What would you do if you woke up in Vegas hung over, half naked and married? Well stay married, of course!
This is the story of Evelyn and David. After one crazy, drunken night in Vegas they get tattoos and get married. Too bad Evelyn doesn’t remember much of what happened. After a minor freak out by Evelyn and a major freak out by David because Evelyn does not remember, both are on their way home with the promise of a quickie annulment. When Evelyn arrives home and is overwhelmed by the press she ends up seeking sanctuary with David. Sanctuary allows them to spend time together and show Evelyn exactly why she made the spur of the moment decision to marry this man. But of course, David is a rocker and he has secrets. Will these secrets break them up or will the couple survive the rough ride?
Lick is told from Evelyn’s point of view so we only see David through her eyes. David is almost…nice? He is a rock star and there is mention of time where he where he was wild but that isn’t a time that we see. Except for a short scene at the beginning there are no groupies and we see no drugs or alcohol. He is almost the tamest rocker I have ever read about. He is a good example of a gamma hero where he is pretty laid back and sweet most of the time but there are some moments, like the sexy times, where he becomes forceful and alpha-ish. Except for one large slip up, which really isn’t his fault, he is almost the perfect hero. He does have some issues with trust but once his past comes to light the reason behind the issues is understandable.
Evelyn is a very likable character also. She is very calm about the situation. She doesn’t freak about being thrown into something so foreign to what she is normally lives. There was no whining or wishy-washy behavior. Too many times I have seen a heroine in this situation be overwhelmed by the heroe’s cologne or laser blue eyes or hunky muscles. Thankfully, that was not the case here. When faced with this crazy world she makes logical and level-headed decisions. For the most part….sometimes you do just know when it is meant to be, right? 🙂
One of my favorite parts of this book is the secondary characters. All the characters are done so well and likable however there are a couple that attempt to steal the spotlight from Evelyn and David. The drummer, Mal, is one of those. He calls Evelyn ‘Child Bride’ throughout the book and he plays a large role in the couple being together. Plus he has a close relationship with David that is quite comical.
“You need some serious life advice, friend.”
“Who are you, Oprah?”
Coughing out a laugh, Mal slumped against the wall. “Hell, yeah. Soon I’m going to be giving out cars, so stick around.”
“What did she say?”
Another standout character is Jimmy, David’s brother. Jimmy has some villanous ways and some things to redeem himself from, but I hope that we saw some progress with his issues toward the end of Lick.
Since Evelyn has just had her 21st birthday I guess that would classify this novel as NA. I think this brings out one of the main reasons why I can’t get into NA and my only issue with this book. She is 21 and all of a sudden in love with a rocker, talking forever, dropping out of school and having bad relations with her family. Does everyone remember how they were at 21? Where you ready to settle down and play house? When I finish a book I would prefer to believe the couple lived happily ever after and after but I have real concerns about someone who is 21 doing that.
The age thing is just a personal preference of mine and doesn’t take anything away from the story here. Lick is still a fun book with great characters, a rocker storyline, good angst and plenty of sexy times. The rest of the members of the band are just begging for a story so I hope we get them. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a something sexy and heart warming. Final grade- B+
This part of LA was clearly a colony for ill-mannered douches.