Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Amped (Vixens Rock #3) by Marie Lipscomb
Published by Violet Gaze Press on August 18, 2021
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (212 pages)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Purchase: Amazon • IndieBound
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She wants to break free.
He’s afraid he’s already too broken.
Liz Larkin never wanted to be a rock star. After almost a decade playing the keyboard for Vixen’s Wail, she’s desperate to pursue the career she always dreamed of. As a massage therapist, Liz could make a real difference to peoples’ lives, if only she could summon the courage to leave behind the world she knows. But when she collides with a big, bearded, ill-tempered, and irresistible roadie backstage at a festival, she sees a fitting end to her rock star life. Before she tells the Vixens she’s leaving, she intends to go out with a bang. What she doesn’t expect is to find love in the form of a grumpy roadie.
Jones has spent his life alone, hiding behind a sullen shield, priding himself on his unapproachable, fearsome façade. The physical pain he has suffered for years is nothing compared to the pain in his heart, but when Liz, a beautiful, curvaceous rock star, sees through his armor, he finds that the parts of himself which terrify even him, aren’t enough to scare her away. What begins as a quick backstage tryst unfolds into something far more devastating, and far more tender, than anything he’s ever allowed himself to feel.
Content Guidelines : The hero of this story had a rough childhood with an emotionally abusive father and an absent mother, and deals with the aftermath of that throughout the story, including with cognitive behavioral therapy. He also suffers from chronic sciatica, for which he takes pain medication.
Amped was another sweet and steamy romance feature plus sized characters loving each other’s bodies! Liz is the keyboardist for Vixen’s Wail, but she knows being a world touring rock star is not what she wants for her future. She wants to be a massage therapist! But how is suppose to leave her band of ten years when things are finally looking up for them? Meanwhile, Jones is a roadie, bartender, and volunteers at the animal shelter, but he can feel his body and mind wearing down. He knows he can’t continue like this, but it isn’t until Liz encourages him to see a doctor that it truly hits him. Something else hits him that he wasn’t expecting: Cupid’s arrow!
I really enjoyed reading about Liz and Jones. He is super grumpy and kind of mean at first, but the man is in some serious pain, so who can really blame him? Liz sees through it all and makes sure he gets the help and care that he needs. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s sexy as hell and she gets to play nurse for a bit. Those two have some serious chemistry, but I did like how sometimes their attempts at sex got pushed aside so they could properly handle Jones’ pain. He is not fixed by the power of the sex! A blow job is not a pain killer! Sometimes a painkiller is a painkiller, and that’s okay.
Amped also does a great job of showing “older” characters still figuring out what they want to do. In Liz’s case, she’s almost thirty, knows what she wants to do, but doesn’t want to let her friends down. However, it’s time for her to start living the life that she wants. Jones is thirty eight and doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do with his life, but that’s okay too! He knows he likes animals and that is a great starting point! And yes, this book has adorable pets in it! Highly recommend.