Closer, the stunning conclusion to the Taint Duet
from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is LIVE!
5 Forgive Yourself CROWNS
LEVI broke my freaking heart at the end of Revelry, like took a knife and flayed my heart open with one simple utterance over the phone. Ever since that moment, I’ve been dying for Carmen Jenner to write his story, to give him the HEA he deserves. Boy, did she, but not before putting my heart through some more turmoil.
Levi is such a broken rock star. Self destructive doesn’t even begin to encompass who Levi is. He hurts himself and the ones he loves in order to deal
with all the pain he feels, even if it is to point of numbing himself and not remembering all the pain he causes. The beginning of this book is honestly hard to read, not because of what he does but because of how much I love his character. Like the secondary characters of the story, it pains me to see him self destruct. I wanted to scream and yell at him. What does happen, though, is that we get to see him come alive with music, to crawls out of this hole he has buried himself in. Seeing him start to enjoy life and be happy and love is so rewarding, but as with any novel there is back slide and that might have been just as painful if not more. I felt my heart physical ache for him and Brielle.
Brielle has a passion for music one that has burned in the past and has put her in the direct line of Levi. It is music that brings them together and how they communicate. Through her music she shows compassion for this broken man and heals his broken shards. There are times when she gets angry and runs or gets scared and flees but she is human, and like Levi, she is flaws and but broken. I love her, though, for the way she loves this embattled and self destructive man.
This story is not just about a romance between Brielle and Levi. I mean it is that with their chemistry and intimacy that is scorching, but It is a story of forgiveness, of a family torn apart, of loss and healing. My heart soared and splattered on the ground, but in the end it was so full I thought it would burst by the time the epilogue was over. The real sign that this book is a must read is that I didn’t want it to end! I wanted to stay on tour forever with this motley crew of people I’ve grown to love.
Carmen Jenner killed me with Levi! Just absolutely killed me. Levi’s story is heartbreakingly beautiful and emotional, and sends the biggest message of forgiveness. It is a story of hope for a brighter future, and that people can get better, can find love worthy of them, and can get their HEA no matter how badly they may have screwed up in the past. It is about LOVE, romantic and family alike.
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Levi Quinn has it all—money, groupies, a panty-melting smile, and a really big d*ck.
At least, he had it all. Until an angry redhead joined the Taint world tour and turned his life upside-down. Levi fell in love with her. His bandmate did too. It did not end well.
Brielle Kagawa doesn’t keep company with rock stars, but when this gifted cellist finds herself kicked out of the Orchestre de Parisan all-expenses-paid gig in the south of France seems too good to be true.
Because it is.
The man footing the bill might be a disorderly drunk, but he has an offer she can’t refuse—stay in his chateau and play for the month. No strings attached.
The truth about rock stars is that they’re awfully good players, but Levi isn’t the only one who knows how to master a set of strings.
She doesn’t have a heart to break.
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She lets out a soft cry, but it isn’t one of pain, it’s another kind of anguish. It’s need. “Please let me go,” she begs.
I study her face. “I don’t think you want me to let you go.”
I let her wrist slip free of my grasp and search her gaze. “Prove it.”
“I do not have to prove anything to you.”
“Then quit looking at me like you want me to fuck you, because it’s torture,” I snap. A week worth of pent-up frustration, of wanting this woman who refuses to give in, and never backs down. “It’s fucking torture the way you look at me.”
“Torture?” A crease forms between her brow. Fuck, she’s hot when she’s angry. “What the hell are you talking about?”
“Just what I said. You can’t keep looking at me like that.” I take another step closer and she backs up against the door. “Or walk around in these skimpy little outfits, and you can’t be this close to me.”
“The robe was your idea, and you cornered me!”
“You’re right.” I sigh, and step back but she catches my collar in her fist and draws me closer.
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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