Redeeming Kyle by Zoey Derrick
Series: 69 Bottles #3
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by the Author
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Falling in love was the easy part…
For Talon Carver, the commanding and charismatic lead singer of the rock band 69 Bottles, life has never been better—or worse. His heart’s at a full 11 for Addison Beltrand, his feisty PR rep. But admitting it was a much different tune. The dilemma’s even more complicated when adding his other lover to the mix: Kyle Black, the band’s handsome, sweet and sexy manager.
Why ruin a good thing, right? Things are pretty damn perfect for the trio—in and out of bed. But just when they find their best rhythm with each other, a rocky night in Minneapolis forces all three to reexamine their feelings—and take their relationship to new levels.
But can love be enough?
The band’s soaring popularity, along with the pressures of maintaining an unconventional relationship on a high-profile rock tour, start to take their toll. When Addison starts to fall apart, Talon and Kyle must come to terms with how important she is to them both.
Can Addison find the strength to be their glue once more?
What happens when the world goes on…but yours suddenly stops?
When everything looks like it’s going to fall apart? Is love enough to bring Talon, Kyle, and Addison back to each other’s arms…and with it, the magic that true redemption can bring?
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The 69 Bottles series ends on a high note.
“…We have no secrets, we have no lies. Everything between the three of us is real and it’s raw. We’ve done in six weeks what couples strive for over years and we’re three people, which makes it harder…”
I have a lot of warm fuzzy, gushy, happy FEELs about his book.
I get nervous when a series I love wraps up with a final book. I fell in love these freakin’ characters and no matter what, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to let them go easily…
That being said, Zoey Derrick managed to end this series up in a way which left me smiling, satisfied, and excited about future spinoffs. We learned a great deal more about the other band members of 69 Bottles and that leads me to believe that we’re going to get books on their individual romances. I see that there’s already a Taming Dex in the works, and I’m crossing my fingers for a Mouse/Peacock book. I’ll beg for that one if necessary. Not exaggerating.
In addition to the possible/probable spin-offs, we were gifted with TWO epilogues! I won’t get spoilery with you, but those epilogues really solidified my satisfaction with this book – Sometimes readers NEED an epilogue to let us know that our beloved characters continue to love and thrive after the book finishes. The epilogues in this book did all that and more… So many warm fuzzies 🙂
Ok… Speaking of being spoilery…
We’ve got a grey area on my commitment to not spoiling plot-lines in my reviews.
My unwritten rule is that if a major spoiler is the central focus of the plot for more than 75% of the book, I will spoil that shit every time 😉 Hey, it’s hard to write vague reviews for 75% of a book… Just sayin.
So – If you haven’t read the first two books of this series, I’m going to skip down to the ‘Come Back’ GIF when it’s safe again.
If you read the first two books in the series, you probably know what I’m about to tell you: Addison is Pregnant.
The foreshadowing in book two wasn’t exactly subtle, so I wasn’t surprised to find out she was pregnant almost as soon as the book opened.
Confession time: I’m not generally a fan of my Female MC getting knocked up – that’s my own personal preference and is completely subjective. Here’s the thing about reading THIS prego story-line for me (an admittedly unenthusiastic reader of human-growing…)
This was fucking fabulous!
I think other authors could stand to take a lesson from Zoey Derrick on how MCs deal with the inevitable pregnancy angst.
All too often surprise pregnancies come with the “Holy Shit We’re Pregnant” panic and are swiftly followed but the “I don’t think I’m ready to be a parent/ Don’t think I’ll be a good parent” freak out. Once those obligatory meltdowns happen, the characters are buoyed by the whole “We’re in love and that’ll get us through anything” solution…
I’m always left asking “What about all the stuff that happens AFTER the initial freak out?!?!” I mean, a lot happens in nine months and not all of it is pretty. Pregnancy is stressful on everyone. There’s bound to be some ups and downs for everyone involved.
Luckily, Zoey Derrick is here to tell us! She had three characters worth of emotional turmoil to sort through and it was beautifully achieved. The relationship between Addison, Kyle, & Talon was so new and fragile when this news hit. Each of these characters had to deal with the pregnancy bombshell in their own way…
Once the initial shock wore off, they had to deal with relationship dynamics, health concerns, touring while pregnant, and so many other issues. The WHOLE pregnancy was addressed, not just the initial freak out.
So much character progression.
So much genuine and touching emotion.
My feels may never recover from the emotional give and take of this book – how lovely to be affected so deeply by a work of fiction.
This is Erotic Romance elevating the genre.
It was an absolute pleasure read.
OK SPOILERS ARE DONE, YOU CAN COME BACK!
I’m going to rehash something I’ve said before about this series, because I don’t think I can say it often enough:
This is a brilliantly written MMF Romance.
MMF Romances appeal to me because they have a certain kind of angst involved in the relationship department. They have to be well-written or everything falls apart. It’s easy to write a spicy threesome, but it takes talent to write an engaging (and at least mildly believable) Romance between three characters.
The reader has to LIKE all three of the parties involved. If any of the three MCs rub the reader the wrong way, we will immediately start hoping that the trio turns into a happy duo.
There are so many pieces of information which must come together to satisfy the reader’s desire to know that this (yes, I know it’s fictional) relationship, however uncommon, is built to last.
That’s a lot of suspension of disbelief. It is hard enough to accomplish a believable love story between two parties…
But this is about THREE.
And, yes, one bed…
“I’m terrified that we’re testing the boundaries of our new relationship beyond what we’re ready for, what we’re capable of. That this is going to destroy whatever we have building between us…”
Addison is a wonderfully strong, smart, and fun female lead – I adored her from the very first book and she didn’t let me down once.
She had her hot-mess moments in this book, but this was an emotionally charged installment of the 69 Bottles series and all three MCs reached a breaking point or two over the course of this book.
“Kyle Black, I love you with all of my heart and every ounce of my soul. I am not going anywhere, I refuse. You and Talon are who I am, you’re who I’m meant to be with…”
Talon might be the Rock Star in this relationship, but Kyle really took the spotlight in this book. He had a lot of personal issues to work out and several metaphorical demons to slay before he could give himself completely over to his relationship with Addison and Talon.
He broke my heart. He warmed my heart.
“…I fell in love with you the moment I laid eyes on you. I knew then that I would spend the rest of my life with you. I loved you so much that I couldn’t make you choose between him and me. Then I fell in love with him, and I fell in love with us and I fell so hard….”
Talon really wowed me in this book. He never completely fit into the stereotypical Rock Star trope, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the level of tenderness he can achieve when interacting with Kyle and Addison.
Talon is definitely Book Boyfriend material – Friend, lover, partner… Oh he’s one swoony motherfucker!
Oh, And if you’re wondering… This book was just as deliciously hot as the rest of the series. MMF rock stars will do that. Yum!
One more thing: I am honored beyond measure to be listed in the acknowledgements of this book. I’ve loved every moment of this series, it was so easy to fall in love with. Thank you for sharing your stories with me, Zoey!
Don’t forget to check out the Panty-Melting NSFW Excerpt from Redeeming Kyle we posted last month! It’s wonderfully sexy and spoiler-free!
The full 69 Bottles Trailer:
Shout out to Parajunkee Design for this amazing work!
About the Author:
It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.
The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.