Book Review: Gone for You by Jayne Frost

GFYAs the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and me are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

Note: You won’t need to turn up the heat—Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.

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Cameron Knight, lead guitarist for the band Caged, lives the good life. Caged’s fame is on the rise, his pick of the ladies is endless, and his bandmates are his best friends. When the bassist for Caged is involved in an accident in Dallas, the news spreads like wildfire, and the hotel where the band is staying is swamped with fans willing to make all their “troubles” disappear. Luckily, Caged has connections, and desperate to have a few peaceful moments in Dallas before their big show, they are set up at a high-end resort, The Mansion.

With the promise to be sheltered from the press and fans, the remaining Caged members hole up in The Mansion. Cameron’s expectations are low: maybe a few random hook-ups with waitresses, or maybe he’ll pull back some beers while soaking in the resort hot tub. But after setting foot on the premises, his hopes to have a few uncomplicated days are pushed to the wayside by a pair of creamy thighs and the face of an angel. From the moment he sees Lily Tennison, he has a sinking feeling his playboy days are fleeting.

Lily Tennison, The Mansion’s Event Coordinator, is cool as ice when Caged first arrives. She’s aware of their reputation with women, and their inclination for one night stands.  At first, she puts up a good fight and ignores Cameron’s flirting, but soon she lowers her guard and gives in to his many charms.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this read. The story was told entirely from Cameron’s point of view, which I felt was a good call on the author’s part. I found that his confidence, mixed with witty dialogue and sarcastic inner voice, really drew me into the plot. Using inner thoughts sparingly, the author successfully conveys Cameron’s feelings for Lily without overanalyzing, which I find is the norm in stories where the narrator is the female. In the case of Lily, her background eventually rears its ugly head, and you find she is steeped with insecurity. Her self-doubt is pivotal to the story, but if it had been told from her point of view I’m not sure it would have worked as well.

I particularly love the humor in this book, especially between Cameron and his bandmates. The writing is light, and the author chooses words thoughtfully, which improves the reading experience. The steamy scenes were plentiful, which never hurts. If I had to nit-pick, I would have wished the author offered a few more glimpses at Lily’s family life. That would have made their struggle, and the eventual win between Cameron and Lily more satisfying for me.

Overall, this is a charming short read which encompasses all the elements I seek in a romance, and the qualities I love in main characters—sexy and funny. It also has a healthy dose of conflict involving malicious side characters and shaky childhood experiences, but not so much it bogs down the story. If you are a lover of funny (who isn’t?) and enjoy well-drawn characters (who doesn’t?) this is the romance for you.

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