Sing For Me (The Balefire Series Book 2) by Tam DeRudder Jackson
My entire life is my music—and all the trappings that come with it. Sex, booze, and rock ‘n’ roll is all I ever wanted. Touring the world as the lead singer of Balefire, I have it all. Until on hiatus, I meet the girl next door.
Ashleigh Baker is nothing like the groupies and celebrities who usually have all my attention. In her cute floppy hat with her knees stained with dirt, she spends her days creating a flowering show piece from her rented yard. She’s the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever met, and she acts like she doesn’t want a damn thing to do with me. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, she’s all I can think about.
Growing up the only child of an Air Force Colonel, all I wanted was to stay in one place for more than a minute. When I score a pretty little house with a long-term lease, I just want to grow my flowers and my freelancing gig as a music reviewer. Then a loud Harley wakes me from a sound sleep and I discover my neighbor is Blu Connolly. Yeah, that Blu Connolly, lead singer for my favorite band Balefire. With his killer good looks and panty-melting voice, he’s a walking temptation to sin. Though I do my best to avoid him, it seems Blu has other ideas. He’s on a mission to wear me down, let him in, but what happens when he stops wanting to sing for me?
-Girl next door
This book is the second book in Tam DeRudder Jackson’s Balefire Series but can be read as a standalone. We get a peek into the characters from the first book and it definitely sparked my interest so we’ll see if I get the chance to get to it!
This book is peak rockstar romance. Bad boy lead singer, Blu, sharing women, leaving women satisfied across the globe, finally meets his match in the literal girl next door, Ashleigh. Well… next door to his mom, actually.
Ashleigh is a music reviewer trying to make ends meet. She rents a cute house and spends most of her time gardening and enjoying the friendship of the older woman next door. The older woman also happens to be the mother of the lead singer of one of the hottest bands around, Balefire. And Blu will be crashing at his mom’s place when he’s off tour. Ashleigh is a fan of the band but never imagined that she’d find herself hanging out with Blu Connolly.
It starts off bumpy, their friendship… they’re more like frenemies. Mostly because Ashleigh makes many assumptions about Blu and his rockstar lifestyle and behavior. What soon blossoms, because of Blu’s persistence, is a strong friendship with mutual attraction. It’s a slow burn because Ashleigh is protecting her heart, not wanting to be another notch on his bedpost. But Blu is determined to make her realize that she’s so much more than that to him.
It was a light, fun read – I was definitely looking for some drama and some angst, to be honest. Though I enjoyed it, I wasn’t as captivated as I had expected. Some things didn’t feel fully realized and I wasn’t sure I believed that Blu would go from multiple women one night to suddenly being completely into Ashleigh the next… I wanted to buy it but I think I needed more internal dialogue to really see how this progressed for Blu.