Charm City Rocks: A Love Story by Matthew Norman

Charm City Rocks: A Love Story by Matthew Norman

Title: Charm City Rocks: A Love Story
Author: Matthew Norman
Publisher:  Bantam Dell
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  353
Date of US Publication:  6 June, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

Billy is passibly happy - he’s a single Gen X dad, who teaches piano, and wears cardigans and always had a crush on Margot. 

Margot is … more complicated. Not exactly happy, not unhappy - she exists. A mostly retired rock star drummer, she’s a divorced mom of an adult child.

Billy tells his son of his crush on Margot - and one accidentally ingested weed gummy, the best of intentions, and video editing skills later, and Billy and his decades long crush meet. 

Charm City Rocks pulled me into it, and dare I say it, charming me entirely and I really appreciated my time reading this one. 

This was my first book by the author and I enjoyed his writing - the characters here are vivid and realistic, and I liked the pacing of the novel; I’ll read more of Mr. Norman’s works. 

I really did adore this one and do recommend.

Thank you to Bantam Dell and NetGalley for the DRC!


When a single dad meets the former rock-star crush of his youth, everything they thought they knew about happiness and love is thrown into chaos in this hopeful, heartwarming romantic comedy.

“Bound to charm readers from page one . . . You’ll root for everyone in this sweet love story.”—Elissa Sussman, bestselling author of Funny You Should Ask

Billy Perkins is happy. And why wouldn’t he be? He loves his job as an independent music teacher and his apartment in Baltimore above a record shop called Charm City Rocks. Most of all, he loves his brainy teenage son, Caleb.

Margot Hammer, on the other hand, is far from happy. The former drummer of the once-famous band Burnt Flowers, she’s now a rock-and-roll recluse living alone in New York City. When a new music documentary puts Margot back in the spotlight, she realizes how much she misses her old band and the music that gave her life meaning.  

Billy has always had a crush on Margot. But she’s a legitimate rock star—or, at least, she was—so he never thought he’d meet her. Until Caleb, worried that his easygoing dad might actually be lonely, cooks up a scheme to get Margot to perform at Charm City Rocks.

It’s the longest of long shots, but Margot’s label has made it clear that 
any publicity is an opportunity she can’t afford to miss. When their paths collide, Billy realizes that he maybe wasn’t as happy as he thought—and Margot learns that sometimes the sweetest music is a duet.


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