Review: PLAY DIRTY (Brooklyn Dawn #1) by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott

Authors: Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliot
Genre: rockstar romance
enemies-to-lovers romance
Series: Brooklyn Dawn #1

Photo Credits: Authors' Facebook pages

I walked into a club called Ruin and found it—and him—when he bent me over the piano he was playing.

I did as he said, but not until after he’d decimated me in the filthiest way possible.

I loved every second.

That one, and the ones that came years later. When he sang with me against his will, although the words burned and the scar tissue left him raw.

Nash has secrets, deadly ones, and he won’t let me in. He just gives me dirty little tastes of him that make me desperate for more.

To the world, I’m on top. The lead singer of a famous rock band. 

With Nash, I don’t mind getting on my knees.

But someone is watching us. And our stalker isn’t content to stay on the sidelines any longer.

The curtain is about to rise. Win, lose...or die.

Author’s note: Play Dirty is a standalone enemies to lovers rock star romance. It ends in a happily ever after.


Play Dirty is book 1 in the Brooklyn Dawn rockstar series. Our other rockstar series are also set in the Oblivion world.

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This standalone enemies-to-lovers rockstar romance is perfection!  This is an entertaining, fast-paced story of famous singer Lindsey York and Alexander Nash.  These two have a mutual dislike towards each other and neither care to hide it.  Yet, they cannot deny the strong attraction.

I absolutely adored Nash. He is prickly, broken, and rather closed off.  My heart strings where pulled as I learned what all that he had gone through and the feelings that he grapples with. Shrouded in darkness, Lindsey’s vibrancy shines light on this tortured, former rockstar turned music producer. I found Lindsey  to be rather endearing.  She is a strong heroine, a glittery star who works hard and doesn’t often allow for downtime or love for that matter.  Her band, the fans, and the music come first, but sparks fly when she is with Nash.  

These two authors can write rockstar romances like no other.  As with their previous books, Lindsey and Nash are strong, likable, and well-developed.  The plot is good and I love the suspense that is weaved throughout the book.  The kindle-melting scenes had me fanning myself while some of the dialogue had me swooning. It was great to see some of the characters from their others books and I really enjoyed learning more about the other band members in Brooklyn Dawn.  In fact, the authors have left me begging for each of their individual stories. If you like strong characters, rockstars, and suspense, then you will love this book.  I received an early complimentary version of this book.

★ Series Reading Order ★

Lost in Oblivion
Seduced (prequel) 
Rock, Rattle and Roll
Merry Oblivion
Paradise in Oblivion

Winchester Falls Trilogy
Anything But Mine
Bulletproof Weeks
Edge of Forever

Found in Oblivion
Bedded Bliss
Triple Trouble
Dirty Duet
Lost Lyric
Perfect Pitch
Raw Rhythm
Finding Forever


Rock Revenge Trilogy
Rock Revenge
Rock Reclaimed
Rock Redemption

Brooklyn Dawn
Play Dirty

About Cari Quinn:
USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn (who is also half of bestselling author Taryn Quinn) grew up wanting to be a singer more than anything else. When she realized she probably wouldn’t be hired as the opening act for the Foo Fighters, she stopped singing and started writing. Now she happily writes about rock stars, MMA fighters, suited heroes, bodyguards and everything in between. And she blasts her music as loud as the neighbors can stand, because hey, she’ll always be a rock star in her own head.

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About Taryn Elliott:
I'm USA Today Bestselling author Taryn Elliott. I'm a music freak who loves everything about telling stories. I have way too many ideas rattling around in my head, but music almost always ends up in the story somehow. I'm very lucky to have a job that allows me to slip into the shoes of musicians, actors, business women, tycoons, bodyguards, chefs, bakers, carpenters, inventors, bartenders, wine makers, artists, and so many more characters to come. Talk about living the dream.
Oh, and I write 85% of this with my bestie and writing partner, Cari Quinn. We also write super sexy paranormal romance and erotic romance under Taryn Quinn.
Enough about me...go read about one of my hot guys. They're far more interesting. ;) 

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