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Hard Rhythm
     

Hard Rhythm

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by Cecilia Tan
 

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Are they ready to go all the way?

Maddie Rofel has seen it all. Even the kinkiest games she witnesses working as a hostess in L.A.'s most exclusive private sex club fail to shock her, much less turn her on. Until the night she has a very personal encounter with drummer Chino Garcia, and the two discover an intimate connection neither can deny. Suddenly the

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Are they ready to go all the way?

Maddie Rofel has seen it all. Even the kinkiest games she witnesses working as a hostess in L.A.'s most exclusive private sex club fail to shock her, much less turn her on. Until the night she has a very personal encounter with drummer Chino Garcia, and the two discover an intimate connection neither can deny. Suddenly the jaded hostess is softening under Chino's touch, and submitting in ways she never expected . . .

All his life, Chino has been running from something. Normally he beats back his demons by losing himself in his music. Now he's losing himself in Maddie. And, while it drives Chino wild when Maddie bares her body to him, what he really wants is for Maddie to bare her soul. For that, Chino will have to push Maddie past her furthest limits-and share his own dark secrets.

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"Everyone knows Cecilia Tan is the queen of hot, but she's also the queen of wit and angst and voice. Taking the Lead is a book that grabs you by the collar and gives you flirty-eyes. It will tell you, 'Go sit, over there in the corner chair, and don't get up until you're done.' You will do it-absolutely and happily-because Cecilia knows exactly what you want."—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard and Sweet Filthy Boy

"Cecilia Tan writes erotic romance the way it was meant to be written: full of emotion, intensity, and chemistry that's so hot it burns the page. Taking the Lead is no exception; it's deliciously sexy and utterly satisfying."—Tara Sue Me, New York Times bestselling author

Tan skillfully makes her third Secrets of a Rock Star novel do double duty, first as a wildly creative, enthusiastic, immersive, and incredible hot romance between experienced kinksters, and second as a public service announcement that clearly illustrates the difference between BDSM and domestic abuse. Her portrayals of BDSM will delight the experienced and the curious alike."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Hard Rhythm

"In Tan's capable hands, reality doesn't send fantasy crashing down; once engaged, it deepens the connections that make for the best play. This is an outstanding example of the erotic romance genre."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Wild Licks

"Cecilia Tan's second Secrets of a Rock Star novel starts off with a bang and doesn't let up."—RT Book Reviews on Wild Licks

"Veteran Tan kicks her Secrets of a Rock Star series off with a sultry start. With a satisfying plot and an engaging cast of characters, the only thing slowing readers down will be their refractory period."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Taking the Lead

"Seductive fun not to be missed! Cecilia Tan will make all your sexy wishes come true!"—Lisa Renee Jones, bestselling author of If I Were You on SLOW SURRENDER

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/19/2016
Tan skillfully makes her third Secrets of a Rock Star novel (after Wild Licks) do double duty, first as a wildly creative, enthusiastic, immersive, and incredibly hot romance between experienced kinksters, and second as a public service announcement that clearly illustrates the difference between BSDM and domestic abuse. Sex-toy reviewer and switch Madison loves her singlehood and independence, but she falls hard for rock band drummer Chino during a mutual paddling challenge at the Los Angeles dungeon where she works as a hostess. Chino gently takes charge, holding out on fully consummating the relationship until he can guide her into complete submission and be sure she’s comfortable with exploring her most intimate thoughts. Meanwhile, Maddie’s background as a counselor lets her help Chino’s mother and sister extricate themselves from his abusive stepfather’s grasp. Tan explicitly shows a power-exchange relationship in all of its modes—party and public play, private scening, and thoughtful negotiation of rules—with both love and heat coming through strongly in every context. Her portrayals of BDSM will delight the experienced and the curious alike. Agent: Lori Perkins, Lori Perkins Literary. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455533671
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Series:
Secrets of a Rock Star Series , #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
162,284
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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Meet the Author

Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball. Not only is she an author, but she has also edited more than fifty erotic anthologies and founded her own publishing house, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball magazine, Yankees magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere. Cecilia currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

You can learn more at:
CeciliaTan.com
Twitter @ceciliatan
Facebook.com/thececiliatan

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Hard Rhythm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 3 months ago
Hard Rhythm is an erotic romance that hit all the right buttons for me. Though this is the third in the series it can be read standalone. I loved the character of Maddie. She is self-aware and owns her sexuality. I love that she didn’t just fall into Chino’s arms. I liked that they challenged each other and came out stronger for it. Mixed with the excitement of falling in love there is a sub story that gets a bit dark but is handled with discretion and grace. I love this authors writing and truly enjoyed this book.
Lisabet_Sarai 3 months ago
Madison Rofel knows her way around a dungeon. A kink club hostess and a sex toy blogger, she’s red-haired and voluptuous, quick-witted and sharp-tongued, ready to top or bottom as the occasion requires. Certainly she’s never been the type to fall at a man’s feet. She’s curious about Chino Garcia, the heavily-inked drummer for rock band The Rough, but she finds his cocky self-confidence annoying. So when he saunters into The Governor’s Club and challenges her to an endurance contest involving a studded leather paddle, she jumps at the chance to put him in his place. Chino’s had his eye on Madison for a while. His band mates Axel and Mal are coupled with the club’s owners, Ricki and Gwen Hamilton, but Chino’s always been a bit of a loner. His easy smile hides the pain of his difficult past. Being with Madison, though, somehow makes him feel comfortable and in control. Hard Rhythm is the third volume in Cecilia Tan’s Secrets of a Rock Stars series. As soon as the novel was released, I badgered the publisher for a review copy, because I enjoyed the first two books so much. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of erotic fiction involving power exchange. I know of few authors who can capture the complex dynamics of a D/s relationship with the skill of Cecilia Tan. She writes with subtlety and insight, revealing important truths about BDSM. Each kinky relationship is as different as the individuals involved. Honest communication is the key to making BDSM work. And when it does work, there’s nothing hotter—or more profound. The novel kicks off with an intensely arousing scene between Madison and Chino, and doesn’t let up. Vibrators and sex videos, play parties at secluded bungalows, bondage, spankings, blindfolds and mind games—if you’re looking for erotic excitement, you will not be disappointed by Hard Rhythm. At the same time, this book is a convincing and satisfying romance. All the sexual experimentation flows from the protagonists’ efforts to know one another. They’re drawn to one another but despite their undeniable chemistry, each has trouble being truly open. The conflicts keeping Madison and Chino apart aren’t as dramatic as the obstacles faced by Gwen and Mal in the previous book (Wild Licks). The emotional highs and lows are not as extreme. The kink is gentler, too. Chino’s a Dom, but not a dedicated sadist, and Maddie’s not your typical slave. I loved watching them discover the unique shape of their personal D/s connection. The message comes through loud and clear. Nobody can tell you what it means to be kinky. You have to find that out by yourself, with the right partner—someone you can trust. One complaint sometimes leveled at BDSM by the uninitiated is that it’s nothing more than thinly disguised abuse. Hard Rhythm confronts this belief head on by showing readers what a real abusive relationship looks like—a stark contrast to Chino’s and Maddie’s loving, consensual kink. There are lots of reasons to read this book: for arousal, for the romance, to appreciate Ms. Tan’s adeptness with words and images. But there’s also a powerful message here. Readers whose main acquaintance with BDSM is through FSOG will find Hard Rhythm something of an education.
voraciousreaderKB 5 months ago
Fun and Sexy! I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books. This is the third book in the secrets of a Rock Star series. The books are full of kinky sex and all the characters enjoy BDSM. Each book features a different band member and this story features Chino, the drummer for the rock group, The Rough. Chino is charming and fun, although he does have some secrets he is uncomfortable sharing with anyone. He had a tough home life and he still worries about the family he left behind. Madison is still trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life and at the moment, she holds a few different jobs. Chino and Madison enjoy spending time together and always have fun and a lot of hot sex. Unfortunately, at first, Madison doesn't trust Chino but as she gets to know him better she starts to let down her guard. Chino seems to intuitively understand Madison needs and he is good for her in many different ways. Chino and Madison help each other work through their issues. When they meet everything just seems to click between them. Chino is loving and patient with Madison and he is only interested in Madison. He is a sensitive, caring guy who needs to be in charge. Chino and Madison have a DOM/ sub relationship, which makes Madison nervous, she doesn't like to give up control. At first, Madison is afraid to be a sub but with Chino she is able to let down her guard. I liked both Chino and Madison and thought they make a great couple. This story is sexy, passionate, fun and emotional and there are interesting secondary characters which add to the story.
DorisB 7 months ago
Secretive sex club, sexy as sin drummer from famous rock band and a hostess from afore mentioned sex club; what you get is a voyeuristic look into the BDSM world…with a rocker! Chino had been biding his time for a shot at the voluptuous sex club hostess, Madison and it finally happened. Nothing like dares to bring out all the naughtiness in people. Once this door opened for Chino and Maddie it took time to build off their attractions to something much deeper that one could only wish for in a relationship as far as truly trusting beyond comprehension. Yes, you are taken front and center into the world that many people only fantasize about so be prepared for some down and dirty. This book also comes with a message in domestic violence. Chino’s mother and sister have hard and scary decisions to be made and since Maddie has helped with domestic violence help lines before she is there to give guidance to these women. Just like Chino’s family some people do not see the difference between the physical punishment given in BDSM and domestic violence. I thought Ms. Tan did a great job of dealing the taboo subject matter. This is the third book in the series and I can’t wait to see what’s next for our bad boy rockers who seem to be falling for women who know how to please their Dom. I received this book from NetGalley as an ARC for a freely given honest review.
BuckeyeAngel 7 months ago
Chino had been watching Maggie every time he came into the Governor's Club - which was a secret and exclusive sex club owned by the Hamilton sisters who had inherited the sex club Chino wanted a chance with Maggie but so far hadn’t figured out a way to get one. The Hamilton sister’s grandfather had hired Maggie to work in the club so she was jaded and had seen everything and had not been shocked in a long time. This is a BDSM club. Maggie also has a new job reviewing sex toys Then a bet is made with a spanking contest going on between Maddie and Chino but Maddie zones out and Chino is concerned about Maddie. and that shows the chemistry burning between Maddie and Chino. Maddie didn’t really like Chino although she did desire him. Chino is the drummer for the band The Rough. Maddie doesn’t trust Chino at first but as she gets to know him she let’s her guard down. Maddie doesn’t like giving up control but as her trust for Chino grows she can let go more. Maddie and Chino what they wanted and weren’t afraid to take it. Maddie has had many jobs but her dream job was as a journalist but it just never happened. But after the bet Maddie and Chino became kinky friends of a sort with benefits. Chino has a lot of family issues to get through from his past. Chino had nothing to do with his stepfather who was abusive. Chino had left home at sixteen because of his stepfather. But he left behind his sister , brother and mother. But his stepfather was strictly religious and was saying that Chino was evil, Maddie does give Chino’s mom and sister some useful information on domestic violence and where they could get help. Maggie had issues with negative feedback when she had taken on the role of sub or bottom. All Maddie really wanted was to be approved of. Maddie lets the Hamilton sisters know that a nasty reporter wants to know the secrets of the clubs and to let it be known. The trio of The rough- Chino Axel and Max also set out to help the Hamilton sisters. Normally chino escapes his demons in his music but now he also has Maddie. Chino and Maddie’s sexual relationship has become that of daddy/girl. I liked this book quite a bit oddly enough. It gave more more of understanding of the BDSM lifestyle and about a lot of the relationships are covered and all sorts of limits. I have always been a curious person and this definitely gave me more insight and i Liked that except I wasn’t particularly comfortable with the daddy/girl style but I did get through it. I loved how the author actually put real domestic violence information in this story that was real and any of the readers could use it if they needed to. I tip my hat to the other on that as it is still a big concern unfortunately. There was definitely hot hot sex in this story. But i loved how Chino and Maddie were working toward more than just sex. All and all a very good story even if it was way out there with the kink . I liked the characters a lot and then ins and outs of this story and I recommend. I do wish I had read the previous books as i feel I would have had a lot of background for this story and may go back and read them.
jeanniezelos 7 months ago
Hard Rhythm,  Cecilia Tan Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:   Erotica I’ve liked a few of Cecilia's stories and looked forward to this one especially and its got my favourite band trope connection! Its a hot and sensual novel, and one I enjoyed reading. I was a little puzzled at first, it seemed as if I should know more about certain characters, events and places and then about 25% I decided to check and ...yes, this is the third in a series and I’d missed the first two. That would have made things clearer, I enjoyed and could follow the story without reading those early ones, but I think it’s more likely to have been a five star read for me if I’d read them first. Still it’s a good read and didn’t “lose” me with details, just would have been easier to pick up some incidents and see their relevance earlier. I liked the characters, we’re mainly with Maddie and Chino but what we see of the others is promising, some from earlier books and maybe some in the future ones? Maddie’s been and done it all it seems, and she feels kind of jaded about everything, nothings really exiting her now, really enticing her to take part, and  then Chino makes his move. There’s been a subtle undercurrent between them for months, nothing you could really point to, no obvious tensions, but its clear they both are strongly attracted to each other. Maddie thinks its a one night only and she’s happy with that, she’s been wanting him for a while and they have a great time, but that one night stretches and soon they're in a solid sensual relationship. I loved Maddie’s sex toy blog, and the way Chino was so enthusiastically helping her with it ;-) I liked Maddie, she’s one of those people who project confidence and self security even when she’s struggling inside. She’s worked hard to get where she is even without parental backing, and she’s not actually upfront about what it is she does to them. Understandable, not everyone can accept that kind of life and job. Chino and the band connection...well, that was it for Band trope stuff, that he was in a band and the novel includes his band-mates. There’s no huge band dramas, no touring life-on-the-road stuff, just that they are band members. A little disappointing for me in truth, but it was still a good read. I loved his backstory, can see that as so true, there are people like his deeply religious family, who see his lifestyle as wrong. The resulting parts of that section of the story surprised me! And I do like to be caught out, to get a touch of the unexpected even when its not part of the main plot. I loved Chino himself, the thought he put into sex, the way he planned hard, organised what he wanted rather than just leaving it to chance, the way he played Maddie, knew what she wanted, needed, even when she didn’t realise it. They may not have been together long, but he’d been watching her and planning long before they got together. I did love his stance on p-i-v sex, that there are alternatives, that waiting can make it special. That was a treat to read when so many stories have the male balls deep by page five it seems. It makes me thing what can come next when they’ve reached the main part so quickly.   Stars: Four, an enjoyable read, and I think if I’d read books one and two then this may have been a five for me. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
gigiluvsbooks 7 months ago
Are they ready to go all the way? Maddie Rofel has seen it all. Even the kinkiest games she witnesses working as a hostess in L.A.'s most exclusive private sex club fail to shock her, much less turn her on. Until the night she has a very personal encounter with drummer Chino Garcia, and the two discover an intimate connection neither can deny. Suddenly the jaded hostess is softening under Chino's touch, and submitting in ways she never expected . . . All his life, Chino has been running from something. Normally he beats back his demons by losing himself in his music. Now he's losing himself in Maddie. And, while it drives Chino wild when Maddie bares her body to him, what he really wants is for Maddie to bare her soul. For that, Chino will have to push Maddie past her furthest limits-and share his own dark secrets. Review: I was very surprised when I started reading this book, though I should not be after reading the last book. You think it might just be about kink but there is a lot of depth to the story also. The issues that Chino and Maddie have make them more interesting and add to the depth of the story. I thought the issues were very well-done, written wonderfully and made perfect sense for the characters and story. The kink level is high in this story, so be forewarned if this is something that bothers you. Though it is never good when a romance starts out on a bet, it broke the ice for these two who had been circling each other for a while. I loved Chino's family and back story, very unique in my opinion. Both characters were very strong, passionate, the role play in their romance was so great and I really got into that part of the story. This is the final book in this series but this can totally be read as a stand alone and not be confusing. I can attest to that since I always seem to start series out of order. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*