Released: June 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Shay Mahone defines the word ‘independent’. While avoiding emotional entanglements, she focuses on her goal of opening her own yoga studio with her best friend.
Brodie Davidson is everything Shay doesn’t want: a famous, arrogant drummer who’s never photographed with the same woman twice. He’s temptation and destruction in one sexy, devastating combination.
Though she vows to keep her distance, Shay finds it impossible to ignore the sensual fire between them. Brodie has never wanted a relationship—until he meets Shay. They both must strip away each other’s veneer in order to reveal the person they were meant to find.
Breaking all of their rules gives Brodie and Shay a freedom they’ve never felt. Just when they discover who they really are, the realities of living a public life intrude. Trials and tribulations are nothing new to either of them, but is their relationship strong enough to overcome all that threatens to tear them apart?
Shay Mahone has 100% focus on her goal of owning a yoga studio with her best friend; he’s the yogi, she’s the business mind. To attain her objective, she’s willing to do whatever it takes including work three jobs. With a huge loan to repay for the restoration of their studio, she’s a bookkeeper, cater waitress, and nude model for art school. On the emotional front she happens to despise people of wealth and entitlement, which mainly goes back to abandonment by her mother for a rich stepfather. She also allows this and a failed college relationship to taint her view on men entirely.
As a famous drummer, Brodie Davidson can’t be less of what Shay loathes. He’s affluent and cocky celebrity with woman falling all over him. At a closer look, he is all of those things but also just wants to return home to Charleston because he does not always enjoy the limelight. He hasn’t had a true relationship in forever because he realizes women only want him for his fame and money. He has a softer side which becomes apparent throughout.
Initially Shay comes across as an indisputable self-reliant person who lets know one break through her exterior or come between her and her goals. She’s quite spunky and feisty, having no trouble telling people her thoughts. It’s this behavior coupled with instant physical magnetism that causes Brodie to approach her at a charity function where she’s working. I was a little vexed by how contradictory she was towards him from the get go. I suppose it’s part of the allure of their enchantment with one another but in some ways took away from the projected angst. The relationship moved very quickly from its inception but that still made sense given the characters’ backstories. I found it interesting how Brodie demanded her to open up while he still kept parts of his past hidden, fortunately he did finally give her every part of him. I truly love the secondary characters, her best friend and her grandma. They are quirky, dynamic, and add to the Shay’s growth. Overall, this is a fun and entertaining which allows us to see their entire journey.
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.