Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing
Released on November 3, 2015
Here we go again. The last member of the rock band Oblivion to fall in love and they gave me a cliffhanger again. Ok, that’s the worst part, so I guess since I had all the books, it isn’t quite so bad as all that.
Through the series, the heat between Nick Crandall and Lila Shawcross has been shimmering through heated arguments. The two don’t seem to like each other at all. He pushes the buttons she leaves open and she puts him his place as the band’s manager. She says left and he says no way. They both adamantly deny there is any attractions and for Lila, it isn’t something that can happen with the gold band on her left hand. The band isn’t in a good place and the future isn’t rosy. Tensions are high. The book left me Shattered just like the title.
Married at a young age to a man she truthfully loved, but who also saved her families’ orchard, Lila knows about commitment and betrayal. After two years of fake marriage and a miscarriage, Lila moves out to make her own way, but stays married to keep her parents from losing it all. Six years later, she is trying to get the divorce, her husband doesn’t want. He wants the protection of marriage to keep his many liaisons and mistresses in line. Any hint of Lila having a relationship will give him grounds to rip her whole life away from her. Ripper Records is her life blood. Music feeds her soul, but she has no talent. Managing the bands who have it all, makes her feel she is a part of something great. Lila has come off as a stuck up, all together, poised manager with brass balls. With this story we see she is on the cusp of losing it all from her abusive husband and a double-edged sword. We see a real woman. One I wasn’t sure I would like going into this story.
Nick really is a dick. Sorry for that. He hasn’t been a favorite character of mine. Quick to jump off the deep end on very little information, he just came off as a jerk most of the time in the past stories. Now as I came to know Nick, I would say he isn’t as bad as he comes off, but he isn’t really someone you want to be around unless you are in his inner circle. Well, there is a lot more to Nick than meets the eye. Like Simon, his home life was pretty bad. A drug/alcoholic father who never thought much of him is dying. Nick has a twin sister also dealing with addiction that he hasn’t given up hope in helping. The guitar is his escape, his talent and his soul.
Nick and Lila expose their souls to each other and come together in an explosion of bodies mingling. One thing Nick is really good at…taking care of the woman’s pleasure and with Lila so repressed it ends up being like a volcano exploding. The two are drawn to the forbidden part of the relationship. Trying hard to be cold, when they are nothing but hot together. Each feels some betrayal on certain levels through the entire story. Nick isn’t happy that Lila is still married while Lila doesn’t feel married after years of being on her own. The two are no doubt in love, but with Lila’s need to keep it secret, Nick feels like a dirty little secret.
The band is under pressure to release a new single to show they are back, but Simon is throwing attitude back at them. He’s scared and feels the pressure to perform. A huge wedge is forming between best friends and Nick feels powerless both with the band and in his personal life between Lila and his sister. Things are spiraling out of control and Nick isn’t sure he wants off the ride.
The story ends in a cliffhanger. Yep, once again I am running to get the next book because I am so impatient. Good thing I came late to the series and they are all out or I would be going crazy here!
Shattered changed my view of Nick. While I can’t say I love him, I can say I understand why he is the way he is and that he stands by those he loves. Lila is loyal and hard. She is also selfless with faced with her family losing it all. I loved getting deeper into this couple and seeing what makes them who they are. No I must run off…need to get you the review of the next book before you think I left you in a cliffhanger!
Lost in Oblivion Series – Catch up today!
Review: Rocked by Cari Quinn Taryn Elliott – Deacon and Harper’s Story (no cliffhanger)
Review: Twisted by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott – Jazz and Gray’s Story (no cliffhanger)
Review: Untwisted by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott – Follow up story to Jazz and Gray (no cliffhanger)
Review: Destroyed by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott – Simon and Margo’s story (cliffhanger ensues)
Review: Committed by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott – Short story for Simon and Margo (no cliffhanger)