Nick Channing, drummer for Fully Automatic, has never taken sex seriously. He’s had fun and met dozens of women—mostly one-night stands—and he prefers it that way. From his parents to his friends, he’s witnessed love and relationships firsthand and believes women are nothing but a headache.
Nick, Brad, and Val team up again to launch her new band Val Hella. There’s one problem, though: they still need a bassist. They audition dozens of women, trying to find the perfect one and settle on Sabrina, known onstage simply as Sinna, a bad ass metal head who’s perfect for the band: pierced, tattooed, dressed in black from head to toe, and she handles her bass with precision. She is a force to be reckoned with and Nick is smitten.
When Nick gets her alone the first time to lay on the charm, he’s met with a coolness he’s never experienced. Sabrina is mysterious and thoroughly unimpressed with Nick and his behavior, and that’s when he decides he has to have her. As he falls headlong for her, he discovers her secrets, one dark shadow at a time. He thinks she loves him back, but he can’t be sure. By the time he’s completely down the rabbit hole, his heart’s so entangled, he fears he might not be able to save himself. Can she save him or will she wreck him for all time?
What tricks you got, babycakes?”
Brina’s voice was low, almost derisive. “I don’t need tricks. My playing speaks for itself.”
He couldn’t let that one go. “Yeah, and how many personal fans do you have, Sinna?”
She sneered—actually sneered—and, for some strange reason, Nick felt a twitch in his cock at the sight. He stopped himself from bursting into laughter, because that would have made her angrier. While he didn’t mind her angry, he hoped to be able to enjoy a real conversation. She took two steps closer to him and said, “I don’t count how many personal fans I have, if I even have any. It’s not about me, Nick, any more than it’s about you.” Her voice wrapped around his name like honey, but it oozed disgust. He still wasn’t sure if he found it hot or not. She continued, not giving him a chance to evaluate his emotions. “It’s about us as a group, as a band, and until we gel, there will be division, and if we’re not cohesive, what the hell kind of music are we gonna make?”
“I see your point, but I have a counterpoint. If you are all about the band and don’t give a shit about yourself, then where’s your pride? Your personal responsibility?” He stood up. He’d been joking before, but now he was dead serious. Some small part of himself felt like she might be questioning his integrity, and that pissed him off. “When you fuck up onstage—and you will—will you blame all of us? We’re a band, after all.” He couldn’t help the tone in his voice. There would be no way for her to mistake how irritated he was becoming. It had been cute before, but now she was pushing some button that set him off. He wasn’t sure if he was angrier with her for pissing him off or himself for getting mad at her in the first place.
He closed the gap, so close that their noses almost touched. “How the fuck should I know that?” His eyes searched hers, trying to decide if she was wanting to start a war. But then, as he continued looking back and forth between those blue orbs, he saw them soften ever so slightly. He let his jaw relax a little then, but he still couldn’t quite read her.
Her words, however, were still acerbic. “Because you’re a smart fucking guy.” She cocked an eyebrow again. He couldn’t decide if he fucking loved the way she did that or if it was just another irritant. “Or so I thought.”
Nick tried once more to assess her and fell short. He could feel some kind of weird electricity sparking between them. At first, he’d thought it was the anger, but then he realized that maybe there was something more. He moved his head a few centimeters closer and she didn’t budge. His voice was barely a whisper when he said, “I am a smart fucking guy. I’m so goddamned smart that I figured out what this is all about.”
She furrowed her previously cocked brow, but he barely saw it as he brought his mouth down on hers. He knew that had to be the issue at hand—the sexual attraction between them both was interfering with their ability to communicate. It was making them angry, accusatory, and they weren’t acting like bandmates or even acquaintances. They were spitting at each other like they were mortal enemies. That might have been okay, but Nick definitely had other ideas about which way their relationship was heading.
He heard her mumble, “What the—?” Then he expected her to fight, based on her initial stance, but she let go and gave in, kissing him back.
It was an incredible explosion in his head, the sparks he felt because of the way their tongues danced together and the warmth of her body close to his. Feeling more in control then, he slid his hands around her waist and pulled her close…
Slash and Burn is the 5th book in Jade Jamison’s Bullet series. This book focuses on Nick Channing, the drummer for Fully Automatic and Val’s new band Val Hella. I absolutely love this hot rocker series and was so excited to read Nick’s book.
Nick has always been quite the ladies man. He has always had his fair share of women but never lets any of them get close to his heart. He is busy helping his good friends Brad and Val find a bass player for Val’s new band Val Hella. When Sabrina comes to audition for the part Nick is immediately attracted to her. Not only is a she an amazing bass player she is a complete bada** which is a complete turn on for Nick.
Brina is a very closed off girl. She loves to play her bass but when the band is not practicing she tends to keep to herself. Nick is very intrigued by this mysterious woman and wants to try and crack her hard exterior. With the band getting ready to go on tour with Last Five Seconds Nick has a hard time getting to spend time with Brina alone. Once the tours starts though things heat up between Nick and Brina and he is quite disappointed when he finds out that Brina is in a relationship. Brina invites Nick to join her and her partner in a little bit of fun. Nick is intrigued by the offer but isn’t sure how he feels about sharing Brina with someone else. He realizes that he is falling for her and hopes she feels the same. When the band goes back on tour though he sees that she doesn’t feel the same way about him and he is very upset about it. Will Nick be able to convince Brina that they belong together or will he find his real true love along the way?
I have to admit that I hated Brina in this book. She was a cold hearted bi**h and I wish that Nick would have realized this early on. I loved catching up with Brad and Val and the kids. I do wish we would have gotten to catch up with Ethan and see how he is doing. He is my favorite character from the Bullet series. I was a little disappointed with the way the book ended as I really wanted more!! I can’t wait to see what Jade is working on next!!
Overall Rating-4.5 Stars
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