Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.
Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge.
But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong.
Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.
“It’s not fair that I remember you and you don’t, Evelyn.”
Imagine waking up in a hotel room in Las Vegas, after a night of drinking and partying, with a hot tattooed guy in your bed, a huge ring on your finger, a killer hangover, but no recollection whatsoever of the night before. Now add to that the fact that you might not remember anything, but the rock star you woke up next to does, every single detail, and he might have been completely sober when you tied the knot? To annul or not to annul, that is the question… Did I mention he is covered in tattoos and he is in a band?
Evelyn’s life has always gone according to plan, with her future clearly mapped in front of her and that path never questioned. With a practically non-existent love life and minimal experience in all matters of the heart, Ev has always put her studies first and everything else second. Waking up married to someone she does not even know goes entirely against her carefully tailored plan for the future. Mortified by her drunken antics and confused by what her mind is allowing her to remember from the night before, she agrees to an annulment. But the memories keep flashing back, memories of a man whose kisses set her on fire, whose body ignited hers, and the sight of whom still makes her tremble.
David Ferris is the lead guitarist for Stage Dive. His very public image offers him no privacy and having lived that lifestyle for so long, he has learned not to trust the people that seem to gravitate around him and the other members of the band. When his new “wife” does not appear to remember any of the things that happened between them leading up to their impromptu wedding, he reluctantly pushes those memories back, agreeing it was all a mistake, even though his anger might indicate that maybe his actions were totally deliberate. And very much wanted.
“… I married you, Evelyn, because you made sense to me. We make sense. We’re a whole lot better together than apart.”
What starts as a night of missing inhibitions, followed by a morning of regrets and mixed emotions, slowly develops into two people agreeing to give their marriage a chance, getting to know each other, learning to trust one another, and building on that spark that brought them together in the first place. For Evelyn, David is the freedom that her own life never offered her. For David, Evelyn is the first person who’s treated him as a person, not a rock star, her outspoken personality and kind heart awakening in him the man he always wanted to be. She does nor care who he is or what he does for a living – she wants to get to know the man, not the celebrity, and that is something David has never found in another woman before.
“I like you the way you are, blurting out whatever sh*t crosses your mind. Not trying to play me, or use me. You’re just… being with me.”
This might have started as a nicely paced albeit extremely sexy romance between a good girl and a bad boy, with no great emotional oscillations one way or another, but at one point everything changes, and this book goes from being great to becoming awesome. The perfect blend of steamy chemistry between the characters and believable emotional growth, this is a story that will keep you in a constant state of ‘I-need-more-more-more’. More of the delicious love scenes, more of the intensity between the characters, more of the angst. Apart from the mouth-watering cover, I had no idea what I was diving into when I started this book but I knew even after a few pages that this was going to be a story I would not be able to put down. Both light-hearted and deeply passionate, this book was pure rocker perfection.
Did I mention the guy had tattoos and played in a band?
“Only this was real, me and him together. Everything else could come and go. I’d found what was worth fighting for.”
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Stage Dive – Recommended Reading Order and Purchase Links
Lick: My Review | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Play: My Review | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Lead: My Review | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Deep: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
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