Series: Devil's Tattoo #1
Published by Self-Published on September 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Zoe Granger picked up her first guitar the day her heart was smashed into a billion pieces. It was a way to keep her mind off her inevitable downward spiral, but music soon became her escape. She's been burned too many times to tell and is just happy to coast through life, never putting herself out there. That's until her best friend Dee suggests they start a band and suddenly she finds herself not just a part of it, but fronting the whole outfit.
They call themselves The Devil's Tattoo and when they release their debut EP, it rockets to the top of the charts and it's like an overnight fairytale. Contracts, photo shoots, royalties and interviews are heaped onto the shy Zoe and it's like she's finally found her place. Then comes the phone call that changes everything. They've been asked to co-headline a tour with one of the hottest bands of the moment, The Stabs and Zoe will never be the same again.
Will Strickland is one fourth of the hottest indie rock band to ever grace the airwaves. He's the bass player in The Stabs, hot as hell and could have his pick of any girl that flings herself at him. But he's only got eyes for Zoe and she has no idea why he'd bother. She's got one hell of a trust issue and an attitude to boot and Will seems to be the one who wants to tame her, but is he game enough?
The Devil's Tattoo and The Stabs go on the road and it's either going to be a highway to hell or a stairway to heaven. Only time will tell who will come out on top and Zoe's determined to do it without getting her heart broken… again.
After a messy break-up, Zoe pours her soul into music. She is one of those rare people who was gifted with that innate skill in both guitar and vocals. When her best friend convinces her to be the forth in their band The Devil’s Tattoo she didn’t know what she was in for. Her talent and charm catapulted them immediately into stardom. One day she was living a simple life in her small apartment and the next thing she knows she is off on tour with the popular Australian band, The Stabs.
Womanizer Will Strickland is the bassist of The Stabs. When he first saw Zoe at a local bar he was immediately fascinated by her. He thought she was so striking that she was just a figment of his imagination. Seeing her performing for the very first time sealed the deal he knew that she was the one that he couldn’t let go. Given that their band was well established in the music scene he pulls every string for The Devil’s Tattoo to co-head their tour.
He finally has Zoe well within his reach but he can’t bring himself to approach her. For a ladies’ man he so hesitant, just being in her presence leaves him tongue-tied. He has no clue how to act around her. Getting a glimpse into her past relationship with her best friend Dee he knows that he needs to handle her with a lot of care.
“I want to know you. I want to kiss you. I want to touch you. I want to feel you inside me. All of you. Only you…”
I have to say that was one of the elements that specifically caught my attention. I wanted to know what was it about Zoe’s past that made her so broken and vulnerable. Will’s intensity was intriguing as well. It isn’t just the music that they have in common after all and I loved how the author unraveled those similarities.
Although I thought that the roundabout way the author went with the start of their relationship was a bit juvenile. I understand that Will didn’t want to mess up his chances but I found him frustrating. I wanted to sit him down and tell him to ” just go for it! ” It, however, did provide for some great tension between the couple. When they got over that stage the story skyrocketed from there. Their chemistry was terrific. He spent a lot of time making her feel special which she definitely needed.
The supporting characters were amazing. Most especially Dee and I’m happy to find out that his book is next in the series. I also found the Australian setting and portrayal of the music scene very interesting. In my opinion, this was a great start to the series and I am really looking forward to reading more about the rest of the band and the journey that The Devil’s Tattoo is about to partake in.