Book Review: Back-Up by A.M. Madden

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Title: Back-Up (Back-Up #1)
Author: A.M. Madden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 392 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

THERE’S A NEW ROCK STAR IN TOWN AND HIS NAME IS JACK LAIR…

Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. He’s living the perfect life, and enjoying every minute of it. With a steady stream of sexual conquests that satisfies his raging libido, he thinks he has all he needs in life…until Leila enters it.

Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option.

An intimate moment causes their willpower to collapse, and their erotic love affair to begin. Finding love was a bonus that neither Jack nor Leila anticipated. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life couldn’t be any better for the couple. Until a mistake from Jack’s past threatens their new relationship, and their perfect future together.

Warning: This book is meant for mature readers who are 18+. It contains explicit language, and graphic sexual content.

Grace Review

I have heard A LOT about this guy Jack Lair, mostly from my crazy Brit, Jodi.  So this book has been on my radar awhile.  When I realized that the author would be at a signing I’m attending at the end of the month, I decide now was the time to find out what the deal was with this sexy rocker.

My first impression, not great.  Here’s the deal, I get that most male rock stars in books are manwhores, and that’s not great on its own.  But what I really don’t want to read about is said rocker with other women than the intended heroine.  And in this book, Jack is with several women and we get all the details.  While a certain other woman comes into his thoughts, it doesn’t help me that he is with someone else, while thinking about her.  I personally find that very upsetting.  Given Jack’s popularity in the romance community, I’m guessing I’m the minority, it was just my first impression.  That first impression, however, does change along the way, it just takes some time.

As for our heroine, Leila, I liked her A LOT more than other heroines from rock themed romances.  Sure, she has some self-confidence issues when it comes to anything involving Jack.  She is literally a basket case around him, even nicknaming his smile: Crotch Clench Dimple Showing smile, or CCDS, or short.  Somehow, despite acting like a teenager in his presence, she manages to wow him and his band with her singing ability, landing a spot in their band, Devil’s Lair.

As I try to convince myself that Jack is indeed a jackass, a tiny voice in the back of my demented brain says, “You’d better hope so.”

The attraction between Jack and Leila is immediate, but they both work to keep things on the friend side.  It’s when they get more intimate, with a few shared kisses that the tension between them builds.  Feelings are denied for a long time, but their path together seems inevitable.

It’s when they finally do come together, and this takes some time, to be clear, that I began to like Jack more.  He is totally invested in Leila and can’t get enough of her.

The way the story is laid out, I found the big twist at the end to be predictable.  And while I saw it coming a mile away, it didn’t lessen the impact it had on my feelings for the couple.  Despite the predictable story-line, I’m invested in this couple and the series, and will absolutely continue with book 2, once some ARC obligations are out of the way.

– Grace

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