READY TO ROCK
by Cara Connelly
Release Date: 12/01/15
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
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Readers of Cara Connelly’s Save the Date series met Jack and Lil McCabe in The Wedding Favor. Go back in time and experience Jack and Lil’s original love story, with a hefty dose of romance and suspense. Ready to Rock, is Connelly’s first indie title. Ready to Rock won RWA’s Golden Heart award (under the title The Sinners), and the Valley Forge Romance Writer’s Sheila Award (also under The Sinners).
His name's on everyone's lips--sexy rocker Jack McCabe. His gritty New York City band is red hot, almost as hot as his fiery affair with photography student Lil Marchone, the girl from his past, now the woman he loves. The problem is, Lil's controlling ex wants her back. Rich, powerful, and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing--including murder--to get Jack out of her life. But Jack's a badass himself, always up for a fight. And with the stakes this high, he'll risk everything for Lil, even his band. Even his life.
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Lilianne “Lil” Marchone has an experience that most of us should never have to experience. Jack “Mac” McCabe is her savior at a time when she needs someone the most. The author creates an interesting reunion that will grab the reader’s interest. You can almost hear music playing in the background.
I have to hang my head and say that before this, I had not read or heard of this author before. Not too many pages in and I have to say that I think I’m in love – or at least a book crush. Mac reads like the perfect male character. Besides working two jobs, he has time to take care of a relative. Lil seems to be a little indecisive about what she wants. She can’t decide if she wants Mr. fancy pants, that you want to yell at and say, “get over yourself”, or someone who can give her what she wants if she’s willing. Who would you be happy with? Someone who will give you whatever you want or someone who can give you exactly what you need.
This was a great adventure that I would read again. When Spring is heading toward Summer and things are fresh and new, what better time to sit down and fall in love with this book all over again. It is a long read and life can interrupt which can get a little frustrating. But by the time you get to the last chapter you’ll realize that this is a book where you hate being disturbed while enjoying Lilianne and Jack’s trip to love everlasting.
I’d been in Jack’s room just hours before, but it seemed like another planet now. I stopped inside the door, afraid to move. He went to the nightstand and turned on the lamp. It cast a yellow glow, like candlelight.
His brusque manner had fallen away. He watched me closely, almost shyly. “Are you sure, Lil? It’s not too late to change your mind.”
My eyes ran over his body. He was beautiful. “I’m sure.”
He came to me, slid his fingers along my jaw, buried them in my hair. Then he kissed me, long and slow and very deep. Everything I loved about him was in that kiss. Strength and tenderness and fear and lust and passion and reverence and a million other things that made up Jack.
He unzipped my jacket, slid it off my shoulders, and he never stopped kissing me. He unbuttoned my shirt as if his fingers weren’t shaking, slipped his hands inside, breath catching when he felt my skin under his palms.
He couldn’t kiss me now, he was breathing too hard. He pushed my shirt back, let it fall. Unhooked my bra, dropped it to the floor.
“Oh God, Lil,” he breathed. “Are you sure? Because I won’t be able to stop.” His strong body trembled.
My God, he loves me. He loves me. And I love him.
My heart sang the words, then I gave them voice. “I love you, Jack. I don’t want you to stop.”
He crushed me to him, heart hammering against my cheek. “Say it again.”
“I love you, Jack. I love you.”
“And I love you.” His lips were at my ear, his hand in my hair. “I’ll do anything for you. Give you everything I have, anything you want. I’ll take care of you. I’ll never let anything hurt you. I swear it.” He was so earnest, so desperate to tell me how deep his love ran.
I wound my arms more tightly around him, smiled into his throat. “I believe you. But right now, all you have to do is make love to me.”
“I can do that.” His lips closed over mine again, hot as fire. He unzipped my jeans, pushed them over my hips. I stepped out of them in only my panties.
My hands went to his shirt, fumbled with the buttons, but they were too complicated for the state I was in. I gave up, tore it open, buttons pinging on the floor. Tugged at his belt, unbuttoned his jeans.
And then he was naked, his body a wonder of lean muscle and hard cock. I feasted my eyes on him. My lips, my tongue. We fell onto the bed, arms and legs twined together, drunk with the taste of skin on skin.
Cara Connelly is the author of the Save the Date series of contemporary romances published by Avon Romance. The latest book in the series, The Wedding Gift, was released in May 2015. Cara’s smart and sexy stories have won several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. A former attorney and law professor, she lives with her husband Billy in the woods of upstate New York.
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