Sunday, March 13, 2016

Rough Rhythm (Made in Jersey #1.5) by Tessa Bailey: Review & Excerpt Tour


God help the woman I take home tonight.

Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.

This time I’ll finally crack him.

Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.

Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.

Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.

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“Oh, goddamn you.” Lita plucked the card from his fingers and hurled it back into the hallway with a muffled scream. “Four years leads to this, huh? You’re just going to dump me in this fucking…”—she waved her hands to encompass the hotel—“…rock star purgatory and bail? If you’re doing this to teach me a lesson, I will never forgive you, James.”

“I’m not.” He cleared the cobwebs from his throat. “That’s not what this is.”

Without looking at Lita, he knew she’d be chewing her bottom lip, leaving teeth marks that would take until nighttime to fade. “I guess we really meant a lot to you if it’s this easy. No notice. Just…peace out, suckers.”

James swallowed the urge to shake her. “I think you know this is the furthest thing from easy.”

“No. I don’t know anything,” she shouted, before several silent beats passed. “Except that you’re a coward. You can’t even look me in the eye.”

He surged forward, pushing her back against the doorjamb. Going to break. Too much. I shouldn’t have come up here. He’d made the mistake of looking down into green eyes swimming with moisture, calling her bluff. “Does the thought of you hurting yourself to get my attention make me a coward? Yes? So be it, Lita.” His fingernails dug into the flesh of his palms. “If something happened to you, I wouldn’t make it to the next sunrise.”

Lita’s body deflated, head falling back. “You can’t say something like that and leave,” she said, lips hardly moving. “It’s cruel.”

“I’m a cruel man.”

“No.” Lita moved into the elegant room, booted feet dragging. A miniature hurricane in a gilded cage. He’d chosen the room himself, another sign of his madness, his need to control her surroundings. Have knowledge of everything she touched. His neck grew hot when she turned, sliding a gaze down his front.

Turning and leaving was imperative at that moment, but he couldn’t resist hearing what she would say next. Delaying the good-bye.

“Remember what you called me the first night we met?” She sat down on the edge of the bed. “Before you leave, call me that one more time.”


About the Author:

Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.

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Review by Yvette:

I don’t even know what to say anymore at this point. How many times can I say that I’m head-over-heels in love with Tessa Bailey’s writing before it gets repetitive? Because I loved Rough Rhythm. Every single sentence of it. My only complaint (that’s not really a complaint)? I wanted more. More James and Lita. More of their incendiary chemistry. More of Lita’s ball-busting brazenness. More of James’s over-the-top Alpha maleness. Just more. Because I loved Rough Rhythm. Did I say that already? See what I mean about repetitiveness?

Band manager James Brandon and rock band drummer Lita Regina aren’t your typical hero and heroine and Rough Rhythm is not your typical romance. The only thing you need to know when deciding whether or not to dive into this book is that fantasies of non-consensual sex are a vital aspect of James and Lita's relationship. Their sexual preference, however, does not define their relationship. After an unrestrained night of passion when they first met, the two spent four years in a state of sexually-tense, angst-filled limbo, until all the frustration, anger, and yearning simmering between them comes to a head.

What makes Rough Rhythm so fascinating is the dynamic between James and Lita. James has this predatory vibe, exuding an intoxicating mix of danger and desire, while Lita is his all-too-willing prey. Their story is volatile and it’s heartbreaking, but mostly it’s compelling. As a reader, I felt James’s struggle to come to terms with his innermost desires just as much as I felt Lita’s desperation to rattle James’s stoic demeanor. What most impressed me about the narrative was the author's ability to create three-dimensional characters with complex backstories and have them experience an emotionally and physically intense journey in such a limited amount of time.

There’s not a single element of Rough Rhythm I didn’t enjoy. I typically go into any book by Tessa Bailey expecting to fall in love with both the characters and the storyline, but the author never fails to surprise me with her persistence in pushing boundaries. Thought-provoking, downright illicit, and undeniably riveting, Rough Rhythm is an insanely sexy and emotionally-jarring story wrapped up in one tension-filled novella.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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