Series: Westbeach #2
Genres: Alpha Guy, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Musician, Romance, Second Chances
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Ryker Oakley only cared about three things during school —fighting, his band, and getting laid. When he took it upon himself to ‘babysit’ Bryleigh Munroe, he didn’t expect her to be so much trouble, and he sure as shit wasn’t prepared for how fast she would grow on him. Fast-forward to eight years later, his band—Twisted Transistor—is the most successful rock group known to mankind. When his brother’s wedding brings the only girl he ever came close to caring about back into his life, he discovers something he thought they had left behind in the past, had been destroying her daily.
Bryleigh Munroe was a popular girl at school, but because her father was a politically powerful man in the San Diego region, the boys either swore away from her or were trying too hard to get with her. She wanted one night. Quick and dirty. No strings. Only she didn’t expect Ryker Oakley to flip the script on her without her even realizing. Eight years later, Bryleigh still battles with the mistakes she made when she was younger. She’s had to deal with things that she shouldn’t have had to, all on her own.
After all this time has their bond remained silent? Can she forgive the torment Ryker inflicted on her? Or will the choices they made all those years ago force them to re-unite.
I had never read Amo Jones before, but this cover just screamed out to me, it could be because I’m a huge fan of curse words, or maybe that the title is written in an awesome glittery font, or maybe its the cover model, but I wanted this book and I wanted it bad. I honestly didn’t even realize this was the second book in the series until about midway through the book when they started introducing other characters. But honestly you can read this book completely as a stand alone, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything while reading this book.
So Ryker and Bryleigh met when they were in high school together. Ryker played basketball and was fairly close with Bryleigh’s dad because of the basketball. So when her dad sends him to a party she is going to in order to make sure she is safe, well let’s just say it gets the ball rolling on this high school romance. These two heat up like crazy, and quick too. They both seem to be fairly volatile around each other, and have some serious jealously problems, which is interesting because I’m fairly certain these two basically agrees on no commitment. But regardless, it all comes crashing down. I don’t want to explain how because frankly it needs to be read, I mean it seriously broke my heart when I read it, and you guys need to experience that.
So flash forward 8 years and both Ryker and Bryleigh are completely different people. Bryleigh though, man, girl can’t catch a break! I mean after everything that happened in high school, if anyone deserved a break it was her. Instead, she is living a life she in no way wants to be living, with a horrible man who hurts her. But she is doing it because she honestly believes she has no other choice, all she wants to do is to protect the people she cares about, and that means staying in this horrible situation.
Ryker on the other hand has made it rich with his band, he’s super successful and honestly it seems like everything ended up roses for him. Except you can tell that something is missing. He has short, mutually beneficial, let’s call them liaisons, but no real romance to speak of. I think on some level he knew he still loved Bryleigh, and that what happened in the past haunted him. I really despise what happened, I mean really, but at the same time I also recognize that they were kids, and kids do stupid thing. Ryker learned the hard way that your actions have consequences. I also think that he did the best he could to make things right, especially once we flash forward 8 years.
Ryker and Bryleigh burn hot and fast, whether it was in high school or in present day, and I really did enjoy reading them as a couple. I liked the storyline, it was pretty fast paced, so it made for a pretty quick read for me. I without a doubt will be reading more Amo Jones in the future.