Monday, 6 June 2016

Helen J Barnes - Disrespectful Diva (DJ #2)

*Contains adult themes (sexual content)
**Review by Stacey

Join Tara, better known as DJ DisDiva, and her best friend, Shazza, on a clubbing tour across the UK. Tara is living the champagne lifestyle as London’s hottest female DJ, producer and sound engineer. Her weeks are spent in the studio and her weekends spent clubbing it up, being paid for the pleasure. She is signed to one of the UK’s biggest record labels after the owner, Pops, takes pity on a down and out college student. One with a bad attitude, nothing but the clothes on her back and a head full of dreams of one day being the best DJ on the scene.

I think it’s safe to say, after a turbulent battle to the top, Tara deserves her time to shine. And shine she does, until her world gets thrown into a spin when Pops hires Dominic Clayton to manage the Xtreem radio station. He wastes no time in mixing things up and making his mark on the label. 

Dominic’s reputation rivals even Tara’s and she knows there’s a good reason her best friend keeps warning her to avoid the sexy, yet arrogant, bastard. But how much can you avoid someone when you have to work with them? When they seem to show up everywhere you go. With a cocky smirk and devastatingly sexy green eyes, there is only so much temptation a girl can withstand before caving in and dancing with the devil. The only problem is, everyone knows, mixing business with pleasure is always a bad idea.

After reading The Final Note I was looking forward to reading Disrespectful Diva as I enjoyed the whole DJ theme. We meet Tara - DJ DisDiva - and best friend Shazza who both work for Pops (and his wife-to-be Val) at Xtreem Records. The whole crew are like one big happy family, that is until Val's "chip off the old block" son Dom turns up to work for Pops too and Tara & Shazza start to gain distance between themselves. Shazza can't stand Dom, but a spark ignites within Tara and as much as she tries to fight her feelings to please Shazza, she can't resist Dom, and Dom had wanted her since before he met her.

Tara and Dom's relationship grows and Tara's friendship with Shazza slowly starts to crumble, but Tara can't fight her feelings any more. At first I was itching for Tara not to want Dom as I thought he was a bit smarmy, but as the story and his character progressed I really warmed to him.

His eyes bore into mine and my heart clenches at his words. This man is my everything, he's taught me how to open up again, how to let someone in and allow them access to my heart.

Friendship is a forefront theme in Disrespectful Diva, it was lovely to see unlikely friendships formed - especially between Tara and a rival DJ - and old friendships rekindled. I like that we get to meet Dayton and Allannah again too as it really felt like a continuation of The Final Note.

I found Disrespectful Diva a really easy read and a great follow up to The Final Note. A worthy 4 of 5 stars and I look forward to reading more from Helen.

You can keep up with Helen and news about her books on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of Disrespectful Diva here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I purchased this book myself and wasn't asked to write this review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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