Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Blissful Tragedy by Amy L. Gale

Blissful Tragedy
By: Amy L. Gale
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: February 8, 2014
Publisher: 5PrinceBooks
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Sometimes love is more than tragedy or bliss.
Ambitious twenty-two-year-old Lexie Waters is intent on taking the advertising world by storm. When she’s offered the soon-to-be open position she’s been vying for at a swanky advertising agency, there’s only one last summer separating her from dreams of corporate success. Still bitter from catching her boyfriend cheating, she heads out for a night of fun to see her favorite band, Devil’s Garden, but fun turns into utter embarrassment when she insults the enticingly confident lead singer, Van Sinclair. Van is intrigued by Lexie’s ability to resist his charm and secretly obtains her cell number. Shocked but eager to get to know this captivating rocker, Lexie accepts Van’s invitation to see his next show, which requires an overnight stay. The overwhelming feelings that follow take them both by surprise, and with two months left before starting her sought after new position, Lexie joins the tour. As she’s catapulted into the world of groupies and wild parties, she questions Van’s commitment to her.

****4 ½- Fab Debut -Stars****
~I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review~
~this review contains minor spoilers~

First time backstage?”
I’m sadly a backstage virgin.” I breathe slowly, trying to steady my pulse.
Not many of the other girls I met today can say that, judging by the things they were saying to me.” He flashes a wry grin. “Nothing like what you said to me of course.”
I’m not a use-me-and lose-me groupie.” I press my lips into a hard line and cross my arms.
He smirks. “These girls come half-naked to our concerts with the hopes of banging a rocker for the sheer purpose of bragging rights. Now, who’s using who?”

Well, that was not at all what I expected. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it just took me by surprise. For a rocker book, it was a lot tamer than I'm used to, not quite so dark, dirty, and edgy. I still liked it, quite a bit actually, I just didn't fall head over heels in love with it.

Stay or walk away? There’s no way I can walk away from him, I’ve really known that from the beginning. No matter what the rational part of my mind tells me, I’ve been his from the first time those emerald eyes locked onto mine.

Lexie has just finished college and has landed her dream job. Before she takes the advertising world by storm, she's ready to spend her last summer of freedom living it up. Fresh off a breakup with her cheating ex, Jesse, she heads out with the girls to celebrate graduation at a concert of one of her favorite up and coming bands Devils Garden. Back stage passes bring her face to face with lead singer, Van Sinclair.

Hey babe, want a drink?”
My muscles tense and my jaw clenches. Sure, first they ask you if you’d like a drink and the next minute you’re walking in on them screwing another girl. No thanks! There’s no way I will be sweet talked into sex, no matter how enchanting this rock star is.
Listen, I’m not your babe and I’m definitely not sleeping with you!” I shout.
Oh my God, did I just say that out loud? My stomach knots as I replay the words in my mind. I really need to establish some control over the filter between my brain and my mouth. I’ve just insulted the lead singer of one of my favorite bands while backstage at his show! Am I insane?

After insulting Van and adamantly resisting his charms, she never expects him to want to talk to her again-but he does. Secretly obtaining her cell number, he wastes no time contacting her again and inviting her too another concert....which involves an overnight stay.

I hope you’re not mad that I hacked your cell phone. I just don’t want tonight to be the last time we talk.
My entire body trembles and my stomach twitches. As usual, my insecurities dominate my mind. Why would someone like Van Sinclair want to get to know me better?

Sparks fly and they're both surprised by the connection they feel. Van has never been in any kind of a relationship before and having recently been cheated on, Lexie is understandably insecure. But they both want to see where this could possibly go, so Van invites Lexie along on tour. She's got several months before her new job starts, so she takes the plunge and goes for it. Thrust into life on the road and surrounded by groupies will take some getting used to, but she wants to spend the time with Van so she adjusts...mostly. But Van living the life of a rock-n-roll god causes her to question weather or not he could ever really be faithful or committed to her. What happens in the fall when she starts her new job and he continues on tour without her but still surrounded by lots and lots of half-naked temptation, not to mention the fact they live in two separate states? How can you make a relationship work when you already have so much working against you?

The rational part of my brain is telling me this relationship will most definitely turn out to be a train wreck, but my heart doesn’t care. From the day we met, a fire ignited inside of me. My body quivers and I become breathless every time he’s near me. It’s a unique experience, probably something I’ll never encounter again. It’s an undying passion flowing through every pore in my body.

My only real problems with the book were
1) It's told entirely from Lexie's POV. I'm one of those people that likes to get in the head of both main characters, it helps me connect to them better. As such, I never really got a full grasp of Van. He was sweet, funny, super-sexy, and romantic as hell, I'll give him that, I just wanted to know him better if that makes sense.
2) I am not a real big fan of insta-love and this skated that line.
3) Lexie came across as kind of immature, her 'voice', so to speak, seemed very young to me. She leaned heavily towards the over-dramatic and tended to drastically overreact to situations.
I did, however, love Jenna. She was a snarky bitch who took control but was loyal as hell to those she loved and held close. And the ending was just the sweetest thing ever, I loved it. I would recommend this book to those who love a sweet romance. Fab debut for Author Amy Gale, I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

My world changed the moment I met you. I never knew what was missing. Everything’s better when you’re here and nothing’s right without you. I never feel as good as I do when you’re by my side or as bad as I do when you’re away from me. So far it’s been a blissful tragedy.

Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, Amy Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes. She attended Wilkes University where she graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach. She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, six cats, and golden retriever.

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