Saturday 19 March 2016

Rough Rhythm by Tessa Bailey Review and Excerpt Tour ~ #bookreview #except #novella



God help the woman I take home tonight. 

Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down. 

This time I’ll finally crack him. 

Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe. 

Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process. 

Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised. 

“You came along at an unfortunate time, Lita.” His head gave a tight jerk, jaw clenching. “I haven’t been feeling like myself.”
“Really.” She set the donut down, her stomach executing a series of flips. Nervous ones, but not the type that made her want to run. Not the type she’d experienced before. These were hotter, fuller, curious. “How do you feel…instead?”
“I have hunger.” His dark gaze swung up, gluing her to the plush, leather seat. “I don’t know if it can be fed like yours.”
What was going on here? Lita felt almost hypnotized, lured in by his rasping, cultured voice. She recognized interest and arousal in men, had it directed at her often, but this? This was utter famishment. He reminded her of a vampire who’d been in hiding from the sun, unable to hunt. And now a deer lay before him, vital and tempting, life flowing through its veins. She was the deer.
Man. How crazy were her thoughts right now? The lack of food must have gone to her head. After the trouble she’d just escaped, she shouldn’t care what went on under another man’s surface. Shouldn’t allow this odd, instantaneous attachment to take hold.
The fuller her stomach became, though, the more her thoughts cleared. The more of James she saw. His interest in her, as he watched her mouth chew, was almost as thick as the leash around his neck, keeping him in place. If the lights in the room weren’t so dim, she could probably make it out. Strain bracketed his masculine mouth and he appeared to be swallowing golf balls down the column of his powerful throat. One…after…another.
“How did you get so hungry?” James asked, his tone suggesting he was reclining back onto a bed of nails.
Lita rejected the outside ugliness from entering the room. “I could ask you the same thing.” Her legs were steady as she stood and rounded the table, compelled by some force she couldn’t deny. Maybe it was his clear attempt to restrain himself, to fight the attraction so obvious between them. She stopped beside James, but he stayed still as stone. “I’m full. What happens now?”
His eyelids drooped, fist mashing against his forehead. “Go.”
That single, tortured word caught her in the chest. God, he was holding back so much. What would happen when it roared out?
Why was she trembling with the need to find out?
There was danger lurking beneath this man’s surface. Also known as the last thing a homeless girl wanting to turn her luck around needed.
Too bad danger was the only thing that had ever made her feel alive.
Lita walked past James to the lamp and flipped off the gentle light, before returning to his tense figure, sliding between his outstretched legs…and opening the robe. “Feed yourself.”
The air crackled as James stood slowly, so slowly, rising to his full height. When Lita glimpsed his changed expression, she realized that—at her invitation—a change had snapped through him like a cracking whip, despite the way he rose without hurry. The vampire’s dirt nap had officially ended and the invisible leash was no more. Power rippled over his beautiful body as it pressed close, a hand finding her hip inside the robe, squeezing, his mouth sliding against her ear.
His breath went choppy after issuing a single unexpected command.


Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love. 

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of  Inkslinger PR
Genre: Adult Romance
Part #1.5 in a series but could be read as a standalone

My Rough Rhythm Review . . .

We first meet James and Lita in Crashed out (Book 1 in this series) where James is the band manager and Lita is the trouble making drummer of the band.  You know there is something between these two but we aren't sure on the severity of their bond.  

Even though we meet these two in book 1 it wouldn't be impossible reading this novella without reading Crashed Out, however reading the first one helps give a bit more depth and the importance of these characters. 

Lita Regina is a spitfire always acting out but what we find out in this little story is why she does what she does.  There may be many years between these two but they are playing the same game.   

James first met four years go where James let out his inner beast but since that night he has regretted it and vowed to always protect and take care of Lita.  What he can't seem to wrap his head around is that Lita has no regrets and loves all the aspects of James. 

Now one too many times Lita has pushed James over the edge.  The only way James knows how to protect Lita and save their mind is to walk away.

"I'm so mad at you, James, my mad grew a second head and ate the first one." 

This is the last thing that Lita wanted causing her to confront James and show them that together they are so much more.   Now all James has to do is deal with is inner demons and both have to face their pasts and find themselves, but it's not always that easy. 

For being a novella this was jammed packed without feeling too much and a had great balance between sex and substance.   Of course Tessa Bailey knows how to write erotic and again she did NOT disappoint with this one.  However, this one has more darker fantasies that aren't meant for all so this book does come with a reader advisory.  

I have to admit that I liked Crashed Out but didn't fall in love with it, but with this novella I'm now full steam ahead with this series and I can't wait for Thrown Down.

4 Rough can be good thumbs up! 

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