Book Title: Irresistible Refrain - Tempest Series (Book #1)
Author: Michelle Mankin
Release date: October 3, 2013 Genre: New Adult
Two years ago everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest. Two years is a long time. Too long to keep on remembering. Not nearly long enough to forget. In trouble with nowhere else to go songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City.
It's a risky move for her because they are both there, two impossibly good looking men whose lives are inseparably entwined with hers. One who bruised her heart and one who smashed it into pieces. Warren “War” Jinkins, the mercurial lead singer of Tempest, has always had a thing for Lace.
But then again so does his best friend and band mate. Bryan “Bullet” Jackson, the sinfully handsome tat-sleeved lead guitarist, has a bad boy reputation befitting his nickname. For the past two years Bullet’s had a rule with the groupies: one time, never twice, leave ‘em satisfied, but always leave ‘em.
Two guys, one woman, and a host of dark secrets all together within the tight confines of a tour bus as the group travels cross country.
Can the past be forgotten and buried?
Will friendships prevail?
Or will the three of them succumb to seductive impulses too addictive to resist?
** Irresistible Refrain is a gritty rock and roll tale intended for mature readers seventeen and up. Contains sexual situations, strong language, and drug use. **
5 of 5 Irresistible Refrain
Okay so where to start with this review...... HOLY EFFING CHRIST ALMIGHTY! Okay now that I have that said I have to say that Michelle Mankin totally ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF with this book. Holy rock and roll bad boys! I can't even think straight as I am remembering some of the things that went down. Man I mean I was so into the book I did not hear or see anything but War, Bullet, and Lace for 8 hours! I love me some rock and roll stories bad boys and the girls who fall for them but this is so much more. I mean you have the rock and roll but you have best friends, lovers, and everything in between. Plus you have the reality of drugs and alcohol that fills the voids they feel even if it really doesn't fill anything. This review is going to be simple and spoiler free because I really want you to read it and enjoy it and watch it unfold naturally because that is what I did and LORD LORD help me JESUS because I was BLOWN AWAY!
Love is a biatch and sometimes we don't get the one we want and sometimes the one we want we have to watch be with someone else. For Lace, War, And Bullet love sucks so bad because they are all in love. Yes a love triangle I know you people hate it but this love triangle works in so many ways because poor Lace has loved one of them since she was a child and the other she used to replace her true love because she thinks he doesn't want her in that way.
As the story unfolds you get to see War who is the lead singer pine over Lace and stake his claim on her as his. War loves Lace ad will do anything to be with her and protect her. But can he protect her from a broken heart? Bullet has known Lace since childhood and loves her with all his heart. He wants her to be his but War staked claim on her first and as a best friend and a bro he will not intrude on their relationship so he will love Lace from afar. But in the mean time Bullet does one night stands and groupies like he is changing his underwear's. He never does then twice and never makes commitments to them. When they go back to the room they know right of the bat that it is a slam bam thank you ma'am now get your ass out because you are just a filler. His heart and mind and soul belong to his true love but can he ever have her?
This is such a must read that will rock your socks off. Man it is like a train wreck happening you see it coming but you can't look away and in this case I could not put the book down!
*** TEASER ***
I seriously contemplated telling her right then and there that she was the only woman that had ever been important to me when I heard the door slide open behind us.
“Guys it’s four fucking a.m.” Voice gruff with disapproval, War’s appearance brought our intimate predawn reunion to an end. Looking wan and strung out, the lead singer of Tempest shuffled into view wearing a pair of red boxers and scratched his bare chest. “Come on back to bed, babe.” He held out his hand to her while shooting me an irritated glance.
She patted my knee and I took the cue to scoot out of the booth ahead of her so she could exit.
War threw a proprietary arm around her shoulders as soon as her bare feet hit the floor. “Night, Loser.”
War gave me the finger before he closed the door.
I stared at it for a long time. Nothing had fucking changed. Twenty thousand people screaming my name during my guitar solo at the Garden, plus two twins, but none of that mattered to me. Not when my best friend had the woman I’d always wanted.
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About the Author:
Michelle Mankin is a young/new adult romance writer as well as a self-proclaimed giant…inside her own mind. For many years, she toiled in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her, and the hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and the latest novel, Love Resolution are rock ‘n roll romances. The first is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the second on Much Ado About Nothing, and the third on The Tempest.
The first three books in the Black Cat Records series combine the plot underpinnings of the famous playwright with the drama, excitement, and the indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry. When she is not putting her daydreams down on paper, you can find Michelle traveling the world with her family. Sometimes for real and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.
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