The night before Presley West was due to leave our small town of Hollings Hill, all of my high school fantasies came to life. He finally wanted me. Eight years I’d spent pining, and now I, bar-tending Tessa Lisbon, was going to make damn sure I made that night count before the music industry stole him.
Never screw your idols. That’s what they say, right? Well, I did, and I did it well. So well, I somehow managed to screw my own heart in the process.
He gave me one night to convince him to stay. In the end, I begged him to go.
But that’s the thing about rock stars: they do what they want, when they want, and forever didn’t end up being as long as I expected.
Presley was back, and with his face, voice, and music now everywhere I turned, I officially had nowhere left to run.
I freaking loved this book! I have read everything of Vic’s since Izzy Moffet and each time she surprises me with how different she can make all of her books. She mastered the transition from heavy angst while still giving angst lovers like me just enough to keep you satisfied. Definitely quite the change from the Hounds of Babylon series, that’s for sure!
And can we please talk about Presley West?!?! Such a lost soul with a body made for sin, but you can’t help falling for him within the first few pages. Even when he’s being an ass, there’s something there that draws you in.
Tess is the hometown girl who gave Presley exactly what he needed…the good, bad, and the ugly. He told her exactly what he needed, can she be that person for him? Can Tess fight through her insecurities and realize what’s been staring her in the face since high school? I think why I liked these two so much is because Vic made them so relatable. She also didn’t make Tess a wallflower either. This girl was sassy and stubborn as can be. And Presley wore his mask. So similar, yet in different ways. And Molly?? Oh every girl needs a Molly! She’s the kick in the pants Tess needs at all the right times. I can see Bourbon blushing every time she opened her mouth. Tess’s friends are just awesome.
And the music! Thank you Vic for taking me back to my early teen years and I have to agree with Tess, Bryan Adams is everything 😉
Meet Vicki James
Vicki James is a pseudonym for Victoria L. James, taking her stories from heavy angst to heavy romance and bad boys you can’t help but fall in love with. She is, however, one and the same person so feel free to follow her on any of her platforms, be it Vicki James or Victoria L. James. Most importantly, enjoy the stories she tells, no matter what name she releases under.