Rock Stars, Love and Deceit

A Lush Betrayal (Lush, #1)A Lush Betrayal by Selena Laurence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Mel DiLorenzo lands the job of a lifetime, thanks to her big sister, she is glad to seize the opportunity to escape the disaster that has become her life. Her older sister, Tammy, works for her boyfriend’s famous band and wants Mel to do a piece on the band. A photojournalism student, Mel recognizes that this is a once in a lifetime offer. Well-known journalists would kill for a job like this, much less some unknown like her.

It just so happens that Mel is glad to get away from a scandal of her own making. Like a fool, she got involved with a renowned instructor. After their affair he dropped her grade, threatening everything that she had worked so hard for.

In her last year of her program, Mel has maintained the highest grades of any student in her class. She has worked hard for her grades and it was a no-brainer that she would win the most prestigious of awards given to a student each year. Now, her naive actions have jeopardized everything she’s worked so hard for. If she chooses to fight the grade, she will risk even more.

Joss Jamison is not a stranger to regret. He has his own skeletons that he’s trying hard to keep hidden. He knows that his secret has the power to destroy everything that he, and his friends, have worked for. He could lose it all if it gets out.

When Joss sees Mel when she joins the band on tour, he is taken aback by her beauty. No longer is she the young, awkward girl that he remembered. Tammy’s little sister has grown up.

Despite his bad-boy reputation, Joss is determined to win Mel over. She is sweet, innocent, and everything that he wants but has never believed that he would ever have. Everyone thinks that they know him, but they have no idea of the loneliness that he battles. Just once, he would like to feel a connection to another person that isn’t superficial.

When Tammy notices Joss paying attention to her sister, she doesn’t trust his motives. To say that her relationship with Joss has deteriorated recently, is putting it mildly. The two can hardly be civil to one another. Tammy does her best to warn Mel away from the womanizing rock star.

Aside from the drama with Joss, Tammy and Mel, there was plenty going on in the background as well. Tammy’s boyfriend, Walsh, is recently out of rehab and everyone seems to be walking on eggshells, afraid to push him off the wagon again. Meanwhile, there is obvious resentment and turmoil amongst the bandmates. As the lead singer and front man for the band, Joss seems to have garnered the vast majority of fanfare, birthing jealousies.

Just as Joss and Mel seem to be headed off into the sunset, all hell breaks loose. That secret of Joss’s finally comes out. It seems it wasn’t as well-kept as he had hoped. The results are devastating to everyone involved.

Even though this story was pretty predictable – after all, the author lets you in on the secret pretty early-on – I found it highly enjoyable. Knowing the secret, there is a sense of impending doom that hangs over this story. I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop the whole time. It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

As expected, there was a lot of heartache and feels involved when everything comes to light. Again, not a big surprise. Yet, it was still highly emotional, despite my best efforts to prepare myself mentally.

Overall, I thought that this was a great story if you’re in the mood for something angsty. There is a bit of a taboo scandal involved. However, it was before Joss and Mel got together. The betrayal still runs deep though.

If you’re like me and you love to read a book that elicits emotional pain, then this is a good one. It is an emotional train-wreck in the making. You know it’s going to happen and you can’t do anything to stop it.

I’m a masochist in that way, so I thought it was great. If you like perfect characters that never make mistakes or do terrible things, then steer clear of this one. These characters are definitely flawed.

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