PIRACY is the sixth book in L.P. Maxa's RiffRaff Records
series, and possibly also my favorite book in the series as
well. True to the "New Adult" sub-genre of romance, just
about every book in this RiffRaff Records
series has some degree of angst. PIRACY is kind of the
exception -- possibly simply due to the upbeat personality
and natural confidence of the young hero of this story.
PIRACY opens with Jett Matthews' first-person point of
view. Jett is a young guy who has grown up privileged but
also worked hard with his BFF Marley Connor to build a
lucrative business empire (even though his parents, with
whom he lives, are unaware of all aspects of his world), and
generally loves his life. Sort of as a novelty, Jett starts
attending college and tries blending into the sea of college
freshmen. Devin King knocks Jett for a loop with her cute
nerdy ways and the way she is unimpressed by his trademark
charm and her inability to initially recognize, and be wowed
by, his status as a child of rock royalty. This book is
crazy good and a perfect choice for a fun beach read.
Generally, I'm a sucker for your typical "Clark Kent" nice
guy hero, but I must admit that stories with rake heroes --
whether historical or contemporary -- are usually
entertaining. Jet Matthews is amusing, and charming, but
it's fun to watch his BFF and the girl he's smitten with
keep him humble. PIRACY avoids one of the things I dislike
about stories with a rake hero who chases after a "good
girl" heroine. Jett goes after Devin because he finds her
attractive and is charmed by her quirkiness and the way she
isn't impressed by his wealth or celebrity status. He
doesn't pursue her for any reason other than he genuinely
likes her and wants to get to know her better. Le sigh. The
verbal exchanges between Jett and Devin are snappy and
adorable, and they take on an erotic edge as they become
better acquainted and their feelings for each other deepen.
I love relationship-centered rather than conflict-driven
stories like this. The focus in this book remains on this
couple and how knowing each other brings out the best in
them. At one-point Jett says to Marley that he is exactly as
she supposed him to be, but he's trying to be a better and
more well-rounded person. I, and Marley, find Jett's
honesty and momentary self-awareness refreshing and
PIRACY is an instant favorite for me, and I heartily
recommend it to other readers who want a sexy and sweet
story that will make them laugh. Jett is a hero who you
cheer on as well as laugh when he screws up. Friendship is
just as important in this story as the romance. I look
forward to reading L.P. Maxa's next book.
Saying Jett Matthews has it easy is an understatement. He
loves being the youngest son of a rockstar. A day doesn't go
by that Jett isn't working his Devil's Spawn status to the
max. But Jett is more than he appears to be. He's co-owner
of a huge company that grows and sells marijuana. It's all
legit...well, it is now, but there's a hitch: he and his
Spawn partner, Marley Connor, have been building the
business right under their parents' noses, and they are none
the wiser. When Jett and Marley have to come out from behind
the shadows, it's Devin King who helps make the impossible
happen, and that seals the deal on Jett's heart forever.
THE RICHEST TREASURE
Devin King is serious about her college education. She's at
UT Austin on an academic scholarship, and she means to turn
this opportunity into a serious career. When sexy,
trash-talking, full of swagger, too gorgeous for his own
good, Jett Matthews sits down next to her in Civics, her
world turns on its side, and she can't say she minds all
that much. Sure, she made him work for it, but everything
worth having requires a little effort, especially for Jett.
But the prize is so much sweeter after a little sweat
equity, and Devin means to have it all, and for it to last a
Across the small crowded space was the help yourself bar. I
beelined it over there, taking the sugar dispenser and
pouring what was left in it in my cup. I turned, holding the
glass canister in the air, about to signal that adorable
barista and let her know they were out of the good stuff.
"Did you really use all the sugar? That was like half a cup."
I glanced down and to my right, a smile automatically
forming on my face. Large blue eyes behind tortoiseshell
glasses, framed with long lashes, blinked back at me. The
chick tapping her foot in annoyance wasn't wearing any
makeup, but damn she was pretty.
"If you want, I can dip my finger in your coffee. I'm way
sweeter than this—"
"Seriously?" She cut me off, reaching around me for the less
tasty packets of raw sugar and accidentally knocking over
the small container of wooden stir sticks. "It's too early
for lame pickup lines." She righted her mess and then ripped
open five little brown packets, dumping them into her drink.
I took another sip of my now perfectly sweetened coffee,
admiring the way the sunlight streaming in through the
windows made her strawberry blonde hair shine. "It's never
too early for flirting. And as far as pickup lines go, that
was a good one."
She snapped her lid back on her cup, and then turned to the
door. Her backpack hit the container of wooden sticks,
causing it to spill all over again. I bit my lip to keep
from laughing as she picked them up a second time.
"I'm Jett, what's your—"
"Nice to meet you, Jett." The blue-eyed clumsy beauty didn't
even bother to glance my way before she purposefully walked
out the double glass doors.
I watched her stride away, her creamy legs on display and
her long hair swishing behind her. That chick had straight
up turned me down.