Elliott Redeemed (Preload, #2) by Scarlett Cole
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"Hot was hot, not age dependent."
I'm a self-proclaimed rockstar romance addict and the Preload series is my fix. Another of my weaknesses is broken, bad boys. The fact that all of the Preload band members were raised together in a group home pretty much guarantees that I have a lot more of my favorite things to look forward to.
Elliott has a dark past that very few people know about. He battles his demons in his own way and prefers to keep it to himself. When he's asked to represent the band and visit some kids, it's the last thing he wants to do, but he sucks it up. When he sees himself in Daniel, he can't just walk away without reaching out to him and his mother. However; those things that he's trying to keep pushed down come to the surface when he sees the kid struggling. He wants to help, but is he the best choice when he might be even more damaged than the boy?
Kendalee is at the end of herself. She's giving everything she has, and then some, to her son. They've lost everything, but that's not their biggest hurdle. Her son is the most important thing and she has to put him first. Homelessness is the least of her problems if she can't get her son through the biggest challenge of his life. She's not too proud to accept help, especially when that help comes in the form of a sexy guitarist who is the first person who has managed to coax a smile out of her teenage son. She can't deny that he looks better in person than he does on the poster hanging on her son's wall. But what's most shocking is when, "He looked at her in a way that made her question whether human combustion was a thing."
Elliott is disappointed that she doesn't like the type of music that his band plays. But being the musician that he is, he can play any type of music. When he decides to flirt with Kendalee, he pulls out all the stops. His "...sometimes funny, occasionally crude, and always hot explanation of the anatomy of a love song" along with his intuitive gifts and notes made it difficult for her to resist him. And when the old lady in her checkout line at the grocery store overhears their conversation and tells her it sounds like 'sexual nirvana' she mentally agrees.
Each book in this series pulls me in deeper and makes me feel like part of their found family. I'm most definitely hooked and can't wait to get my hands on the next book, Nikan Rebuilt. The line forms here...