Series: Made in Jersey #1.5
Published by: Evil Eye Concepts on March 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
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God help the woman I take home tonight.
Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.
This time I’ll finally crack him.
Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.
Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.
Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Crashed Out, Thrown Down
Also by this author: Unfixable, Owned by Fate, Riskier Business, Risking It All, Chase Me, Need Me, Up in Smoke, Make Me, Crashed Out, Thrown Down, Too Hot To Handle, Too Close to Call
One Line: Too hot to handle!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Tessa gives readers yet another scorcher with Rough Rhythm. Lita and James really like it rough and crazy, both privately and publicly. Their relationship is pretty intense and when I met them in the first book in this series, I definitely wanted to know more about their past and their connection. The book itself, as well as the characters, push your boundaries a bit, as they like to delve in the far-out and unordinary kind of fantasies that many might frown upon. I’m personally not a fan of it, but I respect it for what it is, as long as it’s in a responsible and consensual relationship. I really liked how Tessa makes a point to the reader about the connection between being in control and giving control to someone you trust. Some might think it’s submissive and taboo, but because you have to allow the person to be in control (in a mutual and understanding relationship such as theirs), you therefore, have some control yourself. At least, that’s what I get from it.
Whether you agree with my thoughts on the subject matter or not, you can at least believe me when I say that the story itself is entertaining and the pacing is smooth and fast. It keeps you reading, that’s for sure.
Had this been a full novel, I think Bailey would’ve given us more of a background for each character individually, which I wouldn’t have minded at all. Given that this is just a novella, however, we still get a good sense of Lita and James separately as well as together. The whole thing reads really quickly and their story has its hurdles without being over the top. These two live and breath one another and their connection is off-the-charts hot. If you’re already a sucker for Bailey and her books, then she doesn’t disappoint with this one.
“Oh, goddamn you.” Lita plucked the card from his fingers and hurled it back into the hallway with a muffled scream. “Four years leads to this, huh? You’re just going to dump me in this fucking…”—she waved her hands to encompass the hotel—“…rock star purgatory and bail? If you’re doing this to teach me a lesson, I will never forgive you, James.”
“I’m not.” He cleared the cobwebs from his throat. “That’s not what this is.”
Without looking at Lita, he knew she’d be chewing her bottom lip, leaving teeth marks that would take until nighttime to fade. “I guess we really meant a lot to you if it’s this easy. No notice. Just…peace out, suckers.”
James swallowed the urge to shake her. “I think you know this is the furthest thing from easy.”
“No. I don’t know anything,” she shouted, before several silent beats passed. “Except that you’re a coward. You can’t even look me in the eye.”
He surged forward, pushing her back against the doorjamb. Going to break. Too much. I shouldn’t have come up here. He’d made the mistake of looking down into green eyes swimming with moisture, calling her bluff. “Does the thought of you hurting yourself to get my attention make me a coward? Yes? So be it, Lita.” His fingernails dug into the flesh of his palms. “If something happened to you, I wouldn’t make it to the next sunrise.”
Lita’s body deflated, head falling back. “You can’t say something like that and leave,” she said, lips hardly moving. “It’s cruel.”
“I’m a cruel man.”
“No.” Lita moved into the elegant room, booted feet dragging. A miniature hurricane in a gilded cage. He’d chosen the room himself, another sign of his madness, his need to control her surroundings. Have knowledge of everything she touched. His neck grew hot when she turned, sliding a gaze down his front.
Turning and leaving was imperative at that moment, but he couldn’t resist hearing what she would say next. Delaying the good-bye.
“Remember what you called me the first night we met?” She sat down on the edge of the bed. “Before you leave, call me that one more time.”