Sultry Groove (Reckless Beat #4) by Eden Summers
He wants the world and the admiration of everyone in it.
Sean Taiden, the inconspicuous drummer of Reckless Beat, is sick of living in the shadows of his bandmates’ success. He’ll do anything to gain the recognition he deserves. Even if it means dancing in a music video to the Reckless track that drives a knife into his broken heart whenever he hears it. The saving grace is the tempting choreographer who may be the one person able to distract him from the agony his life has become.
All she wants is the peace that comes with solitude.
Melody Jenkins knows all about fame. She knows enough to determine she doesn’t want a part of it anymore. After quitting her professional dance career, she set up a quiet studio and focused on starting a new beginning away from prying eyes. Until a sexy drummer strides into her life, making her crave something she can’t have while also pushing her to expose secrets she can’t bear to reveal.
Conflicting aspirations and one inextinguishable passion.
She needs to hide from the world she once owned. He wants to rise to the top, proving to himself and his friends that he’s always been the heartbeat of the band. Caught between what they need and what they want, Melody and Sean have to decide which is more important—their individual plans for the future or their feelings for one another.
The Reckless Beat series is one of the better Rocker series out there and this is the fourth couple in the series, which means that by this time I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on how the guys interact, their hang ups, their challenges and how the women they’ve found fit into their celebrity lifestyles.
This is the first time that one of the guys has fallen for a woman who is a celebrity in her own right, and who has recently left that life. And, even though Melody has some legitimate reasons for why she’s withdrawn from that life, she’s not handling it well. At first, she seems like she’s this incredibly confident and strong woman, but the further I got into the story, the more her reaction to her injury just rang hollow. Everything seemed to hinge on how beautiful she was before, and how she could sleep with pretty much any man she went after, before. Contrasted with how she felt ugly when her accident marred her beauty, but spared her life, and which was easily hidden, if that was what she chose to do. Her life could easily be divided into before and after her accident. It’s like she completely lost who she was and her entire personality depended on her physical appearance.
Then there’s Sean. The man was a total tool with Melody from meeting one. Wallowing in self pity and jealousy. And his behavior did not improve with each meeting after the first. He’s a rock star, so some of his behavior, while awful, could be excused. He was used to hooking up with women randomly, so remembering who you’re with can be a challenge, right? But, his hang up on Sydney started to wear after a while and I just wanted to yell at him to get his shit together. She made her choice, either move on or leave. Combined with his jealousy of all his bandmate/brother’s successes, made it hard to feel any kind of sympathy for him. Which was disappointing, because I liked him in all the prior books and felt like he should have been thrilled for them.
This was a tough review to write. I’ll be honest. For a series that I absolutely love, Sean and Melody were probably my least favorite couple. Neither of them did anything that was completely damning, but they just struck me as two superficial people, lamenting all they’d lost, not appreciating what they had, and coveting what they felt they deserved.
On the plus side, I did finish the novella, Reckless Rendezvous, which leads into book five in the series, Undeniable Temptation, featuring Ryan. I loved it and I’m hoping that after this series is over we get more of Logan, because I need to know what happens with him.