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Series: Made In Jersey #1.5
Published by: Evil Eye Concepts
on March 8, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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God help the woman I take home tonight.
Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.
This time I’ll finally crack him.
Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.
Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.
Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.
This has got to be one of my FAVORITE Tessa Bailey reads EVER! God, these characters just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go! I DEVOURED it! I CONSUMED it! I CHERISHED every single word! Bailey makes me swoon, scream, cry, and laugh like NO OTHER. Simply unputdownable, just like every single one of her books! Ever since I finished CRASHED OUT, book one in the Made In Jersey series, I’ve been dying to get my hands on James and Lita’s story. I knew it would be epic, because there was just so much there between them, even though we only got a taste of it in the first book.
Lita is always getting herself in trouble. James is always the one to bail her out. Who knew it was all by design. Something happened years ago, when James and Lita first set eyes on each other. Something dark. Something forbidden. Something that James and Lita will never forget. Four years go by, and they are playing the same game with no end in sight, until James makes a decision that he thinks will save them both tons of pain. Well, Lita was never the best at taking orders or following directions. James is hers, and she will be damned if she lets him run away again.
This was a little darker than I’m used to with Tessa Bailey’s stories, and I absolutely LOVED that she went in that direction with these two characters. Fast paced, exciting, sexy, passionate, and heartbreaking, Bailey took James and Lita’s story to another level. And James…OMG JAMES! I love that man! We see a whole other side to the hero of this story, and if you asked him…he is no DAMN HERO! Which just makes me love him even more! As soon as I finished ROUGH RHYTHM, I wanted to pick it back up and start again! This was an amazing novella that packed quite a sexy punch!
This time she would finally crack him.
Ignoring stares from her cellmates, Lita jogged in place, preparing for the confrontation with James, her band manager. This was her ritual before shows, too. It loosened the limbs, shook out the demons. She took her role as drummer for Old News seriously, same way she considered riling up James a form of art. For four freaking years, they’d been repeating this song and dance—and Lita was over it. Today was the day James lost his cool. The way he’d lost it the night they met.
Remembering the state she’d been in when James found her, Lita jogged a little faster. At twenty-three, she wasn’t that scrawny, starving girl now. Not in most ways, anyway. The memory of what took place that night still had the ability to steal her breath, make her restless. But unlike the girl she’d been at nineteen, Lita didn’t wait for fate to wave its magical hand. No. She grabbed fate’s wrist and shook, shook, until the pieces fell into an acceptable pattern. That modus operandi is what had landed her inside a musky, Wilshire division holding cell of LA County’s jail system.
Lita didn’t have a head for numbers, but was pretty damn sure today would mark the twenty-first time James had bailed her out of a jail-type situation. Looking after the interests of Old News’s members was his job. Their relationship, however, fell outside the parameters of a typical musician-manager arrangement. Not that he would ever admit it. No, James simply continued to show up when Lita got into trouble, lecturing her about proper behavior on the way to dropping her off. And leaving. He left every time, that distinguished jaw of his firmly set, sunglasses hiding the guilt she knew lurked in his eyes four years later.
Not this time. Last night, Lita had gone above and beyond to ensure this morning wrought one of two outcomes: James quitting, giving up on her like everyone else did eventually, or his control finally slipped. One way or another, she wouldn’t be in limbo come tonight. She’d been there too long.
Lita stopped jogging when she heard the jingling of the guard’s keys. James was right on time, as usual. Her cellmates craned their necks, some coming to their feet in the hopes they were being released. Lita stowed a pang of sympathy and whipped her hair into a quick ponytail. The guard cast a tired-eyed glance in her direction and unlocked the door. “Lita Regina, your bail has been posted.”