Rock Fiction Coveting: The Reckless Beat series by Eden Summers

Posted: July 31, 2015 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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I must be slacking because I didn’t hear about Eden Summers’ Reckless Beat series until the fourth book, Sultry Groove. That’s a title that I really like, but I’d be damned if I could tell you why. It just has appeal.

I think this series is one of those “Each band member gets his own book” series, and that’s super. I have to confess I like those better than the five volumes of constantly testing the couple’s relationships. Not enough of those series are natural evolutions. They’re like long-running TV shows that have to have a bigger and better season finale every year or else the viewers will stop watching. The really bad shows go for bigger and better every few episodes.

Anyone else get tired of that?

So back to the Reckless Beat series. Some of the book descriptions suffer from Too Much Vagueness. Like this one, from Passionate Addiction, the second book in the series:

Nothing says happy birthday like a rock god flying thousands of miles to surprise a woman he’s never met. But that’s exactly what happens to Gabi Smith when she gives her long distance best friend a flippant invitation to her laid back girl’s night out. She never expected to turn on the dance floor and find Blake Kennedy’s gaze holding her body captive.

She’s his everything and he’s never laid eyes on her.

Gabi means more to Blake than life itself. She’s his strength, his savior, and the only person who helped to vanquish his demons. No one means more to him than his angel. So when things between them start to sizzle, he’s ready to fight for the future he never thought he would deserve.

Okay, so… how do they know each other, then? Is this an Internet thing? If so, how and why? And if they have an online relationship, is it really right to say “a woman he’s never met.” ?

But some of these setups are fresh. Check out what happens in Sultry Groove (#4, still with my favorite title):

He’ll do anything to gain the recognition he deserves. Even if it means dancing in a music video to the Reckless track that drives a knife into his broken heart whenever he hears it.

I have images of tattooed, pierced dudes — think M Shadows from A7X. M Shadows A7x

This is one hot man. Not as hot as Corey Taylor, but the idea’s the same. He’s not the type to be doing Zumba moves to his own song.

THAT. Right there. That’s the setup. Now, that’s not to say the others aren’t as good. Some of them reek of insta-lust, which is so overused in Rock Fiction, sometimes, I want to gauge my eyeballs out with a guitar pick. But if the author can come up with something like dancing in your own music video — and show me where either M or Corey have danced and I’ll get the guitar pick ready — then she can come up with a lot more that’s good.

Bring it.

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