Donna Reads: Jaded Hearts (Loaded Replay #1) by Harper Sloan

jadedThe BlurbSigning with Brighthouse Records was supposed to be everything we ever wanted—our better life. Our chance at everything we never had but always wanted. All our dreams would finally come true and we were on top of the world. It was our chance at the happiness we never had in life.

Our every desire was at our fingertips and the power of that feeling was all consuming. But then it took every dream we thought would come true and it slapped us in the face with the cold hard reality.

Dreams were just that…something that floated on the cusp of untouchable, taunting you with every graze of your fingertips before slipping even further away.

Happiness…that feeling is a joke.

In the end it became painfully obvious that each of us would always have each other, but we would forever be alone.

Wrenlee Davenport is the lead singer of Loaded Replay. Along with her twin brother, Wes and their two lifelong best friends, Luke and Jami, they formed a band. Loaded Replay shot to the top rather quickly. Their manager and their record label keep pushing them for more – more music, more tours, more interviews. They have no lives outside of their music. Wren begins to resent the music. Then there is the security issue they are having. Wren has a stalker, and her bandmates choose to keep the depth of the very real danger from her. Instead they hire a security firm of their own when the label provides less than adequate security coverage. Chance Nash is a take-charge kind of guy. He shows up in the middle of a magazine interview and promptly puts the intrusive reporter in her place. He’s hired. He also falls head over heels for Wren.

This was my first book by this author. I really enjoyed this story of the lonely, jaded rockstar and the rough, tough security chief. He knows he’s not supposed to develop personal feelings for her, but he does anyway. He’s the first thing she’s cared about in a long, long time. When the paparazzi comes up with the story that they are married, he decides to play her not husband. I loved the interplay between the two of them, and I loved the heart to heart discussions they had as they put their broken pieces back together. Both have been hurt in the past, and both learn to heal. The suspense part of the story wasn’t all that suspenseful to me. I guessed the stalker’s identity the first time the character was introduced in the book. Still this was a very good book. I look forward to the next book in the series – Jamison’s story.

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