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Even though Feverish is part of Jade C Jamison’s Bullet series, I’ve seen people talking about this one particular book lately, so I figured I’d talk about it, too. Why not, right? If it gets more eyes on a good book and helps an author make some bucks, I’m all for that.

Here’s the description. I’m warning you now: it’s a “works for the band” trope, and you know how I feel about those.

Clayton “Jet” Smith has enjoyed acting the part of rock star god bad boy since his breakup with rock goddess Valerie Quinn. He’s racking up quite a score playing the field, and he has no plans to settle down anytime soon. His biggest problem these days is meeting his obligations, because he’s so busy having fun, he forgets the important things.

To help him out, he hires recent graduate Emily Brinkman to be his personal assistant, and he quickly finds a fire burning in his belly for her. There are two problems, however. The first is that Emily is engaged to be married, a fact that leaves Jet unfazed. The second problem isn’t so easy to surmount, though. Emily is disgusted and unimpressed by both sides of the man.

Will Clay find a way to persuade Emily to try him out, not just for one night, but for all time?

Feverish moves the Bullet story forward. You don’t want to miss this one!

So you know what else bugs me here? Emily doesn’t like anything she sees in Clay, or Jet (hey, nice name. But it’s so nice, *I* don’t need another one. Why do you?), or whatever his name really is. This kinda moves into creep territory, with him doing what he can to win her over. And that… it bugs me. Could be a trigger for some.

It’s gonna come down to how this is handled. What doesn’t Emily like? Is it valid, or is she projecting something onto this dude that maybe isn’t there? Why doesn’t she like him, and what can Clay or Jet or whatever his name is overcome this — and why the hell should he? He’s seen a pretty face. He wants. She’s not playing. Why doesn’t he move along?

I have reservations, folks. I want them to go away and for this all to make sense when I read it — and you better believe I want to read it — and for all my worries to be stupid and pointless.

That’s what I want. Can I have it in this book, please?

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We’ve known Jade C Jamison’s name around here for awhile now, but this is the first time we get to covet something she’s written. What’s wrong with us?

Here’s all about Bullet, the first in a series:

What if you discover the man you want is toxic?

She tasted a little bit of heaven with him, and now they’ve gone through hell and back, but can their relationship take anymore?

Valerie Quinn is a naïve college freshman when she meets on-the-rise rock star Ethan Richards. He’s an idealistic, handsome, reckless young man, but he’s captured her heart. She doesn’t give up on him and eventually his walls crumble down. By the time Valerie has given herself to him completely, she discovers he’s damaged and may be beyond help. Can she save Ethan and their relationship before he implodes, or will he self-destruct and take her with him?

So for New Adult, which this seems to be, it’s pretty on point, no?

But for real life? Why do we women think we have to save our men from themselves? I mean, seriously. It’s like we’re programmed to do that or something, but it never turns out well. Look at the first line of this description. Valerie knows he’s toxic. But she doesn’t care.

This has nothing to do with the book. Or maybe it does. It’s just… why?

But here’s where he has to do with the book: maybe it’ll help explain it to me. Because even though I’ve been there, I’ve done it, I just don’t get it.

This is the first in a series that features Val and Brad and Ethan and others from the band. Looks like the series is still going strong ’cause there was another release in 2016.

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Uh-oh. It’s a works for the band book. My least favorite plot!

Kaylee Miles works as an assistant to her brother’s band, Miles of Pleasure. Ashton, the hard living lead singer, is intrigued by her, but they don’t get along. This situation changes when he must come to Kaylee’s rescue and prove his bravery. As Kaylee joins the band on the road, she is forced to make some life-changing decisions. Could one of them involve Ashton?

Ashton (and that makes me think of Kutcher, and I don’t know why. What’s he done lately?) has to prove his bravery? And come to Kaylee’s rescue? But… he’s a hard-living lead singer. That’s got nothing to do with rescuing your bandmate’s little sister and being brave. So color me curious now how all this fits together.

Oh, and apparently, buyer beware because this book was published under a different title, and under a different nom de plume. So you have one person passing off two books as originals.

That doesn’t give me warm fuzzies, along with the other issues I’ve got.

Hmm.

Anyone got feedback on this one?

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Maybe part of me was looking for heebie-jeebies when I said I’d read Tess Gerritsen’s Playing with Fire. And maybe part of me is disappointed at what I got.

Now, don’t get me wrong. This starts off creepy. Julia finds this music and every time she plays it, weird things start happening. Things that she blames on her daughter. And yeah, maybe this could be happening. It makes sense.
It’s not as creepy as I’d hoped. Or maybe wanted.

In fact, it’s kind of disappointingly familiar. We have the set-up in the present, then the flashbacks to the past, so we the reader get the full story behind this piece of music although the characters never do. And like a lot of books that follow this structure, the part set in the past is the stronger part.

The present-day story ought to be creepy. It ought to make us question what’s real, what’s possible. But it doesn’t make sense. Mom blames the kid for doing things. Mom and Dad subject the kid to a battery of tests even though no one believes the mom. And then, next thing, Mom is off, obsessed with finding the origins of the music while everyone around her decides she needs to be locked up in a mental facility because, hey, we put the kid through all these tests and she’s fine so Mom is clearly crazy. So Mom runs away with her friend, who winds up betraying her because hey, the whole world is stacked against our Julia. And things get violent, as they do when you’re trying to get someone to involuntarily commit herself, or maybe it’s as they do when you’re digging up a past no one wants you to remember. And then we find out what’s up with the music. Only it’s not the music at all.

Remember those tests they ran on the kid? Why the hell didn’t they run them on the mom and save us all the hassle?
So that brings us to the story of the past. This turns out to be a Holocaust story, with the main character, Lorenzo, a promising violinist whose career and life are cut short by the horrors that wind up unfolding. Pity, too, because he and cellist Laura had a real thing going.

As I said, that was the more interesting part of the book, but in the end, this one was a bit of a disappointment. Predictable. Kinda stupid, actually. And most upsetting, the promise of the premise, of this haunting piece of music with demonic abilities, never came to be.

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This one sounds familiar, but I couldn’t pull it up on the site when I searched for it. And you’ll see why it’s familiar when you read the description, which you’re about to do right now:

Rafe Ranier was my boss and secret crush. A rock musician by night and head of a billion dollar empire by day, Rafe could have any woman he wanted. But I was just the shy secretary he never noticed. For years I obsessed over him, until I finally realized I had to walk away. I needed to leave my secure life behind to discover who I really was.I never expected Rafe to follow me.Now I’m on the road with his band, Savage Kiss, and all my secret fantasies are coming true. But I fear I’ve made a huge mistake, because if I get any more attached to a man I can never truly have, my heart will be broken beyond all repair.

HOW can you be a rock musician by night and a billion-dollar empire dude by day? HOW???

So anyway, this started out as a six-part serial but has now been put into one volume. I don’t know what the prices for any of these are, so spend your money wisely.

And feel free to explain how Rafe can have two huge, all-encompassing jobs at one time.

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I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve stumbled onto an epidemic of short stuff that may appeal to you, but around here, it’s low on the coveting list.

…..what will happen if she surprises him in his tour bus?

Young Rose is working at the festival where her favorite band is playing. After another angry customer and the manager that yells at her, she decides to quit her job as at the bar right away and instead go and join the concert of her favorite band. With the official accreditation she sneaks in the backstage, but after a while she realizes that she has once in the life time to opportunity to do something more with her idol and the the frontman of Primal’s Dave Bristol. She’s willing to take her chance and she sneaks in the tour bus, waiting the show to be over and Dave to come in her room. While waiting she starts imagining what kind of kinky things he could do to her…

Ummm… wow. Lots wrong here. First off, it’s 6k words and sounds like it’s … more plot-driven. How’s that?

But this description? It’s barely literate. “to do something more with her idol” — (something more than what?) — “the the frontman of Primal’s Dave Bristol” — is that the name of the band? Primal’s Dave Bristol? Because if it’s not, that makes no sense. Not to mention the repeat of the word “the” — didja catch that? I did, and on the first reading, too. Susan can fix this, and cheap, you know.

If you’ve read this one and have something to say, holler. If you want to read this one and have something to say, holler. But it’s got zero reviews at GoodReads and maybe there’s a reason for that…

Then again, there’s always the chance that the book is better than the description… And I’m really hoping that’s the case.

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Let’s get right to it ’cause one look at the opening twelve words and those typos and even I’m cringing, and I don’t think it’s Susan’s fault. Err, influence.

When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend.

There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone.

A few months back, Ivan Moody had a huge blowup on stage over something or other and it looked like Five Finger Death Punch had broken up. My news feeds were full of this and the speculation, and then the rumors and the hopes and the innuendo and the statements and the backpedaling and then the … absolute silence about it. So bands do break up on stage — or not ’cause FFDP’s still out there, putting on shows.

So okay. The premise… it’s possible. Xane has a pissy fit and runs away. Ivan didn’t run away — maybe he’s more of a man? But then again, no one’s NOT calling Ivan Moody a man — but on the other hand, that’s gotta be a pretty traumatic thing. Why’s this Xane dude running away for a weekend of sex? Is he the type to avoid life? If so, it makes sense that he’d have this onstage, public breakup that you know people are getting fired over. ‘Cause if they are so red-hot, that means there’s a lot of money and jobs on the line here.

But this means we need to know the guy, or get to know the guy, and then this becomes less of a romance and more the story of a guy fighting his demons and frankly, while I’d read this in a heartbeat, if the book doesn’t focus on Xane and why his name’s got that ultra-hip X to start it and what his issues are, I think it loses what sets it apart, right there. This guy’s got potential to be a rocker of the ages, with this much angst.

The problem is that opening line in the description. Even I know that the first three commas are crap and have no business filling a page. But split live on stage? Hello, what? Are they supposed to break up when they are dead on stage? Animatronic on stage? The breakup comes via video? Then how do we know it’s real?

I hear Susan’s got room on her editing schedule, although she’s been pretty booked again lately (lots of people are smart. Be one of them.), so yeah. Don’t let twelve really bad words make people wonder if your book is any good. Because like I said, this one has a ton of potential and I want to know if I’m right to be intrigued by this Xane dude. (by the way? From this description, I could care less about the prude Dani, who doesn’t seem to do much other than be an excuse and try to keep her clothes on while she’s getting all steamy. Or was she planning to watch Xane get steamy with someone other than her? Voyeur! Why don’t we see more of that in Rock Fiction? That’s a very rock and roll thing to be.)

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With a title like Memphis Black: the Rockers of Steel, would you think that Memphis Black is the name of the band, or is it just me?

But I suspect it’s not just me. Memphis Black would make a fantastic band name.

Always a risk when you come up with a killer band name. Just sayin’…

Anyway, the Memphis Black of the title seems to be a character, not the band. Lookit:

From bedroom performances to center stage, Memphis Black’s dreams have come true.

Together with his band mates—Finn, River, and Billy B—he takes some time for fun in the sun in Miami while gathering inspiration to finish their first full-length album. Some down time before hitting the road to tour the country, spreading their kind of rock like an STD.

Tallia Priest, a preacher’s daughter grew up next door to Madison Black, her polar opposite and very best friend. Tallia has harbored a crush on Madison’s older brother Memphis for a lifetime.

A boy like him would never notice a girl like her, yet he did … once.

After a tough freshman year of college, Madison invites Tallia to join her in Miami for a much needed break. Madison fails to mention they will be staying with ‘Steel Total Destruction.’

When Tallia arrives, there is no way for a stunned Memphis to miss the transformation of the once awkward, innocent girl next door.

Forbidden desires must be hidden, lines cannot be blurred, and no one can ever know.

Will the heat in Miami tempt them even further? Will buried secrets destroy lives? Can a broken heart ever be mended?

It’s all fun and games until someone gets rocked.

So I’m confused. Memphis and Madison. Who is Madison? Why does Madison matter? Are they easier to keep straight than they are right here?

How can a band be center stage if they haven’t recorded their first full-length album? How can they afford to take time in the sun? Who is ‘Steel Total Destruction’ (and why the quotes?)

But this has a good vibe to it, a freshness in the voice. That makes me want to read it, right there.

Bring it.

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Fiery, young naturist, Paige, wins a karaoke contest on holiday, and together with her new singing partner they enlist the help of upper-class Jack to form a group and record their first album. However, Paige’s insistence that the Bare Necessities remain true to her naturist ideals causes friction with her band mates, their venues, their struggling agent, a Christian pressure group, a failed newspaper editor, the Police and eventually their families until Jack has choose between his old life and Paige.

As much about naturism as it is about romance, will Paige manage to convince the least-suited person to her to break free from his parents, and can society cope with the most outrageous band since the Sex Pistols?

Join the determined Paige on the vocals, the calm and voluptuous Claire on the guitar and the relaxed Jack on the keyboard, as the three teenagers upset the media and take the music industry by storm, with a little help from failing agent Andre and Jack’s wild Aunt Lucinda.

The book is around 100 scenes aggregated into chapters to make it easy to pick up and put down, or when the reader is likely to be interrupted (e.g. public transport)

Okay, so right off, we’ve got the wrong commas. The ones that set Susan’s teeth on edge — and believe me, I heard about it.

And beyond that… this is either going to be a hot mess or amazingly brilliant in its uniqueness. I’m not sure which. But man, do I want to find out.

And what’s a naturist?

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This one’s different, and not just because it’s not a series. Take a peek and see what I mean.

Traveling across the United States in their beat up station wagon, sisters Audrey and Liv Westing flee their dark pasts. Playing gigs as a singing duo in questionable bars and dives, they live life in the fast lane. No regrets. No Looking back. When their beauty and music attract the eye of a deadly, but powerful Cartel family, everything spirals out of control.

The fall is worth the pain…

Along with a sexy, blind percussionist named Saul, the sisters shoot their way to the top of the music charts, but the price to pay for stardom is steep when knee deep in carnal contracts that demand more than the sisters can give.

Love is a killer…

Where hearts are the currency and music is the only escape, Liv and Audrey must make their way through a world of sketchy music deals, sexy assassins, and unfathomable demands from those who want nothing more than to own every piece of them. But Audrey and Liv don’t mind breaking every single rule to survive.

Wait for the encore before the sky falls…

So on the one hand, this is a rags-to-riches story. On the other, there’s the mob. (and Susan is groaning over all the typos and cliches in that description. Even I caught a few.)

Which is it? How can it be both? Or are those typos a sign of something?

I’m hoping for brilliance, as always. What are the chances?