What Makes a Rocker Swoon-Worthy?

I was just cozying down under my electric blanket with a book the other night when a text came through. “Dude,” my friend wrote, “You got a nom! Swoon-Worthy Rocker category!” and shot me a web site link.

Rocker? Who me? No…while I’m tucked into bed at 10pm after a long day of writing, it’s my formerly-recluse rock guitarist, Adrian “Digger” Graves, who is working it 24/7. He’s the one kicking ass on stage and taking names, and winning over readers one at a time through my novel Louder Than Love.

And now he’s been nominated in the GraveTells Readers Choice Awards for “Most Swoon-Worthy Rock Star” in 2013! Go, Adrian!

Most Swoon-Worthy Rock Star Nominee

Most Swoon-Worthy Rock Star Nominee


Voting begins over at GraveTells Sunday, December 15, so please take a moment to cast your vote!

Adrian’s not your typical 20-something hotshot rock star with the groupies hanging by the backstage door. No, he’s been there, done that and worn the T-shirt many times over. He’s been burned, literally and figuratively, by the music business and bears the tats and scars to prove it. So where exactly does Swoon-Worthy come into play? What makes my brand of Rocker Swoon-Worthy?

Here are my top 5 reasons why Adrian Graves is Swoon-Worthy:

5) He can wear Armani with the same casualness of motorcycle boots.

4) The accent. Adrian is British – need I say more?

“Someone needs to get on building that cloning machine,” Liz murmured.

“I could close my eyes,” Karen said with a sigh, “and listen to that accent forever.”

3) He’s hella romantic. Kat’s a lucky lady!

“You’ll feed me grapes and read me poetry?” I whispered as we hugged long and tight.

“Darlin’, I’ll grow the grapes for you…and write the poetry.”

2) He can sell out Madison Square Garden, but can also play for the sippy-cup crowd at the local library. Kat’s friend Marissa says it best:

“There is something sexy about a man who can entertain your kid for hours.”

1) He wins the heart and trust of a five-year old girl who never knew her own dad. Abbey sums it up nicely in the poem she writes for him on Father’s Day:




I like him!

A dad


 What says “swoon-worthy” to you when it comes to rockers, whether on stage or in books? Do you have a particular memory of Adrian from Louder Than Love that won you over? I’d love to hear from you…and Adrian would love your vote!

Here’s one of my favorite Adrian quotes from the book – feel free to share yours in the comments!


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  • http://tempestletrope.typepad.com/blog Tempest Nightingale LeTrope

    I have to tell you, back in the early 1980’s, Ozzy Osbourne was voted one of the top ten sexiest male rock musicians in a poll for Hit Parader or Circus or one of the main music mags of the day. Ozzy’s response was “I find the fact that people could find me sexy fucking hilarious!”
    I’m not familiar with Mr. Graves, but in order to avoid becoming old in spirit as well as body, I’m all about checking out new music–including fictional musical characters created by independent authors! I imagine this lad is a tad too young for me, a woman who is pushing 50 damn hard. But this doesn’t mean that I can’t find him terribly cool.
    I don’t do “celebrity crushes,” but viscerally speaking, I always found Steve Harris of Iron Maiden rather appealing.

    • http://www.jesstopper.com/ Jessica Topper

      Thanks for writing, Tempest! I lived and breathed Ozzy in the 80s myself and if anything made him appealing to me, it was his music. So yeah, maybe he was a bit sexy in his Phantom of the Opera way. :) But I love his response – classic!
      Steve Harris: yes and YES! That fearless band leader has classic good looks and I think he still looks great.
      PS for the record, Adrian Graves is 43. :)

  • messymimi


    • http://www.jesstopper.com/ Jessica Topper

      Thanks so much, Mimi!