Book Review ✭ Cadence by Lisa Swallow


Tegan Hughes joins Blue Phoenix and Ruby Riot on tour, and drummer Bryn isn’t the only one who notices his little sister isn’t a kid anymore.

Jax Lewis is the guitarist for Ruby Riot and the band are rising to success. He’s hot property and loving every minute of his new found fame. Now, he’s on tour supporting Blue Phoenix and living his rock star life to the full. Until Tegan walks into his world and puts the brakes on. 

Tegan Hughes is taking a year out and has her sights set on touring Europe with her big brother’s band. Blue Phoenix drummer, Bryn isn’t happy when his sister arrives unannounced at his hotel in Lisbon, but Tegan isn’t the type of person to take no as an answer. 

With her big brother breathing down their necks, Jax and Tegan attempt to keep a handle on their growing attraction but that proves harder than they thought. Jax is used to getting whoever and whatever he wants and after kissing Tegan once, he knows one thing…he wants more. 

But Tegan isn’t rock star girlfriend material. She has ambitions of her own and refuses to let anything stand in the way of her plans. And when Jax and Tegan’s relationship becomes public knowledge life becomes a hell of a lot more complicated.


Ruby Riot is a spin-off from the Blue Phoenix books but the two series can be read separately. All the Ruby Riot books are standalone.



Lisa Swallow’s Blue Phoenix series was unlike any other rock star romance I’d ever read before. She captures the darker, uglier sides of fame and rock star life and entwines it with romance. So having that thematic vibe follow into a spin-off series was exciting to say the least. 
Cadence follows two characters that were introduced in the Blue Phoenix series. Keep in mind this can be read as a stand alone. I think it was written really well so that new readers can easily follow along, and veteran readers will be able to catch on to the jokes and actions of the group.

I’m going to chalk up my less than stellar rating to a bad day. I can’t even pinpoint what it was specifically that caused my simple like of this book. I just didn’t feel the connection between Jax and Tegan or that love that was worth fighting for. 
Individually, I didn’t much care for them either. Jax was so-so for me prior to reading and only increased a bit during the book. I did like the way he wanted to be monogamous for Tegan, but it seemed too abrupt and unlikely for him to toss aside his manwhore ways just like that. The constant alcohol and drug use that seemed to occur when he didn't get his way was a bit obnoxious and plain childish, as well. 
Both characters are young, and that definitely showed, but they acted a bit too young and naive for their age in my honest opinion.


Overall, this was a quick and easy read to pass the time. Hopefully, should you choose to read this book/series, you’ll have a more enjoyable experience than I did. If rock star romances are your cup of tea, I’d recommend starting with the Blue Phoenix series and checking out Cadence afterward. 


The next book in the Ruby Riot series, SHUFFLE, is now available for pre-order!

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark.
Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.


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