They don't care what everyone thinks.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    Life isn't fair... Life isn't fair, but it's the life Rhys has chosen.  He has built an empire out of his music. The world has dubbed him "Rock God" and he always gives his fans what they want.  This is his life, until a dark haired, green-eyed goddess shows up at a party with his drummer and his world narrows to one though... "MINE!" Gia is the sister of Axel Fontaine, VP of the Disciples MC.  Since she was 7, she knew that Rhys would always be hers.  She even told him that he would marry her o Life isn't fair... Life isn't fair, but it's the life Rhys has chosen.  He has built an empire out of his music. The world has dubbed him "Rock God" and he always gives his fans what they want.  This is his life, until a dark haired, green-eyed goddess shows up at a party with his drummer and his world narrows to one though... "MINE!" Gia is the sister of Axel Fontaine, VP of the Disciples MC.  Since she was 7, she knew that Rhys would always be hers.  She even told him that he would marry her one day.  He only seems to see her as a brat who won't leave him be, but that doesn't matter to her.  If you want a sweet romantic rock band story, you need to look elsewhere.   Rise is a thing of true dark but real beauty and not for the faint of heart.  Cassandra  Robbins drags you in by your hair and doesn't release the hold til the very last page!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Well holy cow the hype was definitely on the mark - what an absolutely fantastic book - I LOVED IT! Right from the first pages Gia's love for Rhys Granger was totally palpable, even as a little girl. The book follows the lives of Gia and The Stuffed Muffins, of which Rhys is the lead singer. They both have their demons - but Gia knows him better than anyone, they have history. I love all the side characters, the musicians, the groupies or the roadies - everyone who plays a part in the rock'n'roll Well holy cow the hype was definitely on the mark - what an absolutely fantastic book - I LOVED IT! Right from the first pages Gia's love for Rhys Granger was totally palpable, even as a little girl. The book follows the lives of Gia and The Stuffed Muffins, of which Rhys is the lead singer. They both have their demons - but Gia knows him better than anyone, they have history. I love all the side characters, the musicians, the groupies or the roadies - everyone who plays a part in the rock'n'roll dream - were brought to life in this book - I felt like I was on tour with TSM! If you haven't read her other books, please do, you won't be disappointed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Gloria - Meli’s Books and Coffee

    DAMN this book! I was intrigued with this book after I read the blurb and knew I had to read it. After I read the Prologue I couldn't stop laughing with little miss sassy pants Gia Fontaine. That little girl knew what she wanted and what was destined to be hers, she just needed to wait patiently for a certain someone to come to the same realization. Miss Gia Fontaine, this is the type of chic I would want having my back. Gia is not one to patiently wait for what she wants so when the time comes DAMN this book! I was intrigued with this book after I read the blurb and knew I had to read it. After I read the Prologue I couldn't stop laughing with little miss sassy pants Gia Fontaine. That little girl knew what she wanted and what was destined to be hers, she just needed to wait patiently for a certain someone to come to the same realization. Miss Gia Fontaine, this is the type of chic I would want having my back. Gia is not one to patiently wait for what she wants so when the time comes and a plan in tact come hell of high water she's going after her man. Gia and Rhys has this instant connection that has them tethered to each other. But no relationship is perfect and they go from so much steamy moments to hurting each other the next. This is hands down one of my all time favorite rockstar romances. Rise starts off hot and just gets hotter with each page. I literally was telling my friends they have to add this book to their TBR and read it once it releases. This is my first book by Cassandra Robbins and I cannot wait to read her other books. I am dying to know who the next Rock God will be.

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