ARC Review – Rhythm Of My Heart (Speed #3) by Jess Dee

This book is unbelievably touching, it is gut wrenching, it is undeniably sexy and it made me realize that good things, no great things, come to those who wait. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

He rocks every woman’s world, but his heart beats only for her.

Makeup artist Eve Andrews is an expert at blending into the background. Landing a job with the rock band Speed is the opportunity of a lifetime, and thankfully as close to the spotlight as she’ll ever get again—until the band’s sinfully sexy drummer turns his dazzling eyes on her.

After a scandal shook his world, Zachary Pace, a.k.a. “Jonah Speed”, has given up the one-night stands and easy lays. One look at Eve, and he senses his self-imposed abstinence is about to come to a screeching halt—but he’s confused. His grandmother foretold his destiny lies with a beautiful redhead, not a tiny, brown-haired pixie.

Under the heat of Zachary’s intense focus, Eve’s resistance melts away, but not the façade that hides her terrible secret. And when she accidentally catches a glimpse of his heart’s desire—his fated redhead—her instincts tell her to let him go…before he gets too close. Before he sees the real woman behind her mask, and her heart is left in the dust of his almost-certain retreat.

Warning: This is a Speed book, so you know there’s gonna be a small element of fantasy to it. And a big element of romance. Oh, yeah, and whole lot of sex. Sex hot enough to make you throb to the rhythm of a very sensual beat…

Review copy provided for an honest review


Almost fourteen months, yes 14 and I’ve been not so patiently waiting for the release of this book. I purestdelightawardknew Jess was working on it, she’d often post her progress on Facebook but I was so ready for this one the minute I finished book two, Colors Of Love. I really wondered how she’d top that book, but in Rhythm of My Heart she not only topped it she topped it with a delightful chocolate mousse and a healthy dose of the last brother standing, Jonah Speed aka Zachary Pace. This book is unbelievably touching, it is gut wrenching, it is undeniably sexy and it made me realize that good things, no great things, come to those who wait.

Jonah Speed has had a rough year, he’s been accused to fathering children and refusing to take care of them, he’s been hounded in the press, and he’s feeling used and abused. Six months of celibacy hasn’t been easy and when he spots Eve Andrews a make-up artist on tour with his band, he feels a pull to her like he’s never felt before. He wonders if it’s because he’s been celibate but one conversation with her and he knows that its way more than that. But she doesn’t fit the description of his soul mate in his grandmother’s lullaby and while conflicted, he can’t help but pursue her.

Eve Andrews can’t believe it when she catches Jonah Speed’s eye. A fan of the band, she’s thrilled to be under contract for work as a make-up artist for six months. While she finds it hard to believe someone like Jonah would be interested in her, she sees it first hand when he grabs her hand and her “gift” shows her some very private thoughts of his.

I’ll admit I’ve never been a huge fan of stories where characters had “gifts” of seeing other’s thoughts, auras, or the future. They just aren’t my thing but every book in this series has had a character like this, but they are so well written and this part of them doesn’t take over the book so I’ve found I don’t mind it at all. However, I do believe this is largely due to the exceptional writing skills of Jess Dee.

When Jonah (Zachary) realizes Eve can see into his thoughts and memories he actually takes it very well but when she asks him questions about what she sees he has a hard time always answering her. The attraction they feel for one another can’t be denied and they embark on an amazingly sexy fling. However there’s more to Eve’s story than her “gift” and as Zachary slowly uncovers it all, things get somewhat messy and complicated.

It was quite amazing to watch Zachary deal with everything in Eve’s life and for someone who has always seemed somewhat shallow, it was a welcome change. It showed his depth, his passion, and his ability to see more. I love how fast his heart was engaged even when he thought he was meant to be with someone else. I admire Eve for how strong she is and how she refused to take anything less than Zachary’s best. She challenged him to be a better person, a better man and he rose to it.

This is one of those books and one of those series that I will revisit often. The characters are captivating and their stories unique and interesting. I can’t say enough good things about author Jess Dee and Rhythm of My Heart so I’ll just say that if you haven’t read this series you are missing out and if you have it’s time to pick up book three, you won’t be disappointed and I can guaran-damn-tee you will never look at drumsticks the same way again!


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