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Inferno (Phoenix Rising Rock Band Book 1) by [Kelly, Kathryn]
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I’m a rocker with the eyes of the world on me. Waiting for my triumph or my downfall…just waiting.
Most of my life is in my hands. My destiny? That’s another story. My destiny isn’t as debt free.
My band, Phoenix Rising, arrives in Houston to cut a new album. Before we perform our first concert in the city and I choose my groupies of the night, I’m thrust into debauchery. Sleeping with a gorgeous woman twenty years older than me has its perks, especially when her husband orchestrated the encounter and eagerly watches. To me, performing is performing. If a man wants to share his wife, who am I to stop him?
Unfortunately for me, I don’t make a clean getaway as I leave the McCall mansion. Georgie, their sixteen-year-old daughter, is in the midst of her own intrigue, sneaking home in the middle of the night after an evening of drugs and sex with her older brother’s best friend. In her, I see me. She’s lost and drifting. Her hedonistic parents insist she’s old enough to make her own decisions. Instead of time and love, they give her money and things.
I’m a twenty-five-year old international superstar and I know better. I’m cocky and arrogant. I know it so I own it. Somehow, I’ve always bested the fates. I have all to lose—my reputation, my career, and my freedom. Her mother’s jealousy forces my hand and I take Georgie on the tour.
This is our story and our secret relationship and the destruction of my life. You know the adage about secrets? Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Wise words from a wise man. If only I had listened. Secrets have a way of revealing themselves in the harshest way.

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I was preparing to bunker down with this book and read all about a blossoming love and head on the rollercoaster of the rocker life. Quickly my preconceived thoughts were dashed.
I’m a bit fifty fifty on this book. I don’t understand why there was a prologue that gave away the ending. I read it and thought ‘well s***. Now I know the ending – where’s the incentive for me to keep reading?’
I had dinner. Sorted the kids out, bemoaned to a fellow reader of mine ‘why would I read it now?’ With some kind words, I kept reading.
The book has a really good premise. The characters are emotionally bankrupt and it takes a great author to make me give a damn about a character who is so devoid of a sense of right or wrong to make me keep reading.
Georgie is Slone’s biggest fan. She’s also the 16 year old daughter of Cassandra who is sleeping with Sloane as part of her husband’s fantasy. For part of the story, Sloane is the only one with a conscious and puts Georgie’s mental health first even when she doesn’t herself.
The author has created some serious sociopaths. They are manipulators. They are cruel and they are hell bent on taking down anyone in their paths.
As much as I was frustrated with the beginning giving away – the ending is fantastic!
I was kindly provided with a free copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review. Receiving this book for free did not influence my opinion nor review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh 7 October 2015
By Nicoli Spicoli - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I tried, I really tried to get into this book and finally gave up around the halfway mark. I read all genres, dark, dirty, sweet, etc. There was really nothing to this storyline that I wanted to relate to. I couldn't get past how sad I felt for Georgie and her life to even consider anything romantic between her and Sloane. She is a very troubled girl and although I wanted to know what happens to them in the future, their coupling was a little too disturbing to feel excited for a future between them. If they made her just a little bit older, maybe I wouldn't have been so put off, but I was.

I don't want to bash the writing or anything like that, I feel like I could read something else from her and probably love it. This, however, didn't work for me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5 Star Read!!! Don't miss this one. 10 March 2015
By Lina - Published on
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Oh my God. This is one of those stories that take you on a wild ride, confuse you, play with your emotions and then leave you crying your eyes out because you wished the book never ended!
Sloane Mason is a rocker. His band, Phoenix Rising, is famous; their groupies flood their every appearance and worship at their feet. Sloane is flawed; really flawed. He is the very image of a wild rock star; women, drinks, money. Ex-drug addict, he is trying to keep clean…His life is a perfect mess, one that he loves and hates…Until Georgiana comes into his life; a lost sixteen-year-old that will turn his whole world upside down. His accidental encounter with the young girl takes him on a journey that can and will be self destructive…for both of them. Lust, care and logic collide and make him question everything.
Georgie has it all…or rather, she is very rich. Her parents do everything for her except from being there for her. She is wild, doing drugs and making her life hell because she has no guidance. She is a huge Phoenix Rising fan and she literally loves Sloane Mason. They meet once…until she sees him again at her house. Oblivious of her mother’s sexual affair with the infamous rocker, they start a very unorthodox relationship. Sloane cannot seem to forget about Georgie and Georgie worships him like he is her lifeline…and he probably is. Feelings become entangled, Sloane tries but fails not to care about Georgiana and things become complicated.
I loved the characters. I simply loved them. Yes, they are flawed. Yes, the story is taboo in many ways, but the character development was amazing. Georgie is one of the most flawed characters ever, but I love her. There is an innocence about her and all she really wants is for someone to love her. Her own mother rejects her. Her own mother is jealous of her. Their relationship is nonexistent. Sloane is the only person to ever really care for her and she falls in love with that. Her gilded cage is not enough to keep her strong, to keep her alive.
I loved the twists and turns and I especially loved the push and pull dynamic between Sloane and Georgie. That ending killed me and I desperately wish for the second book to arrive!
If you want a story with real characters, a story with messy decisions and excellent writing, then this is for you.
5 Screaming Stars from me. Bring on the next book. I am dying here!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a saccharine sweet romance! Yea! 19 August 2015
By Helen - Published on
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Kathryn Kelly has amazing talent. I love her work. This book is no exception. Her writing makes you feel like you are really in the scene. You forget you are reading it. Sometimes the writing in books I read feels too simplistic and sometimes too flowery. Either way the writing style reminds you that you are just reading a book. Not Kathyrn Kelly, you are really there in the room with the characters. I would not call this an action-packed book but rather an intrigue-packed book. Wow, so many twists. Despite the fact that a lot of bad things happen to the characters this book does not leave you feeling down but rather empowered! The h of this book is a 16-year-old girl who drinks too much and is addicted to cocaine. The H is 9-years older than she. Yea, the author goes there. So many books try so hard to be taboo without really crossing any potentially offensive lines. Think of all the stepbrother and stepsister romances out now. That sounds so wrong but really almost all of them star over 18 H & h's whose parents just so happen to marry after the main characters are essentially grown. Really it is just the illusion of being taboo. Sloane and Georgie have a lot to overcome to reach the HEA found in the second book but I loved the journey! If you are like me and do not want your romance with a thick sugar coating then this book is for you!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Emotions... 12 May 2015
By Red25 - Published on
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I just finished Inferno and I don't quite know what to say. My emotions were, and are, kind of all over the place. I'm sitting here thinking about the book and what to say, and I'm just numb, and then angry and then numb again. I want to scream and yell and rage and kill all the characters except for Georgie. I want to go and read a happy, easy book and forget about this one for awhile, but I have to finish this first.

Normally, with a synopsis like the one we're given for this book, I would say "No, thank you." to reading it, but seeing as how Kathryn Kelly wrote it and she's one of my authors, I said: "Ok, why not?" I thought it surely couldn't be as bad as her MC series and I love that, so once again, I didn't hesitate. Boy, was I ever wrong because this book is seriously muffed up. In some ways, it's similar to the MC series, but in most aspects, it's a world away and I would even say it's more messed up. I'm telling you, give me fighting and murder any day rather than this kind of drama that just makes your heart feel like it's been through a cheese grater.

The characters are obviously the main problem and I'm just going to talk about Sloane and Georgie; you don't even want me to get started on Georgie's family or anyone else for that matter because--GRRR--they just make me angry! We'll start with Sloane--the hero/rocker/utter jerk. He's an a**hole, plain and simple. He's a total manwh*re and well, to me, he's just not a very good guy right now. I understand that he was trying to help Georgie, but he hurts her way more than he helps her! Sloane confuses her with his whole Hot N' Cold, Katy Perry act and when he needs to leave, he doesn't and he hurts her even more. Sloane is just no good for her right now and I'm angry and disappointed with him. He brought out my vindictive side, and it's going to take a lot for me to be okay with him.

Now onto Georgie. The girl just breaks my heart, makes me want to cry for her, and brings out my protective side. It's true that she's messed up and that she did drugs, but I can't really even blame her. It feels like no one really thinks of her even if they are thinking of her because it ends with the same result: causing her pain. It seems like everyone hurts, abuses, and uses Georgie, and it's a miracle that she's still a beautiful, sweet girl. And I don't know, maybe it will help in the long run and make her stronger, but as of this moment, that's hard to see. I really loved Georgie and she was pretty much the only character I didn't want to strangle.

Okay, you've listened to my ranting and raving and hopefully, it made some sense. I'm done now and I know that I haven't really painted a pretty picture, but that's just not this book. Inferno is hard and hurtful and dark, but not all the time. It didn't happen a whole heck of a lot, but I still smiled and snorted while reading this. And even if I hadn't read it yet, but knew what I know now, I would still read it because Kathryn Kelly wrote it. The MC series will always be my favorite, but I won't stop reading this series until it's finished.

Inferno is told mainly from Sloane and Georgie's POV, but we do hear from Georgie's mom some of the time. It ends in a cliffhanger, but I was fine with that because I need a break from this book world, these characters and as for the ending, well, Sloane has a lot to make up for.

******** Reviewed on behalf of Give Me Books Blog ********
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 "Taboo Love" Stars! 10 March 2015
By BJ's Reviews - Published on
Holy hell! Kathryn Kelly never ceases to amaze me. I became a fan of Kathryn Kelly's writing when she opened my eyes to a whole new MC world with the incredibly fresh, raw and gritty feel of her Death Dwellers MC series. When I found out she was launching a new, non-MC series, I couldn't wait to see how her style would translate outside of the MC world. Combining her signature, dark style which tends to tow the line with society's mores to deliver a highly erotic read with a decadent feel, Ms. Kelly brings to life the debauched life of the rich and famous where sex, drugs and excess prevails.
Please note that this book is not for everyone. If drug abuse, teenage sex, or multi-parter sex (M/F/M) offends you, or if you are just generally offended by nontraditional romances, then this book is not for you. If you have an open mind and are willing to venture into a world where anything goes, then by all means, grab a copy, and give it a whirl, as Inferno may be the next book to rock your world!

Sloane, the lead singer of Phoenix Rising, may have had his fair share of family drama combined with a dark past, but you wouldn't know it from the way he seems to be on top of the world. Leading a life where taking a new partner, or two, to his bed each night, owning the biggest and most glamorous mansions and cars that money can buy and otherwise generally living life to the max is the norm; Sloane is no doubt an idol in the eyes of many. Then he arrives in Houston to record a new album, and a sixteen year-old girl, changes his destiny in a flash.

He came to her mansion that night to fulfill an obligation. Sleep with a beautiful, forty-five year-old socialite, while her husband, who was also present, entertains his own desires. What he didn't count on was stumbling on his way out upon their daughter, a broken, girl of only sixteen years of age--who he had previously met and had been deceived to believe was eighteen-- on a sure fire path of destruction via drugs and sex. Georgie's sole "friend" in the world is her brother's best friend, a man in his mid-twenties--who functions as her drug dealer and demands sex for payment. Seeing in her a younger version of himself, and having failed to save another before, Sloane couldn't help but want to spare Georgie from what would no doubt come. Clearly her parents were too self-absorbed to see or care where Georgie was no doubt headed. But try though he might, the one person Sloane can't save Georgie from, is himself, even if it just might cost him his freedom, career and just about everything.

In a strange world, of hidden agendas and cruel twists of fate, Sloane and Georgie may just be the only two people who can save each other, but in a life where the stakes are high will they succeed or just end up destroying the other in an inferno of flames?

Be prepared to have your conscience challenged. Inferno is not for the faint of heart, and just when you think redemption is possible, the story will take another turn causing you to question whether a HEA is possible or even morally desirable. Additionally, please note that this book ends in a cliffhanger, so if you want to learn the whole truth of Sloane's and Georgie's story you will need to commit to reading Book 2 of the Phoenix Rising Rock Band Series. I, for one, can't wait to see in what direction Ms. Kelly will take this guilty pleasure of a story to next!

Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.