You might think you know Brad’s story, but think again. There’s so much more to his story than what Valerie knew. See Brad before Valerie came into his life and, when he was playing back burner to Ethan, see what Brad was up to when no one else in the band was looking.
Valerie might have thought she and Brad were inevitable and maybe, in the back of his mind, Brad might have felt that way too, but he didn’t just sit around waiting for her. See the secret side of Brad that you had no idea existed. What kept the driving force behind Fully Automatic focused even while his heart was breaking?
Kelly - 5 Crowns
“If you love him, I’ll support your decision, and I’ll never say anything about that night again. Ever....
But if you tell me you don’t, I’ll fight for you.”
She’d just set him on the path he’d follow for the rest of his life. It even sounded melodramatic in his head, but he knew - he knew he’d never love another woman like he loved Valerie.
Bullet blew my mind, so it’s safe to say that here I am once more, riding the wave of book euphoria. Bradley Payne, in all his rock-star-grease-monkey-guitar-wielding glory is the heart, soul and fucking glue that holds this series together. He is the foundation on which it was built. The sacrifices he made, the lengths he took to keep his dream, his family and his brothers together while bleeding on the inside will have you experiencing this story and his character in a whole new light.
Bullet fans will finally know what it was like for Brad as we experience, in his own words, the journey of Bullet / Fully Automatic, as he takes us right back to the beginning - back to the garage, and to the moment when the young, naïve and beautiful Valerie Quinn entered his world, for it never to be the same again...
Brad's perspective, although retold in third person, is hardcore, real, honest storytelling at its absolute finest.
Fully Automatic covers pivotal scenes that arose in Bullet, but with enough deviation to make it a solid story all its own. This is not a rehash of Bullet but more of a reflective angle that highlights the toxicity of not only Val and Ethan’s relationship, but the extent of which certain actions were covered up in order to protect the ones you love. Although, Fully Automatic is not a love story in the traditional sense, but could be considered more a story of survival.
There is no young man more sincere and forgiving than Bradley Payne. He is hardworking, dedicated and hungry for his band to succeed, but it’s hard, especially when your best friend is royally fucked up and the female face of the band is one that haunts his dreams night and day.
When things take their toll he finds an outlet and I’ll warn you now, it’s not always pretty! In-fact, Brad’s pain is so profound, so tangible that you can almost taste it. My heart broke for him in many retold scenes because most of the time he suffered alone. His selflessness and penchant for keeping promises will leave you in awe as he battles daily to keep the motor ticking over and their unfulfilled dreams alive.
Jade C. Jamison has delivered an amazing Rock Star series with the Bullet saga. Her characters get stronger and stronger as the series progresses, to the point where they now feel like family. If you love your rock stars, then embrace your inner rock goddess and read it, already!