By Annabella Michaels
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Rocko earned and loved his reputation as the wild child of the rock band, Carter’s Creed. His bandmates dubbed him Animal, not only for his skills on the drums, but because he was always looking for the next thrill. Sex, drugs and rock and roll were what he lived for. That was until one night when his wild ways nearly cost him his life.
As the owner of Golden Entertainment Studios, Lachlan Edwards had a vested interest in his newest clients, the members of the band, Carter’s Creed. He wasn’t surprised when they quickly rose to the top of the music charts, given their talent, but he was concerned with how their drummer, Rocko, seemed to be spiraling out of control. When Rocko seemingly hits rock bottom, Lachlan decides to step in and offer him a chance to recover.
Will Rocko accept Lachlan’s offer even if it means facing the past he’s tried so hard to run away from, or will it all prove to be too much and send him spinning out of control once again?
Each of author Annabella Michaels’ novels is better than the one before it, but Renewing the Soul simply blew me away.
The emotional intensity was breathtaking, and depth of story was second to none. The sex scenes were scorchers, and not just simply on the physical and primal level, but as much on the emotional, mental, and psychological levels. The unexplainable attraction and connection at the base of it all for Lachlan Edwards and drummer Riley “Rocko” Anderson was unparalleled, and Michaels scripted it all so brilliantly – it was magical, realistic, multidimensional, natural, and ever-evolving.
Oh, and if this book becomes available in audio format, then whoa baby, I can only imagine how goosebump-worthy it will be – the emotion will probably be overwhelmingly consuming.
Michaels is a talented writer and gifted storyteller, a point she proved beyond a shadow of a doubt in the previous books of the Souls of Chicago series, but even as highly as I complimented each and every one of them, Renewing the Soul is a notch above.
Readers will love the artfully crafted characterization of all the players in the story – Kerry and Benjamin, in particular, are a special and entertaining treat – the sensitive lead-up to Rocko admitting to the horrors of his past, the steps he takes towards healing and growth, and Lachlan’s undying love and commitment, which readers are introduced to long before Riley. Several characters from the previous books also make an appearance, and it just adds to the seamless and familiar flow to the series.
The best part, though? Or at least MY favorite part? It was the final chapter, and that’s all I’m going to say.
Renewing the Soul certainly made a formidable impression on me – I’m going to be having a book hangover for quite a while. It’s a must read, and definitely worthy of more than five stars!
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on April 16, 2017.