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Feature book: Ripped

25 September 2019

Ripped by Tania Joyce

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 2 Aug 2018
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook and print
Length: 444 pages
RRP: $7.03 (ebook); $27.49 (print)

They are a trio. They do most things together. Will desire split these three? But who desires who?

Everhide is the most popular band on the planet. This trio have been together for years and have reached the pinnacle of the music world. It is all music, shows, drink, sex and passion, until the night Gemma is injured by Hunter’s stupid act.

Gemma is in hospital and both Hunter and Kyle have their own thoughts about Gemma. Hunter is extremely sorry but still wants her. Kyle has wanted her for a lifetime. But it is Hunter who turns out the victor, and Kyle must ruminate about the loss of the love of his life.

As events move on, Hunter and Gemma decide that perhaps they are better off as friends, but then Hunter cheating has something to do with that. Gemma has issues around cheating and being betrayed as her mother moves from man to man, and her last boyfriend exposed her, literally, on the internet with naked photos. Gemma wants to keep things private.

This story is set in the music industry and what groups can achieve. It was an interesting insight into aspects of the adulation we have for celebrities, how the cut throat business operates, and how these celebrities try to live their lives, and trying to work out who is friend and who is foe.

I liked the interactions between the three and how they finally work out what they want from a relationship. How to distinguish between a brother-sister relationship and true passion. I really liked the ending around the wedding proposal. One of the best ways to get to the HEA.

I also enjoyed the song lyrics within the story. These songs really came from the hearts of the characters.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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