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Honestly the best Ruby Riot book of the series.
Nate and Riley have either been avoiding each other or cutting each other down since a night two years ago when things between them turned from heated to hated. Their animosity is legendary but little does everyone around them know that they actually were friends first. Having met before Riley became part of their PR team.
After two years of avoiding all things Ruby Riot, Riley finds herself having to step in on their last two tour dates. She is none to happy to be around Nate again, or to leave her son. A son that no one knows about. Just when Riley thinks she is once again free of being around Nate, things go from bad to worse when her car is stolen and she is forced to ride home with Nate.
Nate isn’t going to make this easy on Riley. He is still pissed over her behavior two years ago and his perceived abandonment by her. He doesn’t understand what gives her the right to hate him the way she does. He sets out to make the ride home uncomfortable for her but winds up screwing them both over when his plan ends up with them stranded in a snow storm. Days spent together without much distraction leads to the hate cooling and the attraction ramping back up between them. I like how Riley handled his obnoxious behavior, especially the challenge she throws down after over hearing his bet with Will.
After they are freed of their snow seclusion they decide they will continue to see each other with a firm date of expiration. Though they promise themselves that feelings will not come into play it is obvious that they are already there. And just when they decide to try for a real relationship, secrets and past hurts come out and tear them apart.
I really wanted to smack Nate around a few times. Yes he was hurt in his past, his ex did him a real wrong, but he used that to be a real sh**head. I wasn’t impressed with his wishy washy back and forth playing of emotions.
Riley, I honestly really liked her. She was just trying to protect her own. She had a valid reason for keeping her son a secret, fear of discrimination that many women today will attest to. She wasn’t trying to trick anyone and she did try time and again to tell Nate the proper way.
The ending was an HFN with a lean toward an HEA though I did appreciate that it wasn’t an instant fall into trust and happy singing birds for either of them.
Down the road I would love to see an update on all the Ruby Riot clan.
In ‘Reprise’, intensely private PR girl Riley, ends up later going on tour with Ruby Riot and again meets Nate who has now embraced the perks of a rock star lifestyle. She has her own reasons for not engaging with the bands she PR’s for, on a ‘personal’ level, and even though they develop a burgeoning friendship and Nate shares a few of his own private demons, Riley turns down his very tempting proposition in a night club bathroom. Word to the contrary gets out, however, along with word that Nate was seen not one hour later, around the lips of another girl. Things obviously go south rather fast, and Riley’s reputation is slashed. She leaves the tour and a bitter hatred of Nate behind her.
Two years later, Riley is forced to once again work with Ruby Riot. Five minutes in, Nate is sexually harassing Riley, and she hisses, “Get your hands off me, you D1ckhead.” I was sooo cringing for Nate, because in his broken-ness I can’t understand why he thinks that behaviour is okay, even if he thought he really hated her but still desired her. For the life of me, I couldn’t imagine how Lisa was going to rescue their relationship.
Riley segregates her home and work life with sharp precision, learning lessons from her past history, and Nate is anti-relationships due to the cruel treatment of a previous girlfriend. I found Riley to be a strong young woman although perhaps a little rigorous in maintaining her private life, where Nate was a presented as a complete pratt. In this dual POV story, however, he admits the intensity of his continued attraction to Riley was beyond even his own understanding, considering how he had exposed some of his personal demons to her in the past, and felt she had dismissed him as inconsequential.
At the heart of this book is a stolen car, a snow storm, and the stranding of this acrimonious pair in a small pub cum guest house. They can’t deny the intense attraction, nor can they deny their public history. Also, there is the psychological fact that no two people interpret a common event in the same manner, especially when copious alcohol and subsequent memory loss is involved, and even though they don’t go easy on each other, misunderstandings are ironed out ... to a point. At the end of the day, Riley has a secret and it’s the mirror image of Nate’s private heartbreak, something even his twin, Will doesn’t know anything about.
“I was with a girl who I finally recognised. We found our mirror image. Twice. And twice we shattered the glass leaving an ugly, distorted picture of who we are to each other.” - Nate Campbell.
These are the saddest words I’ve read in a long time. They are also deep and intense, and this is exactly what book three of the Ruby Riot series is – deep and intense. I couldn’t relax or put this book down until I knew the story between Nate and Riley and it’s outcome.
Can they reprise the intense feelings of the past??
ARC received in exchange for honest review. And I can honestly say that Lisa Swallow’s books have been an automatic one-click must-have for me, and would recommend them to anyone who loves rockers, hard men and sexy-tattooed man-whores who turn into self-proclaimed pussies when they meet their perfect match.
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