#4, Reckless Beat
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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.
Another great read. Eden dies it again. The Reckless Beat guys do it again. Can't wait to see what happens with Ryan and Leah.
Of the four books, this is the one I'd read again.
*Complimentary ARC provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review.
Out of all the couples in the series thus far, Sean and Melody were my favorite, and not just because the heroine was a dancer. I had no idea that the love Sean felt for Sidney went THAT deep. He called it pathetic, but I found it heartbreaking. As if his love life wasn't enough of a problem, he was tired of being the invisible band member. Of all the guys, he seemed the most...normal. But he did have a few moments that made him come across as a jerk, but I blamed that on his tunnel vision where Sidney was concerned.
I was stunned and disappointed by Sidney and Mason's obliviousness to Sean's distress, or perhaps they just hoped it would go away with time and they wouldn't have to talk about it. The irony wasn't lost on me that Sean wanted more fame, and he eventually fell for a woman who couldn't get away from fame fast enough.
I was a little torn about Melody. She was very perceptive early on about being only a "distraction", and aside from telling him about her scars, she was open and honest with him. Her inner monologues indicated that she'd been a completely different person before her accident that left her badly scarred. She used to be flirtatious, confident, outgoing, large and in charge, and at the top of her game. I couldn't blame her for not wanting to expose her scars or bare herself emotionally too soon. After all, I imagine how it would feel to Google the man you're falling in love with only to find a video of a sex scandal. It was one thing to know he was hung up on another woman and another to see or hear him having sex with her. However, I did tire of her pity party even past the 89% mark. Her sister gave her good advice; even Leah gave her a talking to, but instead of listening to them, she turned to her former boss for the confidence boost that never came.
When they were together and forgot the rest of the world, they were amazing. Sean was capable of such kindness and (com)passion, and he was amazing in bed. Their first time was off the charts hot! It was rough and dirty with a hint of dominance. Sean apparently liked a bit of pain with his pleasure and she matched him. The way he tried to help her in the end was a tear-jerker. The author also did a great job of describing the choreography of their dance. Despite some of my grumblings about the heroine, I really did like the story as a whole. It was also less angsty than its predecessors. Of the four books, this is the one I'd read again.
Eden has a gift of weaving stories and characters to make you want to to be a part of their story. Sean and Red are no different. The love and struggle make for a great modern fairy tale. I'll read it many times!!