Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 29, 2018
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Dirty Like Seth with tear you up, put you back together and you will feel happy you went through it all. Hotter than the sun, these two bring you to your knees and have you begging for more, please, Jaine Diamond!
The story opens with Seth having a lot of history with the band, but he has been kicked out once, kicked out while trying to come back and he wants his place back in the band now. He has cleaned himself up from the drugs, worked hard to be a better person and when he is wrongly accused of raping the sister of the lead singer, he wants to prove a point that only he can be the guitarist they need. He’s right, but he is also fighting a brother and husband who aren’t reasonable with it comes to Jessa.
Elle isn’t one of the original band mates, but she has been around long enough to see some of what went down in the early days of the band. Seth was screwed over. His rights to the songs he co-wrote taken away from him and when he hit rock bottom and was kicked out, he had nothing. She held him while he was overdosing, but when he made a comeback she didn’t know the true story of why he wasn’t allowed back.
The open auditions for a guitarist is being made into a reality show. They aren’t allowed to see who the guitarist is until they are done, but they know right away they found the one they need only to realize it’s the one they always needed. Seth is instantly on guard, but when he is thrown out he leaves. Elle isn’t on board with an automatic dismissal and maybe some of the band members aren’t as well. Especially since the full story of what went down wasn’t exactly share with everyone.
Elle is burned out so she is headed to Hawaii for a much needed time of relaxation. Ash, who supposedly was supposed to just be her fuck buddy, is getting more possessive and falling in love with her when she feels nothing but friendship with him. Leaving him behind, she sees Seth from her car on the way to the airport and picks him up to go with her.
This isn’t an instant love or even a rekindling of something. They both were attracted to each other in the early days, but Seth was warned she was off limits. His relationship with Jessa was kept secret from most, but one member you find out actually orchestrated a few things between them. They have hard discussions, healing walks, quiet time to heal. Seth isn’t the only one hurting. Elle is still recovering from the break up with Jesse and his instant marriage to Katie. I didn’t go in with a great image of Elle, but once you understand her, you understand why letting go is one of the hardest things she has to do.
Seth just wants his music to start. He wants to be part of the band, part of something that lives and breathes his soul. Elle offers him that and even co-creates with him knowing her band mates might find issue with her dealings. It starts out as a one and done when both start to feel the draw to have more, but both have been hurt and it isn’t going to be easy for either if they have to give up on their dreams or even on each other.
This is a hard story of redemption, forgiveness, building a life and recovering. There are parts you just want to smack a few people (and no I am not a smacker in real life, only one in my mind). At times you are uplifted by just how much Seth had to overcome to get to where he is today. Tentative hope blossoms as things come together in a fragile bond that could be easily broken. By far this is my favorite book in the series so far and that is saying a lot since I have read them all…except for the last one.
And if you think this is all kumbaya, it’s not. There is down and dirty rough sex that will knock your panties into orbit. It’s rough, raw and exactly what they need…and I needed to read. I can’t recommend this book enough, but I have to say start from the beginning because you need to know some backstories to truly appreciate their story.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 - Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
- 2019 - Books N Tunes Challenge
- 2019 - Literary Pickers Challenge
- 2019 - Never Ending Challenge
- 2019 - Review Writing Challenge
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