SynopsisTwo years ago everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest. Two years is a long time. Too long to keep on remembering. Not nearly long enough to forget. In trouble with nowhere else to go songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City. It’s a risky move for her because they are both there, two impossibly good looking men whose lives are inseparably entwined with hers. One who bruised her heart and one who smashed it into pieces. Warren “War” Jinkins, the mercurial lead singer of Tempest, has always had a thing for Lace. But then again so does his best friend and band mate. Bryan “Bullet” Jackson, the sinfully handsome tat-sleeved lead guitarist, has a bad boy reputation befitting his nickname. For the past two years Bullet’s had a rule with the groupies: one time, never twice, leave ‘em satisfied, but always leave ‘em. Two guys, one woman, and a host of dark secrets all together within the tight confines of a tour bus as the group travels cross country. Can the past be forgotten and buried? Will friendships prevail? Or will the three of them succumb to seductive impulses too addictive to resist?
** Irresistible Refrain is a gritty rock and roll tale intended for mature readers seventeen and up. Contains sexual situations, strong language, and drug use. **
“Holy shit!” Lace exclaimed after War let out the last primal yell. “Why didn’t you guys do that one in New York? It sounds even better live than it does on the recording.” She stood, smoothing the wrinkles from her black tunic top, and walked over to me, gesturing at my Les Paul. “How the hell do you do that?”
“Bullet’s pretty fast with his fingers.” Sager chuckled.
“Ah, so that’s how you got the nickname.” Lace smiled. “Faster than a bullet on the frets, huh?”
“Uh, sort of.” King shoved Sager. “Even faster to get a woman off. One time he even…”
“Shut it.” I cut in and glared at King.
Lace’s smile warbled, but she managed to right it.
“What?” King shrugged. “It’s Lace. It ain’t like she never heard that shit before.”
Review by Venture
To give a synopsis of this story is a difficult task. This is a story about many people that focuses on two main characters in this story but everyone else’s voice is there. I’m sure their story will be told later. Lace and her brother were raised by a drug addict mother until a bad situation moves them to a better but not loving situation. Brian met Lace when she was just a little girl. She told him she was going to marry him one day. Many bad choices later Lace is still with War who is Brian’s best friend. Lace has become the thing she always didn’t want to be, a victim. Not everyone had the perfect childhood. Some learn from it and get past it. Others use it as an excuse to follow the same pattern. Throw in a band with groupies….You can see. This isn’t your average story.
When I first started reading this book I was impressed how Brian was in some ways very mature for his age. I think the characteristics that made him a good man can be contributed to his mother. Not that he didn’t make his own mistakes. When I first started reading the story I thought it was going to be a story about a guy trying to save a girl from herself. Don’t get me wrong, I love happily ever after books. I just don’t like males or females that need a person to “save” them. I believe you make mistakes; you admit them and try to make better choices from then on. The author kept me guessing on how everything was going to play out. They don’t run off into the sunset and live happily ever after. This isn’t a fairy tale. This is a story that can happen to someone out of a book. I can’t wait to read the next book or books from this author. I give this story 4 books.
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About the Author
Michelle Mankin is a young/new adult romance writer as well as a self-proclaimed giant…inside her own mind.
For many years, she toiled in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her, and the hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and the latest novel, Love Resolution are rock ‘n roll romances. The first is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the second on Much Ado About Nothing, and the third on The Tempest. The first three books in the Black Cat Records series combine the plot underpinnings of the famous playwright with the drama, excitement, and the indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.
When she is not putting her daydreams down on paper, you can find Michelle traveling the world with her family. Sometimes for real and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.