So at the end of my Kindle Unlimited trial subscription, I had a series that I wanted to get through very quickly before they expired and I would have to buy them. That is why there are nine books I'm going to talk about. Although a few of them are from the same series. Once again I'll give a short review, followed by the blurb from Goodreads. Also, each book can be read alone, or in any order. You just get a little bit of a spoiler for the books before I guess by reading the books out of order because you know which people get together.
Sinful Serenade series by Crystal Kaswell:
So I honestly never really thought I would be quite so into the rock star romance, but in these ebooks, they are quick and easy reads. Often very good! Now, I actually started with the second book in this series, possibly because that one was free and the others cost? Not sure. But since I did, I'm going to review them in the order I read them. Each book in the series tells the story of one of the guys in the alternative rock band called Sinful Serenade. I was introduced to the band with Kara and Drew's story.
Strum Your Heart Out (Sinful Serenade #2):
Moving in with your sexy, tattooed rock star best friend? No problem. Not if you're ready to give up eating, breathing, and sleeping...
College senior Kara Kendrick is not about to let lust ruin a good friendship. Yes, her rock star guitarist best friend Drew Denton is stubborn, guarded, and quick to threaten violence on anyone who hurts her. He's also trustworthy, protective, and several degrees hotter than the sun.
When Kara gets kicked out of her apartment, Drew insists she move in with him. But her crush isn't quite so manageable with him sweating through his push-ups. Or stepping out of the shower clad in only a towel. Or tackling her on the bed, tickling her to make her confess.
There's no way they can be together. Not if she wants to keep her secrets. No matter how much her body begs her to throw herself on his bed, no matter how desperately she wants to rip off his v-neck and rake her hands over his defined torso, Kara is staying just friends with Drew.
Until she's not. Until they're kissing and touching and about to do something that will change their friendship forever.
Sing Your Heart Out (Sinful Serenade #1):
Good girls don't date rock stars.
They certainly don't have rock star friends with benefits.
Still a virgin at 21, Meg Smart walks a straight and narrow path. She aces her classes, excels at her part time job, and carefully avoids trouble--no drinks, no drugs, and especially, no boyfriends.
Rock star Miles Webb doesn't do "boyfriend." He skips over intimacy and love in favor of easy distraction--a beautiful woman under him, screaming his name.
Meg is drawn to the pain in his gorgeous, tortured voice. But the man she hears on the radio is nothing like the player she meets at a mutual friend's house party. When she walks in on one of his trysts, she's embarrassed enough to die. His merciless teasing leaves her blushed and frustrated, but she's intrigued by his wit, his confidence, his casual offer to give her a night she'll never forget.
Neither of them wants a relationship, so they strike up an arrangement: They'll be friends with benefits, nothing more, nothing less. There are only three rules: no secrets, no feelings, no falling in love.
Only neither one of them can quite abide by the terms.
Rock Your Heart Out (Sinful Serenade #3):
There's a naked rockstar in my hotel room.
And he's pierced.
Willow Denton needs to get out of town fast. Her only option is joining her brother's band on tour. Ten weeks with misbehaved men doesn't sound so bad. Until she walks in on the drummer naked and sporting a spanking new piercing. There's no way the player rock star will ever think of her as more than his BFF's little sister. Better to focus on her photography. As soon as she stops thinking about him in her bed, against the wall, in the backseat of his car...
Sinful Serenade drummer Tom Steele is a wrecking ball. Bossy. Pushy. Hot as the molten center of the Earth. He's not afraid to use his body or his fame to get what he wants-- a different girl every night of the week (and three on Sunday). The man may be a whore but he can control himself. He's going to keep an eye on Willow, be her friend. That's it.
Their sizzling sexual chemistry makes this whole platonic things hard.
But there's no way he'll cross the line with the girl he's supposed to protect.
Play Your Heart Out (Sinful Serenade #4):
He parties like a rockstar.
She's there to make sure no one finds out...
Jess James has her eye on the prize. She is finding the money to pay for law school. Period. It doesn't matter how lonely she feels three thousand miles from home, how exhausted she is from working overtime as a cocktail waitress, or how deep the knife wound in her back cuts. She is going to be a lawyer, whatever it takes.
Only she doesn't have what it takes. She can barely afford to pay her rent.
Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has enough to pay Jess's rent and buy her a small island in the Caribbean. The famous, talented rock star has everything... except the one thing his manager wants. Pete rose to fame as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn't matter that his ex slept with his best friend. He needs to stop screwing his way through Los Angeles to keep the record company happy. The sweet blond waitress is exactly the girl he needs on his arm if he wants to clean up his dirty reputation.
Their arrangement is simple: he pays her tuition, she plays his girlfriend. They'll lie to the world but not to each other. Especially not when they're alone, in his bed, him figuring out exactly which buttons to push to get her moaning his name.
Jess is good at keeping up appearances. She can play the enigmatic rock star's girlfriend. But Pete shouldn't play games with a girl who's been broken before...
Only for You (Forever and Always #1) by E.L. Todd:
Scarlet has been my best friend for ten years.
Sure, I'm attracted to her.
Sure, I really care about her.
But it's never been more than that.
On one stupid night we have too much to drink. Shots are downed and the liquor is flowing. And before I know it, I'm going for it. It sounds like a great idea, at least in the moment.
But what will happen when we wake up tomorrow?
Timeless series by E.L. Todd:
I've only read the first two, and I had to read that far because of how book one ended up. Book three I guess does continue the story, but since book two ended on a happy enough place, I was able to step back and move on to other books. So here are my reviews for the first two, which I must say I liked much better than the book above by this same author. Oh one thing, I don't know that I picture Hawke with tattoos like the cover shows. Maybe I missed something in reading it as quickly as I did. But I do like the guy on the cover, so it's okay! I guess at some point I'll go on in the series to find out what happens to Hawke and Francesca in the 3rd book. Then I think the next two are the actual story of her brother and best friend. And the last two are another guy that we meet in book 2 and who he will be with.
Monday (Timeless #1):
I don’t believe in destiny.
Or in soul mates.
But I believe in Hawke.
My life has never been whole since my parents left forever. I have my brother, someone I can barely tolerate most of the time, and I have my best friend, Marie.
And I have myself.
But when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something.
But he doesn’t.
He keeps me at arm’s length and pretends there’s nothing between us when there clearly is. I’m not the kind of girl to wait around for any guy, so I don’t.
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the back of my mind.
Our paths cross again in a way neither one of us expect and it changes everything. Was it destiny that made it happen? Was it fate?
Or was something else?
Tuesday (Timeless #2):
Getting over Hawke is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
I couldn’t breathe, sleep, or eat. Every day was more agonizing than the one that followed. But somehow, after two years of suffering, I finally got back on my feet.
And I moved on.
Now I’m living in the city and running my own bakery. Life is good again. I’m surrounded by good friends that I love, and every day is even better than the last.
Until everything changes.
Now I have to face him after two years of silence. I have to look him in the eye and act like he has no effect on me. I have to hold my head high and pretend he didn’t shatter me into a million pieces.
I have to act like he doesn’t mean a damn thing to me.
Can I fool him? Can I fool myself?
Wilder by Vivian Lux:
The whole world thinks they know him, but no one knows him like I do. Keir Wilder may be the lead singer of the biggest rock band on the planet, but he was once the boy next door. He was my first love. He put a ring on my finger. But I couldn't stay with him.
That was a long, long time ago.
Now I need help, and he's the only one who can save me. I know he will...
If he can forgive me.
Five years ago I waited for her but she never showed up. I tried to find her, but she disappeared.
If she thinks she can just walk back into my life with no explanation, she is mistaken.
Sure I'll help her. I'll fix it. That's what I do. I'm a problem solver and I don't let go until things are the way they should be.
Like me and Scarlett, together again.
Now that I have her back in my life, I'm not letting her run away from me again. We're about to leave on tour and I don't care what the rest of the band thinks. Or even what she thinks.
She's coming with me.
Jax by Vivian Lux:
He's a rockstar. He's a screw-up. He broke my heart.
He's my new stepbrother.
Jaxson Blue is rock royalty: the son of one of the biggest names on the planet. He was my first...everything.
Then he broke my heart in the most public way possible.
I never want to think about Jax again.
Too bad his music seems to follow me wherever I go.
Now my hard-living roadie of a father is marrying Jax's rock star mother and the four of us have to co-exist in the same house for two weeks. Jax is still the same sexy, arrogant jerk I fell in love with, and I'm too weak to resist him for long.
So I make a deal with myself.
It's only until the wedding.
It's only a fling.
It doesn't mean anything.
I'm not doing anything wrong...right?
Those are the free/cheap/Kindle Unlimited books I read over the past two weeks.