Dex by Stephanie Witter #Review

Dex by Stephanie Witter #ReviewDex by Stephanie Witter

Series: Kinky Shine #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on April 30, 2016
Pages: 381
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Dex was a surprise to me. I was looking through NetGalley one day for a certain book and Dex kept cropping up, so I said what the heck, let’s give it a try. I am glad I did.

Harley Floyd runs a very popular music blog, but when her father requests her help with a certain band, she jumps at the opportunity to further her career, put some money in the bank and meet a band she has loved for years. Meeting the lead singer of Kinky Shine for an interview, pops the bubble of happiness and puts her back on edge when Dex shuts her down, insults her and generally is an ass. Men!

Dex for his part is struggling to come up with new album material and really doesn’t want to be in the spot light. He is never photographed with women or men for that matter calling questions it his sexuality. This all hides a tragic past that has caused him problems well into the future. Basically he isn’t attracted to anyone enough to take them to bed until Harley walks in. Now he is sporting boners that he can’t control.

The two do the whole push away, pull together, nope we have to push away, but oh Hell it feels so good we have to come together bit a few times.

Dex is scared, rightfully so, of the reaction he is having to Harley. Harley not being privy to what has happened to him can’t understand why one minute he is kissing her and the next insulting her to make her go away. This is the first person he has been attracted to in over five years! Still Dex comes off as an asshole a lot of the time in the book.

Harley in return had a pretty good life as an only child. Her father never wanted her involved in his business, but here she is helping him. She lives in New York, but the assignment she is in LA. She goes about setting up Twitter for each of the band members of Kinky Shine. One is the coffee hound all about music. Another is the party animal who gets drunk quite often and sports the hang over. Another is Dex’s best friend, who loves the women and hides his own secret that comes out.

While I loved the whole dynamic of the band and the managers, it felt a little off because Dex is pretty much an ass and a sweet guy. He hurts Harley a lot and that ticks me off. But then he turns around and can be the sweetest guy to Harley. I just wanted a happy medium between the two.

Other than that, the sex is pretty awesome. Once Dex is over his dry spell, only Harley does it for him and he is all about making up for lost years with her. Unfortunately, I still had a hard time believing a guy can’t control his cock. I mean her scent alone had him hard enough to bang nails. Often he was hiding it from dear ole dad.

Overall, though I enjoyed this story. Dex starts to write again, finds a woman he loves. Harley braves scandal, and figures out what she wants to continue doing. The band deals with a big elephant in the room and learns to come together stronger. It all had elements of a good romance with lots of bumps on the road.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • It’s so hard to like a character when they come off as ass for much of the book even if there’s a reason.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      He had some good reasons why, but after a bit I wanted him to realize what was happening and to stop being one for her.

  • Oh boy, the back and forth hot and cold stuff would be annoying, but I guess if he has a good enough reason I might ultimately like the story.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Trust issues, but he has good reason. I just didn’t buy that it took away all his sexual drive and that only one woman could give it back to him. He got hard at the smallest things which made me laugh at times. But I appreciated what he was going through and how you lose trust in anyone who isn’t in your inner circle, especially women.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Shari, great review. I need to go through netgalley and get some ideas too! I do love a good rock band romance!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I need to write reviews! I have read all of my NetGalley books besides 1 and now need to get those reviews in to see if my percentage will go up. Love sometimes just browsing NetGalley to see what’s new.

  • Dex sounds complicated and hot and cold. Glad you ended up enjoying this and your Netgalley hedge paid off!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Dex has some issues from something that happened in the past. It was an extreme reaction, but one I can understand. I just didn’t like the way he kept going back and forth instead of facing head on. NetGalley can be hit or miss sometimes.