DRIVE ME CRAZY
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published Date: February 24, 2014
Source: Received for an honest review
Book Description (from Entangled)
His rival’s in his bed, and this rocker is ready to play.
Former rivals Quinn Bradford and Elise McKinney are not friends, at least not anymore. As teens, all they cared about was psyching each other out before concerts. But when Quinn—now the keyboardist for Shaken Dirty, the hottest rock band on the scene—returns to his hometown and hears about the car accident that shattered Elise’s career, he’s determined to make things right.
Elise wants nothing to do with an arrogant rock star, despite how bad she so clearly wants him, so Quinn kidnaps the stubborn little piano player and whisks her back to his mansion. A little seduction might be just the thing to keep Elise under his care…and in his bed. But amid pranks both childish and very adult, their past comes rearing back to haunt them. And it might be more than either of them can forget.
Drive Me Crazy by Tracy Wolff is the second book in her Shaken Dirty series, a rock star series. Don’t worry though, it stands alone very well. This new rock star series had a fantastic opening book and Drive Me Crazy is actually better.
Quinn, keyboardist for Shaken Dirty, wasn’t always a rock god. In fact, he started out as a classical pianist. His chief rival was Elise. These two children both had fathers who were less than stellar: Quinn’s had a penchant for hitting. His outlet was helping Elise and psyching her out. Their relationship was loving, behind the constant pranking. But when Quinn pulled a disappearing act, the relationship was over. Shaken Dirty is his family now, still a dysfunctional family, but family.
Elise, for her part, has just lost the only person in the world who cared about her in a terrible accident. Unfortunately for her, she’s also lost her career as a pianist due to the same accident. Alone, scared, hopeless, lost: this is Elise’s life now. Or at least, it would have been her life, if Quinn hadn’t walked back into it. This is Elise’s story more than Quinn’s. She’s the one who has to move into better emotional space. Quinn’s just the man to help her.
After the terrible drama and heartache in book one, Shaken Dirty is circling the wagons and those wagons are now encircling Elise as well. She’s been spirited off to Quinn’s house to recuperate from surgery. This could have been a rather maudlin story given the depth of pain both Elise and Quinn are in. What it actually is, is a fun romp filled with one-upmanship and hilarity. That’s not to say that the band drama doesn’t impact them at all or that the more weighty aspects of the story are given short shrift. Rather, the bickering, pranking, and gotchas on the parts of Elise and Quinn serve to bring them closer together and to contrast with the deepening crisis for the band. When Elise discovers a new talent, it only strengthens everyone. But like Ryder before him, Quinn needs to learn how to love and be loved.
Catch Shaken Dirty’s second album; you won’t be sorry. I just can’t wait to see what’s in store for them next.
Heat Rating: Steamy
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
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