DNF Book Review → Rough Rhythm


rough rhythmTitle: Rough Rhythm
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Made in Jersey
Publication Date: March 08th, 2016

Synopsis: God help the woman I take home tonight.

Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.

This time I’ll finally crack him.

Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.

Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.

• Did you really give Rough Rhythm a chance? Yes, I read half way through the book before I put it down.

• Have you enjoyed other books of the same genre? Yes, I have read and enjoyed quite a few erotic romances, especially from this author. I have actually read most of the books she has written.

• What ultimately made you stop reading? I stopped reading because Bailey keeps using a trope I hate in erotic BDSM books. The whole self-hating, self-loathing, ‘what I’m feeling, what I want is bad’ and I’m so dark no one would want me’ male. I absolutely hate that. I hate the message it sends and honestly I just want a healthy BDSM relationship portrayed for once. And seriously this is at least the third time she’s used this trope, that I’ve read at least.

• Was there anything you liked about Rough Rhythm? No, I could see myself liking Lita but James was apparently shitty with his after care the first time they had sex and then his treatment of her afterwards that it really messed with her. Again this is directly because of the above horrible trope.

• Would you read any other books by this author? Yes, I’ve taken a break from her books recently, but I definitely love her writing overall.

• So you DNF’d the book – but would you still recommend it to anyone? No I can’t in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. I can recommend that you read some of her other books, I actually have her Line of Duty series in my recommendation page. Bailey is a very good author so I definitely think people should check her out.


The DNF Q&A is something I borrowed from Nikki at There were books involved, with permission of course. Thank you Nikki for letting me borrow your wonderful idea.


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