3 "Into the belly of the beast" kisses
I am a hard-core rock star lover. They really don't have to do much to make me weak in the knees and drooling...what can I say, I'm helpless to their powers. While THREE NIGHTS WITH A ROCK STAR really had me in a lot of ways there were just a few things that left me...wanting more.
Hailey Miller is the polar opposite to the world she immerses herself in. She's a teacher at church and has the personality to match. I'm not saying she is naïve but the environment she is walking into isn't exactly second nature to her. She's just a good girl. She's had to give up a lot in her life; she had no choice when her mother abandoned her and Chloe, her sister. It was either step up and become an adult or lose the only other family member in her life. She has been Chloe's only constant and in her time of need, Hailey is there to do whatever she can to help. It's very admirable and brave. Little does she know she is walking into the belly of the beast.
She'd never known a tongue piercing could be sexy. She wasn't sure why it was sexy now either, except that it just hinted at so much...sensual knowledge. And she'd always had a yearning for knowledge.
Keaton 'Lock' Shaw is a reformed bad boy, but while he may have tamed his misbehaving ways, he still has an edge to him, he just do drugs or alcohol. Which leaves him with one vice left--sex. Lock is alpha and controlling and hot. I dug his persona, both on stage and off but I wish we could have gotten to know the real Lock better. I feel like I latched on to him better, but I didn't get enough. One of the many POV's we are in is his so we do get his thoughts, but I can't help but feel he had more to offer. Lock is a complex guy and there seems to be endless potential with his character and we barely scratched the surface. That was one of the things I loved about him--his complexity. I was aching to get more into his head because from the bits that we get, he is just amazing.
So she wasn't here to try and fuck him. Why did that make his dick hard?
Okay, so clearly, three days is not exactly a huge time frame to be working with to develop a relationship, especially one that is based purely on sex. I am A-Okay with this as long as I feel it emotionally. I felt some things...I felt lust...their carnal passion...the sexual freedom they had with each other...I felt a whole lotta hotness. Unfortunately, I did not feel that bond. There were a few brief movements where I got close, but there just wasn't enough to base it on. And that really sucked for me because as a whole, I like Hailey a lot, reeeeally liked Lock, I was feeling their connection but...couldn't get that last emotional bit. If this was just based on their sexual connection, I felt that and then some, but I'm a romantic to my core and I wanna get those mushy feels! I loved them and while I know Hailey and Lock had that in them, I know part of the reason why I didn't feel it like I wanted to.
He'd hurt her so good she'd give voice to that desire before he was through. She knew it. He knew it. The subtext breathed in the air around them, a living thing, that damned contract came to life. She wants this. She wants the lurid celeb fantasy. The shock, the pulse-pounding vibrancy that only exists on the edge of a bad decision.
He'd take her there.
There is also a lot going on. I'll say it again, we are in 4 POV's--Hailey, Lock, Chloe and Tim (I won't spoil who Tim is but he's pretty important). I am fine with multiple POV's, but I am almost positive that that might have been why I wasn't getting the emotional connection. It's not that it was confusing, cause it really wasn't. It's always very clear whose head we are in, but it was definitely distracting. This was really two stories in one--Hailey's and Chloe's, and to do them both justice, they really should have been separate. I think both of them could have been developed more, we could have gotten more of each character's back-story, it just would have made a huge huge difference IMO. Chloe's story is relatively minor, so I get it, but I just feel the story was cheated because so many aspects were being covered. I felt pulled in so many different directions and I guess I was just spread too thin to be invested in what was going on with both couples.
She brushed her lips over his Adam's apple. "How are you feeling?"
"Better now," he rasped.
"I'll be waiting right here, after the show. Ready for you. Wet for you."
His breath caught, and she went to find it, licking along the seam of his lips, darting inside to meet his tongue. I want you, she said with her kiss. I believe in you. He responded with a groan of gratitude.'
I think the other thing I struggled a bit with was the writing. There were points when I loved it and it flowed well, it was funny as hell and sexy as fuck. Then there were points that were choppy and staccato and didn't gel with the rest of the book. I've read a few books by the two authors and never really been able to tell the difference; their voices blended well. This was the first one where it felt like it was written by two people because things just didn't mesh.
I do have to bring it up again, this was an insanely hot book...I would say bordering on erotica...at least the sex was that level IMO. It was creative and sinful and I never got sick of it. Lock's alpha Dom thing completely did it for me and it's not BDSM or Dom/sub kinda stuff. Hailey and Lock just have that kind of connection and it works. Really well.
Because she knew exactly hot it felt to want something you couldn't have. There was no fair play for love, just for sex. And everyone might get a turn, but no one could keep Lock if he didn't want to stay.
I did love the ending. It was a great way to tie up both stories and I was really happy with the outcome, but I'm really excited about Krist's book. I sincerely hope there is more background and explanation behind his relationship with Lock because Krist does play a significant role in this book. I found myself as drawn to him as I was to Lock (for all sorts of different reasons too) and I have a lot of unanswered questions. I wish I had loved this more, but it was still a sexy intriguing read.