Review: Fade into Me (Shaken Dirty #3) by Tracy Wolff

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Title: Fade into Me
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 2/15/16
Length:   232 pages
Series:  Shaken Dirty #3

Overview

She’s one addiction he can’t resist.

Wyatt Jennings has been called a lot of things by the media. Bad-boy rocker. Intense drummer. Addict.

Finally out of rehab and desperate for a fresh start, Wyatt rejoins his mega-platinum rock band Shaken Dirty as they prepare for their world tour. But Wyatt’s demons are never far behind, always nipping at his heels for one. More. Fix.

Enter Poppy Germaine, the band’s new social media consultant. A beautiful bombshell who somehow manages to get underneath Wyatt’s skin, Poppy’s an addiction Wyatt can get behind. And even though she’s with the label-and therefore off-limits-he craves her. Needs her.

Except Poppy isn’t actually a social media consultant. She’s the daughter of the label’s CEO, sent undercover to babysit Wyatt and keep him from falling off the wagon again. Proving herself to her father is Poppy’s only goal-until she finds herself in Wyatt’s bed. But if Wyatt discovers the truth, it could send him spiraling all over again…

My Thoughts

The saga continues, this time we’re getting to see the troubled tale of Wyatt, who’s fresh out of rehab, trying to get his life back in balance.  Because he’s a liability, the record label wants to send someone to babysit, and that someone ends up being Poppy – who’s the daughter of the head of the label, and also the one who discovered the band.  She’s got to stay under cover of course, in how she ‘manages’ Wyatt, and we all know that it means that romance is going to come into play.

The story that we get here, it’s one that’s both expected and a bit deeper than expected.  Yes, it’s commonplace to have the rockstar addict as a story line, but in this one, we have to get about half way to 3/4 of the way through in order to see things beginning to hit home for everyone what is at stake, and what their worth is to everyone.  If it wasn’t enough that we had the story line of Wyatt, we’re also learning about the process to replace Micah now that he’s been ousted from the band.

Typical of the other books in this series, we get a sweet romance starting here, although for the bulk of their interactions, it’s more about sex than about romance and relationship.  Of course they are both in denial of what’s in front of their face, but i think that it’s always that catalyst of someone lying and up and leaving that makes things actually happen.  The ending that we get here though, totally didn’t expect it to happen as it did, and it’s nice.

In addition to the plot line of following Wyatt, we see that Poppy finds herself at a crossroads since she’s never been given the chance to prove that she’s an amazing talent scout and record exec.  She’s always being forced to stay behind her brother and never get the  credit that’s due.  We see how that plays out here and that’s an interesting twist as well.

So all in all, pretty good continuation of the series, and i can’t wait to get into Jared and Drew’s stories now that they have still to be told.

Have a great sunday everyone!

Review: Drive me Crazy (Shaken Dirty #2) by Tracy Wolff

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Title: Drive Me Crazy
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 2/24/14
Length:   250 pages
Series:  Shaken Dirty #2

Overview

Former rivals Quinn Bradford and Elise McKinney are not friends, at least not anymore. As teens, all they cared about was psyching each other out before concerts. But when Quinn—now the keyboardist for Shaken Dirty, the hottest rock band on the scene—returns to his hometown and hears about the car accident that shattered Elise’s career, he’s determined to make things right.

Elise wants nothing to do with an arrogant rock star, despite how bad she so clearly wants him, so Quinn kidnaps the stubborn little piano player and whisks her back to his mansion. A little seduction might be just the thing to keep Elise under his care…and in his bed. But amid pranks both childish and very adult, their past comes rearing back to haunt them. And it might be more than either of them can forget.

His rival’s in his bed, and this rocker is ready to play.

My Thoughts

I like how this series is progressing, giving us a peek into the lives of these band members as they begin  to ‘grow up’ and find their own identities while on hiatus from the tour.  In this next installment, we see that there’s a more human side to Quinn, although we started to see that from the first book and how he was with Jamison.

Anyhow, it’ opens in the hospital as Elise wakes up from surgery which is a result of a car accident that she was in.  What i think it’s tough here though in the flow of the story is that we don’t ever learn exactly what happened, and all that, but we just know that it happened.  In any event, we see that Quinn is there by her side, which is a surprise given that they haven’t seen each other for 10 years, and their last time together wasn’t necessary an exit on good terms. (i.e. Quinn dipped out without so much as a goodbye).

Fast forward to the present, we get to see that Quinn and Elise still have chemistry and a really strong friendship, and Quinn wants to be there for her while she’s recuperating – and maybe more?  The nice thing between these 2 is that they are both feisty – we get to see some nice banter between them, and we get to see that while there’s hurt and fear between what they were and what they could be, they are both able to put things aside in order to just ‘be’ for the moment.

There’s the subplot of both of their careers in the mix here as well which keeps the main story going – Elise being a professional pianist and of course Quinn’s situation with Shaken Dirty, and the rehab/member situations going on. We get to spend much of the book wondering ‘what will happen’ for both of them, and as we saw in the previous book, our author gives us a peek in the epilogue.

That all being said, along with the great subplot that we have to keep the bigger series going, we have the intense chemistry with these 2 that keeps this one installment going.  while it’s not as ‘animalistic’ as Jamison and Ryder, it’s still hot in a romantic sort of way.  There’s something that’s more ‘romance than heat’ with these two, but it works.  and it’s nice.  I think that of course there’s the expectation that someone’s going to get scared off, and it’ll be a question of how they will find their way back together if it’s meant to be, and what that will look like, but it’s a nice progression that Ms Wolff gives us to get there.

So on that note, i’m off to find book 3 and see who’s next.  Enjoy!

Review: Crash into Me (Shaken Dirty #1) by Tracy Wolff

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Title: Crash into Me
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 11/25/13
Length:   208 pages
Series:  Shaken Dirty #1

Overview

She’s totally off limits, but this rocker wants a taste…

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.

My Thoughts

After discovering this author through the Ethan Frost series, i had to give this one a chance, and i have to say that it’s really enjoyable if not reminiscent of a series that i read years ago.  It’s ok – there’s nothing wrong with a series about a rock band where every installment we get to see a glimpse into what makes the rockers tick – and what makes the story great.  The only downfall though is that there are too many similarities in this series to make it uber original from the other one that i read. Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning.  There’s the same premise, a rock band and a sister joining the tour for various reasons, but it’s been ages since i’ve read it, and the author’s styles are a bit different so i’m all for it.

Anyway, in this series, we meet our leading lady Jamison who’s had the week from hell with losing her job, her car, her man and basically everything sucks, and the only good thing is that her brothers band is on tour and will be in town so she’s decided to surprise them a day early and show up at the show.  They are like a second family to her, given that she’s been in the fold since she was thirteen, and the guys consider her a little sister to her dismay as she’s been lusting after Ryder – the bad boy of the band for that whole time as well.

So it’s through a series of events that 1) Ryder doesn’t realize that he’s singing to her at the show, 2) Jamison finds herself in a compromising position with a member of another band on the tour who doesn’t want to accept ‘no’ – and Ryder comes to her rescue…and this is where our story starts to heat up.

It’s really well written to be honest, you get the sense throughout the story that both of these characters are damaged which isn’t surprising but they find solace with each other which also isn’t surprising.  Their chemistry is clear as day and the way that are together is romantic AND hot.  which is a nice mix.  You want to root for them even knowing that there are huge consequences since Jamison’s brother isn’t thrilled with the idea of them together.

Sadly there’s one other similarity that we get to the other series too – there’s a member of the band who’s addicted to heroin and we find him unconscious, not breathing and no heartbeat towards the end of this book.  That’s happened before in Sinners and well, i think that if you’ve read that one, you know how this one will end up.  I think that we’ll just have to see how that branch of the story shakes out.

Ms Wolff does a great job of giving us characters that we want to be invested in, and that we get really hot and steamy for, and that’s a nice trait.  The plot line itself could be a bit deeper, but i don’t know that it’s necessary since it’s just thread that will keep all these future installments bound together.  And to that note, the epilogue that we get teases what we’ll see in the coming books, without giving too much away.  so on that note, i’m off to book 2 and i’ll be back later!