CERTAINTY is the seventh book in L.P. Maxa's RiffRaff Records
series. I consider this series to fall in the "New Adult"
category of romance because of the age of the main
characters, and because of the tangled situations, they find
themselves in. This series is built around the young adult
children of rock stars. They forge tight but complicated
relationships with each other that leave outsiders a little
befuddled. One thing I like is how, if nothing else, most of
these kids are self-aware and realize how unusual their
lifestyle and relationships are. Talon is a super cool
mellow surfer dude and rock star. Unlike many of L.P.
Maxa's heroes from earlier RiffRaff Records
books, Talon is sweet with less swagger. When he was first
introduced in the book INFAMY,
I desperately hoped L.P. Maxa would give him a book of his
own. That day has now arrived -- hooray! Unfortunately for
Talon, a wrench is thrown into the works because of this
When Talon first sees Marley Connor, he is captivated by her
but doesn't interact with her or think he'll run into her
again. He was very wrong. Marley is related to his
bandmate's girlfriend, which causes them to be thrown
together now and then. When Talon is 23, Marley is only 16
-- even though she's a self-possessed and shrewd 16. Talon
isn't a creeper, so he does the right thing and backs off.
What follows is a sweet "getting-to-know-you" long-distance
romance as Talon and Marley correspond mainly via text and
letters until Marley turns 18. L.P. Maxa always does a good
job of having the dialogue between her hero and heroine seem
very authentic and this romance is no exception. Talon is
frustrated at having to remain apart from Marley, even
though he knows he's doing the right thing. A big annoyance
is the way Marley's male BFF Jett is so touchy-feely with
her. I like that, even though Jett and Marley's closeness
is an irritant at times, Talon doesn't act like a jerk
because of it.
CERTAINTY is a slow burn romance with a sweet rock star hero
and a very determined heroine. Reading CERTAINTY has made me
want to go back and check out the previous book, PIRACY, about
Jett's foray into love. I look forward to L.P. Maxa's next
MVP means Marley Van Connor. Truth though: she is the most
valuable player in a multi-national business that grows and
sells high-grade marijuana. Her goal is to prove to the
world the healing power of her product. Sheâ€™s written
papers published in medical journals, plans to get her PhD,
and she canâ€™t wait â€™til sheâ€™s eighteen. Yep. She became a
mogul in the early years of high school. As with almost all
the Devilâ€™s Spawn, Marley kept her secret from her parents
for as long as she could. The kicker, she has a bigger
surprise, and his name is Talon Roberts.
GUILTY OF LOVE
As the lead guitarist of Clashing Swell, Talon Roberts is
living his dream. His band is signed with RiffRaff records,
and theyâ€™re touring the country promoting their album.
Everything should be picture perfect. Butâ€¦ He feels like a
perv. Heâ€™s secretly fallen for Dash Connorâ€™s sixteen year-
old daughter, Marley. No effinâ€™ way is Talon touching that.
Time and distance allows them to start a friendship, but
nothing more. Not until Marley is legal. And when that girl
turns eighteen, sheâ€™s going belong to Talon. Forever.