Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Pick is the first novel in the new rocker romance series from author K.E. Osborn entitled Recoil Rock, which is a spin-off of The Next Generation series, which in itself is a spin-off of the Rock God series. This being my first read from the author, I haven't had the privilege of perusing the two previous series, but I'm happy to report that you can safely go into this series starter without needing to read any of the other books. The male main character's previous relationship is discussed in the present plus the novel does open with a quick run-through of what happened between him and his ex-fiancée and the fact that she chose her best friend turned romantic interest over him. Am I interested in reading her story and those that came before it? I'm a bit iffy on that mainly because I'm already not a fan of hers, not after the way she mishandled ending their engagement. Yes, I'm on Team Danger.
After giving up his life in the US--a life that included the upward trajectory of his band Recoil--in order to move to London to be with his fiancée, Danger's heart is thrown to the wayside when she informs him that it's over between them. Heading back across the pond, Danger's hopes of bringing the back band together and starting fresh are put on indefinite hold. Needing to find himself, he travels to Australia, and there he meets Lunar, a young woman who works at a strip club and is property of the Satan's Savage motorcycle club, having been the club VP's former go-to girl before he got together with his old lady. Both having ended long-term relationships, Danger and Lunar aren't necessarily looking for anything permanent or serious, but the chemistry between them is off the charts. When an offer to make it big in Australia gets the band back together, will Danger get caught once again and be forced to choose between the band he once left behind and the woman who's brought music back to him?
I loved how quick Pick's pacing was and yet never really felt rushed or skimmed over important details. We get the progression of both Danger and Lunar's relationship and Recoil's ascension in popularity and recognition in the music industry and with fans and the press. When they were together, they didn't have to try so hard to meet everyone else's expectations of them or try to live up to whatever labels were plastered on them, whether it be "bad boy rocker" or "club property". They were just Dwayne Pipe and Annalise Sheffield. They found who they were with each other, and I liked that there was nothing forced about the chemistry or even about the pair themselves. I also liked most of the supporting characters, though can I just say that Lunar's ex's old lady went overboard with the whole jealousy streak near the end of the story? And then there was Nate, Recoil's drummer, who was above and beyond, a jerk. I get why kicking him out of the band would be impossible since he's Matt's twin, but still, I wanted to smack the guy on more than one occasion. Overall, Pick was a 4.5-starred read I enjoyed. ♥
Release Date: 11 January 2017
Date Read: 11 January 2017
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