New Release & Review: Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar by Rachel Higginson

June 25, 2019 Book Reviews, Book Tour, Excerpt 0

by Rachel Higginson
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My name is Clover Calloway and I’ve lived two separate lives.

The first, I like to call “my past.” I never talk about it. I try not to think about it. My rockstar days of playing in one of the hottest bands on the planet are over. Along with the most volatile, beautiful, tragic love story of all time.

Over the past five years, I’ve settled into my second life. My “normal life.” The one where I work a normal job, hang out with normal people and fall in love with a normal, but wonderful guy. The life where I’m admittedly a little bored, but also safe.

My past wasn’t boring. But my past broke my heart into a million, unfixable pieces. So, I’m determined to keep it where it belongs—behind me.

And the man responsible for the shattering of me? Malachi Porter, lead singer and mastermind of Bright Tragedy, should stay there too. Far away from me and this idyllic life I’ve carved out for myself.

But what happens when my two lives collide?

When Malachi comes crashing into my perfectly normal world, he threatens to destroy it, promises to annihilate everything I’ve replaced him with.

He upends everything I thought I wanted and forces me to question the reasons I left Bright Tragedy all those years ago.

But I didn’t walk away five years ago, I ran. As fast as I could go. And while my heart is whispering that it’s different this time—that he’s different—my brain is screaming for me to run again.

Malachi Porter isn’t a normal guy. And he doesn’t belong in my “normal life.” But, nevertheless, he’s bound and determined to make a place for himself here.

I just hope my heart can survive him, that we don’t burn into another bright tragedy.


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Clover Calloway knows a thing or two about reinventing your life. With the pain of a broken heart fueling her desire for a change, Clover relishes in the ordinary things in her new life.  Five years have passed, and yet those memories that haunt Clover feel like a lifetime ago. Now that Clover has settled into her ordinary life, she finds herself a bit bored by the change.


Nothing would have prepared Clover to face the world that she left behind. However her new boyfriend – Adam – decided to surprise her with concert tickets to his favorite band. Determined not to let Adam down, Clover finds herself coming face to face with a past that just won’t stay hidden. Bright Tragedy is once again engulfing Clover without even trying. With a little intervention, Malachi comes crashing into Clover’s world once again.


The past can’t stay hidden now that Malachi has spilled Clovers identity. It is a total upheaval from the life that Clover has planned out. Facing Malachi brings all the pain from days past back into the present. Determined to have Clover in his life once more, Malachi pulls out all the stops to get her back into the arms of Bright Tragedy. Is it enough? Can Clover survive the destruction that haunted her past once is comes crashing into the present?


Get ready for the reinvention of the century! Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar is the latest release from Rachel Higginson, and it is sure to pull you into this world of second chances. Clover Calloway will lead you through the journey that was once her life, and the tragedy that cause her to flee life in the spotlight. Malachi was supposed to remain a part of the past, but his presence only leads Clover into a spiral of indecision.


This story devotes a great deal of the plot to substance abuse, and it was handled in a way that shows the honesty that comes with this disease. Clover and Malachi will show you how the tragedy from their past deserves a resolution. This glimpse into stardom will have you glued to your reader in anticipation of which path Clover and Malachi will choose. For me personally – Clover’s journey was one that I simply couldn’t pull myself away from. An entertaining and realistic journey for every rockstar at heart.






“I hardly recognized you,” I told him, breathless with surprise. “Those glasses totally do the trick.”

He touched the frames. “Yeah?”

“No,” I laughed. “Not even a little bit.”

His smile was genuine, big, breathtaking. “Brennan said I can’t be seen. I’m supposed to be in Belgium.”

“And why aren’t you in Belgium?” I asked him as he moved slowly toward me.

He shrugged. “We have a break. And you and I need to finish our song.” His toes bumped into mine before he stopped walking. I had to crane my neck back to look at him. “I missed… my guitar.”

What? “Your guitar?”

“The Fender I left at your house? It’s my road guitar. I never leave home without her.”

Rolling my eyes, I jumped to my feet and started collecting my things. “I wish you would have told me that sooner,” I murmured. “I already sold it.”

“You did what?”

I looked at him, unblinking. “Do you know how much a Kai Porter signed guitar goes for?”

“It wasn’t signed.”
“By you,” I pointed out. “But they don’t know that.” Pausing for dramatic flair, I added quickly. “Those schmucks on eBay will pay high dollar for anything.”

Color drained from his face. “You signed my favorite guitar and sold it? On eBay?”

I suppressed my smile, although it wasn’t easy. “Was I not supposed to do that?”

He lunged for me, grabbing hold of my messenger bag strap and tugging me to him. Just when I thought we would crash into each other, his hands landed on my sides, squeezing, tickling, torturing.

“No, you weren’t supposed to do that,” he growled, laughing at my absolute hysterics.

I screamed indelicately in the middle of Macy’s and then dissolved into laughter. People were stopping to stare at us. Probably wondering if this guy was murdering me or kidnapping me. “We’re fine,” I wheezed as I wrestled away from him. “Nothing to see here, folks.”



About Rachel Higginson

Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising five amazing kids.

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