on January 1st 1970
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Also by this author: Locked and Loaded (Bullet, #6), Lies (Nicki Sosebee, #10), To Save Him
Is it too much to believe that someone keeps returning to your life because it’s meant to be?
Zane Carson is an idealistic young man with one big skeleton in his closet when he first meets Jennifer Manders in college. They date only to break up soon after. The sexual attraction is like an electromagnet but they fight like alley cats. The relationship just isn’t worth it.
Zane’s band Fully Automatic breaks big about the same time Jennifer finishes college. One summer afternoon, they meet for coffee and sparks fly once more. It’s off again, on again, but they just can’t make it work and break it off for good, deciding it’s not worth the effort.
But Zane is drawn to her and, during a break in the music action, he tracks her down again, willing to change himself for her and needing to give her one last try. The attraction is as strong as ever, but now Jennifer is hiding something from Zane—something big, something that threatens to extinguish the spark for good. When Zane discovers her secret, will he be able to forgive her or will that be the end?
Locked and Loaded is the final book in the Bullet series, and remains one of my favourite rock star series of all time. As much as I loved the bass player in the other books, I had no idea of his struggle to drug and sex addiction and watching him grow and realise the error of his ways was brave, albeit a little drawn out. Zane and Jenny’s love journey is not an easy one, it is mixed with mistrust, tension and too many second chances. Out of all the books in this rock-star series I found this one the hardest to connect with, and I think that is purely because Zane wasn’t who I thought he was. He seemed a real sweetie in Bullet so I was a little blindsided by his inability to give a care about anyone or anything except his own gratification.
One scene in particular really grated on me but that’s a personal preference thing and shouldn’t detach anyone from wanting to read this final installment.
At the centre of Locked and Loaded is a man whom is lost but who deep down cannot let go of his first true love, and a young woman stuck between loving a man whom has proved time and time again that he is no good for her, whilst keeping a life changing secret that could be the making or breaking of the precarious love they still share.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read of personal growth and acceptance, and it was so great to connect to all my favourite characters again. Just, for me personally, it was my least favourite in what has been an epic series into the world of sex, drugs, love and the profound struggles of living the life of rock stardom.