Always Rayne by Sierra Avalon
Released: June 11, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Reviewed by Sarah
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Would you spend ten days traveling the country with someone you despised if he promised to pay off your student loans?
Recent college graduate, Harper Leigh, can barely make ends meet working as the books editor for a new online entertainment magazine, Chatter. With $85,000 of student loan debt about to go into repayment, she has no idea how she'll get by.
Just when she thinks things couldn't get worse, Harper's boss decides to embed her in the North American tour for the hot rock band, Always Rayne. Ten days on the road with the band for her to get an exclusive story. But Harper's a homebody and the last thing she wants to do is go on the road with a rock band. And she definitely doesn't want to spend ten days with the notorious bad boy and band front man, Nic Rayne.
When Nic proves to be too much for Harper to handle and she threatens to quit the assignment, Nic decides to sweeten the pot. If she stays with the tour for all ten days, he'll pay off all of her student loan debt....but there's one small catch.
Harper also has to sleep in his bed every night.
ALWAYS RAYNE is the first novel in the ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER New Adult Rock Star Romance Series. ALWAYS RAYNE can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.
THE ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER New Adult Rock Star Romance Series continues with:
SOMETIMES BROOKE (Brooke & Leo's Story)
NEVER RAVEN (Raven & Xander's Story)
Due to mature LANGUAGE and CONTENT, ALWAYS RAYNE is recommended for readers aged 18+.
Harper Leigh is trying to live her dream while starting out her young career as a journalist. She is working for a star- up online magazine that has yet to hit it big. Somewhat socially awkward, she tends to be a straight shooter with people. As a child of an inventor and writer, her focus has been on her books, career, and best friend. She doesn’t care about fashion and is inclined to think herself not attractive.
As a heartthrob actor and front man of the band Always Rayne, Nic Rayne is living the fast life. With his arrogant attitude and Lothario ways, he not only expects but has a different woman every night. When he meets Harper back stage after a concert, he’s immediately intrigued. She definitely doesn’t dress like the other women at the concert and she’s doing her best to avoid him. Even more fascinating is Harper doesn’t like him and gives a list of reasons why. For the first in a long time, he’s challenged by a woman and wants her. Nic, being one of the most popular celebrities, is used to getting his way. This time he wants the young writer embedded with his band for the end of their tour. He vows to use the time to get her to like him. Initially this comes across as more of a conquest to be had and not intended for a relationship but somewhere along the way that changes.
While I found Harper to be a bit flat, Nic is definitely one of the more memorable characters of recent reads. For the first half of the book I couldn’t understand how if he wanted to impress and change Harper’s mind about him, he would continue bedding every woman possible and flaunt it in front of her. For me, that is definitely not a turn on or a way to woo a girl. Fortunately he either begins to figure it out or is just more enamored with her than pursuing more women and they develop a true friendship. For the first time, he exposes his true self to someone other than his bandmates/family.
There isn’t much drama. Mostly it is Nic’s personality and then Harper’s ex-boyfriend returning for a bit at the end. Many of the subplot were a bit over the top but not unenjoyable. Overall, I found this to be an easy and quick read. I hope the subsequent two books will be just as fun.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.