Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 66: Curse You, NKOTB

Hillary Duff on a stick, how in the hell will I ever escape NKOTB? Just when we have a few NKOTB-free posts, they rear their pretty heads (and rears) again. Perhaps I only bristle at the Blockheads because I fear that if I’d had been of that generation, I would’ve fallen prey to the NKOTB charms. Thank goodness I grew up in the Duran era. The amazing fabulous-o Cari Quinn is here today, lamenting her own NKOTB-ness, and sharing some other fun with us. Cari and I share an editor, a love of music and steamy books, but we bonded over college basketball. She’s an Orange-woman, I’m a Tarheel. Our teams will be in the same league starting next season, which means y’all–yes, Y’ALL– best clear the decks. There may be some trash-talking on Twitter, followed quickly by tweeting of hot guy pics, to mend fences. We will not be tweeting photos of NKOTB.

Cari Quinn

Corcoran High School, Central NY, Class of ’94, Currently: Full-time writer and quarter-time smart ass

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: Sadly, New Kids On The Block. Which song? Any of them. “Hangin’ Tough” probably the most. I will admit to doing a little reminiscing when I hear it (which, luckily, isn’t often.)

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Probably my dog-eared copies of Billboard magazine. Oh yeah, I used to buy that sucker as often as I could to pore over the music charts. I always wanted to be a DJ. Casey Kasem had a great job – does anyone even still remember him?

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: Since NKOTB had their share of haters, I’d say The Cure. I totally didn’t get that one. Similar to my confusion about the popularity of Godsmack now. I like a wide variety of music and listen to all genres from rap to classical, but sometimes I’m finicky (and curiously enough, a cat lover as well.)

Best show or concert you saw in high school: Not a one. I didn’t go to my first concert until college. Sacrilege, I know.

Best high school make-out song: My favorite song freshman year was Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Do Me”. I suppose it wasn’t a big stretch to imagine I’d end up as an erotic romance author, huh?

Thanks so much to the amazing Karen for having me here today! I love this girl, even if her team will try to massacre mine when SU finally gets to the ACC.

Cari Quinn is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary and erotic romance. Her latest release is Melt. Visit Cari at


To Justin Norton, an impending blizzard is the perfect time to push the limits. The last thing he expects to encounter on the trail is a dazed woman next to her overturned snowmobile–especially since that woman is his former lover Kylie Fisher, the bartender he’s been slowly rebuilding a friendship with over a shared love of basketball and lager. He’s had some pretty kinky fantasies about her and now that they’re alone, he’s having a hard time keeping his hands off. But she’s weak and hurting…isn’t she?

 Walking in on her long-term boyfriend with three naked women isn’t the way Kylie intended to celebrate the holidays. Flying on fury, she recklessly hits the trail on her brand new snowmobile. Luckily Justin, her seemingly easygoing knight in flannel and denim, saves her from herself, but does he have the moves to back up the sexy looks he’s flung her way for months? Because if he can’t make her melt, she’s damn sure going to find a man who can. But is she really ready for everything that comes with Justin Norton?

8 Comments on “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 66: Curse You, NKOTB

  1. Thanks so much for having me, Karen, and for asking such fun questions! *hugs* And thank you to Jennifer and Heather for stopping by! Yay for more soul mates and twins! But, um, I’m not a big NKOTB fan, LOL. They just remind me of high school, which is both good and bad. ;D

  2. Cari! Cari! Cari! *flail* I love this and you and now I’m singing NKOTB damn you lol

    Oh! Melt looks delicious.


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