Series: Phoenix Rising Rock Band #1
Author: Kathryn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance with taboo elements
Heat Level: 5 out of 5 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
I’m a rocker with the eyes of the world on me. Waiting for my triumph or my downfall…just waiting. Most of my life is in my hands. My destiny? That’s another story. My destiny isn’t as debt free.
My band, Phoenix Rising, arrives in Houston to cut a new album. Before we perform our first concert in the city and I choose my groupies of the night, I’m thrust into debauchery. Sleeping with a gorgeous woman twenty years older than me has its perks, especially when her husband orchestrated the encounter and eagerly watches. To me, performing is performing. If a man wants to share his wife, who am I to stop him?
Unfortunately for me, I don’t make a clean getaway as I leave the McCall mansion. Georgie, their sixteen-year-old daughter, is in the midst of her own intrigue, sneaking home in the middle of the night after an evening of drugs and sex with her older brother’s best friend. In her, I see me. She’s lost and drifting. Her hedonistic parents insist she’s old enough to make her own decisions. Instead of time and love, they give her money and things.
I’m a twenty-five-year old international superstar and I know better. I’m cocky and arrogant. I know it so I own it. Somehow, I’ve always bested the fates. I have all to lose—my reputation, my career, and my freedom. Her mother’s jealousy forces my hand and I take Georgie on the tour.
This is our story and our secret relationship and the destruction of my life. You know the adage about secrets? Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Wise words from a wise man. If only I had listened. Secrets have a way of revealing themselves in the harshest way.
I was asked to beta read this book and being a huge Kathryn Kelly fan, I was honored. There is some taboo element to this book in my opinion due to the heroine’s age. That’s my disclaimer and Kathryn Kelly and I have discussed this.
Phoenix Rising is a very popular rock band. Like many rock bands, not all the members of the band get along. This story is the beginning of the love affair of Sloane Mason and Georgie McCall. Georgie is a huge fan of the band and Sloane in particular. Their first meeting, Sloane notices how young she is but also how beautiful. When he finds out that she’s sixteen, he knows that his fascination and attraction can go no further. But it does. The second time he sees her, he’s leaving her home after having just had sex with her mother while her father watched. Sloane lives for debauchery in all it’s forms. He’s a former addict who’s living drug free for the moment.
Georgie is a little girl lost. She’s in a kind of relationship with her brother’s best friend who trades drugs with her for oral sex. She’s ignored and down right neglected by her pervert parents. Her dad spends money on her but no time with her. He’s too busy screwing younger women with his wife. Her mother is a selfish woman jealous of her daughter’s age and beauty. So Georgie looks for attention where she can find it and anything to numb the pain of her existence. In Sloane, she sees her savior of sorts. Falling in love with him was easy. Their life would be hell if they acted on their mutual attraction.
This is a very dark story. You are swimming in a world full of privilege, debauchery, drug abuse and child abuse. There were difficult moments for me because of this abuse. Sloane is a first class man-whore with just a touch of conscience. Georgie is a very troubled girl looking for love in all the wrong places and unfortunately finding it. Your heart breaks for her over and over. Despite all the things in this book that raised my “ick” factor, I was hooked. I had to find out where it was going and what would happen when I got there. There is a second book and yes, this one ends on a cliffhanger but I’m all in now. I have to know if there will be an HEA for Sloane or Georgie and will it be with them together? Kathryn Kelly has hooked me to another one of her series and I’m thrilled about it!
Book given in exchange for an honest review via the author.