This book. THIS. BOOK. Check out my review, then go read this series, because, holy crap, it's good.
Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3), by J.T. Geissinger
Publish Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5 STARS
(Synopsis) The past she can’t remember. The secret he hides. And a love that’s worth risking it all.
After a devastating car crash stole both her family and her memory, Grace Stanton was left with no past and an uncertain future. Now Grace likes to keep things simple. No sleepovers, never date a guy more than a month, and never, ever fall in love. Which is exactly why Grace avoids Bad Habit’s lead guitarist, Brody Scott, at all costs. The green-eyed, sexy-as-hell musician has “trouble” tattooed all over him, and Grace isn’t taking any chances with her heart.
Brody knows he doesn’t deserve an amazing woman like Grace—her creamy skin, red hair, or that smart mouth that fuels his every fantasy—but there’s something between them that’s more than chemistry. Something real. He’ll just have to convince Grace that he’s worth the risk—and hide the secret that haunts his worst dreams. But when fate plays a cruel hand, Brody’s darkest sin suddenly threatens his last chance at redemption…and the life of the woman he loves.
I stumbled upon the Bad Habit series kind of by accident one day when I was looking for a new audiobook on Audible. It seemed like another rock band romance series, which I do love. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This series packs an incredibly emotional punch, and J.T. Geissinger saved the best for last.
Grace has always been the cynic. She is the relationship therapist that doesn't believe in love. Even though she's now seen her two best friends fall completely into it, she still doesn't believe it's real or that it's out there for her. Instead she seeks out meaningless sex wherever she can get it, and whenever he seems to be getting too attached, she bails.
But, ever since Grace's friends have gotten into relationships with band mates Nico and AJ, they've all been hanging out together. Which means Grace has been hanging out with guitarist Brody a lot as the still unattached ones. And Brody is done just being Grace's friend. Of course, Grace isn't thrilled with his newfound determined attitude. She keeps people at arm's length for a reason, and Brody is the one man that she knows can destroy all of that.
I built those walls over years, painfully, brick by brick, stone by stone, with a thick layer of mortar to hold it all together, and Brody Scott just tore them all down with a single kiss.
I thought Nico was my favorite. And then I met AJ, and he became my new favorite. And then I met BRODY. This guy - he is so amazing. Grace is not an easy woman to love. She's abrasive and hardened and kinda sad. For good reason. She has probably one of the best reasons I've ever heard. But, Brody doesn't care. She tells him why she refuses to get close to any man, and he takes it in, and keeps pursuing her. He's kind and good to her. He takes care of her even when she doesn't want him to. How could she NOT fall in love with a guy like that?
J.T. Geissinger's writing blew me away. The story was fast paced with never a dull or slow moment. She has this way of bringing all the characters together for different reasons that seemed completely organic, but it gave us good excuses to catch up with the other two couples. But, the dialog - wow. Grace, Chloe and Kat have always played off each other in the most fun ways. But, Grace and Brody took it to a whole new level. Their funny banter was sweet and made me laugh out loud. I loved how it turned from playful to sexy to utterly and completely romantic, all in the blink of an eye. And that epilogue? Wow. The writing in Sin With Me was flawless.
"Love isn't something you choose, Angelface. It chooses you. And even if it only lasts a little while, it's worth it. Even if it ends in flames, it's worth it. Even if it cuts out your heart and leaves you a bruised, bloody mess, it's worth it."
Sin With Me is about Grace coming to terms with the circumstances of her life and making the decision to actively live it anyway. And about Brody forgiving himself for things in his past that were outside of his control. Neither is easy to do, especially alone. But, together, these two are incredible.
She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and was a finalist for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.
She lives in California with her husband, on whom all her heroes are based.
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