Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet; she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves relocating her band; including her two best friend’s guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.
Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie's best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she's determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn't fit in with her plan but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney however, has put her directly in Jared's path and he has decided it's the perfect opportunity to make his play.
Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that 'consults' in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who's determined to enact revenge. When this enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.
Is accepting the love he's so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart...and her life?
Let me say – I really enjoyed this book! There was lots of laughing – seriously, the interactions with all of the characters was AWESOME; some sniffling, serious angst, tons of swooning (I <3 Jared), and some parts that seriously had me holding my breath! The execution of this story was amazing and the writing really flowed!
Evie & Jared are quite the pair! I loved how neither of them held back. They said what they needed to. Pushed when necessary. And loved like crazy. The buildup of their relationship was excellent. It wasn’t rushed and it was as if you were watching best friends fall in love and make that transition in to a relationship.
And then there is the drama. And boy is there some serious drama. It really kept me guessing and holding my breath to see what the outcome was going to be. I like a book that keeps me entertained and focused and this one did just that!
Love + Drama + friends + music = Awesome book!
I do, however, have 1 complaint. The author uses the word “retarded” or various forms of it as an insult. That is something that I, personally, have an issue with. WITH THAT SAID – the author is Australian and the language throughout the book is very much Australian – English. This could be something that is perfectly acceptable over there where as in the U.S., it’s something that is a societal faux paux to use as an insult. That is really the ONLY complaint I have about this book.
Kate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small town area. She now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing. She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane. When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Her favourite authors include (and are not limited to) J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh and JD Nixon. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha.
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