By Eden Summers
He’s been her ultimate untouchable desire.
Nothing says happy birthday like a rock god flying thousands of miles to surprise a woman he’s never met. But that’s exactly what happens to Gabi Smith when she gives her long distance best friend a flippant invitation to her laid back girl’s night out. She never expected to turn on the dance floor and find Blake Kennedy’s gaze holding her body captive.
She’s his everything and he’s never laid eyes on her.
Gabi means more to Blake than life itself. She’s his strength, his savior, and the only person who helped to vanquish his demons. No one means more to him than his angel. So when things between them start to sizzle, he’s ready to fight for the future he never thought he would deserve.
Skeletons from his past will threaten his only chance at love…
Blake has come a long way—with Gabi’s help—to leave the hell of his youth behind him, but sometimes memories don’t want to stay buried. Determined to stand on his own for once, Blake is willing to stretch the truth to keep his troubles from burdening the woman he adores.
Little white lies can create black holes in any relationship. Only time will tell if an Aussie with a heart of gold will forgive her bad-boy boyfriend or if the deceit will end his passionate addiction.
PASSIONATE ADDICTION is book 2 in the Reckless Beat series and focuses on their bass guitarist, Blake. After joining the band several years ago, it wasn’t long before a woman got him into drugs. When he realised he was spiralling and could lose the best thing to ever happen to him, he sought help through an online support group to kick his habit. And he did with the help of online moderator Gabrielle Smith. Over the next four years they kept in touch and shared all their secrets. She even knows who he is.
He knows she lives in Australia, which just happens to be the final stop on their worldwide tour. Leaving the rest of the band in London, he leaves early to get to Australia in time to surprise Gabi for her 29th birthday. He’s desperate to meet the woman he’s carried a torch for for all these years. He’s already half in love with her, all that’s left is to find out if there’s any chemistry between them.
The relationship is tested when a mistake from Blake’s past comes back to haunt him. Thinking it’s time for him to fight his battles on his own, he doesn’t tell Gabi his plans. She’s left hurt and confused when he starts to pull away from her and she sees some damning photos on social media.
You could see Blake’s plan was going to backfire as soon as he thought of it. And when it did, I liked how Gabi didn’t forgive him instantly after he finally told her the truth. She stood up for herself and told him that because he didn’t involve her in his plans, she can’t trust him or be with him anymore. He wanted to do this by himself, then he can deal with all of it by himself.
Blake: “I can’t do this without you.”
Gabi: “That’s just it. The problems started when you tried to shut me out. We were supposed to be a couple. We were supposed to share everything. But you lied.”
Gabi is definitely not a doormat and I really liked that about her. She had the guts to say what was on her mind and the courage to follow her heart. Blake was hot, but his frequent inner monologue of not being good or strong enough got old pretty fast.
In PASSIONATE ADDICTION we get to touch base with the other band members and see how Mitch and Alana are progressing in their relationship.
Gabi: “Show me how much you love me.”
Blake: “Gabi. I’ll never be able to show you. You’d never believe me.”
Passionate Addiction (Reckless Beat # 2)
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