on May 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
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Cooper Ryan is living the dream. Between the parties with rock royalty, booze, groupies and performing to crowds of thousands with his band Taint, life seems pretty sweet. There’s just one thing missing: the feisty little red-head that took his baby and ran off with his heart. Throwing himself into music is the only thing keeping him sane.
Until a run-in with a nonplussed, package-wielding PA throws everything off balance.
Ali Jones is having a craptastic life. Her grandmother died, leaving her homeless, penniless, and alone, and her boyfriend left her for a tramp who takes her clothes off for money. That’s why when she lands her dream job at a record company it seems like it’s too good to be true.
Because it is.
Slapped with an ultimatum, Ali must decide if facing the horror of the unemployment line is a fate worse than going on the road with four rowdy rockers hell-bent on making her life misery.
He’s adored by millions.
She’s not even loved by her cat.
Can they ignore their hatred long enough to survive the tour from hell? Or will their chemistry force everything to come crashing down around them?
***Beware: This Review Contains Spoilers***
Carmen Jenner has created a really great story in her new novel, Revelry, the first book in her new Taint series. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but no. The title doesn’t reference what’s on your mind, but is the new name of the main character’s band. Cooper Ryan is the lead singer of a rock band on the brink of mega-stardom, who meets his match in feisty Ali Jones. Having just had his heart-broken by his baby mama, Holly, the last thing Coop wants to think about is women, but he’s a sucker for redheads. Like Coop, Ali has lost the things she holds dear, but a new job at a major record company looks like the fresh start she’s been looking for. As you probably can tell, these two view the other as bad news, but of course this being a romance, things change.
I really enjoyed this book. So much so, that I stayed up all night to finish it. Jenner’s language kept me glued to the page with her snappy dialogue. I also found all of her characters to be very likable. Even when they were being major douches. Jenner gives readers a glimpse of the entertainment industry that I found to be very truthful. Having worked in entertainment and grown up around people in the public eye, some of the things that happen in the story are things I’ve witnessed or heard about.
The other thing I really liked was how this romance was unconventional. Coop and Ali are the main couple, but end up in a polyamorous relationship with one of Coop’s bandmates. This adds complications that seemed inline with things people in these types of relationships experience. Jenner manages to bring humanity to this situation of three people who care deeply for one another, and that keeps it from being unseemly or included for shock value.
Since this is a series, and based on some of her other work, I’m going to assume the next book will feature another member of the band à la The Black Dagger Brotherhood. While I really liked the other guys, and wouldn’t mind learning more about them, part of me hopes I’m wrong. I would love to see another book featuring Coop and Ali, because they are such good characters.
Do I Recommend?
Normally I don’t review romance or erotica, but one was really good, so yes! I enjoyed Revelry so much that I’m planning to check out Jenner’s Savage Saints series. If you’re looking for a steamy book to take to the beach or on summer holiday, then this one’s for you! Then again, it’s so addictive, maybe not. LOL!