Rhys Rivera has been through a lot. His father was killed. His sister was attacked. Oh, and his "uncle" wants to kill him. Just another day in the life of the son of a crime boss. Rhys gets tired of it and runs away. By the time his "uncle" finds him, Rhys is a sought after baseball star. There's no way his "uncle" will continue to attempt to kill him. Before Rhys knows it, eight years have past. He is the star short stop for the Longview Lumberjacks, one of the highest paid players on the team. He doesn't live in an elaborate or elite part of town. Instead, he donates large portions --all but a few million dollars of his salary to charities. He lives in a middle class neighborhood in a duplex. Everything appears to be fine until his gets into a motorcycle accident that lands him in ICU for months--four months to be exact. Each day during those four months, his neighbor sat and spoke to him while he was in a medically induced coma.
Jane Royce works for the Chicago Hawks as the Assistant Manager. She has worked her tail off to get where she is. Some people think that she got the job because her dad is the head coach--they couldn't be further from the truth. She has earned her spot on the team. She lives and breathes football. Some might say she has a type--football players. Her first love was the star football player --who now plays in the NFL--to her college sweetheart, both play/ed football. When her father comes in to tell her that Weston Chase has been traded to the team, the world turns on its axis. The one man who shattered her heart is back in her life--her professional life anyway. No way is she letting that pretty boy any where near her outside of the stadium. That's what she keeps telling herself. Weston Chase asked--prayed, begged, whatever it took to get out of Pennsylvania. He found his linebacker plowing his fiance in his house. He needed a change. The perfect place is Chicago. His hometown. With the coach who taught him everything about football. Where the one girl who broke his heart is. He decided that he was going to win her back at any cost. Before he can do that he needs to do some soul search about who he is and who he was. His role in the relationship ending with Jane and even with his cheating ex.
f you love cowboys and rancher novels, this book is for you. Penny Anderson has lusted after her brother's best friend since she was old enough to notice the opposite sex. Mason was much older than her and has never shown any interest other than her protector...until her 18th birthday shortly after graduation. Penny didn't want to leave for college as a virgin. She only wanted one person to help her out with that.
Preston was just dumped. And was told that he was the WORST boyfriend ever. The topping on his shit cake was his new ex Chanel (yes after the perfume) told him that in the five years of their relationship she only had the big O once. Once! What's a computer nerd who loves numbers and collecting data to do? After a bit of wallowing and gaining a bit of a dad bod, he gets his act together and begins to gather data to become a better boyfriend. He surveys women at bars, the mall, ect. He doesn't stop there he also surveys guys of what they say and do to catch and keep their woman. The pick up line used most often: "I lost my number can I have yours?" Guys don't use it. Women don't like it. According to Preston's data collection. After he has all this information, he know he needs to test out his theory. Who better to help him that his best friend since seven years old, Tenley Ray, who also happens to live next door.
I didn't realize that there are two other books that follow the character in the book. Only one scene did I feel like there might be more to this book or other books that will help me understand these characters better. I will be getting the two books before this: Let's Get Textual and I Wanna Text You Up. Monty Andrews left her sheltered life with her parents and younger brother after being cheated on by her fiance. That is when she realized that she lives for other people and says "yes" to everything. All of this conformity has come at a cost--a loss of her identity. Monty moves in with her twin sister. She decides that her "yes life" is over. She's going to take more chances, do more things. That's how she ended up at a bar with her sister, Denny. Oh, and making out in said bar with a gorgeous tatted up stud in the women's restroom. Both things she would have NEVER done before. Oh, how his hands, and mouth feels on her skin. The knock on the door brings her to her senses--literally.
Evan Walker is the new keyboardist in Meltdown. He was officially invited to join the band after he helped Meltdown out after their previous keyboardist was killed by their lead guitarist. The band needed to complete a short three month tour for publicity. Evan's wife of nine years was furious that he joined the band even after he bought her a new Porsche and a McMansion of a house. His sister and brother tried to tell him that his wife was cheating on him, but he didn't want to listen. He didn't listen when a previous band mate told him the same thing months later. But he had to be sure, he had LASH, a private security company that the band uses look into it. They found that his wife, Mandy was not only cheating on him but was didn't actually work at the pharmaceutical company she told him. That most of their marriage has been riddled with lie after lie. Evan moves in with the country bar owner of Margo's, Quinn.
Campbell is a former teen heartthrob and rock star. Now, he's a single father who moonlights with a small band and teaches private music lessons. One night at The Grouchy Owl, he spots a brilliant, gorgeous woman that he just can't resist. So, he doesn't. It turns into a one night stand that Campbell never wants to end. He would love nothing more than to explore an actual relationship with Mackenzie. Too bad his next music lesson is her son! Oops 😦
Ella Jones decided she wanted her 21st birthday to go out with a big bang. Boy, did that happen! She had a one night stand with her best friend, Ryan Owen. Somehow, they were able to return to their easy going relationship--until Ryan spends the summer in Australia and returns with a new buddy, Liam George. For some reason, Ryan does everything possible to prevent Ella from having a relationship with Liam even though Ryan has a girlfriend. But what happens when Ryan breaks up with his girlfriend and tries to keep Liam away from Ella? The girl he has been in love with since Freshmen year but was too chicken to say anything. Why does he have this gut wrenching feeling every time Liam is near Ella? How can he make it stop? Instead of admitting his feelings for Ella and developing a relationship, he turns her into a second one-night stand. Can they return to their easy going relationship after another one night stand? They realize that things can't return to how they once were. Ryan thinks that Ella returned to Liam after their night together during Spring Break, but Ella really broke things off with Liam. When the trip is over, Ryan returns to his annoying ex.
Miller and Ally have been best friends for years--after Ally showed that arcade game whose boss impressing Miller in the process. Ally was scared to become another notch of the former rock star's belt. Instead, she friendzoned Miller. Besides, Ally needed to focus on taking care of her niece after her sister's death. Ally needs to find a supplemental income now that her brother is moving his newly formed family to Boston for new job opportunity. Ally and her brother has been making kitsch videos and posting them to Youtube--making them a small profit. Miller was one third of the teen heartthrob trio--Heartbreakers. Since the band broke up after Campbell's wife died, Miller has been craving something more. He has tried to fulfill that with numerous new activities from remote control boat racing to video game competitions. Nothing is working. Finally, Miller takes Campbell's advice to start a duo with a female singer. During the auditions, they find the perfect fit for Miller. Miller is shell-shocked that it's his sweet best friend in a sexy as hell outfit that should be illegal.
Chaz Jones has not had an easy life. His stepfather abused him in a multitude of ways that has left permanent scars on him both physically and emotionally. He keeps everyone at arms length including his new band mates. Chaz was just hired by Meltdown to be their new drummer after their previous drummer was fired for his drug addiction. Chaz feels like the outsider of the group--which in a way he is. Meltdown has been together for years. Grant and Nash started the band with Luke and Dave coming shortly thereafter. But the band has been in turmoil. It seems that after Grant fixed the record label issue by all of them buying out part of the label, Nash being kidnapped, Luke's death, and Grant's stalker behind bars--the band is starting to come together with the addition of Evan, the new keyboardist. Chaz's role in Grant's stalker has left him without--he can no longer write or down himself in music. His escape.