Ronnie McGuire is my target. But I wish he wasn't.I didn't sign up for this destruction, this pain.In his music, I hear his soul crying out for me.If I could, I'd run away from here and never look back because to tell you the truth, I'm terrified. There are forces weighing in on me that even I don't understand. I'm scared. Things are dangerous. This could get real ugly, real fast. & & & Lola Saints is a godsend. But I wish she wasn't. I don't know sh*t about her, but already, I'm hooked. When she plays, I can almost imagine the ghosts of the dead are calling out to me. If I could, I'd shed my soul and leave the pain of the past behind me. But I can't. I have to figure out if there's a way to fall in love anew and respect the old. But something else is going on, something weird. Something that tells me my tough luck might just run out real fast. *This is NOT the last book in the series. There will be later books featuring Turner and Naomi again, and they also appear in this volume quite a bit. ;)
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Tough Luck is the third installment in C.M. Stunich's hard core rocker saga, Hard Roots. This book follows Indecency drummer Ronnie McGuire and his involvement with the sexy and mysterious Lola Saints, drummer for her band, Ice and Glass. Ice and Glass is chock full of rock 'n roll rejects who have an overwhelming desire for fame, whether they've earned it or not. Ice and Glass members will do anything to have what Indeceny and Amatory Riot have.
Lola is a tough, Australian drummer who grew up with a crappy mom. She has fought and struggled to get to where she is. She is part of the overarching story that began in Get Bent. She knows secrets and isn't about to let her squeamishness get in the way of her success. Her number one priority is to get Ronnie McGuire into bed and wrapped around her little finger, with very bad intentions.
Ronnie has lived the last God knows how many years in a state of altered reality. Since he can't seem to function in a world without his deceased and beloved Asuka, he spends almost all of his time drunk or high on some concoction or another. At his heart, Ronnie is a great guy. He is best friends with Turner Fuckin' Campbell, and has a soft spot for Naomi Knox. He looks at Turner and Naomi and sees the relationship and the life that he wishes he could have. Unfortunately, he constantly hears Asuka's voice, and feels guilt about moving on from her. One day, his guilt becomes a non-issue, because he is forced to move on with his life.
The relationship between Lola and Ronnie begins slowly but develops into a hot flame. All along, Ronnie is truly attracted to Lola. He loves her spirit and her mouth, her determination and her body. Lola initially sees Ronnie as a means to an end, but gives into her feelings for him pretty early on. Lola has an epiphany and becomes the key to protecting the band members of Indecency and Amatory Riot.
I really liked Lola, even if she began as a player in a horrific scheme. She comes to the conclusion on her own that she needs to change the trajectory of the plan that is in effect against Indecency and Amatory Riot. She has a good heart and once she sees what she has cost several people, she does everything she can to make up for her mistakes. Ronnie transforms once he gets close to Lola. His entire personality changes and he sees things clearly for the first time in his recent memory. He deals with his guilt issues and mans up when it comes to his personal life.
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. However, I didn't rate is as high as the other two books in this series because of the main relationship. Don't get me wrong - I loved reading about Ronnie and Lola. But they were not Turner and Naomi. They didn't have the same charisma or chemistry as Turner and Naomi and I wasn't as invested in them. Turner and Naomi are in this book quite a bit, but I missed them terribly. Hayden Lee makes an appearance in this book, but I honestly missed this disgusting little psycho. Although a villainess, I would have like more page time with her.
If you are a fan of rock 'n roll bad boys and a well written mystery, this is the series for you. I can't wait until Book 4, Bad Day, is released in a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see how Lola and Ronnie fit into the grand scheme of things. I love the mystery in this book and still haven't figured out the real motives for the horrible things that are happening to Indecency and Amatory Riot. Once thing's for certain - C.M. Stunich knows how to write a hot and sexy mystery with some pretty amazing characters.
C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance. Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers.
C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world. Ms. Stunich can be reached via e-mail or by post and loves to hear from her readers. Ms. Stunich also wrote this biography and has no idea why she decided to refer to herself in the third person.
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