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Series: Tears of Sin #1
Publisher: Naedge Publishing (Self-Published) on October 19th 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
"I dare you."
Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison's life forever. She's a party girl that doesn't believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.
Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family's vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he's envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.
With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Soon-to-be twenty-year-old Alice Harrison is, on the surface, an uninhibited adrenaline junkie who’s always chasing her next thrill. But beneath it all, she’s haunted by a horrific childhood and overwhelming guilt over the plight of her half-sister Molly. To make up for the accident that took Molly’s sight, not to mention be near the one person in the world who’s ever loved her, Alice has taken up residence in Molly’s condo, helping her as she learns to navigate the world without vision. The last thing she needs right now is a complication, especially when it comes in the form of a drop dead gorgeous musician moving in across the hall.
Seth draws inspiration from the darkness he sees in other people, using it to give words to his music. His father may not support his dreams, but with his best friends and his brother in the band, he has the support system he needs to pursue his dreams. What he doesn’t need, though, is a girl to distract him and complicate things. Especially the sweet girl with the haunted eyes who lives across the hall. If only she wasn’t so in need of saving.
Every time The Basement was mentioned, all I could picture was that gay club down on Congress. And then I started trying to figure out if the Harrison house was over in Westlake. And then I wondered why a gunshot victim would be at Seton instead of Brackenridge. None of those are really problems with the story at all; I just didn’t realize when I picked up the book that it’s set in Austin, and once I did, I couldn’t shut that part of my brain off. It makes perfect sense that Rowena would shop at the Domain, but with the band being such a large part of the story, I’m surprised Dirty 6th didn’t garner more of a mention. See? I shouldn’t read stories set here. I end up questioning everything for no good reason.
I hesitated to grab this book, since it promised to be a little more angsty than I normally go for, but I can’t say I regret it. It hooked me from the very beginning, and before I knew it, I’d read through it all in one sitting.
Alice is a really interesting character, a bit wild, definitely damaged, but with a sort of confidence and free spirit I wouldn’t normally expect from someone who’s been burdened with her life. Her inner strength and somewhat normal façade keep the story from going straight into dark, and that’s what kept me reading. Despite the suffering she’s endured, she’s not altogether closed off. She understandably has trust issues, but her goodness shines through, and while she may not be a saint, she’s impossible not to like. As Seth can attest. Speaking of Seth…
Damn. Easily one of the hottest men I’ve read in romance, he’s multi-dimensional and not your typical knight in shining armor. He practically oozes sex appeal, and while he’s no stranger to the mirror, he’s not so cocky about his looks that I want to slap him. Unless he’s into that. Ahem…
Watching Alice and Seth give into and fight against their feelings for each other makes for an incredibly entertaining and emotional read, and while I did want to shake some sense into each of them a few times, they didn’t fall into that cliched mess normally found in romance books. They disagree, misunderstand, fail to communicate, and somehow find their way back, and when things take a turn for the truly dark, they make it worth surviving.