Settling the Score is the second book in the Backstage Pass series by Dani Wade. After reading the first book in the series, I discovered that several others had already been released and immediately bought this one. These books are fast reads but there’s enough story, character development and suspense to make you forget that. In Finding Her Rhythm, one of the storylines was that Michael’s brother Daniel was drugged and set up in an attempt to make it look like he was having an affair with Michael’s girlfriend Taylor. When her sociopath ex-boyfriend was arrested for trying to kill her, everyone assumed that he was the one that had been behind the set-up. Settling the Score picks up almost right after where we find out that it wasn’t Taylor’s ex who staged the scene.
Daniel Korvello feels like the family screw-up, and five years earlier, a woman he had been casually involved with committed suicide blaming it on Daniel. Despite the fact that the young woman had a long history of mental illness, Daniel is unable to forgive himself for the woman’s death. Because of this guilt, he keeps up the image everyone has of playboy, fun Daniel, while hurting inside that he cannot be with the woman he really wants.
Band publicist Becca Buchanan learned her lesson the first time she got involved with a rock star, earning herself the title of Ice Maiden in the press and industry circles. Determined to never humiliate herself like that again, and to never embarrass her actor father, Becca decides to portray the image everyone has of her. She refuses to allow her attraction to Daniel to go anywhere but is finding it harder and harder to resist.
Once it becomes obvious that it wasn’t Taylor’s ex that arranged to have Daniel drugged and set-up, he is determined to find out who was behind it before anyone else gets hurt. As incident after incident starts to occur putting those he loves in jeopardy, Daniel is hell bent on making sure no one else pays for his mistakes. Becca however, refuses to let him go it alone and the heat between them eventually gets the both of them. After they figure out who is behind it all, Daniel knows that the person will hurt everyone he loves as revenge, and he knows it is only a matter of time before that person figures out that hurting Becca would hurt him the most.
The whole dump her to save her from me routine drives me a little batty, but in this case it was forgivable. Daniel had always believed himself to be the family screw-up and he was determined to not ruin Becca’s life as well. The way it all gets resolved is really sweet and I was happy to see them get their HEA. Like Taylor in the first book, Becca is not supermodel thin and it is so refreshing to see that in a book nowadays. Becca had a lot of insecurities about her body but she also had insecurities about her sexual performance. Her previous rocker boyfriend had delighted in telling the press how she was horrible in bed and that type of humiliation is hard to recover from.
I really enjoyed this book, probably as much as the first one. There’s plenty of steamy sex, lots of action and a great plot. There are still a couple more books in the series out there that have been added to my to be read list, so stay tuned!
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Settling the Score
by Dani Worth
Release Date: May 2014