Hell’s bells.
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…

Titles in the Rock ‘n’ Ink series include:  Beautiful Crazy – Beautiful Mess

Title:  Beautiful Mess
Series:  Rock ‘n’ Ink #2
Author:  Kasey Lane
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 7, 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars

Sometimes fate just jumps out and bites you on the butt – surprised, painful and a bit annoyed is the usual reaction when that happens.  For Jackson and Jami you could add in totally rocked their world and neither is sure just yet if that’s a good thing or not.  There was a time when they might have been each other’s world – then nothing, Jackson disappeared off the face of the planet, no word, no reason simply gone.  Now they’re face to face once again, and it doesn’t look like the past is going to stay back in the past.  But are the risks of learning the reasons from back then worth the possible future they might make right now.  That is still up for debate.

Beautiful Mess is a second chance for two people who had a short relationship during law school that affected them each.  But life, decisions and circumstances had them making choices that would change the course of what might have been.  Now they have the chance to reunite almost with strangers for they both are definitely not the people they once were.  It was emotionally heartbreaking at times to see how dominated Jami was by her parents’ desires and their control of her life.  She has issues, now she has to make choices that won’t be easy, will definitely rock the world she’s been living in but the man she loves is worth it – as long as she can become what he sees, a strong, brave woman.  Jackson kept secrets from Jami, the truth is always painful and difficult to admit to, yet this time around things will be different.  They have to be if he is to have the woman he loves, needs in his life again.  There will be battles to be fought, choices to be made but they are the only ones who can decide if what they have together is worth the risks.

I enjoyed Beautiful Mess.  This couple had things that had to be dealt with, not always easy or pleasant but necessary.  Yet the good things in life are rarely too easy.  Going along on this journey with Jami and Jax was touching, sexy and enjoyable.  I’d recommend this story for any Romance reader.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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