Beautiful Mess by Kasey Lane
Series: Rock 'n' Ink #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
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Jackson Paige was, in fact, Jax Pain, the drummer of Manix Curse.
That thing in Jami's chest tightened, making it hard to breathe.
When attorney Jami Dillon strides into the conference room to meet her new client, she's stopped in her tracks by an all-too familiar figure. Jackson Paige. He's her tall, tattooed, and sexy as hell hook up from law school-who also broke her heart.
Jackson Paige, aka Jax Pain, has worked hard to put that unfor-frickin-gettable fling behind him and the nasty secret that made him leave her. Truth is, life as the playboy drummer of Portland's hottest metal band hasn't helped him to forget the fiery, sexy woman who stole his heart. Lucky for him, Jami was just hired as his band's new attorney. But when he sees the look on her face when she realizes who her new client is, Jax wonders if maybe being this close to her again isn't such a great idea. The explosive chemistry is there, but so are the dark secrets...
JamiLynn Dillon is a buttoned-up lawyer. She had her wild youth and paid a steep price for it. Trying to make her parents happy she became a lawyer and is a damned good one – not that the job she’s working in takes advantage of that. She constantly wants to please her parents and has a plan for her life. Jackson Paige, the guy she had a month-long fling with in law school, is not part of that plan. She had once thought he might be but after he up and left her, and school, one day without a word or backward glance she quickly wrote him out of the plan. Now he’s back in her life and making things messy. She doesn’t want to feel things. She doesn’t want him messing up her thoughts or making her question her job but he does those things anyway.
Jackson never forgot Jami and regretted his decision to leave her the minute it happened. Now that she’s back in his life he knows that it’s right and he’s willing to fight for the woman he wants in his life forever. He just has to break through to her and make her see the Jami he sees – not the one she’s created to please her parents. She’s stubborn, however, and Jackson must do all he can to get her to see that they belong together.
Beautiful Mess is book 2 in the Rock ‘n’ Ink series. The story of Jami and Jackson was a sweet one and I enjoyed watching the two of them work out their differences.
Jackson was a great guy who had left law school and taken his life back. He’d only been there to please his father but the artist in him finally pushed to the forefront and won the fight. He is now an mixed media artist and tattoo artist as well as the drummer in an up and coming metal band. I loved how he went after what he wanted – including Jami – and didn’t let her objections get in the way.
Jami took a bit for me to get used to. In fact never really truly loved her character. She was so wishy-washy. I know that was because of her parents and how she’d lived her life with their expectations in mind but her indecision and stubbornness got a bit old after a while.
The story itself was good and I liked a lot of it. There was some repetitiveness to it that bothered me as it seemed like Jackson and Jami were constantly hammering out the same issues but there was enough good parts to the book that I could forgive the other. This book, imho, can’t be read as a standalone. You truly need to read book one in the series as you will get lost with all the characters coming in and out of the book. If you read book one in the series and liked it you’ll definitely want to read book two and see Jax find his HEA.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5