Jaded Regret: The Complete Series
(Jaded Regret #1-#4)
by L.L. Collins
Release Date: June 6, 2017
About Jaded Regret: The Complete Series
Jaded Regret is the newest thing in rock music. The band members Johnny, Bex, Beau, and Tanner have dreamed of success their whole lives. Along with their manager Natalie, none of them have lived the life they wanted, each of them having a story that will wrench your heart and put a tear in your eye. After a huge break put them right in the spotlight, they’re getting the chance to live life their way, doing what they love.
They’re still missing out on something they all want but has eluded them for most of their lives.
Follow the members of Jaded Regret as they climb their way to the top of the charts, living their dream, while also battling their pasts in order to find the one thing that can make them even happier than a successful career—someone to share it with.
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Jaded Regret: The Complete Series Playlists
Sentenced (book one)
Snared (book two)
Hartstrings (book three)
Exposed (book four)
Excerpts from Jaded Regret: The Complete Collection
Sentenced (book one)
I had no idea what had gotten into me, but as I held Bex on my lap, feeling her body relax under my touch and kiss, I didn’t want to stop whatever it was. Seeing her like that, panicking and on the verge of losing it had done something to me. I knew what she was feeling. I may not know why, but I knew the feeling nonetheless.
I wouldn’t ask her because I didn’t want to talk about it, either. If she wanted to tell me something, she would. I’d told her there was more to us than just sex. I knew that was right, but it also scared me to death. What the hell did that mean? Her panic had started after I’d said she was being real with me.
Bex didn’t even have to explain why that had made her panic. I already knew. She was putting on a front. The angry, I-don’t-give-a-shit woman that she portrayed to everyone wasn’t her. Now that I knew that, she was upset about it. I saw through her, and it scared her shitless.
“Why?” Her voice was barely a whisper. Her large eyes were wide open like I could see straight through to her soul. As much as she wanted to hide from me, she couldn’t.
“Why what, Bex?” I kept my voice low as to not scare her out of talking to me. What was happening to me right now? The last time I’d sat on a bed with someone like this had been with Jill. The thought of that made my own panic rise up in my chest, but I forced it back. This was not the time. She needed me, and for some strange reason I wanted to be the one there for her.
“Why are you here? Why don’t you run out the door? This is just sex, right? So why do you care about me?”
“I don’t know,” I admitted, being transparent with someone for once. “But I do.”
Snared (book two)
I watched Beau from across the room. He was…smiling. His straight white teeth gleamed against the dark stubble of his beard. I’d only seen small glimpses of his smile over the past two days. He stood between his sister and Bex, and whatever they said to him made him appear euphoric.
I wanted to make him smile like that. The hundreds of people who’d come to the meet and greet were in different stages of stalking Jaded Regret. Some of them had been loud and wild, screaming and exuberant to meet the famous rockers. The band had handled it in stride, their security only having to be somewhat forceful with one girl who’d hung all over Johnny, despite his wife standing right next to him. Bex had been unusually calm. I’d expected her to punch the woman, but she’d only smirked as the woman screamed about wanting his babies. I guess she had nothing to worry about since Johnny hardly stopped touching her every time they were next to each other.
Some fans seemed too intimidated to go right up to them, content with just watching them from afar and taking in the greatness of their presence. I pretended to be one of them, but it was only so I could study Beau. I had no idea what made the man tick. He wasn’t like anyone I’d ever met before. I noticed he hadn’t strayed far from his sister and Bex during the entire time. When Bex and Johnny had gotten up and made a short speech to the crowd, he’d stayed next to them without saying a word. I’d watched several girls approach him, their clothing minimal and their bravery at an all time high. He’d shaken hands with a few of them, signed posters, shirts, and CD covers, but nothing more. Even the ones who’d draped themselves on him to take selfies or pictures taken by friends didn’t change his demeanor. If anything, he appeared to be uncomfortable with all the attention.
Camryn stayed close to Tanner, nursing a drink as she batted her eyelashes at him. Bella and her husband, Jeremy, were whispering next to me. Bella thought I was certifiable at this point. Maybe I was. I watched Beau’s fingers tap out an invisible beat on the cup he held. I wondered if he always had a song playing in his head.
“Talk to him,” Bella said in my ear. “What’s the worst that can happen? He’s leaving tomorrow.”
She was right. What was the worst that could happen?
Hartstrings (book three)
Mac sighed and laid her head on my shoulder. I stopped what I was doing and kissed the top of her head. I had never been so comfortable with any female—except Tracey. I wanted to ask her what we could do now about Tracey, but I didn’t want to push her. Mac still needed to rest, and I knew if she thought I wanted her to work on the case, she would.
Mac had to learn to say no.
“What’s wrong?” She was much stronger than she was a week ago, no longer needing the wheelchair. She was seen by a doctor over here a few days ago and was healing well.
“Nothing. I wish guys in real life were like the ones in these movies.” I lifted my gaze to see what she meant and found myself watching with her. The guy brought his girl flowers at work and then surprised her with a picnic at the park, where he proposed. His speech was one for the record books as he spoke about his love for her and how she completed him as a person.
I reached out and squeezed her fingers. “There are guys like that. Andrew isn’t the example of all men, you know.”
“I know.” She tilted her head back so she could see me. “You’re a nice guy. A great guy. But I don’t see you doing those things, either.”
I zeroed in on her plump pink lips. A surge of lust flooded my system, and I fought against the urge to pull her to me and kiss her until she was breathless.
Holy mother of God, Tanner. What the hell are you thinking? No. No damn way.
Bex’s warning resonated through my head, and I glanced away. “I’m not a nice guy. I use women for what I want with them and then walk away. Then again, I guess the girls I attract do the same thing. I’m not a forever kind of guy.”
Mac was quiet for a few minutes; her hand still tucked in mine. “I don’t believe you.”
“You don’t believe what?”
“That you aren’t a forever kind of guy.”
I laughed. “You haven’t read enough about me in the rags, huh?”
“Oh, I’ve read plenty. But you know how you can figure me out so easily? Well, I can do the same with you, too, Tanner Hart.”
My heart skipped, and I rubbed my chest. She didn’t know me. No one did. And if she knew the thoughts going through my head right now, she wouldn’t be sitting with her hand on my leg and her head on my shoulder. My thoughts were proof that I didn’t deserve a woman like her.
Here she was, trusting me to be her friend and support her through the worst time in her life, and my dick grew by the second at the thought of spreading her out on the couch and having my way with her.
Exposed (book four)
“Are you for real, Kai?” Her voice was merely a whisper as she looked out over the city. I wanted to turn my face and kiss the soft skin of her neck just to see if it tasted as sweet as I assumed it would.
“Am I for real about what?” I whispered back. I was afraid to make my voice higher for fear of stopping her from saying whatever she was about to say, but I had to see her face. Natalie showed so much more in her eyes than she thought.
I turned her in my arms, so she faced me now instead of the city. Natalie swallowed and then licked her lips, making the plump pink shine even more than they naturally did. My libido jolted, wishing for something I knew I wouldn’t do, and she definitely wasn’t ready for.
“A-about me?” She indicated around us. “About…all this?”
“New York?” I teased. Her lips quirked in a small smile. “I love New York.”
She moved like she was going to turn back and let me off the hook, so I grabbed her hands and held them to keep her from turning away. She opened her mouth to speak, but I pulled her body against mine. Her eyes opened in surprise. I captured her lips, framing her face with my hands and holding her against me as our lips moved together. She tasted like strawberry lip gloss and something even more addictive—Natalie.
When I reluctantly pulled back, I left my hands on her face as we stared into each other’s eyes. I felt her heart racing against my chest. “I’m completely, totally, absolutely for real, Natalie. Do you believe me yet?”
L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys. L.L. has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true. She's the bestselling author of the Living Again series, the Twisted series, Back to the Drawing Board, the Jaded Regret series, and Ravenous.
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