Author: S.L. Scott
Standalone Contemporary Romance
Goodreads TBR: http://bit.ly/RidgeGR
The One didn’t exist.
Then I met Meadow.
The band’s honorary little sister was off-limits. Too late for that. She says we’re “nothing serious,” but she’s gotten under my skin and I can’t stop thinking about her. And when I touch her, I know we’re meant to be.
Happy Endings don’t exist.
Not even with Ridge.
My big plans never included falling for a rock star. Too soon for that. He wants to make us a “thing,” and I can’t deny our chemistry is combustible. His persistence is wearing me down, making his proposition hard to resist.
If true love only exists in fairy tales, why am I beginning to believe that Ridge just might be my happily ever after?
This STANDALONE Second Chance Rock Star Romance by New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, will have you falling in love with Ridge Carson while introducing you to his Sexy as Sin band mates—Jet, Tulsa, and Rivers Crow.
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THE CROW BROTHERS SERIES
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Tulsa on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/TulsaGR
Rivers Goodreads: http://bit.ly/RiversGR
Ridge on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/RidgeGR
**Series Cover Designs: RBA Designs**
Since I started reading romance, I’ve been all about second chance romances, especially when the couple shares such an intense and deep connection and then when S.L. Scott adds in a hero with a heart of gold – one who is thoughtful, understanding and honest, an atypical rocker if you will, I can’t help but want him to get exactly what his heart desires, and what he wants and needs is the quirky, stubborn, and independent woman who Meadow aspires to be.
Ridge/Dave and Meadow’s journey is a tumultuous one to say the least – it’s one that started some time ago, sent them in opposite directions, and then brought them back together, but as they reunite, they appear to want different things, which makes rekindling their previous romance, not only difficult, but, at times, extremely frustrating because regardless of the man Dave proves himself to be, Meadow can’t let go of her past, and she also can’t let go of the fact that she wants to stand on her own, relying on herself and no one else for her happiness, so while Dave shows just how patient he can be for the woman who owns his heart, if the back and forth, push and pull doesn’t have an ending point, it’s unclear if what these two once shared stands a chance of becoming their forever.
While I can understand Meadow’s need for independence, especially given the scars of her past, I’ll confess that I wanted to throttle her several times throughout the story due to her indecision and conflicted thoughts. In some ways, she’s seems naive or maybe she just doesn’t quite know how to handle such deep feelings and she does things by what her head thinks instead of her heart, stemming from her parents being horrible role models for relationships. And, if I’m completely honest,
a part of me didn’t think she deserved, not that she wasn’t worth the effort, but Dave was offering her everything she could want in a man…in a relationship, but, too many times, she allowed her insecurities and her fears to control her words and her actions.
But, I will say, that because S.L. Scott never stops revealing who her characters are at their core, I slowly warmed back up to Meadow and reveled in her times of clarity and understanding, and I also held on to the fact that her love for Dave would keep that light burning regardless of what they had to endure in order to get to that point.
The cameos of previous characters is something that I always love, and the Crow brothers are some of my favorite S.L. Scott characters. These characters’ bonds speak to the sense of family that’s been created, beyond blood, and it illustrates just how lucky people are when they find their people – the ones who get them…the ones who love them unconditionally…the ones who have their backs at any and all costs.
I’m a huge fan of S.L. Scott’s books, and every time I read one, I appreciate the depths of her story lines and characters because they allow a connection to be made between the readers and Scott’s heroes and heroines, and it’s an emotional one that drives us to absorb everything that occurs in the book in order to truly capture who these characters are and what they’re teaching us through their words and actions.
4.5 Poison Apples
Dave “Ridge” Carson
Somewhere between El Paso and Tucson, I found my soul under the bright stars of the Southwest.
Looking up, I drink her in. Meadow hates when I stare at her, but beauty like hers is rare. Her chin dips down, and she kisses my cheek, trailing more toward my ear where she whispers, “You feel so good inside me.”
“You have it all wrong. You make me feel good inside you.” I capture her lips on the edge of a laugh and kiss her while she continues to rock on top of my lap.
The sound of our bodies, our skin slick against each other becomes part of the hum of the desert outside the car. A night wind whistles through the cracked open window as the temperatures continue to fall well after sunset. We couldn’t wait—not for a hotel or a rest stop. When her hand dipped to my pants and she rubbed over me, causing my body to react, I pulled over.
Time is our enemy. There’s never enough of it when I’m with her. Every time I’m with her, I want to drain every ounce of life from the seconds, minutes, few short hours we get to be with each other.
My gaze rolls over the bottom of her jaw as her head tilts back, her mouth open, her bare breasts in front of me. I want to hold her still, hold her here, right the fuck here on top of me.
I run my hands over her body as I make love to the woman who’s become an addiction of mine. I breathe better, easier when I’m with her. The music of our bodies together is the only melody I hear. She’s become my friend.
Lifting up, she eases back down and then lifts again, gripping my shoulders and digging her nails into my skin. The pain is pleasure when doled out in provocative ways. “Dave,” she whispers on the end of a purr. No other name has been uttered in pure ecstasy like the way she says mine.
I hold her by the hips in the back seat of the SUV taking in the full view. “Hey,” I say.
She comes back to me, her eyes open, her soul exposed in such a vulnerable way, setting my heart on fire. “Hey.” She smiles, and I hold her still again, wanting this to last forever while equally wanting to rush the release.
A few sips of the wine we’ve been drinking straight from the bottle make her eyes sparkle. Caught between want and need, her smile is even until the corners, which curve up. It’s a smile that both hurts and heals my heart when it appears. “Don’t leave.”
Leaning down, she kisses my forehead, my nose, my mouth. With her lips against mine, she whispers, “I have to go.”
I’ve been careful about making plans with her for so long that the words feel foreign to me even now when this feels more intimate than any other time before. Every time with her is like this—better than the last. “I want you to stay.”
I fell for the free-spirited beauty long before we left Austin. But like all who are meant to soar, she can’t be caged by antiquated notions of romance. Meadow Fellowes has been clear about what we are or ever could be—nothing serious. But sometimes, when she looks at me, I see more hidden in the emerald pools of her eyes. I understand the yearning. She says, “My flight is tomorrow night.”
We’ve been so good at keeping it casual, but nothing serious means we’re fucking because we want to have sex. This isn’t fucking, just like we’re not casual, not to me. “Can you change it? Give us another week. Another day. Give us a chance.”
Leaning down, she kisses me and then sits back up. With her palms on my chest, she holds her smile. “I am. By leaving.” Her eyes close, and she starts moving on top of me again.
So I grip her a little tighter, holding her while I can. I meet every one of her pushes with a thrust of my own. As she comes back to me, the lids are half-mast, but her gaze is fixed on me. She whispers, “Tell me what you’re thinking.”
“I’m thinking how good this feels. Just us. Alone. In the desert, making love, having sex, fucking. All of it. All of you. You feel so good to me. Maybe we should be more to each other.”
“You’re more than you know,” she purrs softly and then leans back as if our connection is too much before she starts a slow gyrate. God, she feels amazing. A hand rubs over my chest, and this time, my eyes meet hers, coming back from the hazy edge of release. “We’re not those people.”
“What people are those?”
“The kind of people who make plans.”
Our bodies glide together as I say, “We’ve made plans before.”
“Spur-of-the-moment plans. Those don’t count.”
“They count.” They fucking count. I want to argue, but my mind clouds as our bodies move of their own volition. My eyes dip closed, and I swim in the moment, buried deep inside her.
We fall, tipping over that line that keeps us safe and the one that will end us—heart, body, and soul. It’s where I prefer to be with her. If only we could stay in this place longer than it takes for our breathing to recover.
My heart calms, and my breathing steadies. Meadow slides down with me still inside her and rests her head on my shoulder. Her fingers toy with the hairs on my chest before a kiss is placed on my neck. “Six months,” she says. “I’ll be back in six months.”
I tighten my arms around her. I don’t care that my body’s too big for this back seat or that we’re covered in sweat. All that matters is that I have her in my arms for a short time, and I intend to savor every second until she boards that plane.
ABOUT S.L. SCOTT
Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.
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