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Between a rockstar and a hard place


Isn’t that a great title?
Now here’s a little about the author behind it:

When she was fifteen-years-old, Portia MacIntosh fell in with a bad crowd… rockstars. 

After disappearing on tour and living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle for a few years, Portia landed a job in the music industry – but only so that she didn’t have to join the real world just yet.

Now in her twenties, Portia is ready to spill the beans on the things she has witnessed over the years. Well, kind of. If her famous friends knew that she was borrowing their lives to inspire her fiction, they would stop inviting her on tour and banish her from the inner circle. Then she really would have to rejoin the real world, and she’s still not ready.

Portia only started writing novels to share her secrets, but then she realised she actually quite liked writing – maybe even more than she likes living on a bus with a bunch of smelly boys – and has since tried her hand at writing about other things…


I was asked to review Portia’s first published book, Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place, which is the fun and fabulous prequel to her first novel: ‘How Not to be Starstruck’.  (due out this June!)

“Being best friends with a mega-star has its perks and Nicole Wilde, music journalist, laps them up. But when said friend, Dylan King, gorgeous lead singer of The Burnouts, has zero sense of self-preservation – once a drop of alcohol hits his blood stream ‒ and an inability to keep ‘little Dylan’ in his pants, it also comes with responsibilities.

Now, Nicole has to track down Dylan in time to play a charity gig tomorrow. Half a dozen groupies, a haunted hotel, a tattoo parlour, a reality show runner-up and a crazy bed-hopping, sleepless night later – will she find him before the tour bus leaves town? And when she does, is it time to head home? Or to jump on the tour bus and go along for the ride!”


This short read follows Nicole (a character undeniably based upon Portia herself)  in a 24 hour whirlwind as she tried to track down a missing rockstar -Dylan King. The story is funny, frothy and fast-paced. It easily introduces the main characters of the bigger novel due out this summer, giving you just enough information about them to ensure you have to read the next book!

This is my favourite passage from the book; Nicole has just discovered that Dylan has disappeared from a music festival. She breaks the news to his tour manager Claire, who has run out of patience with the unreliable star…

‘[I’m] not putting together a last-minute press release saying we found him dead in a ditch and therefore he cannot perform’

‘Claire, relax. We’re not going to find him dead in a ditch, there are no ditches in this field’

‘I will dig a ditch and kill him in it myself if he doesn’t turn up soon,’ she fumes.

I don’t point out to her that this would be counterproductive.

It really made me giggle! ^_^

The story draws on Portia’s own experiences within the music industry and gives an interesting, humorous and slightly shocking insight into the people behind the front man we see on stage.  Macintosh introduces lots of characters who appear to be straight from her own experiences of touring.  I love meeting the various groupies that Dylan bedroom-hops with throughout his wild night of freedom and the poor hotel concierge who tries valiantly to help Nicole locate her rockstar runaway, without breaking his guest confidence code!

Between a rockstar and a hard place is now available to download here for £1.99 



Digital Copywriter. Background in visual communications, brand management, visual merchandising and retail management.

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