Rock star drummer Bishop Riley just needs a few months to relax and detox before his band’s next tour. But the last place he expected to do it is in Seldon, Alaska. And the last person he wants to do it with is Penny Jones.
Fiery, headstrong Penny has zero in common with the cocky, too-hot-for-his-own-good Bishop, and she’d like to keep it that way. But the more Bishop gets under her skin, the more she wants to let him in. And the more Penny lets him see, the more Bishop wants to know this stubborn girl with the killer body and soulful eyes.
The simmering heat between them won’t go away, no matter how hard either of them tries. Their time together in Alaska may be running out—but so is their resolve for not taking a chance on love.
Where do you send a pill head drummer for a band that has Grammies under their belt and he needs to get his stuff together? Alaska?! This seems like a great idea for everyone but Bishop. So yeah, maybe he did almost die by downing too many pills this last time and yeah, maybe he has been letting his band down by not showing up to places he was supposed to be…but Alaska? His mom, who he loves very much, and his manager have come up with the idea for Bishop to take a couple of months off with Gary by his side. Gary has helped someone else who had addiction problems through this and he has been by Bishop as his bodyguard for quite some time. Gary knows too that Bishop has to do this if he wants to keep living. Too bad Bishop doesn’t realize that this trip is a life or death matter. It’s easy to brush off the concept of having a pill addiction when some of the meds are prescribed and you just don’t see for yourself what is happening around you. Bishop agrees to go to appease his mom and to get his manager off his back so that they get over this idea that he has a problem. But Alaska? What the hell do you do there? There are no food deliveries even if you get an idea you want pizza or Chinese!
One thing Alaska does have and that is Penny Jones who is a tough as hell girl who is not only beautiful but is one of the best hockey players on her all boy high school team. Penny works hard and takes no shit from anyone and she is also loved and admired by the guys on her team. She is getting a lot of looks from some of the best women’s hockey colleges out there but Penny doesn’t want to leave Alaska. She actually likes it there for a few different reasons; 1-she wants to play on a men’s team and if in Alaska she can, 2-she really likes where she lives because there is some much to do, and 3-her Grandpa is there and he means the world to her and he is in the beginning of dementia. Since her dad was killed in a motorcycle accident it’s just her mom and her grandpa who share a put together house and run cabin rentals. Usually people only come up and rent in the summer but there are two guys who rented out all of the cabins and it’s the dead of winter.
Bishop does catch Penny’s eye but because of his bad attitude and he can’t even wave back to her she figures he isn’t worth the time. It’s just too bad that he’s so damn good looking. Penny has no idea who this moody guy is even though she is a fan of his band Burn which he is the drummer for. As the walls slowly come down Penny shows Bishop all of the things that you can actually do in Alaska and have fun doing them. The competition between these two is funny because both like to give it everything they have and end up on top. Who knew riding snow machines around could be so much fun?! Bishop also spends his time working on fixing up Penny’s old corvette with Gramps and they form a really close bond which is something that Bishop hasn’t had in his life since his dad is actually a scumbag. He finally trusts Gramps enough to let him in on his story and Gramps is the only one who knows the real Bishop Riley.
What’s it going to take to get Bishop to tell Penny who he really is and why he is up in Alaska in the middle of winter renting a bunch of cabins with one other guy? Even if Penny realizes that she is having actual feelings for Bishop is he worth giving up her college aspirations for or will what he tells her end their relationship for good? What tragedy happens that pushes Bishop to the edge and will he and Penny every have that chance to have the relationship that they both surprisingly want? This book had you feeling some pretty intense things; there was a sweetness that was forming between Penny, Bishop and Gramps, there were times that my eyes filled with tears because of some of the heartbreak, and there was that feeling that you get when you finally have found someone that you are attracted to and makes you think about life in the future.
This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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I read Dawn’s Facade and really liked it. I would definitely pick up this one. Alaska is a setting I don’t read must but I would love to see how they manage there.