Alluring Turmoil: Skye Turner

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Release Date September 13, 2013
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Alexia Sloane is the twenty-six year old owner of the highly successful Louisiana coffee shop/bakery, Java and Sweeties. The past couple of years have been all she’s dreamed of and her business takes all of her focus, all of her heart. 
Jude Delecroix is the lead singer of one of the most famous rock bands in the country, Bayou Stix, and the man who broke Lexi’s heart. 
Lexi and Jude have a past. 
When Jude comes back to town eight years after leaving to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a famous musician and comes face to face with Lexi, forces collide, old hurts are brought to the surface, and life as these two have been living it will never be the same. 
There are two sides to every story, and what happens when the things you believed to be concrete suddenly crumble like ash and fade away? 
What happens when two people afraid to face the past, become involved in the present? Can they hope for a future?
Welcome to Louisiana where humidity and passion are high and things are not always what they seem.

Three friends inseperable as kids...Lexi, Jude, and Eric. Eventually Lexi and Jude became a couple, but it ended badly with heart break and no closure. Eric and Lexi remained friends and Jude went off to follow his dream of being in a band.

Eight years later, Lexi and Eric run a successful bakery, are room mates and best friends. He is the only one who knows about her past with Jude. When Jude comes home to Baton Rouge, he is now a hugely popular rock star who can have any woman he wants. He just wants Lexi. 

And my mission is to get Alexia Sloane to fall in love with me again...only this time...this time she's not walking away. She's mine. She's always been mine, and this time, dammit this time, I'm f***ing keeping her!

He's Jude. He was my Jude. My life. He's back. And I'm totally and completely f***ed.

Their connection is intense, their chemistry palpable, and their feelings have not disappeared. But there are things left unsaid. Something  tore them apart, broke them, and made them hurt and hate each other for eight years. But that is left a mystery throughout most of the book. 

I can feel her. It's like we're drawn together. I can tell when she's near. Almost like we're joined...two parts to one whole...like she's an extension of me. 

They are soul mates, they are good together, but they both have insecurities that cause them worry. Their lives are different and hard to mesh. I liked Jude and Lexi. He's sexy, charismatic, sweet, and determined to not let Lexi go again.  He is not afraid to say how he feels about her and could be rather swoony, but also tries to avoid conflict. She is smart and loving, but fearful and unsure. They had good chemistry, but needed to communicate more. 

They had a crazy cast of friends. Her friend Bradi was very outspoken and unfiltered, her friend Eric was super protective and caring, and the band mates already have their own drama and issues going on. The next book in this series will be about band mate Jessie and reporter Blue who we already got to see interact in this book. Looks like their story will be a bumpy ride.
I liked the story line too, even if I have seen similar ones. But I did have a few issues or things that I felt lacking. It moved kind of fast and problems were resolved quickly. It was like the heart ache that could have been really emotional did not have a chance for development or time to get to me, even though it should have. It was not insta-love since they had been in love and best friends eight years before, but the fact that they got back together quickly, jumped back in so fast, and refused to talk about the big episode that "broke them" made it feel like insta-love.  I had a hard time with the fact that they refused to address the elephant in the room about why they broke up when it was supposed to have been so painful for both of them and shaped both of their lives. I understand why the author kept it a mystery to add more suspense later, but it made their relationship seem less real or intense to me. Instead of communicating effectively, a lot of their issues got resolved with sex. I wanted to see them talk more, understand more about the pain they caused together, truly communicate, and trust.

There was drama, misunderstandings, mystery, and angst. There were a lot of steamy scenes, but sometimes it felt like too much or inappropriate for the locations. Sometimes I wanted to skim ahead and get back to the mystery and real meat of the story. They were sweet, loving, and devoted to each other, but had insecurities and fears of losing each other again. And it was obvious they needed to be together or would be miserable. There were a lot of things I liked about this couple and this story, and a few things that I would have liked to see more in depth.  But I can see the potential for more interesting stories coming from the series based on the rest of the band mates. It was a fast, sexy, sweet, rock star read with  a cast of likable characters. 

Thanks to Skye Turner for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer.

She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism.

She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 children, and 4 fur babies.

When she's not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, or catching up on her family oriented blog.


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