by Heidi Joy Tretheway
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Source: Ebook - Own
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When the biggest story of her fledgling music journalism career nearly ruins her relationship with her best friend, Stella has one chance to redeem herself.
She promises the bassist for the rock band Tattoo Thief anything in exchange for behind-the-scenes access. But Tyler doesn’t want anything. He wants everything—and that’s more than Stella is prepared to give.
When Tyler’s explosive secret thrusts Stella into the media spotlight, she must choose between selling the story and telling the truth—and exposing the truth about herself.
Tyler & Stella is a sizzling story of lust, lies, and sacrifice, revealing how much love can forgive.
This book is recommended for mature readers—it contains steamy romance and feisty characters who use strong language.
Stella reveals her secret to Beryl in order to win some trust points back in her favor. Beryl is still unsure but decides to still be her friend and work on building the trust back up.
Stella is a mess. Stella hates: her job, her boss, her homeless situation, her meager bank account, and she hates the non-boyfriend situation. Stella thought that no strings attached bad boys were the way to go but after meeting Tyler she is rethinking that way of life. Stella is also needs to be heading towards an AA meeting soon.
Stella will be officially homeless in less than a week when her borrowed room is taken back by Violet. Her boss is demanding another juicy story on Tattoo Thief to follow-up the video and Stella is doing her damnedest to not betray anyone in Tattoo Thief or among their friends and family.
Tyler tells her at dinner that he will give her an interview about their practice space with some conditions. Stella agrees to Tylers demands and they head to the space after dinner. Stella is drinking her feelings away and feeling pretty good when Tyler shows her his place and the practice area. Stella throws herself at Tyler and then feels rejected when he tells her NO.
Tyler is not sure if he can trust Stella and has to make sure before anything more happens between them. Tyler also is a relationship guy. He wants one person and only that person. Tyler does not jump from girl to girl or bed to bed like some of the other guys in the band. Stella does not feel that she deserves anyone to care for her or to love her but Tyler says, "We never get what we deserve. Only what we earn. And some grace, and some luck."
Tyler also has a secret and does not tell Stella even after he asks her to be completely honest with him and not to hold back. Tyler asked her to be "all in" but still will not trust her with his secret. The go to the Spider-Man premier together where Stella is bombarded with questions about Tyler's secret. Now Stella puts the pieces together and tries to cover the best she can and not give the reporters anything good to report about. Tyler asks Stella to forgive him for not telling her sooner but he was hoping that the problem would sort itself out and there would be nothing to tell.
Tyler and Stella show us that no matter what happened in your past, that the future is not set. We can change our path, we can forgive, we are worthy of love, we can trust, we can ask for help, we can grow and we can start fresh with a new beginning.
I admit that I feel that I related better to this book than book #1. I liked Tattoo Thief but I love the chemistry between Stella and Tyler. I love that Tyler wants to go slow and really be sure of the relationship status before they dive in. And Stella being opposite and wanting to just give into her desire without thought. I like that Tyler is not your typically ROCK STAR and wants to be in a relationship and not the BAD BOY but the very sweet, caring, even loving rock star. I like that it is tormenting Stella to take it slow but she does in order to get what she wants and what she wants is TYLER. I also really like how Stella tries to re-start her life with the saying "She flies with her own wings". That is a great quote to remember and perfect for Stella's character.
Jayse and Violet's story will be next. No final release date as of yet. But I will snatch it up as soon as it becomes available. It should be a good one with Jayse's man whoring ways and Violet seeming very shy.
Rating: 4 STARS