Can a love built on secrets survive?
Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs…and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn’t need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.
But Dred has other ideas. Pixie’s sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.
Blown away!! That’s how I felt reading this killer rock romance about a drop dead gorgeous guy who knew what to do with the women in his life. Well not at first maybe; but boy did he learn. Dred Zander was the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Preload who had met the rest of his bandmates/brothers in a group home when they were kids. With the guidance of a couple of caring people these guys became one of the top rock bands in the world. There was no looking back for these guys, only moving forward. Dred was also one of the judges on a TV show about tattoos. Dred had ink of his own and when you add the bad boy rock star persona to it, he was a hit. One of the other judges on that show was an extraordinary tattoo artist from Miami, Trent, who had an ink shop along with his partner Cujo. When Dred would roll into Miami he was always game to go to his favorite tattoo spot for some more ink. It just so happened that is where Dred me Pixie who was the receptionist for Trent and Cujo’s place. Every time he would see her he would ask her to go out with him and every time Pixie would give Dred some type of line that would keep him asking for more.
Pixie was guarding herself and her past because she, like Dred, had past childhood issues that she wanted to keep buried. If it weren’t for Trent and Cujo finding her one day outside of their tattoo shop going through withdrawals who knows what would have happened to her. These guys had huge hearts and a willingness to help this poor girl they had found. Six years ago they helped Pixie get treatment and she had been with them ever since trying to pay back their kindness they had shown her. The guys didn’t know her whole story but they knew that she was someone special who had lived through some type of hell. Dred was drawn to Pixie and once she finally gave in and went out with him for the first time they both had a pull toward one another neither had felt before. Dred soon learned that Pixie came with her own baggage and was surprised to learn that his little purple haired beauty was a virgin. Is possible that a rock star, who is able to have any woman he wanted, be one to take it slow with someone with something so special to give to him without getting too attached? Dred wasn’t sure himself but he definitely wanted to find out. He was learning how much Pixie meant to him both in mind and body with the times they spent together.
Just as things are looking good for Dred and Pixie a woman from Dred’s past comes forward saying that Dred is the father to her baby. First of all, is it true and if it is will Dred find it in himself to raise a kid since he had no role models whatsoever in parenting. Is this accusation too much for Pixie to handle and does she want to bring any attention to herself since she is hiding from the past she ran from? Will Dred and Pixie ever be able to tell the other of their dark secrets that formed them into the people they are today without having their whole world’s crash down around them? This is one hell of a story that you won’t be able to put down. The chemistry between Dred and Pixie is like none other but is it enough to get through everything that is confronting them now? I am happy to say that I just found another rock romance author that I’m excited about because when she writes another book about these rocker boys it will be the top of my list to read.
This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.