I was caught by surprise with this one. I have written in nearly every review of the books I have read by her, that L.D. Davis is the queen of angst. (Or something similar.) She can certainly leave a lump in your throat and a gaping hole where your heart used to be. She has an uncanny ability to make you feel what her characters feel. But I didn’t feel the angst with this book. Was that a bad thing? Not necessarily, it just wasn’t what I had come to expect. Also, while her other books have sex as the byproduct of the relationships, I felt that sex was more the focus in this one than the relationship. Again, not a bad thing necessarily, just different.
Alden Breck was the lead singer in the band, Friction. He was your typical rock star, loved partying, loved sex, hated commitment. Falling in love and having a wife were things he swore he would never ever do or have. He was a smart ass and incredibly endearing. He was the kind of guy you would imagine would make a great best friend. One evening during one of his concerts, a cute girl, Noa caught his eye. As he made his way to her, the audience began pushing their way closer to get to him and trapping Noa up against the barrier. The closer he got the worse situation became until the barrier collapsed and Noa was trampled by his fans. Seeing this, Alden pulls her from the floor and “saves” her from further demise. What he doesn’t realize is she hates him. Seriously. She despises everything there is about him. The way he exudes sex, and his cocky demeanor make her see red. Being used to women throwing themselves at him, he is thrilled by the chase.
Having him inserted into her life, was as bad as eating crushed glass. Noa wanted nothing to do with him. And when her friend excitedly tells her how lucky she is that Alden saved her life, she rolled her eyes and said,
“I’d rather have been trampled. Alden Breck is obnoxious and conceited.”
What Alden doesn’t know is that she didn’t have the greatest upbringing and she just got out of an abusive relationship. So the odds were against him. She is an author of romance novels so her standards are even greater.
“Stop looking at me like that.”
“Like I’m dinner.”
“Maybe I’m hungry.”
“Take your appetite somewhere else, Breck,” I said, moving away from him. “You’re not biting here.”
With these dynamics, you can imagine the fireworks. A friend with benefits (without sex, and only one-sided.?.) ensues, as Alden attempts to convince her he is worth her time.
This book is STEAMY and FILLED with sexy times. It is also funny. There is a little suspense thrown in as well. A departure from Davis’s norm, overall, it was a good book. It was a fun quick read.
Noa was trampled and nearly killed by hundreds of horny female fans at a concert for a band she didn’t even like, but Alden, the bad boy lead singer of the band, saved her from the trampling tramps. Alden is used to getting what he wants, especially women, but Noa can’t stand the cocky, pelvic thrusting rock star.
Some things should remain in the dark, but by grudgingly spending time with one of the biggest superstars in the world, every dark corner of Noa’s life will be illuminated under the spotlight. Will she be able to survive it? Will Alden be able to survive the consequences of Noa’s past? Will Noa be able to survive the sexy, brash, and talented Alden Breck?