Title: Rock the Beat
Author: Michelle Valentine
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Twenty-year-old Holly Pearson never dreamed that while working at her father’s motocross track she’d run into the walking, talking definition of trouble in a sexy, tattooed package—Trip Douglas, the man sent to evaluate the track for a possible investment opportunity. Holly makes no attempt to hide the fact she despises Trip, but she learns to be civil toward him when he offers to help her land the man of her dreams.
Trip needs a break from the crazy rock-and-roll lifestyle he’s been living for the past few years. With his Black Falcon band mates settling down with marriage and babies, Trip peruses an investment opportunity in motocross, something he’s always been passionate about. Hiding his celebrity status, Trip infiltrates the new business posing as a dirt bike rider training for the X-Games. The only obstacle is the owner’s daughter, Holly. She’s a real ball bustin’ Ice Queen, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make the deal fall through. Trip soon discovers that winning over his new enemy is the key to gaining a partnership in Mountain Time Speed Track.
Knowing he’s the expert on getting laid, Trip ropes Holly into becoming his ally by helping her score a date with the man she’s crushing on. The problem is, the more time Trip and Holly spend together, the more they uncover the undeniable attraction between them. Soon they both realize that even the best laid plans go to hell when you find you’re falling in love with the enemy.
**Book THREE in the Black Falcon series. Can also be read as a stand-alone novel**
He steps in front of me and his eyes zero in on my chest. Both of his hands dart to my top button on my gray top and he releases it from its hole before moving on to the next one. “First of all, I was attracted to your banging body in that little black dress. It screamed, “Fuck me,” so that’s not flirting—that’s attention seeking. Believe me, I wasn’t the only one watching you shake your ass. I was just the only one brave enough to try and get with you even though you were there with another man.”
“You thought I was there with Max?” I ask even though it doesn’t surprise me. Max isn’t exactly the stereotypically homosexual male. There’s nothing feminine about him. People make the mistake that we’re an item all the time.
“And you were what, going to steal me away from my date?”
Trip shrugs. “When I see something I want, I go after it. And that night I wanted you. That is until you let him drag you away from me. I figured it wasn’t worth the scene it would cause to kick his ass.”
I roll my eyes. “How do you know you wouldn’t have been the one on the receiving end of that ass-kicking? Max is a pretty strong dude.”
He gives me a pointed look. “If there’s one thing I know besides that I’m awesome in bed, is that I can fight.”
I sigh. “Okay, so you’re a badass—I get it. What’s the other reason you think you I can’t flirt?”
He smiles. “I win the flirting debate because I believe it was me who came on to you first, so you can’t take credit for that.”
My brain attempts to wade through the drunken memories of a couple nights ago. “You may have started the dance, but I believe I’m the one who turned around to take it to that next level, allowing you to kiss me. Therefore I finished it. I get total credit for flirting with you first.”
He undoes the last button on my shirt. “No. Max dragged you away, effectively cutting us both off for the night. And Thank God for that. He deserves a fucking medal for performing a good deed. Can you imagine how awkward all this would be if we’d had crazy sex that night, only to meet up the very next day? That would’ve been a nightmare.”
I flinch. “Am I really that horrible that you would’ve regretted sleeping with me?”
Trip Douglas, the famous drummer of Black Falcon decided he needs a diversion while Noel and Riff are on break to fix their personal lives. So he went to Arizona to check a possible investment in Mountain Time Speed Track not knowing he will end up meeting someone that will make his now exciting life even more exciting.
Holly is the goody goody daughter of the Race Track owner. Due to some financial difficulties and the fact that his dad can no longer support her schooling; Holly went home, stopped college and return to help his father run the racetrack.
Holly and Trip met on the wrong foot but damn if it wasn’t hot and made me pee a little! Trying to make her cheating ex-boyfriend jealous and chase after her, Holly agreed to take Trip to a theatrical sketch and act as if they are together. Everything is all about business. He gets a little; she gets a little bit more. But the unexpected side-effect of spending so much time together and not to mention with such a hot guy is that eventually… you begin to fall in love with him. Their attraction was a fast progression; Holly felt so conflicted – how could she fall in love with a boy who is the exact opposite of what she wanted; egoistical, “beautiful”, full of himself…famous.
Rock the Beat is a story about falling love. It’s about a couple, who by appearances, should not be together. Holly’s background is gritty; there’s a lot about her past that has caused her to be standoffish and distanced. Trip lives in a fast paced environment; he likes to take risks and lives life as if there’s no tomorrow.
Love is a not an easy game to play. You may win some but you may lose some in the process.
Will Holly and Trip be able to withstand the rules barring this game of love?
This series just keeps getting better and better everytime. You can feel the passion and realism of each story that Michelle Valentine has brought to the house. There was a huge, huge twist that I didn’t see coming but Michelle has handled it very well and shaped the story into something phenomenal.
I could continue listing so many highlights of Rock the Beat, but I need to allow you to experience this on your own. There were a few minor editing errors and I wish the ending could’ve been a little longer, but that didn’t stop me from raving about the book entirely. I loved falling in love with this couple and hoping against hope that against all odds, their relationship would make it.
Overall, I thought this is another stellar romance novel from Michelle. The secondary characters like Max and of course the Black Falcon members also help make this a winning story. I totally recommend this book to all the rockstar book lovers out there and couldn’t be more excited to see how Michelle would wrap up this series with Tyke’s story.
Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.