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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review – Joy Ride By Desiree Holt

Joy Ride

Title: Joy Ride

Author: Desiree Holt

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Buy Link: Buy Joy Ride Here!

Rating: You Want/Need To Read

Reviewed By: Donna

Emma, the good girl poster child, is running from a life she suddenly sees as gray and suffocating—a life where she’s successfully buried all her hopes and secret dreams. Until the night she wanders into Aftershock and is immediately drawn to the hot bass player. The electricity of his performance, the powerful music he coaxes from his guitar, the heavy vibration of each note reaches out to something deep inside her and wakes an Emma she didn’t even know existed.
Marc doesn’t much care for the groupies who hang around the band. He needs a woman he can create a future with that’s a counterpoint to the craziness of the rock music business. When he sees Emma for the first time, something inside him cracks wide open. Just one sizzling glance between them, and he’s sure he’s found the woman to complete his life.
But as the relationship grows, there’s a huge stumbling block: Emma won’t tell him her name. The sex is fabulous but he wants more….
Although Emma is finally finding her true self, her fear of everything falling apart builds a barrier she can’t seem to cross. Marc is taking her on the joy ride of her life, but will her own insecurities destroy everything?


Joy Ride is a novel about starting over, shaking things up and looking for the magic in life.

Too much self deprecation from Emma, way too little understanding from her parents and an overwhelming control issue from her ex-boyfriend leave Emma emotionally shaken and conflicted.  When she has an epiphany and realizes that there are more experiences out there and excitement just waiting to be had, she snaps.  She wants to change, to finally begin to savor life, if only her ingrained insecurities will allow her to let go of her inhibitions.

The beautiful blond is as out of place in the rock club as caviar at a fast food joint, but Marc is enthralled by her aura of innocence.  She is not a groupie, that much is obvious, and she has such magnetism that he literally has to follow her out into the parking lot after his set is finished.  And kiss her.  And take her home.  She’s perfect for him, exactly what he’s been looking for in a woman, but there’s just one problem.  He doesn’t know her name, and she won’t tell him.

Ms. Holt’s characters come to life with emotion and charisma.  The plot has a unique twist and makes the story very compelling.  There were a few grammatical errors scattered throughout the book, but for the most part, it was well written and easy to read.  If I could change anything, I would probably cut down on the amount of whiny moments that Emma suffered and let her get on with enjoying her new adventurous life sooner.  I loved Marc’s character and wouldn’t have changed a thing.  The excitement of a new relationship, fiery passion and explosive sex make this book very entertaining.

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