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Irresistible Refrain

Irresistible Refrain

4.3 8
by Michelle Mankin
Two years ago everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest.
Two years is a long time.
Too long to keep on remembering.
Not nearly long enough to forget.
In trouble with nowhere else to go songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City. It's a risky move for her because they are both


Two years ago everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest.
Two years is a long time.
Too long to keep on remembering.
Not nearly long enough to forget.
In trouble with nowhere else to go songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City. It's a risky move for her because they are both there, two impossibly good looking men whose lives are inseparably entwined with hers. One who bruised her heart and one who smashed it into pieces.
Warren "War" Jinkins, the mercurial lead singer of Tempest, has always had a thing for Lace. But then again so does his best friend and band mate.
Bryan "Bullet" Jackson, the sinfully handsome tat-sleeved lead guitarist, has a bad boy reputation befitting his nickname. For the past two years Bullet's had a rule with the groupies: one time, never twice, leave 'em satisfied, but always leave 'em.
Two guys, one woman, and a host of dark secrets all together within the tight confines of a tour bus as the group travels cross country.
Can the past be forgotten and buried?
Will friendships prevail?
Or will the three of them succumb to seductive impulses too addictive to resist?
** Irresistible Refrain is a gritty rock and roll tale intended for mature readers seventeen and up. Contains sexual situations, strong language, and drug use. **

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CreateSpace Publishing
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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Michelle Mankin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Rock Stars. Romance. Redemption.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
Catch the perfect wave with irresistible surfers in the ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series.
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.

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Irresistible Refrain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the book is part of a series, I did not feel as though it was a cliffhanger. Initially I was concerned that this was going to be a story with minimal heart, because reviews centered on the sex. Although there is sex, there is also the story of three children who had tough life lessons to endure. I found the abuse, the drugs, and the absent fathers was the saddest part of their lves and how their tribulations of their youth colored the lives they led. This story takes you into the malestrom of life as a rock band. The available groupies, drugs, and alcohol impact the lives of those who ignore the discipline to live YOUR life without depending on others, drugs, or alcohol to carry you through the hard spots. It is a thinking book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little bit raw and graphic ,but interesting enough to keep you reading .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure what to say about this one. I almost stop reading it because the fisrt half was not something I like to read. They were WAY too young. The last third was better. I will not be reading any more in this series. C
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Irresistible Refrain was beautiful and raw at the same time. Lace and Bryan had a long love for each other evan though it took a while for them to find it. Her drug use almost cost them everything but she pulled it together, was happy he waited for her.
Rangegrrl More than 1 year ago
Rockstar romances are a guilty pleasure for me when they’re good. Unfortunately, I’ve also read some really bad ones that I had to DNF, and I almost never DNF books. Michelle Mankin is a new author to me, so I didn’t know what to expect with this one. I’m so glad I read it because it was wicked good. It fed my habit and re-addicted me to this sub-genre. I loved the characters, the plot, the way she told the backstory, everything. It’s funny because so many of the details in this book have been turn offs for me in some other books: a character that’s an addict, a band member with questionable character, hostility within the band. These are usually things I don’t enjoy because the fun part for me is the rock ‘n roll fantasy, and those elements, if overdone, kind of pop that bubble. I mean, I want a good plot with some conflict, but there have been some series that I haven’t continued because I found one of the band members to be too creepy to be redeemed or there was constant fighting between band members, which can be a downer, especially in a series where those other band members will become the leads. However, Mankin uses these elements and pulls it all off. She put her characters through the wringer and brought tears to my eyes a few times, but it paid off for them in the end. Refrain wasn’t so dark as to be a turn off, and it had some meaningful themes without being preachy or heavy handed. In fact, my only criticism would be a couple of minor mistakes in one scene about how the music industry, especially the putting on of concerts, works, but I’ve seen similar inconsistencies in just about every rockstar romance I’ve read so far, and it wasn’t enough to take me out of the story. She got most of the details right and made you feel like you were actually on tour with the band. The backstory is told through flashbacks, a lot of flashbacks, so be warned if that bothers you. It can bother me, and it took a little getting used to at the beginning, but the author made it clear what time period it was before any shifts, and it was an effective way to show details about the relationships between several of the characters instead of telling a long, boring narration before the main story even started. Also, the POV alternates between Brian and Lace, another device I often don’t like, but it was done very well here. She divided the points of view by chapter and prefaced each chapter with either “Brian” or “Lace” so you’d know which character was narrating. I enjoyed seeing both points of view and understanding the thoughts between each character’s actions. What annoys me the most about POV shifts is when you jump from one character in the middle of an important scene to another that’s not involved in that scene, so you have to wait to find out what happens. I hate that. It doesn’t happen in this book. I never felt frustrated that she cut away at a bad time.
LexxieLH More than 1 year ago
Irresistible Refrain is an irresistible story of a broken girl and the boy she’s loved since she was little. Music, a fast-paced life and the fact that she’s with his best friend instead of him made this so compelling! Lace was so very lost, and being back in the Tempest tour bus didn’t really change any of that. Even as she had been away from the band for a long time, she picked up her relationship with War as soon as she came back, even if Bryan was looking at her differently than usual at this time. Irresistible Refrain showed the ugly side of the music industry, especially when it came to War and Lace. Drug-use, not taking care of themselves or each other – they managed to make their own lives very dark and harsh – with little hope in sight. In Irresistible Refrain, Mankin goes way down into the dark and gritty depths of the characters, and it made them seem so very real, flawed, vulnerable and actually not as confident as they showed the outside world. The drama Lace’s return brought to the band was understandable, and it never felt over the top. Bryan had loved her since they were children, and Lace had loved him right back. However, she started dating War, and then Bryan had to back completely away because he couldn’t go after his best friend’s girl. The inner turmoil Bryan felt in Irresistible Refrain was so strong I could feel it with him! And Lace was hiding behind a tough exterior, especially when it came to Brutal Strength’s singer, Avery. She had read all about Bryan and Avery, but she really didn’t know anything about what had happened between them at all. The bad feelings, betrayals, hopelessness and desperation were very strong during the beginning of the story especially. However, as Lace finally started to take charge of her life again, she realized that there was more to life than what she had given herself in the recent past. Written in first person point of view, past tense, the characters really shared their feelings, and there were flashbacks to the past of both Bryan and Lace to help me understand them better. A strong story with flawed characters that were very enticing, Irresistible Refrain got me hooked from the start. Throughout the story, there are chapters from either Lace’s or Bryan’s perspective, and seeing the same story from two different points of view made it even stronger.
mwiegert2007 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. If you're one of the faint of heart, this is not a book for you. You're taken through the lives of kids who didn't grow up in the best neighborhood, and then become famous in a rock band. Some still are able to stay on the straighten arrow, while others turn to drugs. This is a heart wrenching story that sucks you in and tears you apart. This is a story about Lace and Bryan, and how they never seem to ever get the Cinderella ending. Something always gets in the way. First it's War, Bryan's best friend who Bryan would do anything for, and then her ex-fiancé Martin. Once Lace leaves Martin, she runs back to the group of people she's always felt safe with, but ends up with War again. This time though, he helps support her new drug addition, not something she should have added to her life. While Lace is struggling with her low self-esteem and the other issues she has. Bryan is struggling to hide his feelings for Lace, feelings he's had forever but could never show. Ever since Lace's prom night, Bryan has never been able to forget what they had. He desperately wants to be with Lace, but doesn't know how without ruining his friends trust. There are so many obstacles in Lace and Bryan's way; you start to thinks it's going to be impossible for them to be together. Will Lace finally get her life straight? Will Bryan finally man up and admit to his feelings for Lace to his friend War? With everything going on, will the band they're in stick together? So many questions and you'll only find the answers if you read the book. Once you start, it'll be hard to put it down. Like I said, Michelle sucks you in and tears you apart, and you keep reading, hoping that she'll put you back together.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Bryan can't get over his first love. And his little 'relationship' with Avery Jones, only showed him how much he misses Lace Lowell and wants to be with her. But she is back together with his best friend and you know the bro code...War had claim on her first so Bryan better back off. And it is absolute torture to see them together. Lace has always been in love with Bryan. Ever since she was 5 years old, she knew she wanted to marry him. But she believes Bryan doesn't feel the same way she does. That is why she has turned to his best friend once again. She knows how War feels about her. He loves her and she loves him, just not the way she does for Bryan. But with her messed up life, security needs to come first. And War will give her what needs even if he goes about it all wrong. I was asked to beta read this one and I got to say...I loved it. But I love anything Mankin writes. Her Rock and Roll characters are some of my most favorite ever. They are real, they go through hell and back, and they are totally HOT! What’s not to love, right? But this book is more than just a couple hot guys playing in a band. This story is deeper and darker than Mankin has previously gone before. She delves more into the fray of drug addiction. With this series we get a look at the not so glittery parts of Rock and Roll. Yes, these people are real people too. (Well as real as fictional characters can be.) But we see in IR that life is anything but wonderful for these guys. Just because they got a recording contract and are touring over the US, life most certainly did not get better. In fact, it may have gotten worse for some of them. I am so excited about where this series is going. With all that Mankin left us with at the end, you will be excited too.