Monday, June 15, 2015

TAMING DEX by Zoey Derrick

Series:  69 Bottles #4
Author:  Zoey Derrick
Publish Date:   05.  15
Publisher:  Zoey Derrick
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotic, LGTB, M/M/F, M/F/M, M/F, F/M, M/M
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Zoey Derrick (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by:  Once Upon An Alpha
Goodreads link: Taming Dex
Date completed: 05 20 .15

Description from the publisher:
Dex Harris, Drummer for America's Hottest Alternative Rock Band 69 Bottles, has never gone looking for love—for good reason. After an ill-fated night after a tour stop in Phoenix, his wicked demons resurface. Is he strong enough to resist falling back into the black hole that was once his life or will he let addiction consume him?

Raine Montgomery has worked for Bold International, Inc since she moved to California at eighteen. She’s fought  her way into the executive offices as an assistant to CEO Cami Michaels, but being an assistant isn't what she imagines doing for the rest of her life—so when Cami sends her to assist with the 69 Bottles tour, she jumps at the opportunity.

There’s only one kink in that plan—and his name is Dex Harris.

Raine doesn’t expect to be on the radar of the sexy manwhore drummer, let alone the center of his sights. Shattered from a long-term relationship with a cheater, Raine is determined to make Dex prove himself.

Will Dex toss away his one-night stands in favor of sleeping every night with only one woman—or is Raine simply his latest conquest?

A Rock Band. A Tour Bus. One Wild Ride....

This is the fourth book in the 69 Bottles series.  They do need to be read in order.  Absolutely do not attempt to read this book without reading CLAIMING ADDISON, CRAVING TALON, and REDEEMING KYLE first!  Okay, technically, this one stand alone, but you really don’t want to miss out on the threesome that is Addison, Talon, and Kyle.

Raine has a fan-crush on Dex.  Sure Talon Carver is the leadman for the band and most girls want the singer, but not Raine.  She wants the bad-boy, man-whore, sex-god, drummer, Dex Harris.  She’s not there as a groupie, and she’s sure he’d never notice her anyway.  He hasn’t noticed her at the offices.  She’ll do her job and pine from afar.  That’s the plan. 

Let’s face it, Dex is a horn-dog to the nth degree!   He is a self-admitted ass-hole.  He has been since book one when Addison got on the bus.  His life has been the cliché – sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll.  There is a new groupie in every city, and he sees no reason for the party to end.  That is until he falls for Raine.  He doesn’t know how to do the relationship thing, but for her, he’d allow Cupid to move in.  Unfortunately, because he’s never tried to woo a girl beyond a single night, he’s a screw-up on stand-by at all times.  He makes every mistake in the book and I think he may have even invented a few new ones!

I loved that Raine tried to be pragmatic about the situation – I’ll get my one night with the rock star/crush and then be able to focus on the job.  I love that she never made it easy for Dex.  I even love that this is not the end of their story (though I did scream for a few minutes because, like Veruca Salt (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), “I want it now!”)

One thought on the steam factor for this story – like the rest of this series, this is a read it one-handed kind of book.  Have the husband/boyfriend/boy toy or BOB on stand-by, because they are going to love this book, too, even without reading it!

I haven’t missed a single one of Zoey Derrick’s books so far and it is my sincere recommendation that you don’t miss them either.  One-click;  click it now!

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The 69 Bottles series:
1.      Claiming Addison
2.      Craving Talon
3.      Redeeming Kyle
4.      Taming Dex
5.      Devouring Raine (coming soon)
Other Books from Zoey Derrick:
·         The Struggle
·         One Week
The Reason series:
1.      Give Me Reason
2.      Give Me Hope
3.      Give Me Desire
4.      Give Me Love
Love’s Wings series:
1.      Finding Love’s Wings
2.      Chasing Love’s Wings

I look at her and chuckle lightly and go back to enjoying the show on the stage in front of me. Addison gets hooked up to her mic for the second time and I escape back behind the stage to the other side because I know Dex will come off stage shortly and I want to be there when he does.

They finish up the song and my heart starts to flutter. Dex makes eye contact with me. His steel grey eyes penetrate me and cause me to shiver and my already heated sex to fire up. The little ball of nerves is on fire as he narrows his eyes at me. He’s on a rampage, but he’s not angry. He charges off of the stage first and Addison giggles as she passes him.

Excitement, terror and pure lust course hotly through my veins. I back up toward the wall, trying to put some distance between us before he crushes me. But I have no outlet, nowhere to go. Fuck, he knows this. I put my hands up in self-defense, but he smirks. Grabbing my wrists, he spreads my arms wide and then over my head, pinning me to the wall.

His lips crash hard onto mine. He smells like Dex, heady and sweaty, but it’s fucking sexy as hell. He steals my breath away the moment his tongue slides inside, seeking mine.

He abruptly pulls back, he is breathing heavy. “You.” Kiss. “Made.” Kiss. “Me.” Kiss. “Pop my stick.” Lick across my lips. “You made me lose my place.” He kisses me again. “You made me screw up.” I give him a wicked chuckle. “You naughty girl.”

“Think about what you just said.” I’m still laughing.

“Well, that is how fucking gorgeous you look tonight.”

“Shut up,” I tell him.

He pulls back.

“Shut up and fucking kiss me, you idiot.”

He smiles wider than I’ve ever seen him smile before and he presses his lips and sweaty body against mine and I’m completely and totally lost in his kiss. His lips, his tongue, his body pressed against me. His knee slides between my legs and I writhe against him and he groans. After a few more beats, he breaks the kiss. “We need to talk,” he whispers.

“Yeah, we do.”


“Yes,” I breathe.


“I promise.”

He slowly lets me go, like he knew I was going to be unsteady on my feet and he doesn’t want me to fall. Once I’m situated, he goes and grabs three bottles of water. He tucks one under his arm, then hands me one. I smile as we both open our bottles. He downs his in two swallows and immediately goes for the other one and downs that one equally as fast. I take a big pull off of mine and hand it over to him.

He smirks, takes it and drinks it.

“Gotta go,” he breathes. “Get back on the other side of the stage,” he says as a command.

‘Yes, sir.” He scowls at me, but then smiles and goes back on stage.

Thank you [Once Upon An Alpha] for hosting this tour.

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