by R.C. Martin
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
She is guarded.
She is inspirational.
She is worthy of more than an encore.
He is alluring.
He is confident.
He is more than she ever bargained for.
Her stubbornness battles against his persistence…
His optimism outshines her resistance…
And their song plays on.
Sage McCoy has always been the type of guy who goes after what he wants. For years, what he’s desired most is to see his band, Mountains & Men, become more than Saturday night entertainment at a local bar. He swears he’ll chase that dream until it comes true, or he’ll die trying. Now, he senses that he and his mates are on the precipice of something amazing, and he’s never wanted anything more.
Except, perhaps, Millicent Valentine—the woman he craves above all others.
Millicent Valentine believes in one absolute truth: Men always leave. Yet, despite her belief that Sage will eventually tire of her, she can’t help but indulge her desire for him. She makes up her mind that he can have her body, but he isn’t allowed her heart. Though, she never anticipated that the leading man of Mountains & Men would be so much more than the arrogant little shit she imagined him to be.
First coupled together in Encore Worthy, Millie and Sage are a duo most unlikely. Millicent is a college professor and Sage is the twenty-one year old lead singer of the band Mountains & Men. Millicent is a tough girl, she doesn't let people get too close to her and she knows one thing is true, men always leave. She's happy with Sage though, with the way things work between them, as long as he doesn't expect any more than she can give. Sage can finally see his dreams coming true with Mountains & Men, he though it would be all he ever needed, but with Millie he finds himself wanting more. He desires her above all else, but he doesn't know how to show her that not everyone leaves.
"Right now, I sing for her. Tonight, she's here for me. And the first chance I get, I'll give her a hell of a lot more than a song."
I was so excited for this book, because I equally loved Millie and Sage as individuals, it just so happens they are even better together. Millie has so many aspects to her that are honorable, that make her the kind of character you want to look up to, but she has so much she doesn't face in her life. She went through the most character development, from page one to the very end, she was a fluid character, ever changing. That doesn't mean she's healed from her past though and I love that R.C. Martin didn't just flip a switch and make everything okay, the series works because Millie is still finding out what from her past is a truth and what is a lie. Sage is so handsome, a true-alpha in that he goes after what he wants, but has the utmost respect for his companion as well. Getting a complete book with a lot of focus on his band was the best, I love Mountains & Men and I loved seeing the interactions, seeing them succeed. However, his situationship with Millie is definitely the focus of the novel. It is impossible to read these books and not see that these two are meant to be, they're each other's yin and yang. Things between them are hot hot hot, that's for sure.
"I will survive this fall. I will. Or so I keep telling myself."
Worthy of the Harmony took me a while to get into, which is unusual for me considering I am a huge R.C. Martin fan. The flow of the novel didn't work for me at first, but I stuck it out due to my love for Sage and it was worth it. Part of the draw of Sage and Millie was just how strong their chemistry was, but at times I felt their sexual chemistry out weighed the dialogue they shared. It was a given that Mountains & Men was going to be smutty and dirty, and I really loved that aspect of it, I just felt like it was a bit much. Given the length though, I think readers will welcome the smutty distraction from the angst and find it is more balanced for them than I felt it was for me.
"She's pushing me away. I don't know why, but I'm going to find out. She's mine and I won't have it any other way."
If you're looking for a sexy, angst-filled, rocker romance, the Mountains & Men series is sure to be a hit for you. Millie and Sage have eyes for only one another, but their journey to become one is a roller coaster.
Encore Worthy (Mountains & Men 0.5)
He was arrogant.
He was beautiful.
He was to be her one night fix.
She was gorgeous.
She was haunted.
She was to be his temporary muse.
Millicent Valentine isn't looking for much when she walks into The Brew Cycle for a night out with friends. She isn't after love. Why risk the heartache when one night of unbridled passion will do the trick? Any handsome, willing male will do just fine. When she is introduced to the lead singer of Mountains & Men, she can't seem to take her eyes off of him. He’s an arrogant little shit—but it’s only one night, right?
Sage McCoy is always on the prowl, knowing he can get just about any girl in the room after a night on stage. When he’s introduced to Millie, there is no doubt in his mind that he has to have her. But when he gets her alone, she makes his heart sing. Now, he’s convinced one night will never do.
When morning dawns, the knowledge that comes with the sun has Millicent kicking Sage to the curb—but he knows what he wants and he’s ready for the chase.
His one night stand is worthy of an encore.