Come Together, Rock Hard Book 2, Madelynne Ellis
Genre: contemporary romance
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I loved Rock Hard, so was really pleased to review this sequel. Dani – I really felt for her, she’d had a horrific childhood and teenage years, and the partnership of her and Xane seems so unlikely. Yet it works, they love each other and Xane can’t seem to keep his hands off her. She’s still struggling though with coping with his sex addicted past, when he used sex with men and women, as a crutch to help him cope. Dani had been brought up in an extreme religious female group where sex was classed as wrong, and even thoughts of it punished cruelly. She’s been abandoned by her mum now, and has no-one except Xane and her long time support and friend Ginny. Dani and Zane are like an island among a sea of others, clutching to each other to survive. Xane is still struggling with the loss of his lover, band member Steve. ( that’s a whole other story too…typical convoluted rock band mixings). the original idea was to use tapes to replace Steve but its clear that won’t work and they bring in another drummer for the tour.
Its a really fun read, full of steamy sex, jealous fans, and band squabbles. The tour seems fraught with mishaps and dangers and it looks like there may be someone out to sabotage it – but who is the danger really aimed at. Dani gets some graphic photos showing Xane with a male lover and the message she won’t be able to keep him, and added to that she’s seen the way he looks at new support roadie Luthor…he’s seriously hot, and tells Dani he fancies Xane and her too. Somehow they become unlikely friends, though she’s never sure if Xane will take him up on his flirting…he tells her she’s enough but with his background she’s worried. Xane too is worried – he hasn’t told Dani something from his past that could come back to haunt him, its friction, secrets, danger and threats all the way.
I’d guessed who was behind things but not why, and the finale came as a surprise, with things I didn’t expect. The way it plays out and ends reminds very much of Olivia Cunnings Sinners books, the one centred around band member Trey…and has the same steamy, sexy feel to it. I like the way we follow the band on the tour – I’ve read too many “band” or “film” books where the characters are that in name only, and we never go near a studio or tour, or a film set…if its that world I want to feel I’m In it with them, not just see it referred to in passing.
I’m hoping we see more of Ash and Ginny too in later books – they’ve been side characters in all books so far, and fit well into the story.
Stars: Five, really enjoyed this, a typical “rock band” book, with a great realistic setting.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers