Kindle Edition, First, 350 pages
Published July 25th 2013 by A.M. Madden
Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. He’s living the perfect life, and enjoying every minute of it. With a steady stream of sexual conquests that satisfies his raging libido, he thinks he has all he needs in life…until Leila enters it.
Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option.
An intimate moment causes their willpower to collapse, and their erotic love affair to begin. Finding love was a bonus that neither Jack nor Leila anticipated. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life couldn’t be any better for the couple. Until a mistake from Jack’s past threatens their new relationship, and their perfect future together.
I absolutely loved the cover and premise of this book. It sounds fun and sexy and so I dived into this novel happily. I was quite pleased with some aspects of this book and enjoyed Leila's journey because she's pretty rock solid. I really liked that we hear both Leila's and Jack's points of view through out the story, and the steam level was just right for this sort of novel. Ms. Madden has most certainly delivered a promising debut novel.
Jack: Loved his character. Sexy rock star with a sweet devotion to Leila from the moment he meets her. There is nothing not to love about Jack. He is conflicted about his feelings for Leila, not wanting to draw her into something that could harm her career or hurt the band, and really wants to make her happy. Perfect boyfriend material, though Jack himself doesn't realize that about himself. I liked that he was the sort of character that man up when he does things he regrets, says he's sorry, and tries to do better by himself and others. Jack was witty, and his banter with Leila was fun to read and he definitely put a smile on my face. His overprotective streak was adorable as well. He's charming, but not your traditional rocker bad boy. Which I was fine with because I liked Jack just as he was--sweet and sexy.
Leila: I was charmed with her innocent sweet girl character. She is strong enough to go after her dreams, but I liked that she was also vulnerable. Her nerves about joining the band, about leaving home going on tour struck me as realistic, and I liked that about the story and her character. I also liked that most fan girls, she totally fell for Jack the moment she saw him, but was also smart enough to put her career first. She knows Jack is something of a player, and wants to keep strictly professional, even friendly between them. But when she can't, she can't and I also liked that she was brave enough to explore her feelings with Jack and yet was not a pushover. She lets Jack know what she can't stand in a relationship, and I liked that she was a balance of independent strong woman and sweet, innocent girl.
Also, it was nice to see that the characters were honest with themselves and each other about their past, and feelings. No back and forth drama between these two, and that's refreshing. I enjoyed watching them have fun with each other, and with their bands, and liked the secondary characters--some of whom I kinda want to know more about. However, I've never been a fan of a cliff hanger endings and while Jack and Leila's story will continue in book two, I would have preferred for a HEA and then maybe a second book about some of the other great characters in this novel. That's totally a personal preference however, some readers will love where the story is going, and I myself am intrigued with their journey. Back Up has some truly great moments, and was an engaging and fun read. I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of the novel, in exchange for an honest review.
3 glittering stars