Series: Shaken Dirty #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Published by Entangled Brazen on October 7, 2013
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Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother's band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she's just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star's bed post. Even if it's Ryder's.
Ryder doesn't deserve happiness. After his fame destroyed his last girlfriend, he swore he'd never fall in love again. So when Jamison, the girl he's been in danger of loving for years, joins the band on the road, he'll do anything to deny the sparks between them--even after one hot night together. But Jamison is determined to show Ryder that he's worthy of love--her love--and that she's all grown up and ready to play.
I read this book in a matter of about 2.5 hours. Maybe less. But the fact that I didn’t put down my kindle once, even to make breakfast, is a testament to how drawn in I was.
When I chose this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as I’ve never read anything by Tracy Wolff before. But the fact that it was about rock stars, the music, and romance — well, I was already intrigued. I love music. I’ve said it many times, and if you look back at my other reviews, you’ll see a common theme there.
The book is fast paced, and draws you in immediately. It starts out as Jamison is watching her brother and his band mates performing on stage, and how their music takes her away from absolute disaster that her life has become in less than a week — all of this crap happening before the beginning of the book. She lost her job, her boyfriend and her friend — the latter two to each other. And may I point out that I was actually pretty happy that neither of them made an appearance. They didn’t need to. For some reason that stuck out to me and I found myself really enjoying the fact that Ms Wolff didn’t take that road.
But if you’ve ever been to a concert for a band or performer you love — you know the feeling she’s having as she listens to the music and is swept away. It’s conveyed pretty perfectly. Add to that the fact that she has a HUGE lust on for Ryder, the lead singer, and you’ve been hooked.
The story line doesn’t have any huge twists and turns, yet it’s still a fantastic romance. Why? Because every character (that matters) is a fully developed person. Jamison and her brother, Jared, are as close as can be. He’s the older brother who told her men are scum, and to stay away from them, since she was a preteen — something that made me laugh because my brothers and father have used those exact words to me before. Ryder has a tough history, and you even get to see a little into the pasts of Wyatt and Quinn — two other band members. And seeing as this is the first in a series, I am definitely looking forward to Wyatt and Jared’s stories, because they may be “secondary” characters (if you want to get technical) but they have a huge presence throughout the book. You learn to love them.
The last two things I’ll point out about why I loved this book are small, but important:
1) “Jamison” — Not a common name. But not so outrageous that the reader isn’t sure how the character made it through grade school. I like that.
2) Jamison is a size 12. She’s 5’8″, I believe, and she’s a size 12. I like that she isn’t from the mystical land of tiny women. Thank you, Ms Wolff, for that. Seriously.
In summation, I’ll definitely be looking for the other books in this series, and looking up some of her previous works. $3.71 is a fair price to ask on Amazon, so check it out.