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Friday, November 8, 2013

ARC Review: Passionate Addiction by Eden Summers

Format: .mobi (provided in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: November 15, 2013

He’s been her ultimate untouchable desire.

Nothing says happy birthday like a rock god flying thousands of miles to surprise a woman he's never met. But that's exactly what happens to Gabi Smith when she gives her long distance best friend a flippant invitation to her laid back girl’s night out. She never expected to turn on the dance floor and find Blake Kennedy’s gaze holding her body captive.

She’s his everything and he’s never laid eyes on her.

Gabi means more to Blake than life itself. She’s his strength, his savior, and the only person who helped to vanquish his demons. No one means more to him than his angel. So when things between them start to sizzle, he's ready to fight for the future he never thought he would deserve.

Skeletons from his past will threaten his only chance at love...

Blake has come a long way—with Gabi's help—to leave the hell of his youth behind him, but sometimes memories don’t want to stay buried. Determined to stand on his own for once, Blake is willing to stretch the truth to keep his troubles from burdening the woman he adores.

Little white lies can create black holes in any relationship. Only time will tell if an Aussie with a heart of gold will forgive her bad-boy boyfriend or if the deceit will end his passionate addiction.

Oh this series is killing me, and in a good way!

As the resident bad boy of the all male rock group Reckless Beat, bass guitarist Blake Kennedy has had it all from the minute he signed on as a member of the group. As talented as he is handsome, Blake can have any woman he wants, but now, all he has to show for his wild ways are a closet full of demons just waiting to escape. Ashamed of how far he’s fallen, Blake refuses to confide in his band mates for fear of their rejection and his dismissal from the band he has come to love. Blake turns to an online support group and strikes an unlikely, and ultimately, life saving friendship with a woman who moderates the chat room. As their friendship deepens over time and moves from internet chats to phone calls, Blake makes the life changing decision to fly to Australia to meet his mystery friend he thinks of as his “Angel.” Did I mention he has no idea what she looks like?

Gabi Smith knows what the man on the other end of the phone looks like. How could she not? He’s a rock god and he’s flown all the way to Australia to see her. She didn’t expect Blake to take her invitation to visit seriously but now that he’s in front of her, she can’t think straight. To her he’s more than just another rock star celebrity, he’s her friend. Her gorgeous, magnetic, made for sin, friend. When their relationship takes on a more intimate tone, she can’t believe it’s true. However, Blake’s demons have come back to torment him and Gabi’s not sure if she can save Blake this time.

Passionate Addiction is the second book in the Reckless Beat series and is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. It’s a contemporary romance that doesn’t try too hard to impress and doesn’t feel like the author was trying to check off as many things on the “Popular Trends” checklist as possible. I think it was brilliant for author Eden Summers to have Blake to establish a strong bond with a woman he couldn’t see, thereby allowing him to be more of himself and really get to know Gabi without the influence of her looks clouding his judgment.

Blake may be the bad boy of Reckless Beat but he doesn’t fight his feelings for Gabi any more than he fights the changes that start to happen in his life. That was part of his appeal to me. The bad boy that wants to be reformed, who wants that special woman in his life and will do anything to make her happy and to make himself worthy of her.

I loved Blake and Gabi’s friendship. It was strong and based on mutual affection and respect that made for a strong foundation for their romance to grow on, and though the erotic scenes were still present, Passionate Addiction is more about the emotional journey between two people who seem like total opposites on the surface. I think that’s part of what made this book such a great read for me.

As with the first book, Passionate Addiction brings such entertaining humor whenever two or more members of the band are in the same room. I love the sarcastic, pre-pubescent humor that the guys all have. Their humor hasn’t changed one bit and I hope it never does. I can’t wait to see who’s next in the series.

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  1. Awesome review! I tend to be picky about contemporaries, but I definitely would want to give this one a try.

  2. Have you read Eden before? I think the first book in the series, Blind Attraction is only $3.99 for your e-reader.


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