Eva, Rafe and the rest of Black Hearts Still Beat are back in L.A. Cotton’s new release, Rise. Rise picks up where Rush left off and should not be read as a standalone.
Eva takes her budding music career on tour with Black Hearts Still Beat to help out her parents financially after they are left buried in medical bills. She knew things would be complicated and uncomfortable. She wasn’t sure why Rafe ghosted her, but she’s willing to make the best of things for the tour.
Even though they try to avoid one another, they just can’t. and, ignoring their feelings for one another is almost impossible. Rafe and Eva can’t stop the feelings they have for one another. But, Levi is the twist. He cares about Eva too, and Rafe is caught in the middle. Why Eva seems to sooth Levi’s beast, no one knows, but Rafe can’t seem to take what he wants and leave Levi behind.
There is so much angst!!! It’s a love triangle for sure, except Levi’s love isn’t necessarily romantic a this point even though it is definitely sitting between Rafe and Eva. We also find out a bit more about Rafe and Levi’s childhood, which is dark and gives readers some clues into why their relationship is the way it is.
Molly is still awesome as Eva’s BFF! Letty, her new assistant is pretty amazing as well. Riley is definitely up top no good and Hudson and Damon add great depth to the story as well.
The angst and drama in this book come to a head when the band, specifically Levi, finds out that Eva was in remission for cancer and his world comes crashing down. There is crazy fallout to be faced and major decisions that need to be made Of course, knowing book three is on the way makes the unresolved issues a bit easier to handle, but readers will definitely be left wanting more! I know I was! 4.5 stars.