Either become her snarky sister’s nanny or move halfway across the country to work as assistant-to-the-stylist of a country music star. Neither job sounds ideal, although bedazzling cowboy boots may be a hell of a lot more interesting than ironing her brother-in-law’s underwear. But life on the road as the errand coffee girl for a sold-out tour leaves much to be desired. That is until Kiki meets her sinfully sexy new boss’s boss…
Tatum Reed’s career is flying high. He’s up for country music’s Entertainer of the Year and he’s headed out on a nationwide sold-out tour. So why does he feel like it’s all about to implode? His superstar ex-girlfriend seems determined to make his life difficult, his opening act is a handful, and the new girl on his tour, the feisty brunette, is quickly getting under his skin. In this crazy world of showbusiness, Tatum needs to learn who he can trust, but that doesn’t come easily, because the one person who holds all the cards may just throw them down and walk away.
Life in the public eye is never all it’s cracked up to be, which has both Kiki and Tatum questioning what they’re really doing with their careers, and their hearts.
I quietly strum my guitar as the melody plays itself in my head. Kiki stirs a little but doesn’t wake. I write down the notes and add the lyrics, singing softly to the gorgeous girl who has captured my heart. I gaze down at her. How on earth did this woman wrap me so tight around her finger in such little time? I’ve never had these intense feelings for another woman before. I thought I loved Savannah, but it wasn’t love. I can see that clearly now. Nothing compares to my feelings for Kiki. I would do anything for her. I want to protect her, care for her for the rest of my life, have babies with her. These feelings should scare the crap out of me, but they don’t. They excite me. I’m twenty-eight years old, and I’ve never been in love before. I’ve been so focused on my career since I left home I never truly gave myself over to someone else. I thought Savannah was it, but I’ve shared more with Kiki in the short time I’ve been with her than the two and a half years I was with Vanny. Huh, what does that say? I never wanted to open up to Savannah and share my dreams and fears with her, but with Kiki, I want her to know everything. I need to break down these walls I’d built up to protect myself over the years. Everyone in this industry wants a piece of you, from the label to the fans, and it leaves you feeling alone and cold. It wears on you, and you start to distrust people because they’ll turn on you in a heartbeat to get what they want. I’m just a means to an end in this industry. I’m not sure how I know, but with every pump of blood that courses through my veins, I innately know I can trust her. I tenderly swipe a lock of her hair, feeling the silkiness of it between my fingers. She stirs and mumbles in her sleep. I smile as I write down a few more notes and lyrics as the bus trundles down the lonely dark highway.
Lex Ryan is the sexy Irish lead guitarist for the hottest country band in the States. He’s known as a serial dater, a commitment-phobe, a player who prefers one-night stands. His wild heart has zero plans of settling down—not even with the band’s makeup artist, Sarah Bowen. He’s vowed to keep his heart from falling for her. Until the band travels to Ireland where his past suddenly crashes into his present.
They say wild hearts can’t be tamed. They never said they can’t be broken.
The Makeup Artist is the second book in the Coffee Book Series. It’s a standalone novel, but the author suggests reading Coffee Girl first because of returning characters.