Crash Into Me (Shaken Dirty #1) by Tracy Wolff kicks off a series that deserves an encore.
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.
I must begin where all good reviewers would... this book has SEXY rockers with TATTOOS & PIERCINGS... yes, absolutely delicious, yummy men. Okay, now onto the story because that was good too...
This is Tracy Wolff's first book in her Shaken Dirty Series. Don't you love the band's name? The book focuses on one couple but gives readers an excellent introduction into each band member so we have a full picture. Then we get down to business... sneaky business with Ryder and Jamison as they begin a secret fling.
A perfect opposites attract scenario, Ryder is a sexy rock star complete with tattoos and piercings along with a disturbing past. Jamison is Ryder's best friend's sister, a best friend who is also a band mate. She's been sheltered her whole life, mostly by the band members who all think of her as the little sister "Jelly Bean". Now all grown up though, she's independent and on tour with the band as their chef. And she has her sights, as always, on Ryder. Ryder has some less-than-brotherly feelings for her too. The problem is that, as we all know, little sisters are off limits and when they're caught in a compromising position, it causes both to pull away.
The characters are written well. Ryder seems authentic, with enough back story to add some intrigue. Jamison is a realistic woman with insecurities and a size 12 ass. Love her because I could relate and most readers will find the same thing. Readers will pull for her and feel for her throughout the book while still connecting with Ryder.
The emotional component is strong. There's amazing sexual tension between Ryder and Jamison. The events the band goes through obviously set the stage for future books but, more importantly, add to the connection readers will make with the characters. It felt very realistic and engaging.
Can't wait for more of the Shaken Dirty boys!
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by Entangled Publishing. Many thanks.