By Eden Summers
They used to be the perfect team.
Two years ago, songstress Sidney Higgins ruined her life by sleeping with not one, but two of the famous Reckless Beat men, Mason Lynch and Sean Taiden. Their night of intimate celebration turned into a worldwide sensation when the video Mason vowed to keep private was uploaded to the internet, destroying her squeaky-clean reputation and turning the world against her. Now she’s broken and left without hope, trying to find the one thing that can get her back on her feet.
A mistake neither one of them is willing to forgive.
When the sex tape went viral and his best friends held him accountable, Mason bore the stigma of asshole with pride. Now, bitterness has destroyed him, driving away his muse and making him worthless in the industry he loves. There’s only one option left to reclaim his creativity, but that would mean collaborating with a woman who wants to castrate him with a plastic knife.
A palpable chemistry even hate can’t diminish.
Forced to work together, neither one of them is prepared for the undesired lust which immediately takes hold. The lies fade away, exposing the truth; however, it also awakens a threat from their past. The person responsible for tearing them apart is back to ensure they don’t rekindle a spark. With their safety in the balance, Sidney and Mason need to determine what they’re willing to risk to reclaim a relationship they wish they’d never lost.
Sidney’s career was about to hit the big time. She’d successfully collaborated with rockstars, she’d just won her first Grammy and she had a contract offer from a music label. Life was good, until she celebrated with a threesome involving Mason and Sean, which Mason filmed and later ended up all over social media. She lost everything; her contract, her clients, her family and her friends. All gone with a push of a button. Two years later, still carrying the stigma of being “that” girl, she’s truly reached rock bottom. Until a phone call from an old acquaintance gives her hope, hope in the form of Mason Lynch, the man she blames for ruining her career, her life, her everything. But desperate times call for desperate measures, leaving her with no choice but to take the offer. Collaborating with the man who betrayed her trust will be a true test of her strength and patience.
It won’t be a walk in the park for Mason either, tired of carrying the blame for something he didn’t do. When the truth is finally revealed, a new problem arises when the person who is really at fault comes back to torment them both.
I felt for both Sidney and Mason in this mess. Sidney, for having her life ruined just because she had fun, and Mason, for losing faith in his friends after they assumed the worst of him. That lack of faith and support turned him bitter, and I’m not surprised one bit that his attitude got worse over the years. I was surprised that Sean never apologised to Mason for assuming the worst, for never asking him if he did it. In fact, it was Mason who had to apologise to Sean for keeping the truth a secret. For some reason, this really bugs me. Really really bugs me.
After finishing UNDESIRED LUST, my first thought was that it seemed darker than the previous ones in the series. On second thought, I’m thinking that it wasn’t darker, but it didn’t have as much humour in it that the previous books did. Not that the others are full on comedies, but when the story needs to lighten up a little, the humour appears at the perfect time. There was some of that in this book, but perhaps not as much as the previous books. I thought Mason’s mother was hilarious and I would have loved to have seen a bit more of her.
Mason: “I think sometimes you forget I’m a grown man and have been for some time.”
Mrs Lynch: “I think sometimes you forget I spent ten hours in labor pushing your fat head out of my vagina. You will always be my baby.”
Undesired Lust (Reckless Beat # 3)
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