“I want to spend every possible day we have together with you. I want to win your heart.” He wraps his arms around my waist. “I’m forty-two and this is the first time in my life I’ve wanted to share myself. Randy used to say I was wasting time by not settling down, I think I was biding my time until I found someone worthy.”
Over the last few years, I’ve fallen in love with many of Corinne Michaels’ books. She has an addictive writing style and writes sexy romances that always have deep feels! They’re wonderfully balanced reads and I always look forward to her new releases. So when this book came out, of course I couldn’t wait to read it and, unsurprisingly, I loved it!!
The heroine of this story lives a life filled with responsability. As both a police officer and caregiver to her ill sister who she’d raised, she frequently and openly gave everything of herself to others with little else left for herself.
When her friends finally convince her to go out with them, they drag her out for a night of carefree fun to a concert, but she gets a little more than she’d bargained for.
I do everything I can not to stare at him. But… I can’t help it. He’s too beautiful to look away from. I watch the way his chest heaves as he dances around the stage in perfect sync with the other guys. How his eyes scan the crowd but still make every woman think he’s looking right at her. It’s magnetic. He’s ridiculously sexy. Even in his forties.
As a teen, she’d crushed on this band. Now, nearly two decades later, their concerts were just as fun to her. But then something unexpected happened… The lead singer spotted her in the crowd. In the sea of screaming fans, their eyes connected and something passed between them. He serenaded her in front of the entire audience and begged her to come see him after the show.
“Will you be my once in a lifetime?” he asks…
I know this is the damn routine.
I’ve seen them in concert at least four times, twice in high school and twice in college, but I’m completely lost to him. There are over twenty thousand fans here, but in this instant… it’s him and me. A girl can dream.
His hand brushes against my cheek as he hits the final note. He helps me stand and then pulls me close. “Don’t go anywhere after the show,” he whispers in my ear.
She couldn’t believe that this larger-than-life rocker would be interested in her but she couldn’t deny their connection so, having found some courage with a few extra drinks, she went to meet him. However, after a magical few hours together, suddenly her responsibilities made her realize that as much fun as she was having, she couldn’t have this life. So, she ran. But, for the first time in a long time, he’d found a woman he didn’t want to let go of and he relentlessly pursued her — trying to convince her to give them a chance no matter how different they were.
“I’m serious. I want to know more about you,” he pushes for more.
“Why?” I ask with frustration. “You and I both know how this goes.”
He grips the back of his neck and lets out a heavy sigh. “How is that?”
“You’re going to go back to your lavish life, and I’ll be here…” I gesture around the room.
They were undeniably polar opposites. He was wealthy and famous and seemed to have everything, while she liked her privacy and lived in a run-down home her parents left to her because she couldn’t bear to let go of this last piece of them. Between her job and her sister, she was tied to her hometown, while he frequently globe trotted on tour and jobs. But on a personal level, they just clicked. And no matter what obstacles came in their way, he proved to her over and over again that she could trust him with her heart.
“Why are you fighting so hard to see me? I’m clearly pushing you away. What is making you keep coming back?” I ask.
He stops, rushes back up the stairs, and pulls me close. “Because you’re not like every other girl. You’re the first person I’ve met in what feels like forever who doesn’t seem to want something from me.” His hand pushes the hair back off my face. “You look at me like I’m just a guy, not a meal ticket. You’re gorgeous, stubborn, and there’s something more that I can’t explain. I’m not saying this will work, but I’m willing to take a chance and see what this is, are you?”
But… he was keeping a big secret from her. It was life-changing and heartbreaking, and he just couldn’t bear to tell her. But eventually of course, the truth had to come out… I don’t want to spoil anything for you but I will reassure you that it has a beautifully heart-warming epilogue at the end. So dive right into this book and enjoy the ride.
This book has a little bit of everything — it’s sexy and fun, sad and heartbreaking, swoony and romantic, and has very addictive writing. I read it in one non-stop sitting and loved the ride. For fans of rock star romances, opposites-attract love stories, and swoony heroes, this is definitely a book you should check out!
Rating: 4-4.5 stars. Standalone Contemporary Romance.