Sex changes everything.
And love can turn into an enemy…
Mitch Abrams, the bassist for the popular rock band Generation Rejects, has been in love with Gracie Cook for years. But Gracie, a complicated girl with a lot of baggage, was too blind to see how she felt about the man who had always stood by her.
Until one night of passion brought them closer than they had ever been before.
Feeling off balance and out of control, Gracie does the only thing a girl with self-destructive tendencies can do: end things with Mitch before they can really begin.
So Mitch moves on. With his band, his friends, and a new girlfriend.
Yet he can’t seem to forget about the girl who threw his heart away.
Gracie, who is still struggling to build a life after crashing to the bottom, finds it hard to forget about her one night with Mitch. And even as she tries to convince herself it was only sex, her heart knows differently.
But life is full of chances and desperate moments. And when Mitch and Gracie are thrown back into each other’s lives, will they seize at the opportunity to do things right?
Or will the rock star and the less than ordinary girl crash and burn?
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Reviewed by: Stephanie
This is the fourth book in the Bad Rep series by A. Meredith Walters and can be read as a stand alone, though I highly recommend reading all the other books first. I myself would have been a bit lost if I hadn’t read them. Plus all of the characters in the series are so amazing so you don’t want to miss out. I am a big fan of this authors writing and have been waiting rather impatiently for this book to come out, so needless to say I was so excited to Mitch and Gracie’s story!
There was a time when Mitch and Gracie were inseparable, part of a group of eight amazing friends. Until one night when the lines between friendship and something more were blurred and Gracie closed the door and walked out of Mitch’s life.
“Let me be what you need. Please”
Gracie and her girlfriends met the members of a local band Generation Rejects while they were out with their sorority sisters one night. They all pretty much hit it off after a crazy night of partying and as most of the others paired off into couples Mitch and Gracie became friends. Whether it was sharing some chunky monkey or talking all night the two were always together. As the bands popularity grew so did Mitch’s feeling for Gracie. But Gracie still kept him in the dreaded friend zone and was busy balancing college classes and all that comes with it. Soon Gracie’s level of partying was totally out of control and she was a mess.
“Gracie was messy. She was complicated. She was absolutely everything I had ever, could ever want.”
Gracie knew she was going down a bad path, thank god she had some kick ass friends that tried to put her back on the right path. But then again her Mother was always quick to remind her every time she screwed up. She loved Mitch, he was a great friend and no matter what he was always there for her when she needed him. I think sometimes she totally took full advantage of that and she knew it. I hated that and thought it was a real shitty thing for her to do. She was a good person but sometimes at some points of the book that was hard to see for a while. Anyways Gracie’s partying led to a whole slew of bad decisions. One of the bad decisions being the night when she knocked on Mitch’s hotel room door and gave him hope, among other things. But what she did next broke his heart and destroyed their friendship. It was hard for them to avoid each other since all of their friends were always together, but somehow for the most part they did. For a year they pretended they were strangers, two people who used to be best friends but no longer knew each other. It was really sad, but time goes on and shit happens.
“Every single minute of every single day I wasn’t with you was wasted time.”
Gracie came along way in the year since she walked out and broke Mitch’s heart a year ago. She cleaned herself up and has tried desperately to change things. She also realizes a lot during that year, like did she really just consider Mitch a friend? Or is what they had something more? When they start getting thrown back together more and more with their friends Gracie tries so hard to heal what has been broken. Things don’t go well at all when they first start seeing more and more of each other. Mitch is still recovering from the hurricane that is Gracie, and he had some help from his new rather stuck up girlfriend. I adored Mitch and my heart hurt for him so many times during this book. He truly loved Gracie and his love for her just poured off the pages. He was such a good guy and it didn’t hurt that he was a sexy rock star. I hated how much she broke him when she walked away. I didn’t hate her, I just hated the choice she made. Can they heal from the past and move on? Will they ever be Mitch and Gracie again, or are some things to broken to fix?
“We existed in between. In stolen moments and desperate chances. In forgotten looks and missed opportunities.”
I loved like all the other books in this series that we got to see so much of the characters from the previous books. All of the characters played such important roles in each and every story, and the bonds they shared were so beautifully written. We had a chance to grow with all of them and I really enjoyed all the books in this series.
“You are my beginning. You are my middle. You are my end.”
I realized I was staring. Mitch knew I was staring.
So of course he purposefully gave his girlfriend his attention, his body angled towards me but his head bent low so that his face was close to Sophie’s. He pushed the hair back off her forehead. His eyes were on her face and he gave her soft smile that I recognized only too well.
A smile that I had thought, at one time, was only for me.
Get over it, Gracie! It’s been a year! What did you think would happen? That he’d pine over you forever?
Get a grip!
I started to turn away when Mitch looked back towards me, his eyes locking on mine.
I forgot how to breathe.
My heart thudded almost painfully in my chest.
My mouth went dry and my hands began to tremble. A need that I had almost forgotten about thrummed through my body. My belly tightened and my nipples hardened. The air hummed and sizzled. I was altered completely. Just by a look.
How had I never felt this electricity between us before? The answer was obvious.
I had been totally blind. I hadn’t wanted to see it. Because if I had acknowledged it, everything would have changed. And at that time I couldn’t handle that. The truth was I had been absolutely terrified.
Maysie squeezed my arm but I barely felt it. Jordan was still talking but I didn’t hear him.
All I could see was Mitch.
All Mitch could see was me.
We were locked in a stand off, neither of us moving.
All too soon he broke our intense staring contest. He bent down and kissed his girlfriend almost angrily. It was a harsh press of lips that seemed to take Sophie by surprise. She wrapped her arms around Mitch and held him tenderly even as he ground his mouth against hers.
I looked away. I could barely breathe around the lump sitting painfully in the middle of my chest. A pain that I knew to be jealousy.
Catch Up On The Bad Rep Series:
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“Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes.”
Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.
She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.
It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.
But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart?
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The spin off to the New York Times Bestseller- Bad Rep. Can be read as a stand alone! *** Riley Walker makes all the right decisions and knows exactly where her life is headed. Riley Walker does not make mistakes. Riley Walker certainly doesn’t make spontaneous decisions. But then Riley Walker gets dumped. Spectacularly, gut-wrenching, stomp all over her heart dumped. And she is feeling more than a little angry. And a whole lot bitter. And suddenly the girl who has always done everything right feels like doing something completely wrong. Garrett Bellows, lead guitarist for the local band, Generation Rejects, is going through life without a plan. Trying not to think past the next gig or the next party, he has worked hard to not become too attached to anyone or anything. So he is shocked to find himself drawn to the snarky girl with a chip on her shoulder. She pisses him off and puts him down. He knows she’s nothing more than a self-entitled college brat who thinks she’s better than the townie boy without a future. Alcohol and a hefty dose of lust leads to a night both Riley and Garrett immediately regret. Her embarrassment, his pride and the weight of rumors and misconceptions convince Riley and Garrett that their one-time indiscretion will never be repeated. Particularly when their harshest critics are each other. But how do you reconcile a head that wants to let go with a heart that keeps holding on? And what happens when your biggest regret begins to seem almost perfect?
Seductive Chaos (#3)
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Cole Brandt was the self-centered and philandering lead singer for Generation Rejects.
Vivian Baily was a flaky, attention seeking drama queen.
Apart they were challenging…together they were complete and total chaos.
Cole and Vivian were two people who should never have been together.
Yet they crashed into each other at every turn.
Their relationship was anything but stable. But it was passionate. It was messy. It was hopelessly seductive. And it might possibly drive them both insane.
They fought. They made up. They screamed. They made love.
They hated and they loved in equal measure.
And now that Generation Rejects are starting to hit it big and the band is on the road, temptation and massive egos could very well spell the end of their roller coaster.
If only they could stay away from each other.
But Vivian has finally reached her breaking point. Tired of their endless cycle, she is ready to say goodbye to Cole for good.
But Cole isn’t one to go away quietly. Particularly when is starting to realize exactly what he stands to lose if Vivian walks away.
As his world begins to turn upside down, Cole realizes that the one person who can hold him together is the girl who may no longer want him.
Love can be a comedy of errors, particularly for two people who never seem to get the timing right.
And in the crazy world of rock and roll, the hardest lessons to learn just might be the ones with the sweetest rewards.
About The Author
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.
A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of
her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.