First book in a new series!
Resisting the Musician
Bridal shoe company owner Lori Hanover is in way over her head. First, her designer sister has fallen head over heels for the rock star fiancé of a client – talk about bad PR! Now her business is falling apart. Lori’s only hope in saving her company is making the world believe it was true love, even if she’s not so sure herself. Her best bet? A song. For this she turns to the most frustrating musical recluse in America, Dash Mills, a man who could pass for Thor’s sexier brother. And even though this former rock superstar agrees to help, it comes at a price…
When Lori agrees to Dash’s terms, he thinks she’s the one in for a challenge. But the more time he spends with this spitfire bombshell, the more tempted he is to play her—in more ways than one. But Dash left behind the rock and roll life for a reason. And seductive as Lori may be, if she drags him back into that world, this time he won’t forgive himself…or her.
An enjoyable start to a new series–who can resist a hero who’s described as “the long lost Hemsworth brother” or a heroine with an awesome shoe wardrobe? Not this reader!
I liked both the Lori’s and Dash’s characters (and I have to say Lorelei and Dashiel are definitely one of the more unique pairings name-wise that I’ve ever read). Watching the two of them try so very hard not to fall for one another is quite a trip. It’s amazing that Dash, who has pretty much removed himself from most human interaction for the past four years, can see inside Lori and understand what she wants and needs so quickly. On the outside, they seem as if they could never work–she’s practically married to her job and schedule, and he barely seems to know what day of the week it is–but they had me sold by the end of the novel. Using the device of the song to bring the two together was a unique twist.
My only real complaint is that this book really left me wanting to know more about the story behind Callie (Lori’s sister) and Jake (Dash’s former bandmate) getting together. Callie is (and indirectly, Jake as well) the reason that Dash and Lori meet in the first place; and I’d really like to know the back story there. (Maybe it will be in one of the other series books?) There’s also a clear set-up here for Lori and Callie’s reporter friend Lita and one of the other members of the band, Rocky–the two obviously have a history.
Anxiously waiting the next two books!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
“What compelled you to ignore the ‘No Trespassing Or My Vicious Dogs will Eat Your Liver For Brunch’ sign?” asked Dash.
In sentences three words and less his voice was riveting. Longer it was rich and smooth, with a hint of an accent Lori couldn’t pick.
“The sign lied,” Lori prevaricated, as if she didn’t have a million things she ought to be doing with her time other than standing in this doorway in the middle of nowhere falling into the slumberous dark eyes of a hulking stranger.
His wide mouth flickered up at one corner. She would have bet a mint the guy was well aware how a smile like that would play with any female within range.
“If you want liver-eaters for dogs,” she said, standing taller to negate the urge to fan herself, “they need discipline.”
One meaty shoulder lifted into a shrug. “Never been that keen on the stuff myself.”
He touched the side of his nose and she wondered how many times it had been broken. And how big the other guys must have been.
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Australian writer Ally Blake is a redhead, a footy fan, a devotee of the language of Aaron Sorkin; she is addicted to stationery and M&Ms and weak in the face of Italians and fire-fighters and a firm believer in love, luck, and fairies. She is also a best-selling author with more than twenty-five fun, flirty romance novels under her belt with over three million copies of her books sold worldwide. For Ally’s take on life, writing, and other fancy stuff, head to www.allyblake.com.
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