He wants the world and the admiration of everyone in it.
Sean Taiden, the inconspicuous drummer of Reckless Beat, is sick of living in the shadows of his bandmates’ success. He’ll do anything to gain the recognition he deserves. Even if it means dancing in a music video to the Reckless track that drives a knife into his broken heart whenever he hears it. The saving grace is the tempting choreographer who may be the one person able to distract him from the agony his life has become.
All she wants is the peace that comes with solitude.
Melody Jenkins knows all about fame. She knows enough to determine she doesn’t want a part of it anymore. After quitting her professional dance career, she set up a quiet studio and focused on starting a new beginning away from prying eyes. Until a sexy drummer strides into her life, making her crave something she can’t have while also pushing her to expose secrets she can’t bear to reveal.
Conflicting aspirations and one inextinguishable passion.
She needs to hide from the world she once owned. He wants to rise to the top, proving to himself and his friends that he’s always been the heartbeat of the band. Caught between what they need and what they want, Melody and Sean have to decide which is more important—their individual plans for the future or their feelings for one another.
Sean Taiden, the drummer for Reckless Beat, is in a dark place, the woman he loves is marrying his best friend. And to make it worse, on their engagement party, he is to give a speech, which breaks him even more. Sean has always come second to his best friend, and tries to attempt to drink his sorrows away, and never thought the only woman to keep him from thinking of Sydney…a gorgeous pixie with red hair and a smile to warm his chilly heart. Melody, was a professional dancer, she loved it, she had fame and glory, a gorgeous boyfriend, and her family supportive and loving, she had the world at her fingertips until an accident changed her forever, and she gave up her family, lost the man she loved, and now has to be content to run a dancing studio. She is on a job for Reckless Beat, to choreograph a couple dance where Sean is one of the leads. But their first meeting, he is drunk as ever, never calls her by her own name, and tempts her with a reckless passion….because she would hate to lose the man that makes her heart beat again when he looks at how damaged she is, will Melody have the courage to have faith in their love and trust Sean with every part of herself…
Sean, is the drummer and the heart of Reckless Beat, but in Sean’s mind he will always be in the background. He loves music, loves the band, and has stood by them ever since high school. He loves the beat and soul of their music, but the life they lead, is starting to take its toll on Sean, especially with just about every member in the band happily married and in love, and to lose the one woman he knows can never be his. Sean is a hero with flaws and vulnerabilities which makes the story even better. You can connect with him on a human level, he makes mistakes, has a broken heart and soul, he is beaten and worn down, but he is real and vital, and you sense so much more from Sean. He has this strength he doesn’t know of a the beginning, but you see him become more after meeting his “red pixie”.
Melody has a passion for dancing, she is talented, and was famous, and thought everything couldn’t get better. She was the center of the spotlight, and she was proud of what she had accomplished and she was living her dreams. But in a motorcycle accident, she was scarred, her whole thigh, and had to have surgery and it still pains her. Melody life changed in that moment, and she knew that she had to give up everything, her family, friends and her dancing, and it tore out her soul to do it. The man she loved rejected her because of her injury, and now she refuses to let anyone know or see her injury. Melody just about broke my heart. She had this carefree and witty attitude but she was also handicapped by her past and her injury. She has certain fears and insecurities, and has this self pity that just about consumed her at times, but you also see this inner strength, a woman who has gone through hell, and pain and grief, but lives in fear of the future and of herself. You see her move past all that and become willing to face those fears to be with the man she loves.
Plot and Story Line
Sultry Groove is a story that moved me so much I needed some tissues. This was a very emotional one for me, probably the most emotional one I have read from this author. The characters are very heartbreaking, and I found myself spellbound by every aspect of Sultry Groove. But there is also a steamy and lighter side to it too. But the majority of the story we see the true inner parts of human nature, and how our lives can change in one moment. The way this story is written, is very melancholy at times, but it gets to the heart of us, and you feel connected to the characters in a very moving way that you don’t expect to find. What was the most impact was seeing these two damaged souls, come together and find a passionate yet tender love. They are both strong people, but both have suffered in different ways, and both need to heal. We see this happen slowly but surely, you see the growth and the change, and as the story unravels, we see them grow closer, and face certain demons too. It’s a story that you can connect with on an emotional level, and I felt a kinship to these two. They just might be my favorite couple of the series. The way these two fight for each other, and from beginning to end I was overwhelmed, and I loved every moment of seeing these two face their pasts and fears and come together in a glorious ending. I just never wanted this story to end, it was tragic and beautiful, and heart wrenching at times…one of the most satisfying reads I have read in a long time….this is a must read for ANY romance lover, so take my advice…BUY your copy NOW!!
This is just as sensual and gorgeous as all the other covers in the series…but i love the pink background, with the drum set at the bottom and seeing the coupe pose here…Magnifique.
Sultry Groove is a love story that is packed with steamy action, endearing characters, emotionally charged enough to bring tears to your eye, and a tale of facing your fears so you can embrace true love…a tender love story to reach your heart!!
“Do you know how frustrating it is to stare at the most beautiful woman in the world and know she hates herself because of one small expanse of skin?” He brushed his lips over hers, dragging a cry from her throat. “The weeks after I found out were torture, all because yu refused to confide in me. You never game me the chance to show you how I feel. And you know what?” His gaze bore deep into her, making it near impossible to fight the need to sob. “I don’t care about your scars. I don’t give a shit what that part of your body looks like, because the beauty I see in you could never be dampened by an injury. You take my breath away, and you don’t even know it.”
” We all have scars. Some bigger than others.” Blake stepped forward, clutching her hand and bringing her fingers to his lips, exposing her thigh once more. “Just try to see yourself through his eyes.” He gave a sad smile and released his grip. “Ours, too. You’re beautiful, Melody. I hope you figure that out soon. ”
“That’s not how the song was meant to end,” she whispered, her bright eyes beaming at him, an elated smile curving her lips.
“No,” He shook his head. “But that’s how our song end, Red. There’s no going back now. I’ll never let you walk away. You’ll always be in my arms.”