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Series: Rock Band #2
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary
I haven’t read much of Dawn Ryder’s work but I just recently started her Unbroken Heroes series and loved it so I wanted to try her Rock Band series. Rock Steady is the second book in the series and I haven’t read the previous one, but I didn’t fall in love with Rock Steady like I hoped I would.
If you’ve read the previous book, Rock Me Two Times, you are familiar with the characters, but it if you are like me and starting in the middle you are just getting to know everyone for the first time. I have to say I had a hard time warming up to them and actually understanding them. In this story we meet Ramsey who comes off as god’s gift to women. He gets drunk and sleeps with a groupie only to discover she got back at him by taking him to get a tattoo of cherry blossoms. To me this sounded a little far-fetched, I mean could it could happen? Sure, anything is possible but getting a tattoo would sure as hell sober me up pretty fast.
After the whole getting the tattoo thing he meets up with the rest of his band, Toxsin and they agree he needs to get it fixed as soon as possible (duh) and they look for a tattoo shop that is open twenty four hours and there Ramsey meets Jewel, who will be his tattoo artist.
Jewel went to college and graduated with a marketing degree but she loves art so she is working in a tattoo shop. She is damn good at what she does, but her boss has a say so in what jobs she takes. When the band walks in the shop looking for someone to cover up the cherry blossoms on Ramsey, Jewel takes the job and covers it up with a bad ass tattoo. The next day her boss lets her go because he is jealous that she did the tattoo and didn’t call him which totally pissed me off but she gets a better opportunity. Ramsey offers her to go on tour with him and the band to expand the tattoo over the next four weeks and Jewel agrees. Sparks start flying between them, but Jewel is hesitant to get involved with Ramsey because of his reputation.
Honestly, this characters or the storyline did nothing for me. I didn’t understand them or their way of handling things. One minute Ramsey is a total womanizer and then the next he acts like a savior. His personalities were giving me whiplash through the entire story. Jewel I found a little on the annoying side, but I did appreciate her characters fire and drive to want to be the best and make it on her own no matter the cost.
As far as the Rock Band series goes I think I will have to pass on the upcoming books and stick with the Unbroken Heroes series. I may not have totally fell in love with Rock Steady but that doesn’t mean others won’t.