Carmen Jenner is an author I discovered when she released the book Cake. I haven’t read anything else by her, but when I saw the announcement for Closer I was curious. A romance with rockstars? Sounds interesting to me.
Closer, the stunning conclusion to the Taint Duet from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is LIVE!
Levi Quinn has it all—money, groupies, a panty-melting smile, and a really big d*ck.
At least, he had it all. Until an angry redhead joined the Taint world tour and turned his life upside-down. Levi fell in love with her. His bandmate did too. It did not end well.
Brielle Kagawa doesn’t keep company with rock stars, but when this gifted cellist finds herself kicked out of the Orchestre de Parisan all-expenses-paid gig in the south of France seems too good to be true.
Because it is.
The man footing the bill might be a disorderly drunk, but he has an offer she can’t refuse—stay in his chateau and play for the month. No strings attached.
The truth about rock stars is that they’re awfully good players, but Levi isn’t the only one who knows how to master a set of strings.
She doesn’t have a heart to break.
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I have to start by saying that this book is a lot different than Cake, haha. Levi is taking it hard that his bandmate is with the girl he loves. It’s clear that there is some history there and Levi thinks that alcohol can make it all better. That is until he meets Brielle. When they first meet it’s not the best way of starting off on a good foot. He is so drunk he breaks her cello.
Feeling sorry for himself, he ends up buying a chalet in France and getting her to come play with him. Well actually, for him. Any way for him to be able to see her again. It’s clear there’s an attraction and a slow build up to anything happening. When life takes a turn, things happen and are said that they can’t take back. But can they find their way back to each other?
To be honest, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. In the beginning I was kind of annoyed by Levi. How many times do I need to read that certain body parts are huge? Sometimes more than once on one page. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s fine if it’s mentioned, but this was just a bit too much!
After Levi gets to the chalet in France, I actually started liking him. When he was with Brielle he was really a different person. I really enjoyed Brielle’s character as well. She’s down to earth and may have made some mistakes in love before, but she’s going to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Money is tight and Brielle will do anything to help out her parents. Brielle just never bargained to fall in love.
At a certain point, Closer takes some turns that didn’t really maeke sense to me. I felt that when it came to the band members, it should’ve built up a bit more. Levi takes a turn for the worse to me. Through the whole book he is really constantly drinking. Yes, I get that he’s a rock star and can get his hands on everything, but why didn’t anyone ever question his drinking? In my eyes, people let it go a bit too easily. Until he takes it too far. And it seems like he did often. Yes, I know all books don’t really have a happily ever after in things like this, but it just bugs me.
In the end, it was a fast and easy read. Closer was an interesting story and I became invested in the characters. I loved the other characters as well: Ali, Cooper, Margaux, Brielle, etc. They really made this story complete. The connection between Brielle and Levi is clear from the start and I loved watching them get closer through music. Even Levi grew on me in the end. He is just a guy that experienced a lot of hurt and didn’t learn how to cope with that.
When the next books in this series are published, I will definitely be giving them a go!
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She lets out a soft cry, but it isn’t one of pain, it’s another kind of anguish. It’s need. “Please let me go,” she begs.
I study her face. “I don’t think you want me to let you go.”
I let her wrist slip free of my grasp and search her gaze. “Prove it.”
“I do not have to prove anything to you.”
“Then quit looking at me like you want me to fuck you, because it’s torture,” I snap. A week worth of pent-up frustration, of wanting this woman who refuses to give in, and never backs down. “It’s fucking torture the way you look at me.”
“Torture?” A crease forms between her brow. Fuck, she’s hot when she’s angry. “What the hell are you talking about?”
“Just what I said. You can’t keep looking at me like that.” I take another step closer and she backs up against the door. “Or walk around in these skimpy little outfits, and you can’t be this close to me.”
“The robe was your idea, and you cornered me!”
“You’re right.” I sigh, and step back but she catches my collar in her fist and draws me closer.
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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Even though I had some issues, I think I am starting to like these rockstar romances. What is your favorite? I would love some tips!