Thank you to Kristen Callihan and the team at Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of Exposed, the fourth story in the VIP series. The story releases on July 13th!
I was a huge fan of this series and jumped at the chance to read and review this fourth instalment. It’s been over three years since Kristen has gifted us with one of these books, so I was very excited.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
There are some people in life who know exactly how to push your buttons. For me, it’s Rye Peterson. We can’t spend more than ten minutes together before we’re at each other’s throats, which makes working together that much harder. Rye is the bassist for Kill John, the biggest rock band in the world, and I am his publicist. It doesn’t help that the man is gorgeous, funny, talented, and…never takes anything seriously. Avoidance is key.
But everything changes when he overhears something he shouldn’t: a confession made in a moment of weakness. Now the man I’ve tried so hard to ignore is offering me the greatest temptation of all—him.
Brenna James is the one. The one I can’t have. The one I can’t get out of my mind. Believe me, I’ve tried; the woman loathes me. I managed well enough—until I heard her say she’s as lonely as I am. That she needed to be touched, held, satisfied. And I could no longer deny the truth: I wanted to be the one to give her what she craved.
I convinced her that it would just be sex, mutual satisfaction with nothing deeper. But the moment I have her, she becomes my world. I’ve never given her a good reason to trust me before. Now, I’ve got to show Brenna that we’re so much better together than we ever were apart.
Things are going to get messy. But getting messy with Brenna is what I do best.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Brenna is our female lead and she hides behind her suits and shoes like a suit of armour. She has been very attached to her job as the publicist for Kill John, her cousin’s Killian’s band. So much so that she is very alone and it’s becoming very apparent she is in want and need of a man. For performing an immense confidence she has her weaknesses. At her core she is one of those classic characters who does not see herself as someone worthy of love. Rye is our male lead and is much more introverted than the other guys in the band. Both Brenna and Rye have been keeping secrets not just from the band but from each other. Rye is hiding that he has issues with his hands and he sees his sucess wrapped up in them. Wrapped up in his ability to contribute to the band.
- Setting: The story is primarily set in New York. Yet some very special and milestone scenes happen in other settings. Such as Rye’s gorgeous Los Angeles home. Along with a trip to England that brings all of the characters together. In a series like this where I love and are attached to everyone I loved these large groups scenes with Killian, Libby, Scott, Sophie, Jax, and Stella.
- Pacing: This story was paced overall really well. I found the ending slightly rushed but the way it structured and the intent behind it really made any issues I had with it fade away.
- Romance: This relationship starts as a simple hookup, yet all of us readers know these things never remain simple. Brenna even scedules the nights they sleep together in their early days. But really they have crushed on each other for years and no one has ever made a move. When they really neeed the other as a shoulder to cry on. Or as a confidant, as a cheerleader and as a partner. Breanna and Rye feed each other’s souls when they are struggling to do that. I love how they showed each other that there is more to life than work and just how incredibly fullfilling love is. This romance is quite steamy. I loved the way it was hard for them to hide their feelings in bed. The vulnerability paired with the sensuality was an A+!
Exposed receives five out of five stars.
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