I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anything But Mine by Taryn Elliott
Series: When You're Gone #1
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing on October 31, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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BOOK ONE in an all new TRILOGY
Rock star Logan King has come home to Winchester Falls for the annual Summer Festival. Only this time he's hauling a helluva lot more baggage than a few suitcases and vintage guitars. His closet contains more than the usual skeletons…and if he doesn't keep the door firmly locked, someone might get harmed. The specter of what haunts him forces him to turn away from anything more than one-night-stands.
Until Izzy and her topaz eyes finally give him a reason to try again.
Since moving to town Isabella Grace has found friends and a place to belong for the first time in her life. Running the Summer Festival is the perfect way to show how important her new community is. She just never planned on a whirlwind fling with a man too used to saying goodbye. Or to fall for a guy who has as many secrets as he does hit songs.
Logan is used to protecting himself, but protecting Izzy is all new territory. With everything that matters to him at risk, he refuses to let her get hurt—even if that means he has to walk away. For her own good.
This series has one story arc and my recommendation is to prepare to read the books back to back
A bit of background
Isabella (Bella) Grace owns a rare bookstore with her two best (married) friends in upstate New York. She’s trying to change the course of her life, being less the wild child of her youth, and heads the planning committee for this year’s Summer Festival. No pressure there even though the headliner is famous rock band singer Logan King.
Logan King returns each year to Winchester Falls because the place is his touchstone. He owns a place there but this year is different as more so than any other time, he needs the peace and tranquillity it always provides.
It’s the highlight of the story! From the moment these two meet, Logan and Bella (he calls her Izzy) feel the powerful connection between them and that just jumps right off the page. I completely got their reasons to not want to give in to their feelings and loved their attempts to do the right thing and that they were unsuccessful (big surprise!). Forget 50 Shades, Crossfire and all the rest as these two define erotic romance. Don’t read this in public:)
The bottom line
There’s much more going on with Logan that explains his somber nature laying beneath his public façade. It’s a sinister element that isn’t revealed until late in the story and isn’t resolved. Another extremely interesting element is music as the backdrop for the story. It’s an inside industry perspective that gives it a strong, realistic edge. I’m hopelessly hooked because I fell for Logan and Bella.
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