Author: Tessa Bailey
God help the woman I take home tonight.
Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.
This time I’ll finally crack him.
Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.
Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.
Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.
4 out of 5 stars
Rough Rhythm, a novella in Tessa Bailey's Made in Jersey series, was ridiculously hot, which is no real surprise given that this is what Tessa is known for, but I got to say I was expecting so much more. It was still a great story, but their just wasn't enough story for me to become fully invested in James and Lita's relationship. Also, since this book deals with characters who act on fantasies of nonconsensual sex I really wished that there was more talk about it between James and Lita to clearly outline what is okay and what is not okay, but instead he gives her a safe word and they got down to it without any real understanding between the two of them about what exactly is going on between them. As a result, James spends the majority of the book hating himself for his desires with Lita getting mad at him for being an idiot.
Anywho, I really did enjoy the story and the characters. Lita was feisty and I loved how daring and trusting she was, but knew when to say enough was enough and whenever he wasn't agonizing about whether his sexual desires were bad or not, I really did like James. Also, while not James and Lita related, I really loved that Tessa gave us a little glimpse into how happy the couple form book one are still. Seeing Sarge and Jasmine so blissfully happy together made me super happy.
Overall, this book was a short and super steamy romance. And while it's not my favorite Tessa book I still really liked it and will mostly end up rereading it time and time again during those times when I get into my binge-reread all of Tessa's books mood.