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Irresistible Refrain: Rock Star Romance (Tempest Book 1) by [Mankin, Michelle]
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This is such a must read that it will rock your socks off. Man it is like a train wreck happening you see it coming but you can't look away and in this case I could not put the book down!-Tee from Kaidan's Seduction.
5 stars! I love the characters and how the story was set up, I really like how you could get to read from both point of view, love how the band support each other-Anny from Anny Books
This was a fantastic read from start to finish. First of all - LOVE the band name of Tempest!! I enjoyed the flashback chapters, so you could get caught up on what had happened to bring all these people to where they are today. -Ramblings of a Book Lunatic

From the Author

A once upon a time all access pass with the band Tempest and the imperfect princesses who rock their world...
Irresistible Refrain
Enticing Interlude
Captivating Bridge
Relentless Rhythm 
Tempest Raging: The Tempest Rock Star series, books 1-4
Tempting Tempo
Scandalous Beat
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**Each book in the Tempest series features a different band member and can be read separately, but would be more enjoyable if read in order**

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  • File Size: 1511 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Michelle Mankin (October 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was tough to read at times but at some others it was sweet and kind Moving on to book 2.

As for the book, yes it was great. The characters were really good for me in their real factor. What I loved was that they all grew up in the same low income areas, fought to stay alive and didnt get fame and fortune thrown their way. The author does an absolute service to the reader in the description of drug use, showing the consequences, and the basic cause and effect.

I think I liked Dizzy and his sister Lace more because they were not at each others side at all times. I also liked how Dizzy knew the bad things Lace was doing and let her do them. Too many books show sort of unreal relationships. His was better because he knew she was doing drugs and also too the chance that she would eventually hit rock bottom and do it on her own. As with other vices you sure cant come between an addict and her needle.

The main characters Bryan and Warren were friends who shared a few events as kids that leads to Bryan having the utmost loyalty to Warren.

The miss here for me is slight. The first is the time frame and one flashback was 2 years and one was 6 years. I think I would have loved it had it been alternating chapters of time framed references or a solid book starting with the past. The past explains the future pull between the characters so it would have been greater for me to read it that way.

A little confusion with the names too Bry & Bryan and Warren or War were bad enough but then add the character of Dizzy and a nickname of bullet and I was lost at times.

Last on my list which, like I said was slight, is an aids test. Using needles and no threat or questions was a little strange.

If you love REAL and RAW this is for you. I loved it!
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Lace is broken and lost. She is the sister of Dizzy, drummer of the band Tempest and the former singer. She’s left her abusive boyfriend and has met up with the band on tour, finding her way back into the lives of the band that left her behind. Will there be a place for Lace going forward? Especially when she finds out about secrets from the past?

War is the lead singer of Tempest and has had an on-again/off-again relationship with Lace. Unfortunately they seem to bring out the worst in each other, including shared drug use. Like most front men, War is all ego and his decisions have reflected that, putting money and fame before friendship. Will those decisions ultimately cost him everything?

Bullet, Tempest’s lead guitarist, has been in love with Lace since she was a child. Since she as little more than primary school age he vowed to protect her, and even nearly 20 years later, that is still what he wants to do, even if it is from his best friend, War. Bullet and Lace have had feelings for each other for years, but due to an unspoken “bro-code”, War claimed her first, so Bullet has sat on the sidelines for years, unable to tell Lace his true feelings.

Irresistible Refrain is certainly a great start to what seems to be an entertaining series. It was a little bit angsty for my liking and like a lot of rock star books was chock full of sex and drugs. In that regard, it didn’t do anything all that different from the other books that are out there, however it was a well written, fast, easy read. I will certainly continue on with the series and it was definitely four star worthy.

P.S. I’m from Seattle, and I’ll admit, I’m a little tougher on books set in Seattle just because it’s what I know. Two major things; it’s the UW (or UDUB), never the UofW (Woof! Husky alum in the house!), and the “avenue” that is referenced several times is simply The Ave. These are two pretty glaring issues for a Seattlite.
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Wow what an amazing love triangle! I'm a sucker for rockers and this book was no disappointment. I loved all these characters so very much. Lace had a horrible childhood. Her brother was the only one she could depend on until they met Bryan. Lace New that first day that he was her Prince. War is a manipulative jerk in my opinion. He made Bryan back away from Lace knowing that he loved her deeply. He manipulated their friendship and he manipulated Lace too. And he never tried to stop her from becoming a drug addict like her mom. All the while Bryan is left standing on the sideline without the only woman he's ever been in love with. This love triangle was so emotional. Lace finally got her life back together after rehab. But she had to do it alone. She had to stop relying on the men in her life to save her. And sweet Bryan stood back again to give her what she needed. I love these two together so much. I cannot wait to read the next book. Such a great read!
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I honestly didn't think it was possible to enjoy a "rocker book" more than I enjoyed the three books from Michelle's "Black Cat Series"....but the first book in the Tempest Series has given it a run for its money!!

Bry and Lace's story was one that I couldn't and didn't want to put down. I will warn you, the subject matter is intense and it's not for the weak of heart. The turmoil that Michelle puts her characters through is torturous at times, but as always, she rewards them heavily when it's all said and done.

I truly do love the way that Michelle writes about life on the road for musicians/rockers. Sometimes I wonder if she secretly travels with Foo Fighters or something!! She seems to have an insight into this world that isn't hard to believe!! Sex, drugs, and so much more.

The one thing that I love the most about this story is the intensity in which Lace handles everything. Her personal failures and triumphs...I was in tears at several points during the book reading about what Lace was going through or had gone through. So young and so many crazy I said, it's intense.

I loved watching the relationship between War and Bry change as well. Bro's before Hoe's....yeah...see how that works out.

Without giving too much away, this is definitely a story worth spending time with. I am impatiently, as always, awaiting book #2 in the series. Well done Michelle!! Well Done!!
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