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I Belong


Review: Crash Into Me by Tracy Wolff

Title: Crash Into Me

Author: Tracy Wolff

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Shaken Dirty (Book 1)

Publication Date: October 14, 2013

FormatEbook, 250 Pages

ISBN-10: 1622663497 (Entangled: Brazen)

ISBN-13: 978-1622663491 (Entangled: Brazen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Emotional new adult romance with interesting characters, drama, and lots of steamy moments.  This was a really great read and I would highly recommend it.

Opening Sentence: His voice roared over her.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Jamison Matthews’ life has just fallen apart.  She lost her job, boyfriend, and car all in the same week.  She has no idea how she is going to pay for her rent, and she refuses to ask for help even if her brother is filthy rich.  Her brother is in the band Shaken Dirty and they recently made it in the big times. They are going on a worldwide tour and their first stop happens to be in San Diego where Jamison lives.  It’s been a while since she has seen her brother or the gorgeous lead singer of the band, Ryder Montgomery. Jamison has pretty much been in love with Ryder since she was 14 years old.  She grew up with the band and all the guys have treated her like their little sister, including Ryder. She threw herself at him years ago and he rejected her. Ryder is still as hot as ever but Jamison refuses to be humiliated again, and she’s not the type of girl that does causal one night stands. But this is Ryder were talking about, the boy she has always loved so maybe she can break a few of her own rules.

Ryder Montgomery has it all. Fame, fortune, girls falling all over themselves to be with him, but the one thing Ryder doesn’t deserve and never will is love.  After what happened with his last girlfriend, Ryder has sworn to never put another girl in that situation. Then Jamison walks back into his life. He has always had a thing for her but she is way too good for him.  Now she is joining their band on tour and Ryder is afraid he won’t be able to deny his attraction to her anymore.  With sexual tensions running sky high, Ryder and Jamison find themselves unable to resist, but they both know that this is going to end in heartbreak for both of them.

I absolutely adored Jamison.  She is a fiercely independent girl that has had a pretty rough patch in her life lately.  She doesn’t want to ask for help from her father or brother.  She is living on her own, being her own person and asking for help seems like she failed.  But when her brother offers her a job as a cook for the band, she knows that she doesn’t really have any other options. Now she is stuck on a bus for 7 weeks with the guy of her dreams who doesn’t do relationships, especially with his best friends little sister. I could really sympathize with Jamison and what she was going through.  I loved that even though she makes some dumb decisions, she doesn’t do it blindly.  She knows that she can get hurt, but she taking a chance and living your life is better than never having lived at all.  She was a really easy character to connect with and I really enjoyed being inside her head.

I love reading books from dual POV’s.  When you see the story from both parties view, I feel like it is easier to connect with it.  So you also get to read the story from Ryder’s POV. Ryder is your typical rockstar, he’s HOT, rich, mysterious, tormented, and did I mention HOTTTT!!!! Suffice to say, he is your perfect bad boy.  It was heartbreaking to read Ryder’s story and to see how much he has tortured himself throughout the years.  He really cares about Jamison, always has, but being with him is destructive. His life and his band mate’s lives are very hectic and he would never put a sweet girl like Jamison through that.  But man oh man do they have some amazing chemistry. Ryder’s character really pulled at my heartstrings and I found him a very lovable guy.

This was a really entertaining read for me.  I felt a wide variety of emotions while on Ryder and Jamison’s journey.  The struggles they go through were very realistic and their story was very sweet.  The romance is beautifully developed and filled with lots of steamy moments.  I also adored the secondary characters in the story. The band is complete with five guys and you get little glimpses into their lives and I am hoping that with the rest of the series we will get to know more about them.  From the first page until the very last, I was captivated and intrigued.  The writing was flawless and while the plot was a little predictable, it was still very enjoyable.  Overall, this was a really great read for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an emotional and steamy new adult series.

Notable Scene:

“Stop it, Max!” she said, jerking from side to side as hard as she could. But he was holding her so tightly she couldn’t get much traction. “Stop it!” she begged. “Please, please, stop!”

He wasn’t listening or maybe he was just too high to listen. Either way, her stomach turned as he trailed his wet mouth over her shoulder.

“Come on, baby,” he muttered, jerking her head back so he could press a sloppy kiss to her mouth.

“Just let it happen.”

She bit him then, clamping her teeth down on his lower lip as hard as she could. It was his turn to scream, to shove at her. He pulled back a hand to hit her and she braced herself for the impact. She’d take a beating over rape any day.

But his hand never connected. Instead, he was pulled off of her and slammed into the opposite wall so hard she heard the thud even over the roar of the music. She went with him part of the way, until he finally managed to untangle his hand from her hair and raise it in a misguided effort to defend himself.

Even then it took Jamison a second to realize what was happening, to realize that she was free. When she did, she scrambled several feet down the hallway, desperate to simply get away. But as she prepared to run, she got a glimpse of her rescuer’s face as he pinned Max to the wall.

Ryder.

It was Ryder who had found her, Ryder who had saved her. And Ryder who was currently shouting obscenities as he beat the hell out of the other singer.

Shaken Dirty Series:

1. Crash Into Me

FTC Advisory: Entangled: Brazen provided me with a copy of Crash Into Me. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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