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Review & #giveaway – Groupie by C M Stunich @CMStunich @xpressotours

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Book details:

Groupie by C.M. Stunich
(Rock-Hard Beautiful, #1)
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Groupie.jpgSynopsis:

“Can one of these five rockstars fill the hole in my heart? Or will I stay broken forever?”

Young, dumb, and broke.

That’s what started everything. With five dollars in her pocket, and everything she owns stuffed in the back of her car, Lilith Goode’s life is over. Done. Destroyed.

Ten words. One text. That’s what it took to change the whole world.

A crumpled concert ticket. A chance encounter. That’s what it takes to start all over again.

Five rockstars. One girl. Six dark hearts, six withered souls.
But can one broken person really put another back together again?

review

First things first – on Goodreads and Amazon, the synopsis for this book starts with the following:

“WARNING: This book has one girl and five bad boy rockstars. She owns them all–heart, body and soul.

Don’t read it unless you like to ugly cry…and also unless you like threesomes, foursomes…and moresomes.”

That was not on the book description that I saw initially, so it is fair to say that this was something of a surprise element for me.  But please don’t misunderstand me – although I don’t often read books in the menage genre, I’m glad that I didn’t miss out on this one.

This book is explicit. There is, as you might expect, a lot of sex, with creative and evocative language.  But it isn’t just about the sex.   There are 6 very different characters here, and the author seems to go to great pains to emphasise those differences at times.

I must admit Lilith’s constant crying is exhausting and, at points, downright irritating.  However, you cant help but feel sorry for the poor girl.  However, that does make the comparison with the confident girl who hooks up with these rock stars all the more stark.

That said, if you take out the sex, there is still a tender, if complex love story within the pages of this book.  The characters all have their redeeming qualities, even when they are being difficult.

Although not a usual genre, I look forward to seeing how this particular relationship tangle unfurls over the next couple of books.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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Review & #giveaway – Dangerous Rock by Crystal Kaswell @CrystalKaswell @xpressotours

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Dangerous Rock by Crystal Kaswell
(Dangerous Noise #3)
Publication date: March 30th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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I’m married to a rock star.
And I don’t even know his last name.

Bella
There’s a tall, tattooed man in my bed.
Not any tall, tattooed man.
He’s a rock star.
A sex god.
And now he’s my husband.
Last night, I married Joel.
It’s ridiculous. I’m a good girl. I don’t get into trouble. I don’t look twice at bad boys.
I can’t stay married to a rock star.
But there’s something about Joel. Not just the way his green eyes light up when he smiles, or the way he makes me laugh, or the way he makes me shake with pleasure–
I’m not sure I can walk away.

Joel
Bella Chase is a challenge.
With the tight bun and the cute cardigan, she’s as prim and proper as they come.
My only plan for the night is getting her under me, screaming my name.
Filling her with so much pleasure she begs me to stop.
I didn’t plan on marrying her.
But now that she’s my wife, I’m not about to let her go.

review

You know what? Even though this plot line might be kinda sorta familiar to you, i liked it.  Yes, it was somewhat frustrating.  Yes, if the characters had simply had an honest conversation with each other, this book would have been about 80 pages long.

And yet…

There is something about these characters which fashioned a connection to me as a reader, in a way which simply didn’t happen with the previous book which I read from this author.

I really enjoyed the tentative, gentle nature of the developing relationship between these two; the second guessing; the hidden hope.   The more explicit nature of their relationship actually detracted from this a little, but nevertheless, this was a decent story which had me hooked from the very beginning.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy  of this book.

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About the author

Crystal Kaswell writes scorching hot new adult romance. When she isn’t writing, she is chain drinking tea, binge watching Law and Order, practicing yoga, or debating which fictional character would be the best in bed. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.

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Review – Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane @authortheresaj @inkitt

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Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane
Publication date: April 2nd 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

beastly lights.jpgGambled away by her brother, Freya is now bound to the music world’s resident bad boy Liam Henderson as his live-in maid.

Freya Coleman is a struggling artist who can hardly get by. With a past she would rather not revisit and a future that didn’t extend past her next cup of coffee, something had to change. Freya just didn’t know how much.

Liam Henderson lives in the spotlight. His wild nights and latest conquests make every woman want him, and every man want to be him. The rockstar has a carefully constructed persona to keep everyone out. That is, until a drunken night gets out of hand and he finds himself with the winning hand in a poker game, and the prize is a feisty redhead. A prize who just might break down the walls he has been so desperately hiding behind.

Thrown together, these two are a disaster waiting to happen. A disaster the world is eager to watch and comment on until their fingers drop off. What starts off as a fake relationship to improve Liam’s image, blossoms into so much more, and Freya is swept up into the world of bright lights and illusions. Everyone has an opinion when the lights are shining on their beloved rock god Liam Henderson, and they are eagerly waiting to tear down anyone who is bathed in the famous glow.

Can happily ever after exist when the whole world is watching?

review

This felt a bit like a book of two halves.  The first half of the book had characters that I wasn’t particularly enamoured with, and a somewhat up and down plot line.  Thereafter, it seems that the author hit her narrative style.  And, whilst Freya was still annoying, and Liam was still a self indulgent idiot, it was less of an issue, and fed more into the plot arc.

Ultimately however, this was an enjoyable story.  The author has managed to create characters who, despite their flaws, felt raw and genuine.  A promising debut.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

I have spent most of my life immersed in literary wonderlands, often forgetting to come up for a breath of reality. Most of my schooling was spent hiding my latest book beneath the table and jotting down notes in the margins to tell all of my friends later. Writing has always been my second love, and my imagination has been dominated by fairytales, daring knights and happily ever afters. There was no choice but to put pen to paper if only to retain some semblance of sanity.

I live in the greatest city in the world; Melbourne, Australia (and will not let anyone tell me otherwise) and when I’m not writing, I’m off trying to find the best places for tea and scones.

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