As the bassist for the band Caged, the last three years have been one, long non-stop party. Sure, I’ve had some regrets. Everyone does. But getting trapped in a relationship isn’t one of them. I know good and well what happens when the attraction fades. I’ve seen it first hand. Love is a zero sum game, so why play? As long as I'm upfront about my feelings, no one gets hurt. Besides, I'm never in one place long enough to worry about tomorrow.
That is, until the band decided to take an extended hiatus in our hometown. That’s when I met Melody Sullivan. She’s the full-package. Whip smart and beautiful, with enough determination to take on anything life has in store. And the best part? Melody shares my philosophy on the fleeting nature of attraction. She doesn’t buy into the whole “happily ever after” crap anymore than I do. We’re perfect for each other. For now. And now is all I want.
With the expectations off the table, I can let my guard down and enjoy her company until the spark dies. And we both know it will. In a week, or a month. But until then, we’ll just keep having fun. The good kind, with lots of sex and no strings attached. And when it’s time to move on, we will. No drawn out goodbyes and no remorse.
That’s the plan, at least.
I was given this book for free, in return for my honest review. I can say that I am extremely happy that I did so. I finished the book within a day and a half. I just could NOT put it down!
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Writing Style: 5 Stars- Jayne had an excellent and intelligent execution of this book. I am a total grammar nazi, so reading a book with wonderful writing and an original voice made my creative brain sing praises! The main characters, Christian and Mel, had their own voices and thoughts, and were not carbon-copies of Lily and Cam. Many authors don't achieve that! Her books are unique in the fact that it is all male POV. I've never read romance books where there isn't a female POV in the book somewhere. I really enjoyed that!
Descriptions/Scenery/Setting: 4.5 stars- Overall, I got a relatively clear picture of the settings the characters were placed in, which really lit up and added to the book nicely.
Plot/Story Line: 5 stars- like I said, I couldn't put it down! The story was edgy, raw, sexy, and most of all, realistic (minus the whole "rock star." thing,). Mel had real struggles, and the interactions between her and Christian were important, and I did not get bored with them. The intelligence both main characters displayed was a nice change- high school dropout rock stars are way too common in rock star romances.
Genre: Romance (New Adult, College Romance, Rock Star Romance)
Maturity Rating: 18+, due to language, and several sex scenes throughout the book.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! Jayne is so talented, and her books are getting better with each one she writes. She's a breath of fresh air in the romance world, and I have a feeling many people will enjoy this series.
What is unique about this book? It's different from the get-go. Christian Sears, bassist for the rock band Caged, has no idea what he's up for when he meets the sassy beauty, Melody Sullivan, at no place other than a fast food restaurant where she works (And is fired about five minutes later).
This series has always been unconventional and original, and this just grows as you follow Christian and Mel, and watch them grow from what seems to be simple attraction and lust to deep, soul-satisfying love. Jayne did a wonderful job leaving stepping stones for these characters to fall in love and become something more. And, while this was a rock star romance, it also keeps up with the actual romance, not just the lifestyle most stars lead. Their love and passion was tangible and heady, drawing the reader in and not letting them out until the story was done!
“I wondered if she smelled the same in summer, or if sunshine emanated from her pores. It was then I realized I really wanted to find out.”
What I love most about Christian was that there was definitely more than meets the eye to him than simply being a sexy rock star. He was was deep. While he wasn't exactly looking for love when he met Mel, he fell in the was that guys like him should: easily, and beautifully, with a unique girl that "gets" him in all his adorable, secretly nerdy ways.
“I’d grown to believe she was my air. The fact I couldn’t breathe without her proved the hypothesis.”
And of course, our lovely Mel, a student researcher, was intelligent, tough, and sassy, even when she thought herself imperfect (aren't we all?)- Jayne has a great way of spinning characters into people we would meet on the street, not just intangible, god-like rockers, and impossibly beautiful women.
I also enjoyed not having a book centered around how many shows the hero was at every other chapter, and instead having a deeper look at Christian and Mel's love story. While I do have a love for books like that, we all like breathers from the norm, and reading wonderfully different books. Jayne, as always, delivers.
This story was absolutely wonderful in its voice, style, and writing. I am confident that these can (and will) be bestsellers in the future. I look forward to Jayne's future books, and will of course report on that little bit o' gold as well!
Until next time,
Side note: This is the second story in the Sixth Street Bands series, but it can be read as a standalone, like Gone For You.
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