Rough Rhythm

A Made In Jersey Novella / 1001 Dark Nights

I’ve been intrigued by the dynamic between James and Lita since they were both introduced in the first book in the series. I apparently had good reason to feel that way since their relationship is difficult to comprehend but oh so basic when you get right down to it.

James lived the life he felt he should and didn’t know he harbored the needs he had until he met the catalyst that made them flourish. Lita is the catalyst and James is her own trigger. Would these two be this way with another partner? I don’t think so. Is it love? It is to them when they get done with the guilt and self-imposed restrictions.

This book had some harsh scenes that had the eyebrows going up. And I liked it. It was edgy and raw and illustrated that what is right for some is abhorrent to others, and if you find the right person nothing is off the table. It’s a romance but also a trip into the dark side of what makes a person tick. This author outdid herself this time.

The story flowed well and background information was provided when needed. How the characters saw themselves as opposed to how others saw them was the meat of the book for me, and the steamy scenarios was the dessert.

Book Blurb for Rough Rhythm

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.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2016 4.50