Title: Crash into Me (Shaken Dirty #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: October 14, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: Amazing chemistry and an entertaining cast of characters had me flying through this book.
About the Book: 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.
I really liked Crash into Me. Sure, the “rock star” thing has been done plenty of times, but I think Wolff did a great job with it. Jamison and Ryder were great characters with a lot of chemistry and they were each strong individuals. The anticipation and attraction these two shared practically radiated off the pages. I also really liked the dynamics between the band and Jamison. Each guy was protective of and loved Jamison like their sister, especially considering that Jared was her actual brother, but they also gave her space and knew that she could handle herself. Jamison was a decent female lead and her dialogues with all the characters was part of what kept me going.
The thing that bothered the most though, was the amount of repetition in this book. Yes, I know! She’s your best friend’s little sister, the one who “sees” the real you. And yes, he’s your brother’s best friend and a “rock god”, clearly he wouldn’t be interested in you. It crossed the line into overkill after the 10th time the author explained their predicament. Honestly when they went on and on and on about in their heads, I kind of just skimmed it. Also, I wish we could’ve delved more into the why and the how Ryder became so dark and damaged. It was more so the author telling us that that’s how he is, but we don’t get enough back story where I can actually feel his pain and anguish.
Despite the repetitiveness, I was still drawn to the story and the characters. Wolff included enough drama from the band members to keep it interesting and I liked her portrayal of the “rock star life”. That part when everything hit the fan was pretty crazy and had me gaping for a bit there. So far I like Wolff’s writing and will definitely check out the next book in this series.