If you can't get to the Big O, can you get to the happily ever after?
Jera McKnight loves music, swoons for hot guys, but sucks at sex. Jacob Tate is her perfect storm: a pun-loving nude model with a heart as big as his record collection.
When a newspaper-delivery accident lands him in her living room, he's almost tempting enough to make her forget she's never been able to please a man—in bed or out of it. Sure, he laughs at her obscure jokes, and he'll even accept a PG-rating if it means he gets time with her, but he's also hiding something. And it has everything to do with the off-limits room in his apartment.
Jera pours all her confusion and longing into her drum kit, which pays off when her band lands the record deal of their dreams. Except just like Jacob, it might be too good to come without a catch.
She doesn't know if her music is good enough to attract a better contract, or if she's enough to tempt a man like Jacob to give up his secrets—even if they could fix her problems between the sheets. But if this rocker girl is too afraid to bet on herself, she might just end up playing to an empty house.
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About the Author
Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem.
Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. As a result, she wrote most of her books with solar power in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras.
Currently, she’s addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've not been a fan of self-published books until this one, or, actually, the .5 prequel, and then this #1 in the series. I spent all yesterday rearranging my schedule to read it! Jera and Jacob intrigued me early on, their meet-cute very original. I've read hundreds of romances, and this one had all the qualities of a great: engaging characters, mystery tidbits dropped early, conflict clearly defined, morsels to follow in a path that eventually led to a wonderful reveal for both of them. Loved the story, loved the writing, and plan on reading the others in the series very soon!
This was my first book by this author but I definitely will be following her/this series!! This story was well-developed and didn't leave me with any questions other than when does the next come out?! Jera is a kick butt rocker from a rock star dad. Well former rock star. Who has a problem. She just isn't good at sex - or so she thinks. So she closes herself off from relationships and men because of it. Which makes sense when you read her reasoning. Jax isn't your typical romance hero in that he and Jera have reversed roles from traditional stories. He's not the rock god, she is. And he isn't the millionaire record exec who falls for her. Jax is a hard worker, working multiple jobs to make ends meet. But he is just adorable and swoony and I love him!!
A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen Sex, Love and Rock & Roll #1 Not a fan of New Adult books but this one grabbed me from the beginning and made me think first of Cinderella but with a guy in the lead role. The first scene was one of the best meet-cutes I have ever read. As I continued reading I realized that Jacob was a keeper with a big family secret and that Jera’s main problem with relationships was not one I can relate to and yet…thinking back four or so decades…it does make a bit of sense and perhaps more than a bit. She grated a bit at times when she ran or didn’t listen or became afraid for reasons I couldn’t quite understand but she also had great talent as a musician-songwriter and was a good friend and bandmate. Jacob…well…he was a book boyfriend worthy of being on THE Wall of Fame for book boyfriends! Family guy, caring, interested, puts others first, willing to give up what others might see as important for what he believes truly is important. I am not going to give the plot away but will say that eventually Jera gets her head on straight and takes a chance…and once she does it seems that things begin to fall in place for her, Jacob and those around them. I liked the band members and want to hear more about The Red Letters Band. What makes Danny and Jax tick and how will the band get their record deal? Thank you to Barclay Publicity for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Insecurity is a subject that faces everyone at one time or another. Strength of character lies not in the possessions a person obtains but in the wisdom that helps them become who they were meant to be. A Cruel Kind of Beautiful travels the pathway of raw sensuality and courageous bravery. Whether it be learning to face fears or helping to dry away those rainy day tears, Ms. Hazen keys in on the emotions that make a person tick and strikes a chord to the heart.