Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mini-Review: Blackthorne (Heart of Fame #8)

Blackthorne (Heart of Fame #8)

by Lexxie Couper 

 Caitlin Reynolds doesn’t care if the rock star lookalike trying to get into her bar is who he says he is. Sticking to the rules is a big reason the Chaos Room is the hottest velvet rope in Sydney.
Okay, so he’s freaking hot, but she’s been ignoring her hormones since her fiancé left her to go be a doctor in Somalia and then went missing.
After a shattered knee ended his promising soccer career, it seemed only natural for Josh Blackthorne to follow in his father’s rock-god footsteps. Now he’s a megastar, lusted after by women—and men—the world over. But he’s been in lust with Caitlin since he saw her picture years ago.
When Caitlin realizes Josh is who he says he is, she’s the first to make it right. But no matter how badly his seduction makes her want to melt into his arms, there’s a ghost hanging over their heads. A ghost who turns out to be not so legally dead after all…
Warning: Contains a rock star who’s livin’ the dream and livin’ it large, a self-made businesswoman with a weakness for a cheeky smile, and a red-hot battle of tormented wills. May stimulate a desire to throw your panties onto the nearest stage.
Themes: contemporary, erotica      
Rating: 4.25 stars
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 This series has come full circle, one of my favorite things about long standing series, and we are finally getting to read the story of Josh Blackthorne, all grown up and falling in love.  This series began with the story of his father, Nick, coming home to the woman he lost over a decade earlier and meeting the son he never knew he had fathered, Josh.  Now Josh is all grown up and following in his father’s musical footsteps to the top of the charts.  Thankfully he remains mostly a down to earth and sweet guy, with only a few moments here and there of true arrogance and ego.  Seeing him fall under the spell of true and lasting love was amazing and longtime fans like myself will be thrilled to see him truly find happiness.  The woman he falls for, Caitlin, is no shy and innocent young woman, instead she is gritty and has a determination that rams against Josh’s more than once, making sparks fly even as she resists them out of a sense of guilt and fear.  Caitlin has dealt with a lot in recent years and she is not willing to open herself up to speculation and the danger of falling in love with a man like Josh, especially since the last man she loved was taken from her so suddenly.  Josh is sweet and even though he is more than attracted to Caitlin, he is determined to be a friend to her and show her that he is the type of man that will always be there for her.  When they finally give in to their desires there is not a single person that doesn’t see the heat and sparks constantly between them, but it’s the warm and obviously deep love that they share that will allow them to weather the drama and tragedies of life.  I cried a lot in this story, but getting to see these two first become friends, and ultimately fall in love, made every tear more than worth it, and of course there no way I could skim the passion that flares constantly between them.  I have loved every bit of this series and am so thrilled that Josh has finally found love, even though it means the end of the series.  Luckily there’s always another great Lexxie Couper story coming our way, but I can see myself returning to this amazing series to reread the stories of tragedy, redemption, lose and love that have made this series one for the ages.  You’ve once again struck gold Lexxie!

*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

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