Chase Delany is a rock star. Rock stars are expected to rock hard onstage and party even harder offstage. Chase is living up to those expectations, and then some. He leaves everything he’s got onstage, and drowns the ache in his soul at the bottom of a tequila bottle. And then there are the girls. They throw themselves at him nonstop, a never-ending train of hot girls who want in his signature tight leather pants. The problem? Nothing, no amount of booze and no amount of backstage sex can heal the cracks in his heart left by Anna’s rejection. And then he runs into Jamie. Anna’s best friend. The one girl in the whole world who is off limits to him. The one girl who happens to be the one thing that seems to soothe the hurt inside him. Forgetting her proves to be impossible.
Jamie Dunleavy has always been an enthusiastic practitioner of the sexual arts. She’s never apologized for it, and she owns it. She’s been known to admit–to her best friend Anna Devine, at least–that she’s a bit of a slut. Her deep, dark secret? She’s tired of it. She doesn’t want to be that girl anymore. She wants love, now more than ever, having watching Anna find her own happily-ever-after. So who does she find herself falling for? Chase Delany. Anna’s very recent ex. A rock star, and the one guy she knows she can’t ever, ever be with. You don’t bang your best friend’s ex. You just don’t. It’s the one hard and fast rule of best friendship. Except, no matter how hard she tries to forget him, she can’t seem to shake the image of his dark eyes and sexy tattoos and those lips she wants so badly to kiss and kiss until neither of them can breathe. She can’t forget him, and she can’t ever have him.
After Anna’s rejection, Chase finally starts to heal but they accidentally meet again in Vegas in Big Girls Do It Married.
Rock Stars Do It Harder tells their encounter from Chase’s viewpoint, and his struggle to deal with the loss of her. He is broken, he is suffering, and it is obvious that his feelings for Anna are special. But when he meets Jamie, suddenly it grows pale compared to the emotions Jamie unleashes in him. This novella is the first part of Chase and Jamie’s story, after their first and only kiss in Vegas.
It was brief, but that one kiss had held more tantalizing pressure than Chase had ever felt. He’d been ripped apart by that kiss… Ten seconds of time, but he knew he was ruined for other women, other lips.
The story tells about their empty, sad, apathetic life without each other and longing for each other. They are both total messes emotionally, drowning in “a constant ocean of alcohol”, having meaningless sex with strangers.
I didn’t like Chase much in the Big Girls Do It series, mainly because he was too hot and superficial, too ‘rock star-ish’, a delusion, a dream. Now, in Rock Stars Do It Harder, he becomes real. He has feelings and fears, he feels pain and despair and emptiness. He struggles and suffers.
Chase seemed to be the ultimate in tall, dark, and fucked-up.
As for the story, the blurb says it all. Jamie and Chase’s torment and misery are perfectly worked out, as well as their soul-deep passion, carnal, magnetic, and devastating attraction for each other.
Of course there is no redemption in this novella. Jamie still abides by her unwritten rule not to be involved with her best friend’s ex. And Chase is still broken by breaking up with Anna, though he now feels maybe he has a chance to move on, as Jamie simply sweeps out every thought of Anna from his mind, leaving nothing else just herself to Chase to think about.
She wasn’t okay. She would never be okay as long as Chase Delany was alive and not hers.
***Rock Stars Do It Harder is the pilot story for
a Big Girls spinoff-sequel series.
It is best to read this after the Big Girls Do It books 1-5
to avoid major spoilers.***
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