Review: Forbidden Surrender (Forever #1) by Priscilla West

Forbidden SurrenderTitle: Forbidden Surrender
Author: Priscilla West
Series: Forever #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”

The minute I saw Vincent Sorenson, I knew he was trouble. Billionaire. Bad boy. And dangerously sexy. He was everything I craved, and nothing I needed.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t just avoid him. The higher ups at my company decided they needed his business, and I was on the team to bring him in. Vincent Sorenson didn’t seem as interested in business as he was in me, but I knew that was a door better left unopened. If I got involved with him, it would only unearth the pain I spent years trying to bury.

I thought I had it under control, but I seriously underestimated Vincent’s seductive charm and silver-tongue. I would soon find out how delicious it would feel to let myself fall into this forbidden surrender.

My Review:
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it.

I enjoyed the writing style and the book flowed smoothly, but it was too short and there wasn’t adequate time to really connect with the two mains.

Kristen was initially presented as risk-averse, sensible, a bit boring, and quite condescending when she first met Vincent. However, her character was inconsistent and she suddenly became aloof, fiesty, and then she totally folded on the second date. As you do.

Vincent actually seemed like a decent enough guy, if a bit overpowering at times.

Kristen’s work colleague, Richard, has slime-ball potential written all over him.

The romance happened too fast – there wasn’t enough build up – and the whole plot felt a bit rushed. For me, it lacked depth and substance.

However, I’m engaged enough to continue the series and I’m hoping the character development is stronger in Book 2.

I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review: Beautiful Elixir (Beautiful Oblivion #3) by Addison Moore

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Author: Addison Moore
Series: Beautiful Oblivion #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The sharper the lies, the darker the secrets…

Kennedy is mine. Too many tortured years have gone by without her, and I’m not about to let another one slip by. There’s nothing that’s going to keep us apart this time, not my psychotic family, not hers, not the tornado that’s ripping through her life or the one that’s ripping through mine.

I want to open up my heart to her, tell her everything I’ve done, but that’s the one thing I can never do. Some things in life are best left unsaid.

Caleb McCarthy is back in Loveless, turning heads, melting hearts and breaking them. We had a few sultry summers together, way back when. Those stolen nights were our treasured secret. But now he’s here, ready to take the next step with me just as my life burns to cinders. Our timing was never good. Someone has lifted the lid off Pandora’s Box and my every worst nightmare is floating around cyberspace.

All of the secrets I thought I’d take to the grave are filtering out one by one, and I need to find a way to put the lid back, to bury the box, before the darkest part of my soul is exposed—no one can know what I’ve done.

Kennedy’s every worst nightmare is coming true.

Caleb’s are just beginning.

My Review:
TEAM CALEB ALL THE WAY.

Loved this book and it was a fantastic addition to what is proving to be an excellent series.

This time we get Kennedy (Ken) and Caleb’s story. This one is a lot darker than the previous stories and filled with suspense and intrigue. It was difficult to read at first because Ken is filled with so much self-loathing and she’s really in a dark, self-destructive place.It’s not pleasant to be in her head.

Caleb and Ken had a few summer flings and both of them left a lasting impression on the other. Caleb always promised he would come back for her and now he has, and boy is he determined in his quest for the girl he’s always loved. He was completely unwavering in his commitment to Ken, even though she pushed him away and was less than honest at times. He is there for her through thick and thin and he never lets her down. Swoon 🙂

By her own admission, Ken is prone to telling lies and the tensions and suspense are well-developed as the story progresses. I did figure out the identity of the villain of the piece, and a few other things, but it had enough twists and turns to keep me on my feet.

Caleb is hiding his own secret, but it wasn’t as explosive as Ken’s. It introduced an interesting family dynamic though.

Ken’s sister Reese is in this book, along with Ace and all the other characters I’ve come to love. Reese actually grated on my nerves this time – she came across as fluffy and spineless and she was quite annoying. While I had minor irritations with her in the first book, I did warm to her character. Not so much in this book.

All in all, this was a fantastic read. Now I’m torn between Ace and Caleb – two amazing guys; great dilemma though!

I look forward to continuing this series when the next book is released.

Blog Tour: Cadence (Ruby Riot) by Lisa Swallow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Cadence (Ruby Riot #1) by Lisa Swallow. I’ll share my review with you today! And there’s a tour wide giveaway!

Cadence.Ebook.AmazonTitle: Cadence
Author: Lisa Swallow
Series: Ruby Riot #1
Genres: Romance
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb:
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.

The problem is, 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. But when Jax and Tegan’s relationship becomes public knowledge life becomes a hell of a lot more complicated.

Cadence is the first standalone book in a new rock romance series, Ruby Riot. The series is a spin-off from the Blue Phoenix books but you do not need to read the Blue Phoenix series first.

My Review:
I love Lisa’s Blue Phoenix series and having only recently read Jem and Ruby’s story (which was my favorite of all the books) I was really looking forward to reading Cadence. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read Nate and Riley’s story next.

From what I learned previously, Jax is a total man-slut but he has a heart of gold underneath that player persona. What I didn’t realize until I read Cadence is that he’s drowning in this new world that he’s been thrust into, and he doesn’t have the self-discipline required to keep on the straight and narrow. At times, he was extremely immature and way out of line, but, for the most part, I felt an urge to mollycoddle him and shower him with love.

Tegan has begged her brother Bryn to let her tour with him and he reluctantly agrees. The minute she meets Jax they form an instant connection and I just knew the sparks were going to fly. Jax’s star is ascending and he’s in hot demand. Tegan doesn’t want to be another one of his groupies so she tries her best to stay away from him. When that proves impossible, she insists that they try dating in an attempt to have a normal relationship.

As they grow closer, they often grow further apart. Both are young and relatively inexperienced, and they most definitely are not equipped with the wherewithal to deal with the intrusive press and Jax’s obsessive fan base.

While Jax is sweet and protective of Tegan, there is no ignoring his destructive side. While Tegan is falling hard for him, she worries he will bring her down. Eventually, they deal with their demons, and the obstacles to their love and they get their HEA in the end.

I really enjoy Lisa’s writing style and her last book was exceptional – her best book in my opinion. The writing in this one was not quite as good but still well executed. I felt the plot dragged a little in the second half, was quite repetitive in places, and some of the dialogue was cringeworthy.

However, it didn’t impact my overall enjoyment and I will definitely continue the series.

If you enjoy rockstar romances, you should check out Lisa’s Blue Phoenix series. Summer Sky, Book 1, is free to download and all the other books are on sale this week.

Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Oh, and I love that stunning cover. Beautiful.

About the Author:
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

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Review: Beautiful Illusions (Beautiful Oblivion #2) by Addison Moore

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Author: Addison Moore
Series: Beautiful Oblivion #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you—in the most heartbreakingly beautiful way.

Gavin’s story.

I fell in love hard and fast as lightning. As quick as she came into my world she was gone. Demi said she has secrets—that she’s done horrible things. Who hasn’t? I’m not going to let the past determine our future. Sometimes love lays forever at your feet and sometimes you need to fight for it. Demi is worth every damn battle we’ll have to go through. I’d burn down the world just to keep her safe. And, after what I’ve discovered, I just might have to. All I need with Demi is one more night to convince her we’re worth it. And that one night is going to cost me everything.

My Review:
This is the second book in this series and on this occasion the story centers around Gavin and Demi. We met Gavin in the first book, but this is our first time meeting Demi.

Demi has had her fair share of knock backs in life – she has lost both her parents and had to deal with an evil stepmom and a thoroughly nasty stepbrother. She’s been on the run for the last few years and is barely treading water. She ends up in Loveless out of desperation and accidently bumps into Gavin. I think it’s fair to say it was pretty much love at first sight for both of them.

There was a good twist about 40% into this book that I didn’t see coming. Love when that happens.

This book has it all by the bucket load – hot romance, steamy sex, angst, torment, drama, betrayal, suspense, intrigue, revenge, pain, and longing.

The writing was superb and I loved both main characters and all the other side characters that made a reappearance in this book. The men in this series ( except Warren Jnr. and Snr.) are totally swoon-worthy – the obligatory movie star knock-out looks mixed with strength, compassion and an all-or-nothing type attitude when it comes to the women they love. Aw, love it! Gavin was willing to give up EVERYTHING for Demi and it was so endearing, but Ace still has my heart. 🙂

This book lost a star for me in the last quarter. I’m not sure what happened really, but it was almost as if the author ran out of time or steam at the end and just rushed it. There was a really great subplot that was totally glossed over and I felt it should have been fleshed out in greater detail. Then it got a little repetitive with both Demi and Gavin talking about love, fate, how they were brought together etc. over and over again. It had already been said on previous occasions and it was overkill, not necessary. The only other thing I didn’t like was how easily Warren appeared to be forgiven for what he did to Reese in the first book. So not cool. This is a serious subject matter and in my opinion it warranted being treated as such.

However, it was still an excellent read and I’m totally hooked on this series now.

Blog Tour: Burn for You (Protector #3) by Stephanie Reid

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Burn for You (Protector #3) by Stephanie Reid . I’ll share my review with you today! And there’s a tour wide giveaway!

BurnForYou_EbookTitle: Burn for You
Author: Stephanie Reid
Series: Protector #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ suspense
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Blurb:
Vic Russo is just one of the guys. Except she’s not a guy. A paramedic, affectionately known as Vic within her firehouse, Victoria is a permanent fixture in the friend zone. But when her childhood crush, firefighter Graham McAndrew, becomes single once again, she decides enough is enough. It’s time for Graham to see her as the woman she’s become. There’s only one problem. A photo of her in the arms of another man has captured the nation’s attention.

Jason Meadows is not thrilled to have his police work interrupted by a small media craze. In fact, he’d be content never to see Victoria or that photo-gone-viral again. But a series of fires in town, paired with a growing attraction to the quirky paramedic, make staying away impossible.

Determined to ferret out a potential killer, Jason enlists Victoria’s help as his eyes and ears inside the firehouse. And while threats rise from within, Victoria is forced to choose between the love of her past and the man who’s ignited her fire within.

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My Review:
This was a fantastic read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Burn for You is the story of Victoria and Jason. She is an ex-veteran paramedic working with the fire department, and he is a cop and newly appointed arson investigator. They cross paths through their work and an instant attraction sparks leading to a full-blown love affair. Except Jason doesn’t do relationships and he’s a pro at keeping women (and people in general) at arms length. So the path of true love is definitely not going to run smoothly for our couple. Cue plenty of emotional angst and drama, throw in a smattering of the sexy stuff, and a meaty mystery subplot, and you have the recipe for a great read!

When we first meet Vic (or Toria as Jason comes to call her) she is pining for Graham, her old on-again-off-again crush. What she has ever seen in him is beyond me. Seriously, he was a total preening idiot who thought the whole world revolved around him. I loved the scene at the end where she finally put him in his place.

I really loved how the sex didn’t overshadow the plot in this book. So many times I pick up a book where the sex completely eclipses everything else, so this was a refreshing read. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty of romance and sexy scenes, but it never took away from the story.

The plot around the arsonist was solidly built and added plenty of intrigue and mystery.

Character development is really strong in this book and both mains were multi-layered. Jason, in particular, has a dark, complex past which was gradually revealed as the book progressed. My heart bled for him. I enjoyed Vic’s character – while she was sassy and independent she had a vulnerable side that she didn’t shy away from. Essentially she is a really nice person and someone who always sees the best in others. An easy MC to warm to.

It’s obvious this author has a counseling background as the character development spoke to overcoming deep-rooted anxieties and fears and dealing with past trauma. The author writes with strong emotional impact and it’s clear she has a firm grasp on human behavior, motivations, and drivers, and strategies for dealing with self-destructive traits/actions.

The writing style is very good and consistent with the genre. Pacing is spot-on, and I also really enjoyed the worldbuilding.

While this is part of a series it is a standalone read. I haven’t read the other two books, and I didn’t need to. It was a seamless smooth read.

Highly recommended if you enjoy well-written character driven romance with a well-developed plot.

Author Photo--Stephanie ReidAbout the Author:
Stephanie Reid writes contemporary romances with heart, humor, and a happily ever after. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling and enjoys using counseling theories on her fictional characters (and from time to time her husband).

She draws inspiration for her stories from life experience, and when writing, she frequently asks her police officer husband for his input on all things law enforcement. They’ve agreed not to discuss the bits of advice she doesn’t take when it doesn’t serve her plots well, and this makes for a very harmonious marriage.

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Stephanie now resides with her husband and three children in central Illinois.

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Review: Scorched (Frigid #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ScorchedTitle: Scorched
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Frigid #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

My Review:
I think this is Jennifer’s best NA book to date. Explorations of some heavy subject matter – alcoholism, depression and anxiety. Jennifer handles it perfectly; no glossing over, no sensationalism, raw, real, gritty,so powerful. Though it was downright difficult to read at times, it’s a superb book. The power of redemption is the key takeaway for me. Tanner is one awesome dude and I love him for patiently waiting for Andrea. Another show stopper from the incredible JLA.

Review: Beautiful Oblivion (Beautiful Oblivion #1) by Addison Moore

Beautiful OblivionTitle: Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Addison Moore
Series: Beautiful Oblivion #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Addison Moore:

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION.

My Review:
This was an amazing read and I devoured it in record-breaking time.

I loved everything about it – the writing, the characters, the pacing, the plot.

Reese and Ace have been in love with each other for years, but both are afraid to tell the other in case they ruin their friendship. Totally believable premise. Reese suggests a summer ‘fling’ and Ace agrees and most of the novel centers on their developing romance. I’m all about the romance so this book was the perfect read. It’s essentially the story of how they turn a sweet friendship into a steamy love that will last forever.

Character development was really strong in this book and there are a lot of interesting side characters who will no doubt become the focus of future books.

There were a few scenes where I was disappointed in Reese – she could have tried harder to set Warren free and she let Ace down a couple of times which broke my heart. But she redeemed herself in the end so I forgive her <3 This is the second Addison Moore book I have read. I read one of her 3AM Kisses books and while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it like I did this book. I'm already more than halfway through the second book in this series and I'm loving that one too. I'm delighted to have found another favorite author and I'll definitely check out some of her other series in the near future. Highly recommended if you enjoy well written, sweet but steamy NA series.

Blog Tour: Serendipity Summer by Laurie Kozlowski

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Serendipity Summer by Laurie Kozlowski. There is a teaser and a tour wide giveaway.

Serendipity SummerTitle: Serendipity Summer
Author: Laurie Kozlowski
Series: Riverbend Way #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Please Note–this book contains some adult language, partial sex scenes, and recommended to readers ages 18+ only.

Anna and her daughter, Katy, are uprooted from their Atlanta home when they become unexpected recipients of Rocky Top Inn, a family estate, in Riverbend Way, Tennessee. Anna loses patience with her ex’s demands while being harassed by his fiancee, a bonifide ice queen. The chance for a new beginning draws her into fulfilling an aunt’s dying wish while an overwhelming desire for her former boss, Jake Ivers, unravels any doubt that soul mates don’t exist.

While traveling through remote parts of the country as a wildlife photographer, Jake Ivers lands an assignment in the small mountain town of Riverbend Way. He soon finds himself wading in way over his head. Becoming the town handyman, consoling his nephew, being targeted by animals and threatened by an old lady with as much money as Bill Gates, was not part of his original plan. To top it off, there’s the issue of convincing Anna she has his heart.

Will their friendship last beyond a season or could this summer prove to be a stroke of serendipity?

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Author PhotoAbout the Author:
Laurie Kozlowski resides in Northeast Georgia with her daughter and husband. Having small town roots, she’s intrigued with the charm, drama, and humor of the south, often weaving those themes into the fiction she writes. Her first contemporary romance book, Serendipity Summer, is the first of four books in the Riverbend Way Series. The Riverbend Way Series is contemporary small-town romance fiction. The series touches on serious modern day issues, a twist of earthy and sometimes bawdy humor, and a heavy dose of love. Laurie enjoys incorporating family-centered themes and stories including friendship, hope, and healing. When not writing, she loves to make music and jewelry, picnic near the river, or catch the latest comedy or drama flick at a local cinema. She hangs out mostly on Twitter @LaurieKozlowski when she isn’t caring for her daughter, writing, or driving her husband crazy.

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Blog Tour: Blue Phoenix series by Lisa Swallow

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Blue Phoenix Series by Lisa Shallow. The entire BLUE PHOENIX series is on SALE for this week only! Summer Sky is FREE, and the other books are all .99¢ each! These are available exclusively through Kindle Unlimited. And there’s a tour wide giveaway. I feature Unplugged and a playlist for the book.

UnpluggedeBook.2Unplugged (Blue Phoenix #3)
by Lisa Shallow

Blurb:
“A rock star doesn’t return to his humble beginnings and whisk away the girl he kissed once. Especially if she has a four year old and her relationship status is ‘it’s complicated’.”

Blue Phoenix bass player, Liam Oliver discovers pictures of his fiancée with another man and his world crashes around him. He packs up his humiliation and hurt and flies back to his Welsh family home for Christmas.

Cerys Edwards once had pictures of Liam Oliver covering her bedroom wall. Her best friend’s big brother never gave her the time of day when they were growing up. When she was fifteen, he left town leaving Cerys with her fantasies. Now he’s back. The problem is, she has a daughter and a broken relationship of her own.

In the world of his Christmas past, Cerys and Liam reconnect. Are they two hurt people looking for comfort in a time of heartbreak or does Cerys have a place in Liam’s future too?

Months later and unplugged from his Blue Phoenix lifestyle, Liam reconnects with Cerys. He discovers Cerys’s world is full of complications he never expected – including Ella’s father who isn’t happy about being replaced by a rock star.

Unplugged is more than a rock star romance. Liam isn’t dark and brooding like Dylan, or a bad boy like Jem but a fiercely loyal man with a big heart. This is a story of love, family and unexpected bonds made that can’t be broken.

This is book three of the Blue Phoenix series. It can be read as a standalone but has minor spoilers for books one and two.

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Playlist Unplugged

1. Liam’s bassist hero and inspiration is Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and I think this song sums up how he feels when he’s in California watching his life fall apart and all he wants is to see Cerys again.

“The secret I’ve kept locked in my heart since Christmas can’t stay hidden. Cerys touched me in ways Honey never did and there has to be a reason why. If we’d really just been two hurt people looking for comfort, the need to see her wouldn’t have obsessed my thoughts for the last two weeks.”

Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

2. Cerys isn’t the only girl who steals Liam’s heart in this book. He builds a snowman with Cerys’s daughter, Ella, although he’s not keen on the song.

“I like you,” says Ella as she watches Liam place the head on the snowman’s body.
“Why, thank you, little lady,” he says in a false American drawl.
Ella suddenly hugs Liam around the leg and he looks down in surprise before glancing at me. Now he’s out of his depth as his arms hover over whether to hug the girl back or not. ~ Cerys in Unplugged

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3. This is the book where we first hear Jem’s real name too and more of a hint about Bryn’s weird sense of humour

“How’s Jeremy?” I can’t believe she still calls him this. Jem hasn’t been Jeremy since he was in primary school, apart from if we want to annoy him. If Bryn really wants to piss Jem off, he sings him the Pearl Jam track of the same name. ~ Liam in Unplugged

Jeremy ~ Pearl Jam

4. This is also the first book where Ruby Riot feature, as Liam takes Cerys on a date to one of their local gigs. Ruby makes quite an entrance.

I’m interrupted by a girl arriving in the bar. ‘Arriving’ is a mild way of putting the entrance of the tall, skinny girl. She crashes through a side door and stomps in motorcycle boots across the room. Dressed in a short black dress barely covering any of her long legs, the girl’s hair shines scarlet red as it catches the light of the bar. ~ Cerys in Unplugged

She’s Thunderstorms ~ Arctic Monkeys

5. Cerys is a long-time friend of Liam’s sister and four years younger than him. When she hung out with his siter, Louise, they used to listen to Blue Phoenix rehearse.

“Blue Phoenix rehearsed at Liam’s house. I got subjected to their early stuff and believe me, it wasn’t good.”
“I don’t believe that! They’re an amazing band.”
“Once they started playing their own stuff, it improved. Marginally. When you’ve heard ‘Stairway to Heaven’ rehearsed on repeat for two hours, it doesn’t sound so good anymore.”
~ Cerys in Unplugged

Stairway to Heaven ~ Led Zeppelin

6. Well, there has to be a rock ballad…. I think this could be the song playing in the final scene of the book too (no spoilers!)

“Every time you listen to my heart, I want you to remember one thing. Until the day my heart stops, it belongs to and beats for you – always remember that.”
Cerys burrows further into me, pressing her face harder against my chest as if burrowing further into my heart and soul. She doesn’t need to. She’s there, always.

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing ~ Aerosmith

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by Lisa Shallow

Blurb:
Sky changed her life for a man once, and she has no intention of doing it again – even if he is a six foot, tattooed rock god who makes a mean bacon sandwich.

Sky Davis is fed up of boyfriend Grant taking her for granted and when she comes home to find him wearing a girl, Sky suspects the relationship is over. She takes an unscheduled holiday and leaves the life (and guy) she hates behind.

Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with fame and infamy, sick of his life being controlled by other people. Dylan cuts his hair and walks away from his role as lead singer of Blue Phoenix, leaving chaos and speculation behind.

Outside the English seaside town of Broadbeach their cars and worlds collide.

Sky decides Dylan is an arrogant guy with too many tattoos, and Dylan is amused by the smart-mouthed girl with no idea who he is. Dylan and Sky soon discover they’ve travelled to Broadbeach for the same reason – to escape from reality back to a place with happy childhood memories.

Losing themselves in a world where they know nothing about each other, Sky and Dylan begin a holiday romance that soon heats up their rainy English summer.

Fantasies can’t last forever and when reality crashes the party, Sky isn’t sure she wants to be more than his ‘summer Sky’.

Returning to the real world and public scrutiny isn’t their only problem. Blue Phoenix lead guitar player, Jem Jones, has a reason for wanting Sky out of Dylan’s life, and is determined to come between them. Some things won’t stay hidden, even when they’re paid to ‘go away’.

Summer Sky is a romance where occasionally more than the bacon sizzles. This is the first in the new ‘Blue Phoenix’ series of contemporary rock star romances.

*Please note this is not a standalone and has a cliffhanger – Sky’s and Dylan’s story continues in Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix #2)

Summer Star (Blue Phoenix #1.5)
by Lisa Shallow

Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix #2)
by Lisa Shallow

Rising (Blue Phoenix #4)
by Lisa Shallow

Reverb (Blue Phoenix #5)
by Lisa Shallow

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About the Author:
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.
Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.
In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

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Blog Tour: Protecting the Prince by Dana Volney

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Protecting the Prince by Dana Volney. I’ll share my review with you and there’s a tour wide giveaway.

Protecting The Prince FINAL coverTitle: Protecting the Prince
Author: Dana Volney
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
Eliam Prince is finally where he wants to be in his late father’s shipping enterprise: at the helm and ready to navigate. However, when a mysterious car tries to run him off the road on his first day as CEO, it’s clear he needs a personal bodyguard—even if the idea annoys him to no end.

Winter Wyn has built a thriving personal security business after surviving a horrific tour in the Middle East. Eliam is just a routine middle-of-the-night call—until she arrives at his penthouse, where it’s clear her strict policy of not mixing business and pleasure with her clients is in serious trouble. Keeping this man safe—from sabotage, blackmailers, assassins, and his own stubborn pride—isn’t nearly as hard as protecting her own heart.

But as the stakes rise, Eliam and Winter have no choice but to break all the rules if they want to survive. Fans of Castle will love the sparks that fly on this most unlikely couple’s journey to their happily ever after.

My Review:
Eliam Prince has only just managed to take back control of his family business from his step-dad Franklin when an attempt is made on his life. His Head of Security calls in an ex-military subordinate of his to provide extra personal protection. Cue the arrival of Winter Wyn and her team of specialists. The book describes the efforts made to protect their high-profile client, and there is plenty of action, twists and turns, and suspense to propel the plot along.

I enjoyed both main characters and they each had their own issues to deal with. They are instantly attracted to one another and it doesn’t take much for them to cave to that attraction. To be fair, their lives are at stake and they need to draw comfort from one another in order to survive. I wasn’t sure about them as a couple at the start, but I believed in it by the end. There’s a decent smattering of smoldering scenes to liven things up.

The writing is good, the pacing is consistent, and the words flowed smoothly. This was a very enjoyable, quick read. The only issue was the villain of the piece: it’s pretty obvious who it is and I would have preferred more intrigue around the culprit’s identity. But it didn’t dent my enjoyment at all and I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

I’d like to thank the publisher and Inkslinger PR for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:
Dana Volney lets her imagination roam free in Wyoming where she writes romances and helps local businesses succeed with her marketing consulting company. Surrounding herself with good friends and family, Dana thrives on moments and memories created with loved ones, especially while baking. Not possessing the natural ability to want to cook every day, she still enjoys watching culinary shows while eating take-out. It helps her to dream up sweet treats and sexy men. Dana is bold, adventurous and, by her own admission, good with plants, having kept a coral cactus alive for more than one year. Find Dana Volney at www.DanaVolney.com , on Facebook at
www.Facebook.com/DanaVolney , on Twitter @VolneyVentures, and Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/DanaVolney .

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