Contemporary Romance, Category Romance, Rockstar
Ebook $3.79 (218 pages, BRAZEN)
Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother's band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she's just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star's bed post. Even if it's Ryder's.
Ryder doesn't deserve happiness. After his fame destroyed his last girlfriend, he swore he'd never fall in love again. So when Jamison, the girl he's been in danger of loving for years, joins the band on the road, he'll do anything to deny the sparks between them--even after one hot night together. But Jamison is determined to show Ryder that he's worthy of love--her love--and that she's all grown up and ready to play.
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I'm with the band... (4 stars)
It's possible with the mass of titles that Brazen publishes every month that I missed a previous release featuring a rock band, but I'm pretty sure this was the first. And that it's going to be a new staple in the Brazen stable because it was really darned good. Centered on the category trope of crushing on the big brother's best friend it really should have felt tired and yet managed to never quite fall into dull territory.
Everything about the band is stereotype-y in the best way. Plenty of drugs, sex, and rock n' roll antics. What flips it on its rear is Jamison. As heroines go she's nothing really unique at the surface but thrust into the Shaken Dirty world she suddenly becomes a lighthouse in the storm. The only major trouble I had as a reader was Ryder's hang-up from his past. I couldn't help but feel like it was a weak excuse to slut around with groupies and hold back from having a connection with another woman. I mean come on, dude. You're a rock star, show some backbone.
Ryder's big hang-up does form the big drama-rama amidst plenty of rock tour shenanigans. Wolff even managed to shock me which few authors can do these days, I tend to see surprises coming from far away. I loved her writing style and ran to her website as soon as I finished to see if there was a release date for the next book in the series yet. With five band members it's looking to be a great quintet. I was a little confused (and honestly, I didn't like) the epilogue as it seemed to give away the ending of all of the books while essentially introducing readers to the heroines for the series. It was a weird way to do it that gets points for originality but might leave readers a bit annoyed at the spoiler-like effect.
If you love rock star romance this is a must read. Bad boy lovers should definitely check it out too. It's fun, flirty, and sure to rock your world.
Notes: ARC received via publisher.