Warren “War” Jinkins is that guy.
The bad one.
Tempest’s ex front man, an arrogant rock god.
The only thing larger than his ego is his capacity for self-destruction.
His bad attitude has cost him. His woman. His best friend. His band. Everything.
Shaina Bentley is that girl.
The good one.
Hollywood’s pink candy-coated sweetheart.
The star of Pinky Swear, television’s top rated teen show.
She’s been practically perfect since that horrible day. But she’s starting to crack under the strain of being everything to everyone.
He’s a one man island. She’s a fragile captive soul.
Is love a current too dangerous to cross or will it be the bridge that brings them together?
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We were so honoured to be asked by Michelle Mankin to beta read this book prior to release. Neither of us had read this author’s work before. Being ‘reading order’ junkies, we were worried about going straight into this series at the third book. But this book stood alone well; the fact that neither of us had read book one or two from this series didn’t detract from our enjoyment whatsoever.
So, Warren ‘War’ Jinkins is the moody, bad boy rock-star who is on the edge – literally. Fate leads him to meet Shaina Bentley, a Hollywood, good girl princess. It’s fair to say neither of them are enjoying life. Can this really work?
“Give me twenty-four hours. Please. I promise I’ll prove to you that your life matters.”
Sian: War and Shaina were fab characters and I felt a connection with both of them, which is often not the case for me. The story is told through alternating points of view, which can be a bit hit and miss with me, but with each character going through their own turmoil throughout this book, I feel the alternating points of view were crucial. The supporting characters also were fab, in particular Alex; Shaina’s best friend. Everyone needs a best friend like Alex. He was loyal, strong, fierce, and funny too – perfection!
Rach: War intrigued me from the get go, that opening scene completely sucked me in and I wanted to know exactly what made him tick. Shaina started out for me being a little too everything, too sweet, too trusting, too naïve, you soon come to realise that there’s a backbone of steel there and she’s got just as much as War going on in that pretty little head of hers. I love alternating POV’s, being able to read exactly what each character is thinking and feeling adds so much more to the story. Alex, oh Alex, how I adore thee, he was just wonderful, Shaina was indeed very lucky to have a friend like him.
“You shouldn’t be looking at me like that, Sweetness. You’ve got no fuckin’ clue about a guy like me. I’d lay it out for you, but I don’t think that’s necessary. I think you’re smart enough to figure it out”
Sian: Every once in a while in a book you’ll come across one of ‘those’ scenes or moments, where you know you will re-read that particular bit a thousand times, this book had one of ‘those’ moments for me. As soon as I finished reading, I went back to read that scene again….and I have done again, and again, even weeks later. It was just perfection, and captured the mood of the book magnificently at that time. It gave me goose bumps, and I know you shed a tear at that point didn’t you, Rachel?
Rach: Oh that scene, yup, I cried. I can feel myself welling up a bit here just thinking about it. It was an absolutely beautiful and tender moment, and one I too have been back and reread, I heard “that” song on the radio the other day and I listened with a huge smile on my face thinking of War and Shaina. In the nicest possible way…you’re a bit of a tough nut to crack Sian so when something gives you the warm and fuzzies it says quite a lot J
“Every day feels like a struggle, and I don’t have the energy to fight anymore. I just don’t know how much longer I can keep holding back the darkness.”
Sian: The twist that this book took led me by surprise, and it’s not one that I have seen often, and made for a refreshing change. This book was certainly a rollercoaster of emotions. From loving War one minute to strongly questioning him the next…there was one particular bit when…gah!! Then there was his filthy mouth!!
“I want to shove that sexy skirt over your hips and fuck you over the couch or on the couch. Since I’m feeling generous, I’ll let you choose.”
There were a few ‘kindle throwing’ moments – which I thrive on in a story…Rachel is not a huge fan of these, but those moments in the book didn’t bother you too much, did they Rach?
Rach: Not in the slightest Sian, I’m not great with loads of angst, I’m a pure sweet romance girl at heart and though there were a few moments of “Gah, what is he doing?” and “Quick pass the bubble wrap, the kindle’s gonna get it” I didn’t struggle with any aspects of the story.
“I can’t take it back. I wish to God that I could. It’s all I think about. You’re all I think about. But all I can do is tell you how sorry I am.”
The twist was excellent, sometimes you get an idea of where a story is going, I thought I knew but whoa, I was completely thrown with what happened. It was nice to see that War’s friends had his back too, no matter what he thought.
Sian: All in all I loved this book. Michelle Mankin’s writing was flawless. From the very first page I was drawn in, and I felt the pain of these characters. I loved the journey both War and Shainia both went through, and I look forward to reading more from this series.
Rach: I thoroughly enjoyed War and Shaina’s story and I’ll definitely be adding Michelle to my automatic one click authors J
**ARC provided to Sian and Rachel personally by the author in exchange for an honest review **