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enticing INTERLUDE
Tempest series #2
by: Michelle Mankin
Genre: New Adult RockStar Romance
246 pages
published February 2nd 2014

To the talented vocalist Justin Jones, love is merely a game that he plays by his own rules.
But to Bridget Dubois, love and heartache are one and the same.
Broken too many times before, the delicate beauty keeps her emotions carefully concealed. Bridget has her own set of rigid rules when it comes to men. She prefers to avoid them altogether, especially dangerously seductive auburn haired emerald eyed players like Justin.
But the new lead singer of the rising rock band Tempest doesn’t like to be ignored. Justin is used to getting what he wants, and now he’s set his sights on Bridget.
Suddenly, it’s no longer a game.
What do you do when the one you can’t have turns out to be the one you can’t live without?
As the pressure builds, will it temper them or will it shatter them both like fragile crystal?

*Each book in the Tempest series focuses on a different band member so technically they could be read alone, BUT would be much more enjoyable if read in order because of character back stories & continuing story lines*

A portion of proceeds from this book go to Covenant House.
They have a helping hand for single mother’s program that acknowledges that being a good mom is one of the toughest jobs in the world but also one of the most important. The program offers free on-site day care so moms can complete their education or hold down a job.
It would be so much easier with someone else to rely on.”—Bridget Dubois

*****5-Holy Hott Rockers-Stars*****

this review contains spoilers from book 1
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review

Someone cleared their throat behind me. I swiveled around in my chair.
Bryan, Dizzy, King and Sager.
The four remaining members of Tempest stood in the open doorway.
Faded jeans. Lots of leather. Copious tats. Abundant attitude.
They looked exactly like the rough rockers they were reputed to be.
I had to admit I really liked the idea of being a part of that.

Well.... I think I need to take a little trip to Vancouver and tour Black Cat Records cause seriously-with that much hotness roaming around the building it's a wonder any female who enters it doesn't spontaneously combust. This series rocks my world and I will admit to a little girl-crushing on Michelle Mankin, anyone who can dream up that kind of sexiness and drama is my kind of lady ;)

We had a long way to go before we were a cohesive unit. Bryan was obviously the crux of the problem. He'd become the de facto leader of the group after War left, and that was ok, except that the toxic vibe leeching off him was poisoning everything and everyone else around him. Not much I did seemed to meet with his approval. I was going to have to do something about that. I just hadn't figured out what yet.
Justin Jones has just landed the gig of a lifetime as new lead singer of the up and coming rock band Tempest, but things aren't exactly off to a smooth start. He has big shoes to fill as War's replacement and the guys are less than welcoming. Despite the way War left an all that transpired between them, the guys had all been so close for so long that Justin's presence is just a constant reminder of War's absence. Luckily for Justin, he has his pretty, new friend Lace (who is still suffering from her own guilt) as a sort of buffer but they are gonna have to figure out a way to make it work.

His ringing laughter was like a life preserver that I willingly grabbed to pull myself out of my morose musings.
I managed a smile for him. He was my bright light. I would do anything for him.

Bridget DuBois is a newcomer to Vancouver. After recently losing her grandmother, she has nowhere to go so the single mother moves in with her one and only friend Lace til she gets back on her feet. Bridget has suffered a lot of pain and loss in her young life, betrayed and abandoned by those closest to her, she learns at a very young age that men simply cannot be trusted. Love and devastation go hand in hand, so she chooses to just avoid it all together. Her five-year old son, Carter, is her life so she just focuses on that. Til she meets Lace's friend and neighbor, lead singer of Tempest, Justin Jones.

Justin Jones was one of the most handsome men I'd ever seen. Rip your heart out and teach you a lesson you'll never forget kind of handsome.

Sure he's gorgeous and has a history of being a narcissistic bad boy on the prowl in the past, but I think he would leave all that behind for the right woman.

Justin hasn't had a whole lotta luck when it comes to women in the past, so now he just floats through one-night stands with no commitments and he's okay with that. He doesn't think finding that one special woman is in the cards for him, til he meets Bridget. Something about her grabs his attention and won't let go. She's beautiful-though she tries to hide it, the bond she shares with her son Carter is breathtaking, she's strong and independent, caring, generous and selfless to those closest to her-though he can see in her eyes how much she's been hurt before and how very guarded she is. Unfortunately, she tells him in no uncertain terms that it's not going to happen. Unaccustomed to being turned down, her rejection only makes him more determined. He knows he has to tread carefully with her, but he also know he will do whatever he has to do to make her his.

Fine, run away for now, I thought, my eyes watching appreciatively as her hips swayed gracefully in her oversized jeans, but the game was on. I'd have her... eventually.

The sneaky bastard was using my son to get me to go out with him. Suddenly what I could and wouldn't allow started to be less defined, and it didn't take psychic ability to know that spelled trouble for me.

I loved getting back into the lives of the TMT. While the first book was a lot more on the gritty side, this one leaned more to the sweet side. Don't take that to mean there wasn't an abundance of angst and drama, there was, it just wasn't as rough and tumble as the first one. But let me tell you-that epilogue?! We went from-awww, how friggin romantic!! to heart-clenching, gut-wrenching tension in two seconds flat. I was screaming as I was doing a disturbing little happy dance in my seat at the same time when I realized my hopes at the end of book 1 were about to be the next book GAH!! But I can be patient, kinda, it will be worth it in the end. LOVE this series, LOVE this author, READY for more!!

Everything changed when you blazed unexpectedly into my life, showing me a brand of love so generous, so beyond my imagination or hope. The fact that you don't even realize how special you are only adds to your allure. It may be too soon for you, but I'm standing right here, right now ready to offer you my heart. I can only pray that one day you'll take me up on the offer. But honestly, even if you never do, I'm already yours.”

I wasn't prepared for someone like you, Justin. Someone patient and understanding who could help me find faith in myself again. Who could help me become the person that I've always wanted to be. The person that I was, before all the poison in my life put me in a dreamless sleep.”  

irresistible REFRAIN
Tempest series #1
by: Michelle Mankin
Genre: New Adult RockStar Romance
268 pages
published October 2nd 2013

Two years ago everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest.

Two years is a long time.
Too long to keep on remembering.
Not nearly long enough to forget.

In trouble with nowhere else to go songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City. It’s a risky move for her because they are both there, two impossibly good looking men whose lives are inseparably entwined with hers. One who bruised her heart and one who smashed it into pieces.

Warren “War” Jinkins, the mercurial lead singer of Tempest, has always had a thing for Lace. But then again so does his best friend and band mate.

Bryan “Bullet” Jackson, the sinfully handsome tat-sleeved lead guitarist, has a bad boy reputation befitting his nickname. For the past two years Bullet’s had a rule with the groupies: one time, never twice, leave ‘em satisfied, but always leave ‘em.

Two guys, one woman, and a host of dark secrets all together within the tight confines of a tour bus as the group travels cross country.

Can the past be forgotten and buried?
Will friendships prevail?
Or will the three of them succumb to seductive impulses too addictive to resist?

** Irresistible Refrain is a gritty rock and roll tale intended for mature readers seventeen and up. Contains sexual situations, strong language, and drug use. **

*****5-Gritty, Drug Induced-Stars*****
this review contains minor spoilers

And here we were all these years later and Lace Lowell still had the ability to tie me up in knots. I still wanted to protect and please her. But because of War I was powerless to do either.
Some fucked up fairy tale I was living.

Wow, I don't know where to even begin. Hello Miss Communication, I'd like to introduce you to my friends Angst & Miss Understanding-now, go fight nicely. Sex, drugs, and Rock-n-Roll...that is definitely the world this book enters. This is no sunshine and unicorns pretty little romance-it's dirty, gritty, dangerous, drugged up & drunk-heartbreaking...lucky for me-I LOVE THAT SHIT!!

 Never welcome.
Never wanted.
My mother had been right all along.
A part of me, the part with dreams, the beautiful part, had been snuffed out by darkness. Fear had replaced hope and apathy had replaced fear until all that remained was this empty frame, a place card for the woman I'd once been, still pretty to look at, but hollow inside.

Lacey 'Lace' Lowell has just gone through a violent breakup from a very dangerous man named Martin. With nowhere to go and afraid for her safety, she joins her brothers band 'Tempest' on tour. Only now, she's on the road, jammed in a tour bus with two men who have broken her heart and her trust in the past. It doesn't take long for her to fall back into a relationship with ex-boyfriend, Warren 'War' Jinkins-lead singer, but that doesn't keep her from constantly thinking about Bryan 'Bullet' Jackson-lead guitarist and the man she has loved her entire life, the same one who shattered her heart completely years ago.

 My mind remembered how badly Bryan Jackson had hurt me, but my traitorous body wanted me to forget.

You know me, Lace. I don't do relationships.”
Yeah, that's not something I'm likely to forget.”

Bryan and War have been best friends since middle school, closer than brothers War has taken the fall for Bryan more than once and always has his back. So when War lays claim on a sixteen year old Lace, Bryan backs off figuring eventually War will get bored and move on leaving Lace up for grabs, little did he know that would never happen. Bryan has known Lace & her Brother Dizzy since he's seven years old and she is the only woman he has ever loved, but loyalty to War keeps him from going after her.

I saw how you looked at her, man. But I don't want you coming between me and this chick, understand? This one's mine.”
I made a promise based on our friendship that night. And that promise ended up costing me more over the years than I ever could have imagined.

Nothing had fucking changed. Twenty thousand people screaming my name during my guitar solo at the Garden, plus two twins, but none of that mattered to me. Not when my best friend had the woman I'd always wanted.

Being cramped on a bus tests both of their limits, Bryan hates seeing her with War and Lace hates feeling like she was never worth fighting for while swimming amongst groupies and Bryan's past. Chemistry mounts, tension fills the air, building up to an explosion neither are prepared for.

You're fucking engaged, aren't you?” His voice was deadly quiet, but his expression was so wild and wounded that I took a step back. “Why, Lace? How could you do this to me? To us?”
What us is there, Bryan? Prom was a long ass time ago. War wants me. He makes our relationship a priority. When have you ever done that?”

Traveling across country, they are all keeping secrets that may threaten to destroy everything. Friendships will be tested, hearts will be broken, while everything begins to spin completely out of their control. I'm not usually a huge fan of triangles, but I never could pass up a rocker and angst is my BFF so this book still totally worked for me. Drama around ever corner, characters I completely fell in love with, and a kickass story made me an insta-fan of Michelle Mankin's. There is one thing that has left me a little unsettled, the fate of one particular character was left hanging out in the breeze. I won't say who and ruin the ending for you, but I'll just say they went completely off the rails and disappeared. As much of an ass as they kinda turned into-they still stole a piece of my heart in the end and I really would like to find out what happens for them next. Even though they have fallen off the grid, I'm hoping to hear more from them or even of them in future books ** fingers crossed ** Cannot wait for muchMUCH more from this series- I am FAR FROM READY to leave the 'tempting men of Tempest'

I should let it go, let her go, but that's what I had done two years ago and I didn't know if I had it in me to do again, even for War.

He was the constant in my life, my irresistible refrain. I could no more keep myself from needing, wanting, or returning to him than I could keep myself from breathing. It was always going to be him.

MICHELLE MANKIN is the author of the Black Cat Records series of novels. Romance with subtext. For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander. Black Cat Records in Vancouver provides the central backdrop for all of Michelle’s current novels. Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry. Things take a bit of a darker, edgier, once upon a turn with the Tempest series.  These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there. When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.

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