Series: Shaken Dirty #1
Published by Macmillan Source: Purchased
Genres: Best Friends Sister, Contemporary Romance, Musician, New Adult, Romance
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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.
First things first, I love best friends sister books, I love the whole inherently forbidden romance, where the stakes are high, the people involved could lose or damage their relationships with other people who are important to them by pursuing the romance. It just ups the suspense for me, and I love the theme in romance. So I was super excited about this book, well that and because I really enjoyed Tracy Wolff’s writing style in her other book Shattered, so I had my fingers crossed that her writing would hold up in a new book. I’m happy to say, I really enjoyed this book, and I enjoyed Tracy’s writing style just as much the second time around.
I normally find the story about the normal woman meeting and ending up with a famous musician unbelievable, except in this case. So Jamison is the little sister of one of the guys in the band Shaken Dirty, a band that started with a group of guys who were childhood friends, so Jamison has a relationship with everyone in the bad, she’s like family to them already. And as it turns out she has had a major crush on Ryder for years. But she’s all grown up now, and after having the worst week (lost job, cheating boyfriend, total car) she and Ryder end up testing the waters. Turns out their chemistry is electric and they can’t seem to avoid each other. I really liked the two of them together, I thought they were good for each other, and I also kind of liked that their relationship was private, and really just for them.
Jamison I really liked. She could easy live off her brothers success, but she is just not that kind of person. She is determined to do things on her own, and even when she is in a tough spot and her brother invites her on tour, she insists on having a job as chef for the band, and she takes it seriously. I like that she’s independent. I also liked that she understood Ryder so well, and that she really had his best interests at heart. On top of that, she’s a great friend and sister, something I really loved about her.
Ryder is definitely the more damaged of the two. He’s so messed up from his past that he is unbelievable against forming any kind of emotional relationship bond with someone. Even when he and Jamison finally come together, he holds her off a arms length. Its really kind of heart-wrenching to watch, both for him and also for Jamison, because Ryder definitely hurts her along the way with the way he is so stand-offish. I think the reason why I liked Ryder as much as I did is because he evolves so much over the course of the book, and I love character evolution.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romances with musicians or the best friends sister theme. It has so super steamy love scenes, and some great secondary characters, so go get to reading, I know I will be buying more Tracy Wolff books in the future.