A partnership with the hottest new rock band, Toxsin, is a major opportunity for Kate's small custom leather shop, but she's determined to resist her burning attraction to the lead guitarist, Syon Braden. Sex is a commodity in his world, and that's just not enough for her. Or so she thought.
With the multiplatinum success of his band, Syon thought he had everything he'd ever wanted…and then he met Kate. He knows that sleeping with her could distract him from his music and even interfere with his close bandmate friendships, but despite all this, Syon just can't seem to keep his mind—or hands—off of her…
I swear this one took me on a roller coaster of a ride. There were parts that I loved and parts that almost had me chucking my Kindle, and phone, against the wall. Almost. But in the end despite some issues I had I couldn’t put the damn thing down. I was at work doing the whole furtive glances around my monitor thing while being sneaky and reading on my phone (Thank GOD for smart phones and reading apps). That’s how invested I was in this book and the characters that inhabit it. There is quite a bit of sex, it is erotic romance after all, but there are some also some really interesting characters, and relationships between the characters, that balance it out.
Kate’s profession as a custom leatherwear creator was what caught my attention and for the most part I liked Kate. I loved her passion for her craft and how for her, making custom leather garments, working with the media and seeing her pieces become reality was something ingrained in her soul. But she did tend to contradict herself by her actions and at times was thoughtless with the things that would slip out of her mouth, but when it was brought to her attention that her words were taken badly she did make amends.
Syon is pretty typical to most rockers in the genre. Larger than life, gorgeous, oozing sex and sensuality and filled with more than enough confidence to power a small nation. But what I really liked about him is that he was honest. He didn’t play games. He may get frustrated and react, badly. But when it came to those that mattered he told it like was and either you believed him or you didn’t.
Their relationship was very insta-attraction, which I got considering Syon is a rock god and I know I’d be tongue tied if I actually met my dream rockstar in real life, and it was also very insta-lust. To give Kate credit, she did try to resist, but Syon definitely outsmarted her and I have to say I love how he did it. It was pure genius, but it also showed how much respect he had for her and her craft.. The thing though with ‘insta’ relationships and erotic romance is that sex is a huge part of them becoming closer, and I’m good with that and the sexual tension between them was intense, but when it came to Kate and Syon I just wish there had been more sharing of their lives going on. We get bits and pieces and even then it felt skimmed over. They connect sexually and understand each other on the level of an artist, but we never get to truly know about their pasts and this was one of my issues and had this book really only focused on Kate and Syon I would have rated lower, but there was another aspect of the book that I thoroughly enjoyed and that was the supporting cast of characters.
I’ve said it many times, but I adore well written secondary characters. While the MC’s are the main focus, I’ve always felt that it’s the supporting cast that helps to give a more well rounded look, more depth, to the MC’s and the world in general and that’s what happened here. Ramsey, Taz and Drake, the other members of Toxsin, all captured my interest and I honestly feet as if I got to know them better than Kate and Syon. And when anyone of them were in a scene with both Syon and Kate I felt as if we got to really see who they were underneath the surface. And then there is Percy, Kate’s friend and business partner, and all I can say is that I want my own Percy...oh and Steve, because there can be no Percy without Steve. It is because of him that I got hooked from the beginning. He’s simply fabulous!
There is a bit of a mystery to solve towards the end of the book and while I figured out who the culprit was, I liked how it all finally got solved and how everyone came together over it. The writing was engaging, as I said I was hooked and couldn’t put the thing down, and I like how she brought the trials and tribulations of being a rock star to life.
The Bottom Line: I’m hooked and can’t wait for the next one! (I hope Percy makes an appearance :D )
~ ARC provided by SourceBooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Dawn Ryder is the erotic romance pen name of a bestselling author of historical romances. She has been publishing her stories for over eight years to a growing and appreciative audience. She is commercially published in mass market and trade paper, and digi-first published with trade paper releases. She is hugely committed to her career as an author, as well as to other authors and to her readership. She resides in Southern California.