Steady Beat [NOOK Book]

Overview

He never missed a beat...until she taught him a whole new rhythm.

Heart of Fame, Book 4

Back when he was playing drums for rock star Nick Blackthorne, it was easy for Noah Holden to focus on the sticks in his hand. Now that the band is getting back together, he’s excited—and worried. His ADHD has made every minute of his post-Blackthorne life a chaotic mess.

His apprehension ...

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Steady Beat

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Overview

He never missed a beat...until she taught him a whole new rhythm.

Heart of Fame, Book 4

Back when he was playing drums for rock star Nick Blackthorne, it was easy for Noah Holden to focus on the sticks in his hand. Now that the band is getting back together, he’s excited—and worried. His ADHD has made every minute of his post-Blackthorne life a chaotic mess.

His apprehension is blown away when a bar waitress makes him a proposition—and not the kind this king of drums is used to.

When Pepper Kerrigan overhears the band talking reunion, she pushes her self-doubt aside, calls on her encyclopedic music knowledge and challenges Noah Holden to a trivia contest. Her prize should she win? An audition. His? A kiss. Their smoking sexual chemistry guarantees victory—for them both.

With Pepper, Noah is finally able to control his stormy creative energy. But when his wild past catches up with him, he faces the fight of his life to keep from losing his smoky-voiced angel. The one woman who keeps his mind—and his heart—staying on rhythm.

Warning: There’s a thrumming, primitive, sexual energy in every rock drummer’s body, just waiting to be released, surging to the fore with every pounding strike of his sticks on the taut skin of his drums. Now imagine that raw energy in bed. With you…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619217270
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Heart of Fame , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 64,873
  • File size: 714 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Love this Beat!!! Review by: Red's Hot Reads .com 5 fantastic

    Love this Beat!!!

    Review by: Red's Hot Reads .com

    5 fantastic Stars!!!

    Lexxie Couper you did it again! Smashing!! I love these guys you write they’re all so dashing and so ALPHA. They know what they want right away. This book did not disappoint at all. Noah Holden is a swoon worthy Rock God for certain.

    This book begins the story of Nick Blackthorne band mates. In this story you meet Noah Holden drummer for Blackthorne. The band is starting over with no Nick since he retired. Pepper Kerrigan is Noah’s love at first sight and princess.

    I loved this book!! First, there was very little angst and Thank you for that!! I get too wound up with crazy angsty books and I really like to relax sometimes and just read a fairytale love story. This book is just that, Noah and Pepper’s fairytale. This bunch of “hard” rockers is all just men looking for that special someone to settle down with. Who doesn’t love a sexy Rocker? Second, you don’t have to wait long for the story to get involved and as usual Lexxie can write some good lovin’.

    Pepper is full of self doubt and this did get on my nerves a few times but good writing can provoke emotions. The story flowed well. The ending was a bit abrupt but I am sure the story will continue in the next installment “Lead Me On” (Samuel’s Story). Looking forward to this!

    I would recommend this book as I would all of Lexxie’s books. They are all hot reads! I really love this series.

    Quotes:

    “The very first time a boy kissed me, I was thinking of you.” Noah Holden blinked. “You win. I haven’t got a hope of thinking about anything else now except you and me moving together to music.” – Noah

    He didn’t just want her now. He needed her. He needed to feel his rhythm in her body, to see if his soul was still there in her pleasure. – Noah

    She was life and love and everything he wanted, and she had come to him. He was never going to let her go. – Noah

    God he loved her. Not just with his heart but with every molecule in his body. Her voice, her heart, her warmth. She calmed him. Completed him. - Noah

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

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    After several years hiatus, the guys from Blackthorne have decid

    After several years hiatus, the guys from Blackthorne have decided to make a go of it as a new band, and the only thing they need is a new singer. Sounds easy right? Not so much when you are attempting to replace the amazing Nick Blackthone. While the guys are discussing finding a new singer, Noah's ever drifting attention is caught by a sable haired beauty waiting tables. Pepper has spent her life feeling like a failure at everything she does, but fate hands her a chance when she overhears the guys discussion. She decides to take the opportunity, and challenge Noah once the other guys leave to a music trivia battle. The stakes... if she wins she gets to audition for the band, but if she loses she has to give him a kiss... and likely her heart too.

    Noah and Pepper try to keep their distance and keep things platonic, but they are fighting a losing battle with the intensity of the chemistry between them. Things move very quickly, but Pepper gives Noah a calm he has never experienced before that makes him determined to have her no matter what. Well...that is until an unexpected complication attempts to destroy their new found love.

    I adored these two and I think that they were a great match. They complement one another so well, and just really balance each other out. Noah has had a complicated life with his ADHD that has affected his relationship with everyone. Pepper provides that calming influence on him, so he is able to finally be at peace and be happy. Pepper is soo painfully shy that it has affected all aspects of her life, so the way that Noah builds her self-confidence is so sweet and endearing to me. Lexxie has this amazing ability to create tons of sexual tension with her characters. The heat was definitely on with these two, and they were so much fun to read. :) I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series, because it just keeps getting better with each book. Keep up the great work Lexxie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    The dilemma theory chapter 1 continued

    We brutus yell to run and then growling a hiss and we didnt hear brutus yelling.RUN FOR IT BOYS bits yelled we took off running fast kabitz was slowed down by the cart so he ditched i looked behind me and saw a strange with the body of lion and the tail of a scorpion its muzzle was covered in blood along with the stinger on its tail AAAAAAAAAAH!! I yelled as i ran and sped up passing kabitz weaver and bitz.SLOW DOWN BEATS YOUR GOING TO FAST bitz kept yelling at me but i just kept running soon his voice was too far away to hear i finally stopped and looked around. What oh no i stuttered as i talked to myself i was deep in the forest and had lost my companions they were either dead or lost. I was without food water and in the everfree forest i looked around just in time to see a monster jump me and bite my throat i blinked my eyes and felt the blood from my throat trickle down the side of my muzzle i tried to scream in pain but nothing came out i stabbed at the monster but no luck i closed my eyes and was gone.The end of chapter 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Love this series!!!

    Another great one- Thank You!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Great read

    ## I absolutely adore Ms. Couper's books. And I have read many. Two of my favorites "Guarded Desires" and "Muscle for Hire" were so amazing and I highly recommend buying them both. This book started off equally amazing, but right when I felt I was in the middle of it, BAM! it ended. Incredibly abrupt. It was marvelous up until then. The hero and heroine had undeniable chemistry and were so good together. They could've even been better had the author let the story play out a little longer (hence only 4 stars). Regardless, I enjoyed this sexy read and will definitely watch for the next book of this series. NOTE TO AUTHOR: Your books most certainly rock but please, please write a more complete ending for Sam's story.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    At this point, I can safely say that Noah is my absolute favorit

    At this point, I can safely say that Noah is my absolute favorite guy in this whole series. Which says a lot because I have mad love for Chris and Liev. Maybe it's the whole Rock Star Drummer thing. Maybe it's the fact that Noah faces personal challenges on a daily basis. Maybe it's his incredibly hot sex appeal. Probably all of the above.




    The book begins with the guys from Nick Blackthorne's band trying to figure out their next step. Nick has retired, but the guys don't want to split up. Plus, they have a contract to write a song for an upcoming movie. So, they need a singer. Now, these guys are veteran musicians. They're famous and can be intimidating. But, that doesn't stop shy Peppa. Plus, she can't keep her eyes off Noah.




    The sexual chemistry between Peppa and Noah was crazy hot! Noah is quite a bit older than Peppa, but that doesn't seem to bother either one of them. And yes, Noah a famous Rock Star, so his life is public, but Peppa's dad was a music journalist and she knows quite a bit more about Noah than the average fan might. She admires him, idolizes him, and generally just wants HIM.




    Noah isn't an easy guy to be in a relationship with. He has ADHD and it's affected his life in many ways. Becoming a drummer was a good outlet for him. It helps to keep him busy, but also quiets his mind. He's never been able to feel that with anyone, but Peppa seems to open him up more than anyone else ever has. Of course, they face some dramatic situations when both of their pasts come up, but they're able to make it through. I loved watching them fall in love and I loved watching their steamy scenes even more!




    Overall, I really enjoyed Steady Beat. Unlike, Guarded Desires, which could be a stand alone, I feel like this one is best read as part of the series. It helps get a better sense of the band dynamic. And I have to say, I'm kind of in love with Sam. Luckily for me, his book is next! I hope the series continues with the others guys in the band too. They're all great! Definitely check this one out if you like hot Rockers, steamy sex, and true love!




    Quotes:
    ~"I made out to you, Noah. The very first time I made out 'Tempest Soul' was playing on my CD player. The very first time I made out was to your eight-minute drum solo track on Nick Blackthorne's third album. The very first time a boy kissed me, I was thinking of you."-pg 34




    ~"Don't worry. They're not going to eat you." He drew his head closer to hers. "I might. Later. But these guys..."-pg 55




    ~"Since I've met you, I've been motivated by something else. Something new and wonderful."




    Peppa's mouth grew dry. "What's that?"




    He nudged her forehead with his. "Your smile."-pg 119

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

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    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by Zen Kitty 4.8 out of

    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by Zen Kitty

    4.8 out of 5 Licks

    I have one question for you, the reader. How can you go wrong with a devastating sexy rockstar drummer? The answer? You can’t. It’s really not possible, and Ms. Couper played on that sexy stereotype as if she was the one behind the kit banging out the tunes. Right from the beginning the tale starts off with our duo in a bar. Noah (sexy drummer) is meeting with the band mates from Blackthorne discussing the very real possibility of getting the band back together sans the lead singer. Their dilemma is to find a new one. Shy Pepper is working the bar they’re at as a waitress. Noah catches her gaze and watches her from across the room. From the moment their eyes meet, a connection formed. She makes a wager with him, if she beats him in music trivia, she gets to audition as lead singer to the rebirth of Blackthorne. And if he wins, he gets to kiss Pepper. Right away the stage is set for some intense dialogue and this author does not disappoint. You will enjoy every verbal jab, each word of affirmation and the truth depth of how this relationship ebbs and flows throughout the story.

    What I appreciate most about Ms. Couper is her insane ability to make the reader feel the characters emotions. When they feel pain, it prickles your senses and grates along your heart. On top of this gift she writes some of the most delectable sex scenes this side of the equator and they last FOREVER. They go on for page after page. Let me just say, my husband is a big fan of Ms. Couper’s work and has never needed to read one line.

    Some of my favorite bits from the novel are italicized:

    “He’d never seen eyes so blue. Deep and clear and direct. Like she’d pinned his soul with just one glance.”

    Wouldn’t it be amazing if a man thought or said that to a woman? Men probably don’t, because if they did, they have every woman they met falling in love with them.

    “He didn’t just want her now. He needed her. He needed to feel his rhythm in her body, to see if his soul was still there in her pleasure.”

    When I read the line above I thought, “Damn, it’s about to get hot in here.” And boy, did it ever. This novel does not lack heat in any sense of the word. It could have been named “Steady Heat” it’s so hot.

    And one of the most poignant sections of the book smashed into my emotions like a frying pan to the face:

    “Your heart is aching now, I can see that. I know what it feels like. The only thing I can say to try and make it better is to use that pain. Take every feeling you have right now, pour it into your soul and then pour your soul into the song. Doesn’t take the pain away, but it gives it purpose.”

    Holy smokes! Just retyping that section from my notes gave me chills. Ms. Couper gives damn good prose. If you’re looking for a book that will fill your heart with a beautiful, agnsty, scorching hot tale, this is the novel for you.

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    Posted March 28, 2014

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