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.Destroyed by Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliott
Series: Lost in Oblivion #3
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing on May 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Book 3 in the NEW ADULT rockstar series, LOST IN OBLIVION
Only one woman has ever refused him…and she’s the only one he wants.
Now that he’s successful beyond his wildest dreams with his band Oblivion, Simon Kagan is happy to enjoy his all-access pass to the groupie train. After getting more fists in the ribs than hugs growing up, he discovers having a warm female in his bed is an easy way to escape the loneliness.
From the moment the classy, buttoned up violinist entered his sphere, he knew she was different. After one amazing night in the studio, he feels like he’s finally connected with someone on a deeper level—only to have her walk away without a backward glance.
As a member of the Boston Symphony orchestra, Margo Reece’s life revolves around the regimented structure of a second chair violinist. But Simon’s uncanny ability to crawl into a song and create a smoky, sin-filled experience translated into the hottest night of her life. She walked away afterward because that’s what she was supposed to do.
And Margo always does what she’s supposed to.
When she’s called on again to blend her sound with Oblivion’s, she has to make the decision to play it safe or let her wild side free.
I approached reading this book with a bit of apprehension as Simon Kagan is the manwhore of Oblivion, the rock band at the center of the series. How in the world do you transform someone like him, who makes no excuses for and loves his lifestyle, to someone even remotely interested in a committed relationship? With care and authenticity and that’s in abundance here.
Simon loves his fans, loves women and lives having sex with them. Until his random sexual encounter with Violin Girl, Margo Reece, none of his past exploits left any memorable impressions. Something about her cool, conservative nature was alluring and maybe because she didn’t want anything from him but sex made a big difference. Margo’s not a fangirl and isn’t interested in getting anything from him. Whatever the attraction, she tangled him up.
I loved how this story unfolded without any major episodes, just moments in time that revealed more about Simon and Margo, drawing them closer without explanation or clarification. I actually “felt” their story and what was happening to them through their music and off-the-charts sex. What was more surprising was Margo’s self discovery and how Simon was a sort of a voyeur to her transformation. Her musical gifts blossomed on stage, touching him in deeply and in ways unfamiliar to him.
This is a WONDERFUL story about a character I never found appealing until now. Simon’s still a simple guy but underneath all that rock persona is a sensitive man who gets more than he’s given credit for. He’s sweet natured and incredibly gifted. Margo, in her own way, is perfect for him though that’s tougher to see. It’s extraordinary.
Be forewarned that the book ends with a cliffhanger and fortunately I’m able to jump right into the next book, Consumed.
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