A rockstar romance
by Vicki James
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My favourite men of music.
Only one of them within reach.
The night before Presley West was due to leave our small town of Hollings Hill, all of my high school fantasies came to life. He finally wanted me. Eight years I’d spent pining, and now I, bar-tending Tessa Lisbon, was going to make damn sure I made that night count before the music industry stole him.
Never screw your idols. That’s what they say, right? Well, I did, and I did it well. So well, I somehow managed to screw my own heart in the process.
He gave me one night to convince him to stay. In the end, I begged him to go.
But that’s the thing about rock stars: they do what they want, when they want, and forever didn’t end up being as long as I expected.
Presley was back, and with his face, voice, and music now everywhere I turned, I officially had nowhere left to run.
Lita T’s Review: 5 STARS
Cherry Beats by Vicki James. When Tessa was 11 years old Presley came into her world. She fell in love with him that day. The way he plays the drum Tessa knew he was destined for greatness. At 19 Tessa now tends bar and still pines for Presley. She sees Presley with a parade of women which he bring to her bar. Presley is all about the drums. It is his life, that is all he cares about. One night Tessa gets her chance with the man of her dreams. The next day he is gone; off to conquer the world with his band. This was a really good story that was not only funny but kept me invested from the beginning to the end. When I finished this book I was so ready to read another book written by this author. When I went to find another book by her I then remembered this was her first book. She knocked it out the park. I loved the characters. The story was strong and I was completely satisfied when I finished this story. Kudos to this author. I personally look forward to her next book. Hopefully it will not take her as long as it took to write this one. But if it does then I will wait. 5 drummer sticks for me.
Cherry Beats by Vicki James
Tanya Rae’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
LOVED it!!! Cherry Beats by Vicki James! Cherry Beats is Tessa Lisbon and Presley West’s story. Their story just drags you in.
This book wasn’t about the glamorous life of a Rockstar. It showed a darker side of the Rockstar’s life. Don’t get me wrong this was not a Dark book to read. It does show the alcohol and drug use and the indiscriminate amount of sex these band members had. Life on the road wasn’t all fun and games but they made their lives as pleasant as they could.
Presley came to the relationship with a lot of baggage and Tessa kept finding out what that baggage was and sometimes she felt like she couldn’t deal with it.
Tessa Lisbon had a crush and has wanted to be with Presley West for 8 years. They hooked up 3 years prior to Presley becoming famous. Now that he is a “rockstar” he wants Tessa/Cherry even more.
While reading Cherry Beats I kept wondering how in the world could there be an HEA for Tessa Lisbon and Presley West’s future. With the world always breaking in to their lives after-all Presley was famous. He was a “rockstar”!
Thank goodness for Tessa’s friends Molly and Bourbon (Tessa’s boss). Tessa wasn’t very close to her family was very dysfunctional & not supportive at all!
There is a passage in Cherry Beats that I just had to laugh at. It wasn’t that it was particularly funny. It just brought back good memories for me. My son named his Cockatiel “Jimmy” after Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page, or Jimi Hendrix. Take your pick of which one. He was a fan of all 3 Jimmy’s. And of course you will need to read Cherry Beats to even know what I just referenced.
I loved reading Cherry Beats! Even though this is the first book by Vicki James she is not an inexperienced author and it shows! Not when she can drag you into the story and makes you feel all the emotions happy, sad, anxious, angsty! Again I loved Tessa aka Cherry and Presley’s story! 5+ STARS!
Meet Vicki James
Vicki James is a pseudonym for Victoria L. James, taking her stories from heavy angst to heavy romance and bad boys you can’t help but fall in love with. She is, however, one and the same person so feel free to follow her on any of her platforms, be it Vicki James or Victoria L. James. Most importantly, enjoy the stories she tells, no matter what name she releases under.