Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review - Always Rayne by Sierra Avalon

Always Rayne
by Sierra Avalon
Series: Always Sometimes Never, #1
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: June 11, 2014

Would you spend ten days traveling the country with someone you despised if he promised to pay off your student loans?

Recent college graduate, Harper Leigh, can barely make ends meet working as the books editor for a new online entertainment magazine, Chatter. With $85,000 of student loan debt about to go into repayment, she has no idea how she’ll get by.

Just when she thinks things couldn't get worse, Harper’s boss decides to embed her in the North American tour for the hot rock band, Always Rayne. Ten days on the road with the band for her to get an exclusive story. But Harper’s a homebody and the last thing she wants to do is go on the road with a rock band. And she definitely doesn't want to spend ten days with the notorious bad boy and band front man, Nic Rayne.

When Nic proves to be too much for Harper to handle and she threatens to quit the assignment, Nic decides to sweeten the pot. If she stays with the tour for all ten days, he’ll pay off all of her student loan debt….but there’s one small catch.

Harper also has to sleep in his bed every night.

“The guy reads lines in front of a camera and sings in a band. It’s not like he’s written a word that he recites or sings. He’s a pretty face with limited talent and not much going on upstairs, apparently.”
When Harper Leigh finds out she has to go on tour with the rock group Always Rayne or lose her job, she finds herself embedded with one of the hottest rock bands…and their even hotter front man, Nic Rayne – not that she he’s her type or anything. She’d rather be curled up with her books than find herself embedded with a rock band for 10 days, but those student loans aren't going to pay themselves!

When Nic first sees Harper he knows she’s not like any other girl he’s met and he’ll do anything he can just to get to know her – even if it takes calling up the on-line arts & entertainment website named Chatter that she works for and offering them an exclusive interview…but only if they send Harper Leigh. Because when Nic decides that he wants Harper, well, Nic always gets what he wants!

I just loved this book and found it to be a super easy read that left me smiling. I loved watching Harper learn that there was a lot more to Nic than she initially thought, and I loved watching Nic break down all of Harper’s defenses one by one. There were still the usual rock star shenanigans that took place – lots of partying and wild times – but once Nic decides that he wants to see if Harper could be the one for him, he straightens up and does his best to take things nice and slow since he doesn't want to screw things up.

Of course there are a few bumps in the road along the way, namely some negative publicity and a family crisis that has Harper’s ex coming back on the scene, but just when you thought “oh here it is, here’s the part when one of the characters jumps to all sorts of conclusions and sabotages things”, well, that just didn't happen. Not that there wasn't some emotion and initial reaction to situations, but it was refreshing to find that the characters talked about things before letting them get out of hand.

The rest of the characters in this book were great – I just loved Leo, Xander, and Raven, and Harper’s roommate Brooke was the best friend that we wish we all had! I can’t wait to read the next two books in this series where we’ll get to learn their stories too!

I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more from Sierra Avalon.

I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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