Lick (Stage Dive#1)

Lick (Stage Dive #1)

By Kylie Scott

★★★★☆

Evelyn Thomas wakes up the morning after her Twenty-first Birthday on the bathroom floor of her cheap Vegas motel.   With one of the worst hangovers she can ever remember and a sore butt cheek she tries to remember what happened after the tequila shots.  Her memory a complete blank and limited clues to what happened she is surprised by the incredibly hot guy with long hair and tattoos who seems to want to help her feel better.  Who in the world is this guy?

Something winked at me from my left hand, snagging my attention. A ring, but not just any ring. An amazing ring, a stupendous one.

“Holy shit,” I whispered.

It couldn’t be real. It was so big it bordered on obscene. A stone that size would cost a fortune. I stared, bemused, turning my hand to catch the light. The band beneath was thick, solid, and the rock sure shone and sparkled like the real deal.

As if.

“Ah, yeah. About that …” he said

After the discovery of the very large diamond ring on her left hand, the tattoo on her butt of the name David and the extremely pissed off man–who claims to be her new husband storming out of her motel room–it becomes obvious Evelyn’s life is about to change. Maybe no one ever has to know about any of this.

Unfortunately what happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas.  

Getting off the plane back home she is surrounded by paparazzi, turns out Evelyn’s new husband is none other than David Ferris, guitarist and Rock God of the band Stage Dive.  Now with a barrage of photographers and angry fans convinced she’s the cause for the rumors of the bands imminent breakup Evelyn isn’t sure what to do.  David offers to have her come to L.A. to stay with him until their annulment can be finalized and Evelyn reluctantly agrees.

Now in L.A. Evelyn is thrown into a world she knows nothing about.  From skanky groupies, obnoxious band-mates, callous lawyers and snide PA’s Evelyn isn’t sure being in L.A. is such a good idea.  David on the other hand uses her being there as an opportunity to see if he can get her to change her mind on their marriage or at least get her to remember why they got married in the first place.

It’s not fair that you remember and I don’t.”
“No,” he said, his voice hard, cold, in a way I hadn’t heard it. He looked over at me, jaw set. “It’s not fair that I remember and you don’t, Evelyn.”

Evelyn realizes she’ll probably never remember what happened in Vegas but the more time she spends with her husband the more she realizes she should give him, them, a chance.  If only David didn’t have so many secrets about his past.  Just because Ev finds herself trusting David doesn’t mean he trusts her and ultimately this may be the thing that destroys them.

I have to admit I liked this book a lot more than I originally thought that I would.  It was an interesting spin on the whole rocker romance theme that we are seeing so much of.  It was a fun and easy read, while part were a bit predictable I still very much enjoyed it.  I liked most of the characters although I wished we could have seen a little bit more of the band to get a feel of who they were as a group.  Of course this is obviously the first in the series so we will get a chance to see all of the band-mates, it just would have been nice to get a better feel for them right off the bat.

I got a good feel for Evelyn’s character and could definitely understand most of her actions throughout the story even if I felt she needed a bit more maturity.  As for David, I really liked his character.  In the beginning when we first meet him he seems so sweet and attentive.  Ev not remembering them getting married obviously hurts him and leads him to be a jerk to her but after things start to come together it becomes pretty obvious why he behaves the way he does and you can really see he cares about Ev.

The comic relief in the story is definitely David’s best friend and band-mate Mal.  I loved his character.  The right amount of obnoxious, cocky, charming and sincerity.  I can not wait to see more of Mal and what happens when he finally meets a woman who will make him change his womanizing ways.

Lick is definitely a must read if you like “Rockstar Romance”.  I can’t wait to see more from this series in the future!

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Find out more about Author Kylie Scott here.

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Lush (Delicious #3)

As always Lauren Dane has made me wish it was possible to jump into the pages of her books and live in the world of her characters.  As soon as I saw Lush I knew I had to have it.  The opportunity to catch a glimpse of those wonderful and sexy Browns and their friends is something I just can not pass up.  Of course Lush is not actually part of the Brown Siblings series but a part of the spin-off series Delicious but it still shares the irresistible galaxy.  We have a great set of characters that we were introduced to in Never Enough (Brown Siblings #4) as well as our wonderful core characters from The Brown Siblings books.


Lush (Delicious #3)
By Lauren Dane
★★★★☆

Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.

Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.

What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…


 

Lush is the perfect blend of Hot and Sweet!  It started off as the typical sexy story the author is so great at creating and then blended smoothly into a sweet romance.  Of course what is not to love about a “Bad Boy Rocker” who meets his match in a  independent woman who not only knows who to make him hot in the bedroom but also in the kitchen?  What’s the old saying, “The way to a mans heart is through his stomach”?   

I loved Mary but I have to admit it was Damien that I could not get enough of.   I actually found myself a little jealous of Mary, of course I’m jealous of most of the women in these stories.

All in all the combination of food and music, a sexy drummer and a sweet caterer is a definite winner in my opinion.

*ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review

The Brown Siblings

Metamorphosis


Scarlett MacGregor has lived a very sheltered life courtesy of her over-the-top controlling parents. Having never been to a co-ed party, much less on a date, Scarlett has relied on her books, her music, and living vicariously through her best friend Evie to keep her sanity as she’s patiently awaited her freedom from their rule.

When Scarlett and Evie go away to college, Scarlett quickly meets Ashton, Dylan, and later, Mason, and is thrown into a crash course of like, love, and lust. With Evie’s help, she must figure out the difference in the three and which one she wants before she ends up without any of them.

Metamorphosis is the story of Scarlett’s transformation from a young, naive girl to a strong, mature young woman and her search for self-discovery and true love.


MetamorphosisMetamorphosis by Erin Noelle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can’t decide between 3 and 3.5 Stars. While there were many parts of this book that I liked there were just as many that I didn’t. I actually found myself skimming some of the pages in hopes to getting to something more gripping.

I have to say the second have of the book was definitely better than the first and by the last quarter I was completely hooked. That last 25% is what made the whole book worth it for me. I loved the ending even though I would have been just as happy without the Epilogue at the end.

Rock The Heart – ARC

Rock the HeartRock the Heart by Michelle A. Valentine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just finished an ARC that I was lucky enough to be given by Michelle Valentine. I have to say I love Noel. Sexy, talented, determined, he was hot! This was a fast but fun read and I can definitely see the potential for a series. We got Lanie and Noel’s story but we still have the rest of the band members who I have to say I would like to see more of, especially Riff.

Lanie Vance is an intern at a huge New York marketing firm and now has the opportunity to land her dream job all she has to do is wine and dine Black Falcon’s front man Noel Falcon and show him that her company is serious about his band’s charity. The problem is Lanie and Noel used to date and Lanie broke Noel’s heart when she broke up with him 4 years ago. Now she has no idea how she will be able to face him, what does he think of her after all this time? Does he even remember her now that he’s so famous?

Noel Falcon has never forgotten Lanie, she was his first and only love and she broke his heart. When he is faced with her again he can’t help showing her how pissed he is at her even though he definitely can feel the same attraction for her that he has always had. Noel constructs a way for Lanie to travel with him and his band for the end of their tour and there is no way she can refuse since her job now depends on it.

While Lanie is determined to keep things professional and not fall for Noel’s constant seduction attempts Noel does everything he can to keep them close as possible. Unfortunately the longer Lanie is with Noel the harder it is for her to tell if he is just playing a game for revenge or if he really does still love her. How could he when he could get any woman he wanted?

Just when she thinks she is starting to figure Noel out she learns that everything isn’t how it seems. Noel has secrets, there is a lot he hasn’t told Lanie and she’s beginning to think this whole thing has been a game for him. With her job on the line she can’t afford to fail but she can’t afford to have her heart broken either.

Falling Stars

Falling StarsFalling Stars by Sadie Grubor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A falling, or shooting, star, is the common name for the visible path of a meteoroid if it survives impact with the Earth’s surface.”

Christopher Mason, the infamous lead singer of The Forgotten, has a reputation for being ‘difficult’. Harboring dark memories and the burden of a painful secret, he struggles with a past he desperately wants to destroy. Amidst this star’s battle with the pull of his demons, he risks losing everything he’s built as a musician.

Enter Mia Ryder, the head strong yet laid back, lead singer of Hushed Mentality. As the opening act for The Forgotten, Mia and her all girl rock band are sure to gain the publicity needed to sky rocket to the next level in their dream career.

Mia’s laidback personality is challenged by Chris’s plotting for their demise and removal of the ‘girlie band’ from ‘his’ tour. But even Chris’s best laid plans aren’t prepared for Mia.

As the demons pull this shining star down, is the one person he wants to eliminate the only person who can save him from the collision course he is on?

So I happened to get this one off the free reads through Amazon and decided to give it a try since I had it on my TBR shelf. I was very surprised at how much I liked it. I was happy I checked out the free reads yesterday. There were definitely some typos and grammatical errors as well as some places where the author needed to do better editing but overall I was able to look past those things and just get into the story.

This was a lot more than a story about the “Bad boy” falling in love for the first time with a “Good girl” and them having to figure out how to navigate their new relationship. There isn’t really that insta-love we find in a lot of these books, these characters truly do not like the other person (although Chris realizes his true feelings about Mia a lot sooner than Mia does) and Chris really is a asshole to almost everyone.

This isn’t just a love story, there is a lot going on here.

Thoughtless

Thoughtless (Thoughtless, #1)Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 to 4.5 Stars!

I can’t lie I am a sucker for angst ridden books, love triangles and characters who make me want to both strangle them and hug them. This book had that in spades. It was a roller-coaster (I wanted off the ride but at the same time I wanted it to last forever) I loved it!

I am not usually one to find cheating appealing but honestly this is fiction, the drama is what made this book so good. Yes I agree with most people who said they hated Kiera for what she did to these two guys, I wanted to scream at her throughout most of the book. Again though, it made for good drama which made for good reading. At the same time I had to take into account that this is a book about people in their early twenties. They are still young and Kiera was very inexperienced when it came to guys (not that it was an excuse but it made it slightly more forgivable).

Kellan Kyle, loved him! I can see why she fell for him, I think I would have too. The build up to their affair was great. It was sooo not innocent but at the same time it was because it was sweet. It gave Kellan the opportunity to actually have a relationship without the sex and to fall for her based on more than physical attraction. I think that is what made me not hate him for going after his friend’s girlfriend.

Denny, I loved him too! He was sweet and cared for her so much it broke my heart what was happening behind his back. He deserved so much better. I was sad when I read scenes where he interacted with Kiera after he came back from Portland. He was the perfect boyfriend in so many ways and after giving up everything for her I felt like punching her.

In the end I understood why she ended up with who she did, I even agreed with the choice but at the same time I couldn’t stop feeling horrible for Denny.

Effortless (Thoughtless, #2)Effortless by S.C. Stephens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved and hated this book. I loved Kellan Kyle, Loved! Loved! Loved! I want one for myself (my husband may not be too happy but oh well). Unfortunately Kiera frustrated me in this book even more than the first and she pretty much drove me crazy. Again though I couldn’t put it down.