Release Date: May 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult | Rockstar Romance
Warren “War” Jinkins is that guy.
The bad one.
Tempest’s ex front man, an arrogant rock god.
The only thing larger than his ego is his capacity for self-destruction.
His bad attitude has cost him. His woman. His best friend. His band. Everything.
Shaina Bentley is that girl.
The good one.
Hollywood’s pink candy-coated sweetheart.
The star of Pinky Swear, television’s top rated teen show.
She’s been practically perfect since that horrible day. But she’s starting to crack under the strain of being everything to everyone.
He’s a one man island. She’s a fragile captive soul.
Is love a current too dangerous to cross or will it be the bridge that brings them together?
*Author note: Each book in the Tempest series features a different band member and can stand alone.*
I've been itching to read Warren Jinkins' story since Irresistible Refrain because this dude is so messed up he needs to be redeemed! Like seriously! Not only did he break from his band, he also screwed over his girlfriend and best friend in the process. War's like a hurricane, out to level anything and anybody that's standing in his way.
Until Shaina Bentley. The tween star who pumped love in War's blackened heart.
Oh the angst! This is why I very rarely and am very picky with my new adult reads because of the frickin' angst. Waaah! CAPTIVATING BRIDGE has hair-pulling, gut wrenching, jaw gritting, ANGST! Why?! Because when two broken and bent people decide to fall in love with each other, the healing process is unlike anything you've ever come across with! I assume it's as painful and itchy as a werewolf shifting or a vampire knitting his skin together or something supernatural like that. It's difficult to watch!
Stop and take a good look around you, War. You need to decide if being a one man island is what you really want. Cause there may come a time, whether you want it that way or not, when that's all the company you'll ever have. - Bullet
War is messed up because his mom is a druggie and his dad didn't want him. Shaina is messed up because her older sister committed suicide and both her parents are controlling. Shaina taught War how to love in the real sense of the word and War gave Shayne freedom to be herself, to pursue her passion and to just let go and soar. It's quite beautiful actually but their HEA was paved with tears, passive-aggressive rejections, misbehavior, celebrity meltdowns and lots of great sex. What's NA without angsty sex?!
I've fallen for the oldest myth in the books, underestimating the damage done to him [War] and overestimating my ability to fix it. - Shayne
If this ain't love that I'm feelin' then I want a fuckin' refund cause what else could set a black heart like mine free? - War
Anyway, CAPTIVATING BRIDGE is one captivating read. Michelle Mankin never fails to impress me with her almost lyrical writing style, she brings out the big guns on those momentous scenes to drive the emotions to your heart, bullseye, and all you can do is clutch your chest or cover your mouth to prevent yourself from exclaiming out loud. But despite the angst, she more than makes up for it by giving us heartwarming HEA's. Not only did War and Shayne find true love with each other, War also managed to reconcile with Tempest and more importantly, mend the bridge between him and Lace. I got teary eyed when War finally had the "talk" with both Bryan and Lace, it was so sincere I think if it played out in front of me, I would be bawling like a crazy fangirl.
Obviously I'm excited for the next one, I wonder if Tempest 4 is Dizzy's or someone else's. But I have this gnawing question which is reinforced by the article below, now that War is friendly with the band again, what's going to happen to Justin, the current frontman of Tempest and hero of Enticing Interlude?
Guitar World News
Posted 06/22/2014 by Braine
Tempest fans were given a welcome surprise when Justin Jones became the new lead singer of the band. Justin Jones is twin to Avery Jones, the lead guitarist for Brutal Strength. According to Black Cat Records CEO, Mary Timmons, the twenty year old is, “a very talented vocalist, songwriter and guitarist who recently impressed a crowd of critics during a debut performance at the Amanda Todd Benefit Concert.” The CEO went on to say, “once Tempest fans see him in action, I’m sure they’ll love him.”
She may be right. Jones already has an online fan club with YouTube videos and photos like this one…
But a follow-up call to Tempest lead guitarist Bryan “Bullet” Jackson reveals all is not rainbows and the happily ever after that Timmons would like everyone to believe.“Justin is a likeable guy,” says Bryan, “but he’s not War, no offense. He can walk the walk and talk the talk, but he doesn’t have the experience to back it up.”
“He’s unavailable,” was the official line from Charles Morris, the president of Zenith Productions when I asked for access to speak to War to get his response. So I did a little digging and located the controversial singer in Cabo San Lucas.
“Yeah, he’s a fuckin’ bullshit replacement,” War tells me from his poolside beach chair.
He’s in jeans, shirtless, and wearing mirrored sunglasses that hide his eyes, but I notice that his hands are gripping the arm rests hard enough to make the knuckles above his ringed fingers white. “I’ll put my music up against Jones’ any day.” He pauses to take a swig of Cabo Wabo straight from the bottle. It’s only ten in the morning, but hey, he’s a rock star, and it’s five o’clock somewhere. “Let the fan’s decide.”
So there you have it head bangers. It’s a musical throw down.
Be sure to check out Tempest’s second album, currently untitled. It’s expected to be out late spring as is Warren Jinkins’ self-titled solo album, War.
MICHELLE MANKIN is the author of the Black Cat Records series of novels. Romance with subtext. For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn't kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander. Black Cat Records in Vancouver provides the central backdrop for all of Michelle’s current novels. Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry. Things take a bit of a darker, edgier, once upon a turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there. When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.