Giveaway & Excerpt: Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Blurb:
What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

Excerpt:
“Beer—whatever you have on tap,” David said to the grizzled bartender and grabbed a stool, his eye on the rugby game in progress on the TV screen bolted above the bar.
He’d hardly taken a sip of his beer, the dark liquid bitingly cold, when he felt a presence at his back. Instincts honed by a childhood in one of the toughest areas of New York had him focusing on the mirror behind the bar to check out the situation before he turned. A big, bald, and heavily muscled male with a spiderweb tattoo on his neck was standing behind and just to the side of David, a smirk on his pockmarked face.

Belly heating, David turned with a slight smile. “Problem?”

The bald man bared his teeth and, laughing, looked to a table to his right. “Hear that, boys?” he called out to his friends. “The pussy rock star here wants to know if there’s a problem.”

Laughter and shouts from that particular table, while the rest of the men in the bar went quiet. David didn’t move, taking a measure of the players without letting it show. “Always know your opponent” had been one of the first things his father had taught him—Vicente Rivera didn’t believe in turning the other cheek; he believed in teaching his sons how to put bullies on the ground and keep them there.

“Yeah, there’s a problem,” the bald guy said, shoving at David’s shoulder. “This is a real bar for real men. Not pussies.”

Like that, then. Good. He was in the mood to do some violence. Lifting his beer, David took a long drink, then slammed it down… and punched Bald Head in the jaw at the same time that he kicked out with his foot to connect with the other man’s knee. The jackass went down like a ton of bricks.

Roaring in rage, the man’s friends came at David.

He grinned and started to show them what this “pussy rock star” could do.

It wasn’t until they’d broken a table and several chairs, and the bartender had called the cops that David realized Thea would have to deal with the fallout from this. Fuck, fuck, fuck, he thought as he was shoved into a cell alone, his erstwhile opponents in the cell opposite. Sliding down the graffiti-marked wall to the floor, he thought about the phone call the desk sergeant had said he could make and decided against it.

Fox had Molly with him—the band’s lead singer had been waiting for his girl to arrive since the instant Schoolboy Choir set foot in the city. As for Noah and Abe, they both had their own plans. He knew any one of the three men would drop those plans in an instant to come to his aid, but since the cops had made it clear he’d be spending the night in a cell no matter what, why mess up their plans?

“You do or say anything that’ll hit the media, you call me. Day or night. I hate surprises—so don’t you dare surprise me.”

Thea had given that order to all four of them when she’d agreed to act as their publicist. Her up-front nature and dedication to her job was part of the reason they’d hired her; Thea was the best and she didn’t take any shit from her clients. He wasn’t doing himself any favors by not calling her.

Right then, David couldn’t find it in himself to care. It wasn’t as if she could hurt him any more than she already had. And Jesus, how long was he going to carry this torch that was burning him alive? “Fuck, fuck, fuck,” he said aloud, banging the back of his head against the wall.

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About Nalini Singh:
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don’t forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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Book Review: The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

18688614 Natalie Clayton has a pretty happy life as a librarian in Hood River. It’s a quiet life but one that she has carefully under control after she’s lived her once wild ways. When Paddy Hurley, big time rock star, runs into Natalie in a coffee shop and recognizes her from his past Natalie wants to run away as fast as she can. And tries. Multiple times.

It turns out that they had a quick fling while partying together when Paddy’s band was up and coming. Since Natalie is trying to be on the straight and narrow she doesn’t want to go backward and wind up with a hard partying rocker. But what she doesn’t realize is that Paddy has changed just as much as she has.

This is the first time that I’ve read any of this authors work and I really enjoyed it. She does a wonderful job of weaving in secondary characters throughout the book, which make it richer. I loved the Hurley family dynamics and Dane does a wonderful job of playing that up. We get to see everything from brotherly love to parental affection and -my favorite – playful jabbing at Natalie as she tries to adjust.

The romance in this is also sweet, each has their personal demons to work through. Paddy trying to be patient with Natalie as she works through hers is great to see. Overall I enjoyed the dynamics of this book and loved the romance. I’ve already pre-ordered book 2 coming out in December so I think I’m hooked!

4 Stars

~Melinda

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Book Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead; Narrated by Emily Shaffer & Alden Ford

8709524 Maybe it’s just me but I think it’s pretty rare that a spin off series – whether it’s television or books – is better or even just as good as the original. But in this case I think without a doubt it is! Bloodlines is a series that spun off of the Vampire Academy series, which I also read, and liked. Richelle Mead created a very interesting and unusual world of vampires that I hadn’t come across before with different rules and classes of people within in this world that I found fascinating. A specific class of people called the Alchemists ended up being so fascinating that the author created a spin-off series called The Bloodlines and Silver Shadows is book #5 in the series.

I’ve been listening to this series because I really love the narrators. Both Emily Shaffer and Alden Ford do an amazing job so I haven’t even bothered to switch back and forth like I do sometimes. There are few books that I pre-order with an Audible credit and these are definitely on the list. Emily Shaffer captures the main character – Sydney’s intense love of all things knowledge related and everything that is orderly. I wouldn’t have thought you could capture that in just a voice but she does so in clipped tones and at the same time she’s managed to express the confusion the people in her world had caused Sidney to feel. Alden Ford does a wonderful Adrian who has evolved from a lazy royal (and can slip easily back into that role) into a college student who cares about others. It’s great to hear that laziness dripping from his voice at times.

This book picks up where the last one left off – with Sidney and Adrian apart and Sidney in the hands of the Alchemists. This was a pretty dark plot for most of it as Sydney was in their hands and they are attempting to brainwash her, or worse, for the majority of the book. I was already a Sydney fan before this but her character development has just gotten better and better as the series continues. In this one she comes across as confident and able to deal with anything that’s thrown at her, which is a crazy amount here.

Adrian on the other hand doesn’t come across as quite as strong for a while. He is a spirit user and that cause him to be more temperamental and more prone to emotional outbreaks. When he can’t find Sydney right away Adrian returns to the royal court and does slide into a bit of a depression which can be hard to watch. When he does come to his senses some time has past and he has to figure out if he can finally rescue Sydney from the Alchemist’s clutches.

There’s a dual POV that the books have that I love and the romance continues to blossom here even though they’re apart for a significant portion of the book. This is the best one yet and I have high hopes for the next -and last- one to come out in this series next year!

5 Stars

~Melinda

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Cover Reveal: Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Blurb:
What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man…and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

Releases on Sept. 30!
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About Nalini Singh;
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angel’s Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

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Giveaway: Signed copy of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

17788401 Vi and I got to go to the Atria Falling in Love tour and I snagged a copy of Ugly Love and got it signed for one of our lucky readers! This is Colleen Hoover’s latest release which was on the New York Time’s Best Sellers list.

Synopsis:
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

To enter the giveaway just comment on this post with how much you love CoHo and if you haven’t already go like us on Facebook! The contest will stay up for a week until the 18th at 5 PM EST. You will win the signed book, a nice thin canvas bag and an Atria book boyfriend pin.

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Book Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

There’s a lot of sex in this book. A lot. Mainly in the first half of the book. Molly and Fox meet at a party. Insta-lust happens and they spend the night together. Molly is not interested in anything more but Fox persists and who can resist a rock god? Well, not Molly. And I can’t blame her.
Fox’s band, Schoolboy Choir, is taking a month long vacation in Australia. Molly agrees to spend that time with him. In between the sex, they do talk and get to know each other. Thus, after the month ends, Fox tells Molly he wants more. He want a relationship. He wants her to move to L.A. with him. Molly, of course, agrees.
The book really shines in the second half. In L.A., Molly meets some of his friends and get to know his bandmates better. She even guides the drummer, David, on how to pursue her half-sister, Thea. Thea happens to handle the band’s PR.
Throughout their relationship, they do talk and solve problems like mature adults.

“Molly?”
“Yes?”
“You can always ask, he said at that wary sound. “I’d rather get pissed at me, scream and yell, than let suspicion stew inside that smart head of yours.”

“You said I should trust you.”
“You should.” “But until you do, I’ll take questions.”

If you don’t mind all the sex, you will be rewarded with a wonderful romance and a terrific cast of secondary characters who deserve books of their own.

ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley.

3.5/5 stars

~Vi

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I, Zombie by Hugh Howey

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Let me start off by saying that this isn’t your normal zombie book. There are no zombies mumbling “brains”, these zombies don’t say much of anything verbally…. Mentally, now there is a different story.

This book is told by various zombies, they are mentally aware of that is going on, but are unable to control their bodies or their never ending hunger much to their disgust and horror. They can feel, think and process the things that they are doing to their fellow man.

It’s hard to review as it’s told from many points of view. There are scenes of heartbreak as well as disgust and horror. One pregnant zombie, who was only a few days away from giving birth, is struggling with the baby zombie within her. A mother and child who face a crowd of zombies and a sacrifice has to be made. One of a zombie son locked in with his mother who is paralyzed and the hunger just won’t leave him alone. You get the picture of some of the horrors that await you. There is a story of hope as well that has you cheering on a guy who is in the process of changing into the monster he doesn’t want to become.

There is gore in this book, lots of it. There are some moments when you feel bile rising in the back of your throat but it’s so well written that you read on. Sorta like watching a car crash, you can’t help but look. You get dragged along with the zombies and you start to feel for them and the predicament they are in.

There is no real beginning, except that some kind of virus caused this, and there is no solid end to this book. It’s a series of stories that tell of a loss of will and humanity. The never ending hunger, the pain and the hopes of a final death that never seem to come.

I had to digest what this book meant and what it was supposed to convey to the reader. It whirled in my head for a few days and made me think, something I didn’t expect with this kind of book. Its funny, when I did meet Hugh Howey I told him I enjoyed this book and it made me think….that was a comment he wasn’t expecting.

4/5 stars

Crash

 

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