Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott stir my rock girl heart strings with this wonderful mix of sweet and sexiness interweaved by an aluring musical background.
“She’d twisted every past experience into a mere soundcheck versus the real deal. She was the big show that would forever change him.”
West Reynolds, keyboard player extraordinaire, may look like the most carefree and fun loving guy in his band, but deep down he carries a heaviness that comes from knowing he’s not worth much except for the music he makes with Warning Sign, the band he formed with his two best friends, until he meets a woman who while on a quest to study fandom shows him he’s worth everything.
Psychology major Lauren Bryant wasn’t interested in rock music or any of its components until she has no other choice but to do a study on groupies. Immerse herself in the roll she finds herself having the time of her life going to concerts while still trying to get material for her paper. She never thought that a wild crowd surfing pianist would invite her to be her own personal font of information on all things rockers.
“Getting insider detail to add richness to her make-good project on fandom was the number one reason she’d whipped off her shirt in the crowd of a rock concert.”
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of reading rock books by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliot, they’re an amazing writing team producing fun, sweet and sexy stories filled with delightful characters laced with their great love of music.
“I don’t always say outrageous things. Just when I’m breathing.”
Lauren and West are both so easy to love. Lauren is this smart, quirky and yet naïve virgin who says what she thinks and thinks what she says, and has no qualms with her hymenally intact state. She made me laugh with every other thing that came out of her mouth!
“So this is your research?”
She flicked down her phone with her thumb. “Asking people seemed to make them uncomfortable. I looked at some instructional videos, but most of them were very uninformative or boring. And the people were not attractive. At least your penis is quite nice.”
While West is a one night stand kind of guy he has no problem slowing his pace with this open and honest woman and opening up to her in return.
“It was easy enough to relax and laugh with West, almost as if they’d known each other for years. Ignoring the sexual tension between them, he already felt like a friend. Someone she could trust.”
Even though their journey towards love started off a bit bumpy, it was above all sweet, fog-up-my-eReader steamy with a very natural feel to it.
“Dirty talk is like music. It’s not just a certain combination of lyrics and notes. It’s the mood, the feeling, the personalization.”
While Lauren and West get to know one another, they do so while on tour surrounded by the entire very eclectic Warning Sign gang which not only provides us with the chance to catch up with characters from previous books, it also helps move the story forward while giving it an intense musical context with everything that a rocker lifestyle entails from backstage, onstage and even offstage excitement.
Dirty Duet is book #3 in the Found in Oblivion series by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott. It is a standalone, contemporary rock romance, told from both point of view with a happy ending.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the authors. The excerpts taken from author’s FB page. *