Inferno (Phoenix Rising Rock Band, #1)
By Kathryn Kelly
I’m a rocker with the eyes of the world on me. Waiting for my triumph or my downfall…just waiting. Most of my life is in my hands. My destiny? That’s another story. My destiny isn’t as debt free.
My band, Phoenix Rising, arrives in Houston to cut a new album. Before we perform our first concert in the city and I choose my groupies of the night, I’m thrust into debauchery. Sleeping with a gorgeous woman twenty years older than me has its perks, especially when her husband orchestrated the encounter and eagerly watches. To me, performing is performing. If a man wants to share his wife, who am I to stop him?
Unfortunately for me, I don’t make a clean getaway as I leave the McCall mansion. Georgie, their sixteen-year-old daughter, is in the midst of her own intrigue, sneaking home in the middle of the night after an evening of drugs and sex with her older brother’s best friend. In her, I see me. She’s lost and drifting. Her hedonistic parents insist she’s old enough to make her own decisions. Instead of time and love, they give her money and things.
I’m a twenty-five-year old international superstar and I know better. I’m cocky and arrogant. I know it so I own it. Somehow, I’ve always bested the fates. I have all to lose—my reputation, my career, and my freedom. Her mother’s jealousy forces my hand and I take Georgie on the tour.
This is our story and our secret relationship and the destruction of my life. You know the adage about secrets? Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Wise words from a wise man. If only I had listened. Secrets have a way of revealing themselves in the harshest way.
Emma - 4.5 Crowns
I am a huge fan of Kathryn Kelly's Death Dweller's MC series, so when I was given the opportunity to read a new book from her, I jumped at the chance. This is the first book in the new Phoenix Rising Rock Band series and I was very interested to find out whether the brilliance she brings to the MC romance genre would cross over.
Georgiana McCall is a 16 year girl being swallowed up in a world of money, drugs, drink and sex. Born into wealth, her father Parnell loves her but is too busy to really know what she is up to. Her mother Cassandra finds her an irrelevance, only dealing with her when absolutely necessary. She is lonely and struggling to stay afloat in a world where she is unwanted. The only person who cares for her is Crowell, her much older brothers best friend who also supplies the cocaine that has become essential in her survival from day to day. One evening Crowell sneaks her into a party resulting in an encounter with her musical idol; Sloane Mason, front man and lead guitarist for the huge Phoenix Rising rock band. What she doesn't know is that that chance meeting will change her life forever.
Sloan Mason is 25 and trying to keep his position in one of the biggest bands in the world. After months in rehab recovering from a serious drug addiction, he knows he is on his final warning. What he doesn't want is to get mixed up in a family drama that rivals his own. Forced to visit the McCall's by his father, he sleeps with the older but very beautiful Cassandra at her husband's request. Sleeping with women is a daily occurrence for Sloane so it isn't a hardship until he comes across the girl with violet eyes. Seems the girl who pleasured him the night previously isn't 18, is the daughter of the woman he's just been in bed with and is also in the clutches of a serious drug problem. Something in him is drawn to her, he understands her and feels the pain she is dealing with. He wants to save her, but it may just bring about his own downfall.
And in the background you have Cassandra. A woman struggling to keep hold of a husband obsessed with younger women. When Sloane Mason is invited into her bed, she sees it as a chance to feel young again. At 45 she is starting to see the tell tale signs of age but she has no intention of growing old gracefully; especially as it may mean losing her husband. If only she didn't have to watch her daughter becoming the person she wished she still was. Especially when the man she has set her sights on sparks up a relationship with her blossoming daughter. She cannot and will not let it happen.
A taboo story of a connection that is too strong to ignore regardless of age and consequence. A girl that needs saving and a man compelled to do the saving. A mother who lets jealousy over ride the love she should have for her daughter and a family ripped apart by dark secrets, envy and tragedy.
Before I go further - Kathryn your brilliance certainly does transfer. What a story!
This is an amazing read. The depth of characterization that Kathryn has brought to both Georgie and Sloane is fantastic. The loneliness and despondency that comes from Georgie is tangible, although much older you truly understand why Sloane feels compelled to save her. He sees himself in her and wants to protect her from the pain and rejection he himself has experienced. The attraction they feel towards each other will be difficult for some readers but as I am British and our age of consent is 16, that wasn't something that concerned me. Georgie although naive at times, also has a very mature, insightful and cynical view of life and that is what Sloane see and feels in his soul. He risks both his career and reputation for her and at times it isn't easy for him. The question is will it all be worth it in the end? Well you will have to read it and see.
A brilliant, emotional and heartbreaking story. The ending is a serious WTF moment and you will equally worry and wonder about where Kathryn will take us in book 2. I just hope that she is writing it now because I need to know what happens to our damaged and lonely soulmates.