Rock the Beat by Michelle A. Valentine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Trip is the sexy drummer (with a twin brother) of Black Falcon. After his bandmates start to settle down and spend more time with their families, Trip tries to find something to occupy his time. After getting screwed over royally by one ex, he doesn’t see the appeal in settling down like Riff and Noel. Instead, he plays the field. Trip looks into an investment opportunity at a motorcross track that looks promising. He goes to Arizona to check it out first hand. What he doesn’t expect is to find a girl like Holly working there.
Holly is home after leaving college to help her struggling father with the family business. Her dad hasn’t been feeling well and can’t afford to pay the employees, so she does what needs to be done. While home, she finds out her hot-shot racer of a boyfriend has decided to call it quits after fooling around on her. She is upset, but thankfully has her best friend Max to lean on. After Max and Holly go to a club to blow off steam, Holly does something out of character for her. She meets a sexy tattooed stranger and almost goes home with him, Max intervenes. It just so happens she meets that very same tattooed stranger the next day at the track.
Trip and Holly have a rocky start, but the more time they spend together, the more they develop this flirty friendship. I love Trips cocky and confident self.
“Sweetheart, I haven’t even begun to charm you yet. When I do, I promise I won’t have to ask you twice to get naked. You’ll be begging for me to take you.”
After spending so much time with this girl, Trip does the unthinkable. Trip is starting to fall for Holly. Something he never thought he would do. She is still a little hung up on her ex, but there is something about Trip. Holly doesn't know who Trip is (famous rock star, potential investor), Trip is keeping that a secret for now. Both Holly and Trip have been burned by love. Can Trip convince her to take a chance on him? Or will his secrets change things for them?
Unlike the other Black Falcon books, Rock the Beat focuses more on just Trip and Holly, the band is only in a small part of the book. I missed my boys, but it was nice to see the little bit of them we did. Trip stared out as the typical rock star. Likes to go out, bring home different women every night, but something in him changes. I loved watching that change occur. Even though he was cocky and brash at times, he was also very sweet. I loved how he stood up for Max, helped Holly’s dad and how he treated Holly. Did I mention how sexy he was... yum! Holly was lovely. She was a great heroine. I loved the interaction with her and Max, and how much she cared about her father. She and Trip were perfect together! They had a great connection, and there was some definite steaminess.
Rock the Beat was a great addition to the Black Falcon series. Short, steamy, sweet, and fun. Although my favorite book (and band member) is still Riff, Trip was pretty great! Looking forward to more in this series!!!
**ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
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Twenty-year-old Holly Pearson never dreamed that while working at her father’s motocross track she’d run into the walking, talking definition of trouble in a sexy, tattooed package—Trip Douglas, the man sent to evaluate the track for a possible investment opportunity. Holly makes no attempt to hide the fact she despises Trip, but she learns to be civil toward him when he offers to help her land the man of her dreams.
Trip needs a break from the crazy rock-and-roll lifestyle he’s been living for the past few years. With his Black Falcon band mates settling down with marriage and babies, Trip peruses an investment opportunity in motocross, something he’s always been passionate about. Hiding his celebrity status, Trip infiltrates the new business posing as a dirt bike rider training for the X-Games. The only obstacle is the owner’s daughter, Holly. She’s a real ball bustin' Ice Queen, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make the deal fall through. Trip soon discovers that winning over his new enemy is the key to gaining a partnership in Mountain Time Speed Track.
Knowing he’s the expert on getting laid, Trip ropes Holly into becoming his ally by helping her score a date with the man she’s crushing on. The problem is, the more time Trip and Holly spend together, the more they uncover the undeniable attraction between them. Soon they both realize that even the best laid plans go to hell when you find you’re falling in love with the enemy.
**Book THREE in the Black Falcon series. Can also be read as a stand-alone novel**
Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.