You might think you know Brad’s story, but think again. There’s so much more to his story than what Valerie told. See Brad before Valerie came into his life and, when he was playing back burner to Ethan, see what Brad was up to when no one else in the band was looking.
Valerie might have thought she and Brad were inevitable and maybe, in the back of his mind, Brad might have felt that way too, but he didn’t just sit around waiting for her. See the secret side of Brad that you had no idea existed. What kept the driving force behind Fully Automatic focused even while his heart was breaking?
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That was when it was time to make his move. He let the confident feeling surge through his veins, and he stepped closer to her, close enough to touch her. “That’s not the main reason why I came back here, though.” He waited a few seconds to let his words register with her and then he said, “We have a little unfinished business.”
She seemed so innocent in that moment. “We do?”
Yes, innocent maybe, but not unwilling. He leaned over and took her face in his hands, lifting her lips to his. He kissed her, as gently as he could allow himself to, but, goddamn, it was difficult. He’d been imagining this moment for months now, and he wanted her badly. Way too badly. Fuck. He should have jerked off in the shower, because controlling himself was going to be harder than usual. Would losing his load have helped? He didn’t know, but he had to stop thinking about that right now.
It was hard, though, because she tasted so sweet, and her response was just as he’d imagined. She parted her lips and took him in. Yeah, she was willing and eager, and all that did was fuel his fire. She was feeling it too, that weird attraction between them igniting into something bigger than he’d expected, something he knew he’d be lucky to control. Still…he kept his breathing (and his cock) under control for the meantime and ended the kiss. Oh, fuck. And she placed her hands on his pecs as though to steady herself. It took her a few seconds to open her eyes, as though she’d been transported. When he had her full attention, he said, “Unfinished, right?”
She gave him a tiny smile, sweet and naïve, and seemed to give the tiniest of nods. Well, she wasn’t pushing him away. In fact, she seemed breathless and expectant. He wasn’t going to disappoint her, so he kissed her again, and he would have sworn it was magic. Okay, so he never would have said something like that to one of his friends. Ethan would have called him a pussy if he’d even known Brad had been thinking something like that. But it was, though—it was more than just a kiss. It felt like they deepened their connection in that moment, like he could see inside her soul and, yes, she was pure and light and everything he could ever want.
He knew her response was a sign to move forward, so he wrapped his hands around her waist and pulled her close. Fuckin’ A. She smelled so goddamn good and felt so right up next to him. She moved her hands onto his neck and then slid them up into his hair, driving him insane. Jesus…he wanted to fuck her right there, but he knew a girl like Val would need finesse. And he wanted to give that to her. He wanted her to know she wasn’t just a cheap lay for him. Still, he wanted to move the proceedings forward, so he slid his hands down to her ass, using it as an excuse to press her harder into his body.
And her fingers in his hair. Shit. She was driving him fucking crazy.
Her breathing got deeper, so he knew he was on the right track. He couldn’t hold it back anymore and just let the blood flow straight to his cock…like he’d be able to stop it anyway. He moved his lips to her neck and not only did she let out a sigh, he could have sworn he heard a moan. Fuck, yeah. He didn’t know that a girl had ever done that before they’d actually engaged in the real deal. He moved a hand up underneath her shirt, feeling the bare skin above her jeans, and he heard her breathing quicken again.
It was then, though, that she took a hand out of his hair and placed it firmly on his chest. No. Fuck, no. If he was reading her right, she was putting on the brakes.
He opened his eyes and looked in hers. “Stop?”
Why was she changing her mind? Was that really what she wanted? He had to try one more time. He kissed her again. Yeah, there were those sparks. Could she deny them? “Stop that?”
She blinked. “Yes.”
“You don’t seem so sure…” He pressed his forehead on hers and bore into her eyes with his. He wanted to understand. “What’s wrong?”
She moved both hands to his chest. She wasn’t pressing against him as if to push him away, but they seemed to ground her. “I…It’s not you, Brad. Oh, God, it’s not you. I swear. I want you bad.”
That’s what he’d thought. “So why not? If you’re worried about birth control…” He wasn’t going to be irresponsible. She had to know that.
She hesitated. “No. I’m…um… I’m a…”
“Virgin?” He knew it even before she nodded her head. “Oh.” He nodded too as if to process the information. “Oh. Yeah. Uh…your first time should be…special, right? At least, for girls. I didn’t give much of a shit.” He didn’t know how to do that for her, not right now, anyway. He was nearly out of his mind with desire, and she was pulling the plug. He needed a bathtub of ice water to jump in. She giggled and, in spite of his feelings of desperation, he found it endearing. But then it dawned on him. Fuck. He had to know. As much as it was gonna hurt, he needed to know. Her eyes all but said it, but he needed to confirm it. “That’s not it, though. It’s Ethan, isn’t it? You still care about him.” She didn’t say a word. She didn’t need to. It was written all over her face…
I recevied this book from the author for an honest review.
*Sigh* Incase you don't already know, I am a Bradley Payne groupie. I loved everything about him in this series and was literally going crazy waiting, waiting, WAITING for this book. I mean he is Daddy Brad *SWOON* Yes I will go toe to toe with anyone who says he is their book boyfriend.
So if you havent read Bullet, you need to STOP!! Go and buy it and then Rock Bottom before you even read this book. This book is Brad's POV from the toxic realtionship of Val and Ethan in Bullet and continues to Rock Bottom. This book does give you a glimpse into the lives of all the characters after Rock Bottom which was a great "look" for me.
So this book is letting us readers see into the soul of Bradley Payne. He is a tough looking, bad ass rocker with the sweetest, most sensitive, tender heart imaginable. Teh book starts with Brad and his first love Leah. She is very Val with her innocent behavior and chy nature. Brad is completely broken over her because she never really loved him....What the hell is she thinking is my thing...the man is PERFECT!!! Ok but I dont mind tat's and long hair......Then we see Brad with one more relationship pre-Valorie Quinn. This was kinda shocking for me because my sweet Brad is a naughty boy....*snickers*. I think Misti was good for Brad but also not so good to introducing him to the whole sex with out emotion???!!!
When Brad meets Val we get to look back at scenes from Bullet. Yes they brought out all the emotions i have from the first book...especially the party scene!! AND Yes I was still yelling at Val for picking Ethan EVERY DAMN TIME!! We also got to see his girlfriend Karen who wasnt a big part of Bullet. I kinda felt somewhat bad for her. She loved someone who doesnt return her love...kinnnnda like what Brad was dealing with........
So I will admit this book was so tough to read. It was tough because I love this character and seeing him hurt was hard to read. I KNEW in Bullet he was struggling but to actually read the words of pain....*pouting*
The Epilogue was great and I loved seeing the couple after the ending of Rock Bottom.
I received an ARC from the Author to give a truthful review.
I love this series from the first Book Bullet. This is Brad Paynes story. We get to see Brad’s POV to Bullet. You get a glimpse into Brad’s life before Val came into it. Even though you see the same scenes that you see in Bullet they are different because they are all in Brad’s point of view. In Bullet it seems like he is the great friend that is there for Val but he can see what a mess things are between her and his best friend. Kind of like watching the car wreck happening in front of you nothing you can do to stop it and something won’t let you look away.
You can see how patient and loving Brad is with Leah and realize how this carries over into how he is with Val. Brad loved Val but I didn’t truly know the extent of it until reading this view. I knew he was hurting every time she went running back to Ethan but had no idea the extent she tore his heart apart. Sure Brad doesn’t sit around and wait on Val he does have “needs” and some of the girls he hooks up with wow can he pick some crazy’s. Brad also throws himself into every aspect of the band from lining up tours to setting up the merchandise table to keep his mind occupied from the car wreck known as Ethan and Val.
I’m glad I got to read Brad’s POV it brought out a side of Brad that you don’t get to see in Bullet. Oh and do you know I got to see a little bit of Jet/Clay in this book too *wiggles eyes*. All I can say is bring on Zane and Nick oh how I am ready!
Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado, moved from one city/town to the next, and she’s decided she likes it so much she wants to stay…although travel is not out of the question. She lives in a big town in Colorado (not unlike Winchester!) with her husband and four children. She is working on becoming a crazy cat lady. Okay, so maybe not.
Still want more? Jade has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theater, a master’s degree in English, and a master of fine arts in Creative Writing. Obviously, she loves school and the student loan folks love her. She works in human services by day, teaches English and creative writing at night, and—in between playing soccer mom and community leader—writes like a friend. Someday soon, she’ll narrow it down to just writing, but let’s get all those kids off to college first.