Series: Ruby Riot
Author: Lisa Swallow
Release Date: November 5, 2015
Tegan Hughes joins Blue Phoenix and Ruby Riot on tour, and drummer Bryn isn’t the only one who notices his little sister isn’t a kid anymore.
Jax Lewis is the guitarist for Ruby Riot and the band are rising to success. He’s hot property and loving every minute of his new found fame. Now, he’s on tour supporting Blue Phoenix and living his rock star life to the full. Until Tegan walks into his world and puts the brakes on.
Tegan Hughes is taking a year out and has her sights set on touring Europe with her big brother’s band. Blue Phoenix drummer, Bryn isn’t happy when his sister arrives unannounced at his hotel in Lisbon, but Tegan isn’t the type of person to take no as an answer.
With her big brother breathing down their necks, Jax and Tegan attempt to keep a handle on their growing attraction but that proves harder than they thought. Jax is used to getting whoever and whatever he wants and after kissing Tegan once, he knows one thing…he wants more.
The problem is, Tegan isn’t rock star girlfriend material. She has ambitions of her own and refuses to let anything stand in the way of her plans. But when Jax and Tegan’s relationship becomes public knowledge life becomes a hell of a lot more complicated.
Cadence is the first standalone book in a new rock romance series, Ruby Riot. The series is a spin-off from the Blue Phoenix books but you do not need to read the Blue Phoenix series first.
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The next book in the Ruby Riot series, SHUFFLE, is now available for pre-order!
Author: Lisa Swallow
Release Date: November 5, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Ruby Riot #1)
Cadence is the first book I’ve had the pleasure of reading by Lisa Swallow. But with the band of characters that came alive in its pages apart from the main characters, I’m sure won’t be my last.
It follows the guitarist for Ruby Riot in Jax and the sister of the drummer for Blue Phoenix. Tegan. A band which I’ve come to learn after doing some research into this author during the reading of the book I’ve learned has already had a series dedicated to it.
Now usually when there’s a book with a character named Jax, I’m all over it anyway, but add in a rockstar and I’m all over it. There’s just something about those types of books that draws me into them. This having both and it was a no brainer.
Now normally, the first time the main characters come across each other, I’m not affected. It’s in the way their story grows that captures me the most, but here, that aspect started very early on. The first time Jax and Tegan meet, even after finishing the book weeks ago, is still crystal clear in my mind. The hilarity in it. The head slapping “did I really just say that” that I came away with, especially when Jax learns that Tegan isn’t who he thought she was, was expertly done. It bonded me to the characters long before I’m usually connected. So kudos to the author for that.
Then the instance that brings them together in a way that’s more than just adversarial, which up until that point it had been based on them both fighting the attraction that’s damn near impossible to deny. I enjoyed that aspect. I enjoyed seeing Jax step away from the typical rockstar reaction to the situation he found himself in and behave like a man. A real human being. I also enjoyed everyone else’s reactions to what he did as well. It read very real to me. Bryn being intense with his protection of his sister and then the others from both bands not wanting to believe that Jax had actually done the right thing and not the pig headed thing.
I enjoyed Tegan and Jax together. I think they both challenged each other in a way that wouldn’t have worked with anyone but them. Tegan offering up a way of being that Jax wasn’t used to and Jax introducing her to a side she might not have seen if she’d stayed on the sidelines as just Bryn’s sister. They made mistakes together, blew things out of proportion, fought like an old married couple, but also loved fiercely, cared more than either of them even thought were possible and came alive together in ways previously unknown.
I enjoyed that their relationship just wasn’t this whirlwind of perfection and passion. It was a combination of what makes real relationships whether with Rockstars or average people work. It was and they were imperfectly imperfect.
The author in my estimation seemed to capture the fan reaction to the news of one of the hottest Rockstars around being off the market very realistically. I can see fans acting this way even though I don’t live the lifestyle. In fact, all you have to do is spend a little time online and you see the level of fan girl insanity that takes over with some people and their adoration of their favorite celebrities. The book was already working quite well for me but this aspect, the reaction from both of them, was just so organic that it sealed the deal.
The payoff that I was after in terms of a happily ever after, or even just a happy for now was given in spades here. I got to witness growth from both characters, both together and apart and in the end, it made me believe in them making it work in a longer term arrangement, though it wasn’t always an easy road to get there.
The only thing that kept this book from being a 5* plus read for me was the pacing. It was a slow go for quite a bit of the book. Evenly paced throughout to be sure, but quite a bit slower and more drawn out in areas than I was expecting it to be when I picked it up. Though that opinion is not based on having read the authors work before, but only what I know about the other rockstar romances I’ve read.
Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to fans of the author, rockstar romances, or even fans of stories that progress over time instead of just happening overnight. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before official release. It was a pleasure.
About The Author
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media. Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013. In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
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