Genres: Romance, Adult, Erotica, Light Suspense
Published: July 24, 2016
Read: February 1, 2017
My Rating: 4
Told in dual POVs
Series: Los Angeles Bad Boys: Cold Hard Cash; Hollywood Holden; Saint Jude
I only have eyes for her.
Every time I step on stage, I feel alive.
But that doesn’t compare to the way I feel when I’m with Evie.
She’s an angel, so f*cking innocent.
My story is written plainly in the lyrics I write; I’m an ex-con with the ghosts of my past everywhere.
A man like me will ruin a girl like her.
The record deal I dreamed of was just handed to me, the life I should want is mine for the taking.
But the only thing I want is the girl I can’t have.
My life is safe. Planned. Predictable.
And I want out.
When Cash walks into my life, he’s the breath of air I need.
But being with me will destroy his career.
My dad owns Kendrick Music Group and dating me is not an option.
I would give him all of me … but I won’t ask him to make that sacrifice.
The only thing I want is the bad boy I can’t have.
❤️Hey love, don’t you think you deserve a little “me time” with a bad boy who knows how to take care of a woman? I certainly think so! Treat yourself, baby cakes! xo, frankie
**This is a full-length novel with a HEA!**
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cold Hard Cash: Los Angeles Bad Boys #1 is by author Frankie Love.
In the past year I have become a fan of this author. I began down that literary road with her Mountain Man series. Those books are super short, super sexy and features strong bearded alpha heroes and the woman they love.
Los Angeles Bad Boys series is a bit darker. They’re written with a different vibe. There is suspense and a bit of violence in Cold Hard Cash resulting in serious consequences. Each book in this series is a standalone but they are all related with a familiar cast of characters.
Cassius (Cash) and Evangeline (Evie)…..
Cash is an ex-convict having been in prison for 18 months. The situation that landed him there was gang related. Although Cash has made poor choices, resulting in his incarceration, deep down he has a good heart.
Trying to make a name for himself in the music business, his brother helps to manage his career while betraying him at the same time. After Cash signs with a huge music label, he finds himself on a fast track to instant fame. He should be happy. But how could he when fame and money means nothing without someone special to share it with. Someone special. Someone specific.
Evie’s father owns the record label that Cash signed with. She has had a tough year after losing her mother to a tragic death. Evie takes a year off from school where she studies music. Piano specifically. When her father turns her down after begging him for a job she is devastated. Evie wants normal for once in her life. A life she has lived sheltered in. It is directly after her meeting with her father that she meets a man in the elevator who will help her in so many ways………..Cash.
An instant bond is formed between Cash and Evie. Their connection is more than just physical attraction. Cash and Evie together was beautiful. I loved both these characters. They were loyal and selfless and their love was real. They are two people from completely different lifestyles and yet they came together effortlessly and fell instantly in love. Yes it was as close to love-at-first-sight as you can get but the author wrote their thoughts with care. I felt their love. It wasn’t all about lust. I’ll say it again…..I truly adored these two characters.
There is a bit of danger and suspense brought to the story by a few of Cash’s old gang members. And as a result, someone is badly hurt but the situation is resolved quickly and satisfactorily.
There is also a cast of secondary characters we meet as well who will be the protagonists in their own books, Hollywood Holden and Saint Jude. As I am writing this review, I can tell you that I have already read these two books and will be writing my reviews directly. I will also add that there is another of Frankie Love’s series’ called Las Vegas Bad Boys that Los Angeles Bad Boys spins off of. I haven’t read those yet but I plan to.