Title: Midnight Soul: The God of Rock Bundle
Series: God of Rock
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 20, 2018
Midnight Soul: The God of Rock duet is a compilation of two books previously published by Eden Butler: Kneel and Beg.
For Iris Dane and Dash Justice, love was a battlefield that left them bloody. They learned the hard way that time heals no wounds - it only leaves them gapping wider.
Now Dash is Iris’s enemy, still doing battle with the one person who loved him most.
The God of Rock duet follows this couple from their first, innocent beginnings, to the fight they wage in front of the world.
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Dash Justice wrote the songs everyone sings.
His face hangs on every girl’s wall. But Dash wasn’t always a rock God.
Once, he was just Jamie, the boy I loved.
But when my name, sung from his lips promised I was good for only one thing, all sweet thoughts of him die.
Now his excuses mean nothing. His apologies are weak and I’m about to show the world that even rock Gods can be brought to their knees.
I am a liar. My words were poison and everything I touched got filthy. Except Iris.
She was the best part of who I was. The only bright spark in my dull, gray world.
But denial made me stupid and a cruel insult destroyed everything I hoped to have with the girl of my dreams.
Now I will crawl on my knees and grovel because sometimes, even rock Gods have to beg.
The first book, Kneel, is told from Iris’ POV. The love between Jamie and Iris is intense and your heart hurts for Jamie with how Iris’ breaks things off. Iris is a strong character who deeply loves Jamie, but she also has her faults. The book alternates between present and past where the author slowly reveals how their relationship evolved and how and why she broke things off with Jamie. In the after math, Jamie goes on to adopt the persona of Dash - an egotistical showman who insults woman and hides himself with face pain. Dash is cold towards Iris and I felt horrible for him as a teen/young man and could feel his heart shatter. You also experience her hurt when her heart and career are destroyed by Jamie (now rockstar persona called Dash Justice) gets revenge 10 years later by cruelly singing a song about her.
Jamie/Dash is difficult to like, which is what I believe the author was going for. You love him for the teen he was - for what he had gone through with losing Iris until the end of the book. . . oh what he did at the end I would consider to be unforgivable and even crueler than what Isis did as a teen to push Jamie away.
Kneel was fast-paced with good character development, steamy sex scenes, drama, angst, and a whopper of a cliffhanger - all of which kept me entertained until the very end and led me to immediately dive into Book 2: Beg
The second book, Beg, is told from Jamie’s POV. I enjoyed learning how and why he took on the persona of Dash. I wanted to hate him, dislike him, but reading his thoughts, feelings, and struggles made me really feel for him and want him to have a HEA. The author does a great job of pulling the reader in to feeling his extreme guilt and despair. My heart broke, yet I remained angry at him for what he unforgivably pulled at the end of book 1.
I am happy that that Iris didn’t immediately forgive him. Her trust in him was broken. Even with her hate, she still tried to remind Jamie to search deep inside himself. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if they were going to get their HEA. How could she ever forgive him? How could he ever redeem himself? That right there is where the journey comes in and what makes this book such a good read.
Overall, I enjoyed Midnight Soul and I plan to read some of this authors’ other books. I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.
Please send help.