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Irresistible Refrain

(Tempest #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,282 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Two years ago everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest.

Two years is a long time.

Too long to keep on remembering.

Not nearly long enough to forget.

In trouble with nowhere else to go songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City. It's a risky move for her because they are both there, two impossibly go
Paperback, 390 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 2nd 2013)
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
This one was pretty

for me.....I never really could get in to it. I didn't feel the story or was more just reading what the characters felt.

Not to mention....this story is a love triangle. Love triangles are definitely hit or miss for maybe I just wasn't in the mood. IDK. None of the characters just really did much for me.

The story centers around Warren "War", Bryan "Bullet" and Lacey "Lace". War and Bullet are in a band called Tempest, along with Lace's brother Dizzy and
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay so where to start with this review...... HOLY EFFING CHRIST ALMIGHTY! Okay now that I have that said I have to say that Michelle Mankin totally ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF with this book. Holy rock and roll bad boys! I can't even think straight as I am remembering some of the things that went down. Man I mean I was so into the book I did not hear or see anything but War, Bullet, and Lace for 8 hours! I love me some rock and roll stories bad boys and the girls who fall for them but this is so much m ...more
Apr 09, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Anthony
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a beta.Michelle took this book in a completely different direction than her previous series.It is full of flawed & complex characters,with a love triangle in the mix.This book is her best work so far.I can't wait to put up my full review closer to the release date!

Happy Release Day! Here is my full review...
This book is the first in a new series and it totally delivered! Mankin you rock! After reading the first series,which I loved by the way, I can honestly tell you that Mankin p
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the new spin off series from Michelle Mankin's Black Cat Record series. If you love a good love triangle, some angst, a bit of steam and rock and roll...then you will enjoy IR. Since high school Bryan "Bullet" and Warren "War" have always been best friends and Lace has always been War's girl. Even though Bryan has been her protector since they were kids, he's always loved Lace and unbeknownst to Bryan, Lace feels the same way. Now years later Bryan and War are in a band, Tempest, and are ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Holy WOW! Michelle Mankin has delivered an irresistible read with Irresistible Refrain! It's no-holds barred about drug use/addiction and all its negative effects. But it also offers hope for second chances for love and redemption.

Bryan 'Bullet' Jackson has the world on a string. As the bad boy fantasy of many women, this hunky, tatted up lead guitarist for Tempest can have any woman. And he's had many. But there's only one he's ever really wanted to keep. The one that fits him like the final p
Kimberly Schaaf
I honestly didn't think it was possible to enjoy a "rocker book" more than I enjoyed the three books from Michelle's "Black Cat Series"....but the first book in the Tempest Series has given it a run for its money!!

Bry and Lace's story was one that I couldn't and didn't want to put down. I will warn you, the subject matter is intense and it's not for the weak of heart. The turmoil that Michelle puts her characters through is torturous at times, but as always, she rewards them heav
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
I just had to re-read this one after I read the prequel novel Southside High this week. And I loved Irresistible Refrain even more so on my second read.
Lace, War and Bry have a very messy thing going on - and now, with the whole back story, it's so much easier to understand everything that's going on.
I also enjoyed it even more this time around - solid 5 stars!

This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Daisy Delfin
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it

Pages: 314
My rating: 3.5
Read other books by this author in the future: yes
MC: Lace, Bryan, War
SC: Dizzy, King, Sager, Chase

The first book of this series starts two years after the prequel. It’s the second part of the Lace, War and Brians story. There is some heavy stuff in here. But I liked that they are older and more mature. I could not understand how Lace and Dizzy’s relationship changed so much. I did not see much of King and Sager, which was strange, because King was a Lace’s good friend in
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!! This book is such a dark, sexy, heavy, emotional and moving read.

Let me start out by telling you that Irresistible Refrain takes you on one crazy journey! The book follows a rock band named Tempest. You get to know each person in the band eventually and I really liked that aspect of the book. Michelle Mankin did an amazing job with all the characters in this story! BRAVO! I loved them!

The book begins with you being introduced to Lace Lowell. Lace has had a very tough life. I really fe
Anny hernandez
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Wow let me just start by saying that this is the first book that I get to read from this author and I love it. When I participated on the cover reveal of this book, I was so intrigue with the blurb and the cover that I said I really want to read this story, and now I got the chance to read it.

This book made me feel a lot of things, my emotion where like a roller-coaster, one minute I was happy the next I was mad that I just wanted to throu
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided with a free copy of this bok for the blog tour. Thank you!*

O.M.G. Another book that I loved. Now seriously, how many amazing books are out there? Not that I complain! Not at all. I was just wondering. ‘Irresistible Refrain’ is surely as hell one of those amazing books!

Yeah, I think you’ve already figured out that I looove this book. If you haven’t…. let me tell you. I. LOVED. IRRESISTIBLE.REFRAIN! A lot!!

Let me start up by saying that this is the first book from Michelle Mankin t
Liezel Felix
Growing up together in the harsher parts of Seattle, Bryan always had Warren’s back and vice versa. As much as they could they tried to keep their heads down and stay out of trouble but one wrong decision almost lands both of the boys in juvi. With nothing to lose, War decides rather than bringing them both down he took the fall for their actions. Ever since that day Bryan knew he was indebted to War. He accepted this freely and never hesitated to give in to his bestfriend in all things up until ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Bryan can't get over his first love. And his little 'relationship' with Avery Jones, only showed him how much he misses Lace Lowell and wants to be with her. But she is back together with his best friend and you know the bro code...War had claim on her first so Bryan better back off. And it is absolute torture to see them together.

Lace has always been in love with Bryan. Ever since she was 5 years old, she knew she wanted to marry him. But she believes Bryan doesn't feel the same way she does. T
Paula  Phillips
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite things to read about is Music , I am in awe of not only the hunky musicians but also I love to read the behind the scenes of the industry as it fascinates me on how someone who can have so much money , fame and all the girls in the world can lead such a horrible and miserable existence. The other thing I loved about Irresistible Refrain was the fact that the main character's name was Bryan , for those who know me they will catch the reference. In Irresistible Refrain , it sta ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Michelle Mankin book and let it be known it will not be my last. I love rock stars, love triangles, and dual POV so helllloooo I LOVED Irresistible Refrain.

Irresistible Refrain follows Warren, Bryan, and Lacey and the band Tempest in which Warren and Bryan are members.

Bryan is every woman’s dream. He has hot tattoos, a body to kill for, and knows how to bring women to their knees by the talent of his fingers – fingers he uses as the lead guitarist. He can have any woman he want
April Merriman
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome
By far my favorite novel of 2013! Michelle put her heart and soul into book one of the Tempest series. Irresistible Refrain is full of raw emotion. The way Mankin portrays the ugly side of life is pure talent! I wept, I laughed, and wept more. I look forward to see what see has instore for the series!
Tempest is a group of rockers from Settle. You may recognize them as the opening act to Brutal Strength (Black Cat Record Series). Bryan, aka Bullet, is battling with himself as his best friend and
P.A. Warren
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Michelle Mankin is going to blow you away with Irresistible Refrain.Irresisible Refrain is the story of Lace,War and Bryan..the girl that has both their hearts.Who will win out in the end?Be prepared to rock your kindle when reading Irresistible Refrain.If you are familiar with Michelle's Love Evolution series then you will be very excited to see the Familiar Characters in this one as well.Im sorry I don't write reviews with spoilers so all I am going to say is This ones a WINNER!
Michelle's Wr
Anas Attic  Book Blog
I got this whole series on audiobook from the author. It's a uniquely narrated book in that it has male and female narrators who interact. It is more like a play than the typical audiobook. It was a little dark for me, and I need to love my heroes and heroines...but I can't fall in love with characters who are shooting up. Having a son who is a young touring musician makes this even a little harder to read.

I've put it aside for now, but I would like to try again. Just not for a while.

It's a DNF
Shaina Salisbury-abbs
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I beta'd this book and I am not giving ANYTHING away. I have loved ALL of Michelle's books but THIS is seriously her best yet. In this book you get to see the gravity of all of her writing, complexities of characters, passionate feelings both good and bad and of course rockstar atmosphere to the extreme. ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kim Person
Oh HELL yes this is me

CANNOT FREAKING WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bette Platt
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story!!! can't wait for the next book!!! ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Angsty Electrified Guitars for Irresistible Refrain

I'm not going to sugarcoat it, this is, more often than not, not a pretty book. It's gritty. It's angsty. At times it's downright ugly. But it is also wonderful. And definitely irresistible.

Bryan and Lace have a beautiful history in the midst of too much ugliness. But when the 5 year old daughter of a junkie tells her brother's best friend that she thinks he is Prince Charming and is going to marry him one day....well, it would take a blacker
Bookworm Betties
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*****5-Gritty, Drug Induced-Stars*****
this review contains minor spoilers

And here we were all these years later and Lace Lowell still had the ability to tie me up in knots. I still wanted to protect and please her. But because of War I was powerless to do either.
Some fucked up fairy tale I was living.

Wow, I don't know where to even begin. Hello Miss Communication, I'd like to introduce you to my friends Angst & Miss Understanding-now, go fight nicely. Sex, drugs, and Rock-n-Roll...that is de
Jenn Green
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*****5-Gritty, Drug Induced-Stars*****
this review contains minor spoilers

And here we were all these years later and Lace Lowell still had the ability to tie me up in knots. I still wanted to protect and please her. But because of War I was powerless to do either.
Some fucked up fairy tale I was living.

Wow, I don't know where to even begin. Hello Miss Communication, I'd like to introduce you to my friends Angst & Miss Understanding-now, go fight nicely. Sex, drugs, and Rock-n-Roll...that is de
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was tough to read at times but at some others it was sweet and kind Moving on to book 2.

As for the book, yes it was great. The characters were really good for me in their real factor. What I loved was that they all grew up in the same low income areas, fought to stay alive and didnt get fame and fortune thrown their way. The author does an absolute service to the reader in the description of drug use, showing the consequences, and the basic cause and effect.

I think I liked Dizzy and his si
Marie Vasquez
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A solid story about life amidst rock & roll fame as well as friendship forged in the early years; however, I wasn't able to connect with the characters on a level that immersed me into the story. Instead of living it with the characters, I was reading it. The flashbacks started off pretty early and I felt like I was bounced around a bit, but about halfway through the story picked up and kept me in.

Lacy is torn between two men who have been best friends since middle school. She loves them both.
Blushing Reader
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. The characters were all over the place and I spent most if the story trying to put all the pieces together from the multiple flashbacks and different POVs. It was confusing and frustrating at times to read. I won't be continuing with this series. ...more
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MICHELLE MANKIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
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starts with SOUTHSIDE HIGH and is a completed series
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Tempest (7 books)
  • Southside High (Tempest, #1)
  • Enticing Interlude (Tempest, #3; Black Cat Records, #5)
  • Captivating Bridge (Tempest, #4; Black Cat Records, #6)
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