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The second stand-alone novel in The Heartbeat series

Maddie

Three things are more important to me than anything else: family, baking, and fun. So when I saw Keller Cannon, drummer of LP-45, perform at a charity concert, I knew he’d be the perfect guy to have heaps of fun with.
It was temporary. No strings attached. A pretty damn perfect arrangement if you ask me.

Until it wasn’t. Until being with him highlighted just what I was missing.
But having more wasn’t an option. He made that perfectly clear. 

Keller

Music is my escape. When I’m behind my drums, I’m granted temporary respite from my demons and a small reprieve I don’t deserve. 

Until Maddie. Maddie is a distraction I can’t afford and crave at the same time. I drown in her, and she breathes life into me. She offers peace - the comfort and promise of a life free from the torment. But I don’t deserve her. And I can’t need her like I do. I just can't.

©2020 Ryleigh Sloan (P)2020 Ryleigh Sloan

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Swoony, sexy, low angst rock star romance

This is a steamy, sexy & sweet rock star romance that has you swooning. The story starts of quite steamy and ends so very sweet, like an “awwwe – heart clutching” HEA. I really liked Maddy´s character. She is so full of life, quirky, a bit clumsy and literally says out loud what she actually just wants to think. She is a big fan of band LP-45 especially their drummer Keller and has nothing against some steamy fun before returning home to South Africa after visiting her best friend Blaire in L.A. Keller is the sexy drummer of LP-45. He is quite taken with Maddie and suggests a no strings attached fun weekend. He is not into serious relationships as he is battling his own demons and thinks he shelters Maddie by staying emotionally distant! Maddie and Keller have so much chemistry! I loved how the dialogs were written which made for some really fun & sexy banter. This is low angst and there is not much drama going on which sometimes is not a bad thing if you want something light, fun, sexy, easy to read/listen to and feel good at the end. This can be read as standalone but to get the bigger picture of the side character´s like Maddie´s best friend Blaire start with “Back Beat” beforehand which is the first book of the Heartbeat series. Audio Performances by Erin Mallon & Jason Clarke were amazingly awesome as always. What I love about both narrators is that they do such good imitations of the opposite sex voice. They just ease into it so effortless. They both brought Maddie & Keller to life so perfectly. I actually think Jason is doing one of my favourite female voices as a male narrator.

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Rockstar romance Gold 🤩

Holy shitballs!!! (quote Maddie 😝)I really loved the story of Maddie and Keller in this rockstar romance by Ryleigh Sloan. With Drop beat you get witty banter and hot and steamy sexscenes along with the serious backstory of Keller’s past. Maddie is so endearing and funny, and had me laughing out loud throughout the book with her clumsy ways. Keller is the hot and sexy alpha male drummer, with a vunerable side. Jason Clarke (SIGH ♥️) and Erin Mallon were both amazing and brought Maddie and Keller to life in the most perfect of ways. I will definitely be adding more of Ryleigh’s books to my library.

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  • Olga Glover
  • 15-12-20

Love this series!!

Story was great, narration was perfection how can you go wrong with Erin & Jason🥰 So worth the money!

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  • Rachel
  • 25-01-21

⭐️ Gotta keep a Rockstar grounded.

I love a good Rockstar romance . And you can never go wrong with Jason and Erin.. I loved the flow of this book, never a dull moment . It always amazes me when one person or both wants nothing to do with marriage or relationship until they meet the “ ONE ”.. Very well written, I can’t wait to listen to more of Ryleigh’s work...... Especially if she keeps having Jason and Erin Narrate..

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  • Jodi
  • 24-01-21

5 ⭐️ Rockstar!

I really enjoyed Drop Beat! The story was started out super hot, and ended super sweet. I love a sexy rockstar romance, and Maddie and Keller’s story did not disappoint. This audio book is narrated by Erin Mallon and Jason Clarke. (Always one click narrators for me!) Erin Mallon portrays Maddie perfectly! Maddie is carefree and adores her best friend. She loves life, and Erin does a great job bringing that to life in her narration. Jason Clarke’s deep, smooth voice is just what I imagined for Keller. Keller has demons in his past, and only wants something light and fun. Jason does a great job portraying the different layers of Keller. Both narrators’ voices complimented each character in the best way. Overall, I loved this story. It starts off quick and hot! It will hook you, and leave you swooning over Maddie and Keller! This rockstar romance is not to be missed! I'm looking forward to more from this author!

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  • Laurie Anne
  • 24-01-21

I love a great Rockstar Romance

I loved this book! Erin was amazing (as always) as Maddie. She portrayed her adorable, funny quirky personality perfectly. Jason was spot on as Keller, the tortured, sexy yet sweet drummer of LP-45. This book starts off hot and it stays hot, no slow burn and I loved every bit of it! This couple has off-the-chart chemistry together and thanks to Maddie's easy going nature, Keller was able to let go of his 1 night stand rules and fall in love before he knew what hit him. Ryleigh built a great story around Keller and his baggage without needlessly drawing out too much drama. I, for one, as a reader appreciate that sometimes we just don't need or want an extra 3 hours of angst just to make a book longer. This was a perfect read and now I need to read book 1! Thankfully, you don't HAVE to read in order, but I think it would be better overall to get more out of this since book 1 ia about Maddie's BFF, Blair.

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  • Mayzone
  • 11-01-21

My favorite book thus far from this series

I seriously enjoyed this book, I must say this book was by far better than the first book and Maddie and Keller are my new favorite couple in this series. The story line I felt was much more believable and Keller’s inner turmoil added just the right amount of angst. Maddie was such funny and lovable character; I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. Worth the credit.

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  • Tracy Gonzalez
  • 08-01-21

What a brilliant story and narration

From the characters to the story line to the narration, everything was just fantastic! Maddie has to be one of my all time female leads! She had spunk and quirkiness, positivity and a genuine heart. From beginning to end a truly wonderful ride!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-21

Book 2 in the series - even better than book 1!

Book 2 in the series, following Back Beat, which is the story of Maddie's best friend Blaire, and Dean. Maddie appears several times in Back Beat, so we do get to know her. She's fun and quirky, and lives in South Africa. They speak on the phone and Blaire returns home at one point, so they spend time together, and we get to know her a bit more. Book 2, Drop Beat, is her story entirely. It starts where book 1 ends off, at a concert where Dean is proposing to Blaire, and the band performing is one of the other coach's. Maddie has the hots for the drummer, Keller. This is their story! Neither Maddie nor Keller really "do" relationships. Maddie is a carefree spirit and Keller has a dark secret in his past, and besides - he's a rockstar! Rockstars don't do relationships. Maddie showing up is a perfect opportunity - the girl is hot, interested in him, and from South Africa - she's only here for a couple of days. What could be better?! However, after their amazing night together, he finds that he can't stop thinking about her. He keeps getting in touch, sending her international gifts, asking Dean and Blaire. What's wrong with him? This has never happened before! His dark secret will turn her off (everyone off), so he needs to get a grip on himself. He keeps trying to distance himself, but with Dean and Blaire's wedding around the corner, she's going to be returning to LA so he's going to see her again. Why can't he make himself stop calling her, thinking about her? Will his dark past catch up with him, and will Maddie be able to see past it and her feelings (long-time crush) overcome everything? This is an amazing, well-written (and of course, amazingly narrated, by the great Erin Mallon and Jason Clark) story of love and triumph and overcoming so many obstacles. Awesome job Ryleigh! I can't wait for book 3 - there better be a book 3!