After graduating from the University of South Alabama, Scarlett Moore discovers her boyfriend of five months is actually married with a child on the way. Feeling used and heartbroken, she decides it’s time to take her best friend Jules’ advice to move to Atlanta and live with her. There, Jules helps her get a job at Entertainment Atlanta, where she works as an entertainment insurance agent. It’s not Scarlett’s dream job, but it’s better than not having a job at all, and who wouldn’t mind working with famous people, right?Then she gets assigned to EA’s newest client, Kade Evans, rock star turned actor. Not only is he a drug addict, he’s also known for never dating the same girl twice. He’s tall, dark, and handsome, has an amazing voice, and good acting skills, but he’s also arrogant and intense.
At their first meeting, the chemistry between them is undeniable.
The love that comes later is unexpected.
But Kade’s life is full of secrets. His past has now intruded on his present and when Scarlett finds out what his secrets are, the real deception begins.
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Don’t let the title fool you, “Lifeless” by J.M. La Rocca is anything but. Fast-paced and utterly addictive, this story sucked me in from page one. La Rocca has skillfully crafted two amazing leads that I fell hard for. There’s Scarlett, a hard-knock heroine with a heart of gold and a spirit of steel, and Kade, a swoon worthy damaged rock God that will have you breathing heavy while still feeling the need to occasionally shake some sense into him. “Lifeless” is a solid sexy romance with a surprising mystery element that left me eager for more.
“Lifeless” opens with Scarlett ‘Letti’ Moore low on options and out of hope. Life has never been kind to Scarlett. Her dad split when she was seven and her mom’s response was to find solace in booze, drugs, and countless loser boyfriends. The Prince Charming Scarlett took a chance on and gave her virginity to, well he turned out to a major toad, the married with a baby on the way kind of toad. When Scarlett’s long time BFF Jules calls with an offer for a fresh start in Georgia, Scarlett jumps at the chance.
Embracing her new career as Insurance Agent alongside Jules at Entertainment Atlanta, Scarlett gives herself little opportunity for fun let alone the chance to meet someone. That changes when a wild girls night with Jules leads to Scarlett dirty dancing with what she believes is a gorgeous stranger. The only problem is that stranger turns out to be Kade Evans, leader singer of Perfectly Damaged, and their dance was definitely not an accident.
Kade is in town for and acting gig and his history of drug abuse and hard partying requires a baby sitter on set. Research into EA helped him set his sights on Scarlett and Kade is determined that his relationship with her will be a lot more then professional. As much as Scarlett struggles to protect her job and heart, she finds her attraction to Kade is undeniable.
“He lowered his head and rubbed his nose against the top curve of my ear. My forehead was starting to sweat, and my heart felt as though it were about to beat out of my chest. All I could do was stand there and feel the heat that both of our bodies were creating.”
The connection between Scarlett and Kade crackles throughout “Lifeless.” The two have definite heat and certain scenes had me checking my Kindle for scorch marks. What I loved is that the characters seemed genuinely interested in knowing and understanding each other outside of a bedroom setting. I appreciated La Rocca giving the characters time to bond and the lunchtime Q&A sessions between Kade and Scarlett are a standout for me. Kade’s upbringing turns out to have been just as rough as Scarlett’s and the bond the two forms adds some sweetness to their relationship.
“Lifeless” does not end with a HEA but a whopper of a cliffhanger. This is one of the rare instances that I found myself not minding a cliffhanger. Scarlett and Kade are great characters and I’m eager to see where there story takes them. Also, La Rocca has created an intriguing universe where even the secondary characters seem worthy of their own off-shoot stories (Jules please).Check out “Lifeless” today, you won’t regret. As for me, I’m going to start counting the days to Scarlett and Kade’s follow-up story “My Beautiful (Lifeless #2)” is released. Happy reading.
I received an ARC for exchange for an honest review.