Dali’s review & rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love anthologies, especially prequels that pique my interest for new series to come!
I read so much it’s inevitable that I’ll need to check out new authors. Especially ones from a specific genre so anthologies are great way to do that. Banged, hit the perfect spot for my craving for rock star bad boys! It’s an amazing compilation of eight stories from great authors about “hard-rocking, hard-loving, bad boys” you won’t want to miss.
“Bad boy with a temper is our kryptonite.”
The other reason I picked up this package deal was because one of my favorite authoring duo, Carrie Quinn and Taryn Elliott, are starting a new rock series called First Hit and I just could not resist getting to know the first couple.
Evie Pierce is determined to succeed. She’s moved from London to the US to pick up the pieces of her career and put them back together. After a devastating defeat she’s putting everything she’s got into her training and doesn’t have time for anything else. But when her friend and rock star Lindsey York asks her to go out on a girls’ night she won’t take no for an answer.
You’d have to live under a rock to not know about the famous rock group, Rebel Rage however Evie doesn’t have a clue as to who Johnny Cage is and really doesn’t care.
“What… kind of magic light saber was this guy sporting…? Was the dude spraying his pheromones across the land?”
But when his whiskey voice and piercing eyes hit her senses there’s no denying the electrifying attraction between them. It’s a fight she won’t resist and neither will forget. Can one night be enough for two people who’ve found their inspiration in each other?
“Just a glance, and I knew those scarred hands held more than just a guitar. And I understood the visceral response that these woman seemed to have.”
“Power, man, lust. Bottle it and it would sell more than any of his records combined. He was the fantasy.”
This introduction story about Johnny Cage and Evie Pierce is incredibly hot and steamy. Cage is soloing with his acoustic guitar trying to find an outlet to his inner voice. Evie put on nice clothes that don’t hide her fierce grit and tough edges. These two clash and fight and flirt and have an incredibly hot night. Painkiller is a fun and exciting backstory of two supporting characters from two previous series by these authors (Lost in Oblivion and Tapped Out) I really can’t wait to know more of.
Painkiller is a prequel to the First Hist series by the awesome duo Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliot. This novella can be read as a standalone. It’s written mostly from the heroine’s point of view. I recommend it for readers that like scorching romances with bad boy rockers and badass heroines.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *