- File Size: 663 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: Vulpine Press (September 17, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EYJ2LGY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Tell Me (One Night with Sole Regret series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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This story reunites Gabe and Melanie for a weekend of sexual delights and to see if their initial attraction can become something longer lasting. After a rocky start due to Melanie's friend Nikki and her constant neediness, the two head off to the countryside to indulge in numerous erotic encounters and a sharing of intense emotions. There's a nice balance of steamy interludes and heartfelt talks during this section of the story as we learn about Gabe's sole regret which is truly heartbreaking and rears its ugly head when an accident befalls his beloved dog. We get to see the non-famous side of Gabe which is just as charming and sexy as his on-stage persona. We see a loving man happy to be seen for who he truly is inside as opposed to what he does for a living. We also get to meet his parents who are endearing and who further show his average Joe personality with their typical parental meddling ways. These moments of laid back happiness and scorching sexuality come grinding to a halt courtesy of the increasingly annoying Nikki who has once again been hurt and needs Melanie to make everything better. Her issues and neediness cause the story to veer off into over-the-top misunderstandings and ruin the happy vibe the story had going. Ultimately this speed bump brings them closer together in a conclusion leaning towards happiness that will change the band even more in future installments.
I thoroughly enjoyed Gabe and Melanie together and their time in the countryside was both sweet and super sexy. Gabe is immensely hot, charming, and incredibly caring towards those he cares about. He wants nothing more than Melanie and knows she's "the one" and seeks to prove it to her using many of his sexually satisfying toys. Melanie left me conflicted in her dealings with Nikki. Melanie's extremely caring and feels obligated to keep Nikki safe after all the horrors she endured as a child. Melanie's smart but dumb when it comes to being manipulated by Nikki. She lets herself be walked all over and almost ruins her relationship with Gabe because of Nikki's machinations. In her interactions with Nikki she shows herself to be weak-willed and it's when I'm the most irritated with her. When with Gabe she's carefree and playful and after everything Nikki puts her through she deserves every moment of happiness she can get.
Unfortunately other women in this story are shown in equally poor light. Nikki is reckless and puts herself in positions where she can get hurt. She's manipulative and cares only for herself and the attention she gleans for being flamboyant and I cringed every time she came on the scene. She chases after men who don't want her for more than a moment and her over-the-top melodrama got in the way of my enjoyment of this story. The equally grasping Lindsey returns again, clinging to Owen in hopes of convincing everyone that he's the father of her baby. She's just as annoying as Nikki and I wanted to scream when she came on the scene demanding attention with one rub of her large pregnant belly. These two characters single-handedly brought this story down from the pleasantly entertaining story it was whenever they weren't around. I'm at a loss as to why Ms. Cunning continues to include these toxic characters in this series, but until they vanish permanently, this series will always be inferior to her Sinners on Tour series. Ignoring their existence I enjoyed Gabe and Melanie's evolving romance and the heartfelt moments they shared nicely alongside some super sweaty scenes. Even with my exasperation this is still a series I'm obsessed with as these rockers are to die for and I look forward to their continuing journey towards individual happiness.....and for Lindsey and Nikki getting kicked to the curb!
POV ... third person
stand alone or series... part of a series. suggest reading Try Me first (don't necessarily need to read the others to understand this one
would I recommend it ... yes
did it give me a book hangover... yes
would I read it again ... yes
I could understand Nikki's fascination with Jacob after the weekend she spent with him, and could even understand her wanting to accompany Melanie on her weekend with Gabe. But Melanie explicitly asks her not to come, which she ignores, then proceeds to get into situations that have potential for great harm not only to Nikki, but to her friends. That's not really friendship, is it?
I liked that Melanie was concerned about her friend, but she was also an enabler. Nikki needs more help than Melanie can provide. I don't know, but the friendship between Mel and Nikki really bugged me. Nikki thought nothing of ruining the weekend of the one person who truly cares about her.
And I just did not feel the spark between Gabe and Mel that burned so very bright in the first book. There was lots of talk in Try Me to get the reader pumped up for Mel's visit to Austin, and frankly it just sputtered out for me. I didn't feel the same connections between these two characters. The spark wasn't there. Their time out of bed fell flat for me, and even the erotic scenes were lacking. Where was the passion? Gabe seemed angry for a good portion of this story (not that I blame him after Nikke messes up the weekend.)
I don't know if its the format or the content, but this book did not work for me, not in the way their first meeting in Try Me did at least.