Series: (Pushing The Limits #3)
Author: Stina Lidenblatt
Review Format: eARC
Expected Publication Date: July 11,2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Old habits die hard. But in this sexy, heartwarming romance, a musician who’s addicted to the temptations of the road falls for a good girl who makes him want to clean up his act.
Mason Dell’s band, Pushing Limits, is a sensation, and he’s having a blast on their biggest tour yet. Then he gets a call from his best friend, who’s in the Navy, asking him to find out why his sister isn’t answering her phone. The dude once saved Mason’s life from a suicide attempt related to a gambling problem—so the two-and-a-half hour drive from L.A. to her small town is nothing.
What he finds is a sweet, successful boutique owner who’s too busy to notice when her phone dies. Nicole McCormick has nothing better to do than work. She’s bored of all the men she’s been dating: stable, career-oriented guys who are nothing like her destructive father. Mason’s is a breath of fresh bad-boy air. Their sexual connection is explosive, and with her shop undergoing renovations, Nicole even joins Pushing Limits on the road. But when Mason falls off the wagon, that’s one path she swore she’d never go down again.
While Nicole picks up her broken heart and heads home, Mason misses her like crazy. Although he wants to forge a future with her, he just doesn’t know how to leave the past behind. But for love, it’s time to learn.
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I knocked on Mason’s door. Logan and I didn’t have to wait long before it opened.Mason’s gaze dropped to Logan. “Is there something you’ve been keeping from us?”“Logan, this is Mason, the drummer,” I said. “Logan’s the son of one of my friends. She has to work and her babysitter is sick.”Mason raised an eyebrow. “So you thought you’d fucking bring him to work, like one of those spend-the-day-at-your-parent’s-job events?”“Fuckin’,” Logan repeated.Shit. “Logan, we don’t use that word,” I gently admonished.That caused Mason to snicker. “If you didn’t want him talking like you, why the hell bring him here?”“Fuckin’.”I grounded my teeth together. “I’m seriously going to kill you, Mas.” Right before Callie killed me.He grinned at me. “You’re welcome.”We entered the loft, Logan holding tight to my hand. Mason lived on the top floor, in one corner of the building. Large windows filled most of the space on the two exterior walls. Mason wasn’t much into furniture and went for the minimalist look, which meant there was plenty of room for our instruments and amps in the center of the room. Much like Callie’s parents, Mason had great taste in furniture. But unlike Callie’s parents, Mason’s taste ran more modern.And yes, I’d finally pieced together why Callie’s furniture looked more expensive than what I would’ve expected a twenty-two-year-old to own, and why it had looked familiar. She had inherited it when her parents died.“Hey, man.” Tomas gave me his standard head nod, his lips stretched into a wide grin.“Congrats. I heard you’re now drumming for Burning Wire.” They were a new band that had started to generate buzz in the L.A. music scene. They weren’t bad, but Tomas was much too talented for the band.“Thanks. They’re a great bunch of guys.” He peered down at Logan. “Hey, buddy.” He gave the four-year-old a fist bump, which Logan happily returned. Then to Mason and me he said, “I’ll let you guys get to work. See ya later!”The introduction of Logan to the rest of the guys in the band went a little more smoothly than it had with Mason. Hailey had the day off and was sitting with Nolan on the black leather couch.“Logan, this is Nolan, our lead singer, and his girlfriend, Hailey.”“You have puppy, yes?” he asked them, his small body pressed against my legs.“Would you like to see a picture of him?” Hailey asked.Logan took a tentative step forward. “Yes. Please.”She removed her smartphone from her purse and handed it to him. On the screen was a fluffy, nine-week-old golden retriever puppy, snoozing on Nolan’s shirtless chest. The puppy wasn’t the only one sleeping on the couch. Nolan looked pretty out of it.“His name is Rocky,” she said. “He’s a golden retriever.”“Why the fuck is our lead singer half-naked with a dog sleeping on him?” Mason asked. “Who the hell removed his nuts and gave him ovaries?” He laughed. I glared at him, my message clear. He abruptly stopped.Kirk and Aaron looked from Mason to me, amused.“My sister makes me cough up a quarter every time I swear around her kids,” Aaron said.“Not a bad idea.” I pointed at Mason. “Every time you swear, you have to pay Logan a dollar.”“Why the fuck do I have to pay him a dollar when Aaron only has to pay a fucking quarter?”“Oh, look at that, Logan,” I said, doing everything in my power not to strangle our drummer. “Uncle Mason owes you two bucks. By the time practice is over, you could be a millionaire.”The guys and Hailey laughed. All the guys but Mason, that is. He reached into his back jeans pocket and pulled out his wallet, then handed Logan the money. Logan’s face lit up.“Do you wanna feel some music now?” I asked him.“Don’t you mean f—uh, hear music?” Mason said, frowning. I had no idea if that was because not being allowed to swear would kill him or because my question confused him.
Meet The Men of PUSHING THE LIMITS
Mason Dell is living the dream, as the drummer in one of the hottest up-and coming rock bands to hit the stage. But when he receives a call from his best friend, Zach McCormick, saying that Zach's baby sister Nicole is unreachable on her cell and has been so for a few days. Asking if Mason could stop by her place and make sure that she's O.K.? Mason is more than willing to drop everything and honor his friend's request.
What he can't know however, is that Zach's little sister, Nicole, is the woman who has just what it takes to make big changes in both Mason's life and his heart.
Both Nicole and Mason have pasts touched by gambling. His as an addict. Hers as the daughter of one. As such, both Mason's and Nicole's reluctance to share details of their lives with each other; before being so willing to readily share their hearts and bodies. Becomes more of an issue as the store and their relationship progresses.
When you add the stresses and temptations of life on the road, and the "no touching" clause in Nicole's contract. Coupled with the newness of the experience of life with the band for the "small town girl."
This is a "rocker romance" that begs to be read.
While there are many lighter moments in this book. Authoress, Stina Lindenblatt's ability to weave reality into her tale, in a way that makes said realism natural and effortless. Superb!
Reviewer's Note: I Need You Tonight is the third book n a companion series. As such, it may be read as part of that series. Or as a stand alone.