4 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

A Lush Betrayal by Selena Laurence


Joss Jamison has it all. He’s the lead singer for the world’s hottest rock band, Lush. He’s wealthy, sexy, talented…and miserable. Twelve months ago, Joss lost his finely honed control and made a mistake he can’t undo. A mistake that could end up costing him his best friend, his band, and maybe his heart.

Mel DiLorenzo has it all. She’s been hired to document the world tour of her sister’s fiance’s rock band. She’s gorgeous, talented, loved…and sick of being the little sister. When she agrees to the summer job, Mel has no idea she’s walking into a minefield of friendships lost and hearts destroyed. She also has no idea what it means to be the object of Joss Jamison’s affections.

One hot rock star plus one life-altering mistake, add a dash of sexy younger sister and a handful of broken hearts, and you’ve got a recipe for fire. Life on the road can be hot, but for the boys of Lush, it’s about to get a whole hell of a lot hotter.

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There is always those few main type of characters that gets a woman’s blood pumping. They usually are men that are: Musicians, CEO/Business Tycoons, Athletes, Men in Uniform (firefighters, police officers, military), and bad boys. Well ladies this book, which is becoming a series has your bad boy musicians all over it.  The band of four guys plays rock music, similar to Kings of Leon and Coldplay. They have been a band of years and are now the main headliner. They have their system down, and their media personalities chosen. Wash, Joss, Colin, and Mike. These men, in their late 20’s have been at this game for a while. Even with the battles of alcohol, drugs, and women they still make great music. Joss is the front main, the go to person, the leader, the one who pretty much calls all the shots. He likes being in control and dictating every little detail about where the band plays, what their contracts say, and who they allowed to work with, helps him cope with his internal problems. This all works out until one night. One BAD choice that no one knows about, has the ability to crumple everything. He can’t lose what he has. He has no one, expect the band and music. If he lost those he would have nothing. This is all true, until he is reintroduced to Tammy’s little sister Mel. Now everything he thought would devastate him, if he lost, doesn’t seem as important as the thought of losing her.

Mel is about to graduate with her Master in Photojournalism. Everything is looking up. Though he ends up having a relationship with her professor, which becomes a problem for her grade. Now she is in limbo, waiting to know if she gets her degree or not. The waiting is what is killing her, but with luck on her side, Mel’s sister Tammy got her a job. For the next few months Mel is be photographing the band Lush so they can put together a coffee table book and other gifts for their fans. Tammy has been with Lush since the beginning, because her boyfriend, Walsh, of 14 years is the drummer. So Mel knows this is a once in a lifetime chance that can make her career. She takes it up the chances. She figured she would do her job and be able to make something out of herself. The one person she was afraid of interacting with was Joss. She has seen him before and knows what he looks like from all the media images. She knows that, that man gets her blood pumping and gives her body tingled that she is not familiar with. As long as she stays focus on the job, she can keep her emotions in check.

So before these two meet on the road we are introduced to their baggage. I don’t want to tell you what Joss’s is because he has more baggage than anyone in the freak’n book. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story. The characters are very well-developed and have multiple layers to them. Mel is a very likable heroin for this story. She is feisty but at the same time timid because of the atmosphere she is thrown into, that she is unfamiliar with.

I didn’t like a few of the characters, which you are not supposed to. They are seen as our villains, but the funny part is, they really aren’t the villains. Everyone is friends in some way, shape, or form, but that doesn’t mean that everything is all peachy keen between them all. A few of the characters I honestly wanted to say “SHUT UP” to, but closer to the end of the book you begin to see what was going on with them.

The author says she is going to write more about the band Lush. I am intrigued to see how these will turn out.

I give the book 4 hearts. I liked it. I honestly enjoyed it. I was totally engrossed with the story. So I say, if you are into a Hot Rocker kind of mood. Pick this book up. You won’t be sorry.



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