Sexy bad boy Charlie Walker had everything he could ever want as a rock star: a platinum album, a cushioned bank account, and an endless supply of groupies desperate to have him. But things changed when the band's drummer went missing, forcing Charlie to go it alone and question if he truly has what it takes to succeed in the business.
Small-town girl Evelyn Kendall has just arrived in Brooklyn Heights. With a new job and her best friend as a roommate, she's ready for an epic adventure free from her family’s constant supervision. She's not prepared for the muscle-bound, tattooed star who appears out of nowhere and rocks her world.
When Charlie locks gazes with the freckled brunette at his first solo gig, he falls hard and fast for reasons he can’t explain. Determined to keep Evelyn in his life, he’s ready to change his ways, even if they run blood deep. But will their instant attraction be enough to weather the storm brought on by the perils of fame, Charlie’s secrets, and Evelyn’s overly protective brothers?
Charlie's very jaded when readers first meet him, flitting from one meaningless sexual encounter to the next. While he hates himself for acting this way it's his demons, and the memory of his deceased bandmate whose connection is more complex than the public knows, that keeps leading him astray. With everything hanging in the balance a beacon of light in the form of good girl Evelyn gives him hope and the chance to be a better man. Theirs isn't an easy relationship though as fans and the paparazzi interfere in their attempts to grow closer and fuel self-esteem issues and doubts. Just as their HEA seems within reach his past comes rushing back to put Evelyn's life in danger and Charlie no longer able to keep the truth about his bandmate a secret any longer. Charlie's a truly sexy rock star who has doubts about going solo. Every move he makes is scrutinized and it's left him frustrated, lonely, and self-destructive. Seeing Evelyn is like a breath of fresh air, her wholesomeness a balm to his jaded heart and soul. With his reputation for lovin' and leavin' them though it will take a lot to win her over, bringing out his protective and possessive side along the way. It also leads to lots of steamy encounters that will keep readers blushing.
Evelyn is the quintessential good girl from the Midwest. After her mother died she stepped-up to run the household which left her little time for fun. With extremely protective brothers her love life also suffered as she was kept pure, living only half a life. She's had enough though, and with the prompting of her fun and flirty British friend, she's ready to live life to the fullest. She's drawn to Charlie the moment she sees him and despite what the press says about him she still wants him, though she doesn't understand why he wants her. Uncomfortable with being in the limelight, and worried about what her family might think, leaves her heart and mind in constant conflict. When a crazed fan kidnaps her she'll finally figure out what's most important, but by then it may be too late. Evelyn is a truly sweet and kind-hearted heroine and it's her open honesty that appeals to Charlie. Evelyn wants to think the best of people but her naïveté leads to trouble and heartache as the story progresses. She's a bit naïve when it comes to sex too, but with Charlie as her guide she quickly turns into a sex kitten as seen through their almost too numerous sexual interludes. For the most part I liked Evelyn but one moment of weakness and self-pity had her doing something that left me disappointed in her. Luckily she redeemed herself in my eyes by standing strong when the man she loved needed her. Though she seems fragile at times she's ultimately tougher than she looks as she stood by Charlie when he needed her acceptance the most.
My rating for this is an B+
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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