Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Release Day Review ~ Reverb (Blue Phoenix #5) by Lisa Swallow

COVER ARTIST:  Najla Qamber at Najla Qamber Designs
IMAGE:  Stock Photo


Blue Phoenix drummer, Bryn Hughes, prefers a quiet life away from the spotlight. But that’s proving difficult when his life is complicated by three very different girls: 
Mia, the girl who doesn’t understand the word no. 

Avery, who wishes she’d said yes. 

And his forever girl

Add to this a secret that threatens to take decisions about the future out of Bryn’s hands, and Bryn’s reputation as the uncomplicated band member is over. 

The world of Blue Phoenix is changing and Bryn is on the edge. Following a failed attempt to win back the girl he loved and lost as a teen, a broken-hearted Bryn returns to England and discovers heiress, Mia Jordan, has moved herself into his apartment while he was away. Life just got hard. 

When Avery spills soup on a rock star at a wedding and suggests he removes his trousers, she doesn’t expect to see Bryn Hughes again unless he’s carrying a law suit. 
So when Bryn gatecrashes an evening with her friends the following day, what he does stuns her. 

Avery and Bryn begin an unlikely relationship but their growing closeness looks set to end. If Bryn’s heart still belongs to a different girl, and he’s about to tour with Blue Phoenix, a future together looks doubtful. 

But when a secret explodes, the effects reverberate through every aspect of Bryn’s world and deciding where his heart belongs becomes the least of Bryn’s problems.

“I can find plenty of girls to do whatever I want, but I want to do those things with you.” Bryn raises the eyebrow that accompanies any comment along these lines and my stomach tightens.
“Is that why you asked me out again, to see if I changed my mind?”
He sips his hot chocolate. “No. I mean yeah. Oh crap, stop confusing me.”
“Have you changed your mind, Bryn?”
“Nothing to change my mind about. I like you. I just warned you about me, that’s all.”
“And then kissed me.” I fix him with a steady gaze.
“You can tell a lot about how somebody feels if you kiss them.” Bryn returns my look and I refuse to back down even though my hormones go haywire at the promise held in his eyes.
“Was the kiss a test? 'How to tell if Avery likes me'?” I ask.
A smile slowly curves across his lips. “I'm already sure you like me, cariad.”
“Don't be so conceited!”
“Do you kiss every guy you meet like that? I’m shocked!”
“You kissed me!”
“And you kissed me back,” he says quietly. “Then you pinned me to the sofa. I was defenceless!”

I throw a chip at Bryn's head, hoping to diffuse the tension he's creating. “Stop it!”
Under the table, Bryn traps my leg between his, the strength of the muscled thigh holding me in place. “I want to keep seeing you while we're both in London, then we can see what happens at the end of the two weeks. What do you think?”
What do I think? Two weeks isn’t enough with a man who empties my head of everything but us when I’m with him, and who still runs red-hot through my blood when he’s not around. Each minute with Bryn is one closer to losing him again, each kiss sealing my fate. I’m in over my head, and I’m going to get hurt.
I spoon a melted marshmallow from my mug and slip it into my mouth. Bryn watches, eyes darkening before he reaches across and wipes chocolate from my lips. The sensation of his rough skin against my mouth vibrates the sexual tension into every nerve fibre and when he licks the chocolate from his finger, eyes focused on mine, the world drops away from everything but us.
There is no mistaking this man's intentions.
“I'm telling you right now, I will not have sex with you,” I blurt.
I sound like a broken record. Why do I have to keep telling him this? Because I’m telling myself at the same time?
He leans across the table. “Not even a little bit? I'll make sure you enjoy it.” His curls tickle my face and I shift back because his mouth is dangerously close to mine and I won't be able to keep my lips off him.
“Bryn! No! If that's why you want to see me, you're wasting your time.”
Bryn's expression smugly says 'I bet I'll change your mind'. With a few more kisses like the one earlier, I'm pretty sure he will.
“Okay, cariad.”
“Don't call me...” I huff. “Never mind. Can we talk about something else?”
Bryn looks around the restaurant as I force myself to keep eating, his natural ease around me not matched by the sick giddiness I slip into whenever I’m around him.
What is this we're doing? And more importantly, can I spend time with a man who I can't look at without remembering him semi-naked in a hotel room, and regret that I wasn't?
I don't know who's confusing me more, myself or Bryn. One thing is certain; I am not going home with this man tonight.

5+ Quiet Drummers Need Love Too -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Anybody would do right now”
“Whoa. That's not like you. Mr. Secretive Nice Guy.”
“Maybe I'm pissed off with being the nice guy; it doesn't work.”
“Work at what?”
“Being happy.”

Blue Phoenix Drummer Bryn Hughes has always been content blending into the background of the bands fame, least hounded by the media, never surrounded by scandal -he leaves that mess for Dylan and Jem. Simple and uncomplicated, that's the way he likes it. Unfortunately for Bryn, his reputation is about to be thrown into disarray and it all revolves around three woman who will change his life in ways he never could have expected, throwing uncomplicated out the window.

~The heiress who can't seem to understand the meaning of the word no.
~The woman who takes him by surprise allowing him to just be Bryn, she understands him like no other and he finds himself more drawn to her by the day.
~and his Forever girl, the one he has loved most of his life and never imagined a future without.

But an unexpected secret from his past is about to blow his life to bits, and it may just decide his future for him. Mr. Uncomplicated is about to land face-first in the same spotlight he has always avoided, and not in a good way.

I'm sick of holding the guys together when they fall apart, all in the name of keeping Blue Phoenix going. I need a life outside the band. I'm not going to 'do a Dylan'; he was really fucked up, but this year is about a new balance. The rest of the guys are moving forward and so can I.

I didn't think it was possible but the series just gets better, and more intense, by the book. I was very much looking forward to this installment as Bryn has always been a bit of a mystery. Steering clear of the spotlight has also had him kinda blending into the background up until now so I had no idea what to expect from him. He turned out to be a fantastic surprise. He's quirky and funny (at least to himself) and he definitely has the caretaker vibe going on. He has always been there to pick the guys up when they were down, helping them and being there for them when their lives spiral out of control. Well, he's had enough of that noise and decides it's time to cut loose. Our quiet drummer is tired of being walked on and overlooked and is determined to live his life. What I loved about him was, even though he has decided to go a little crazy he still keeps his head on straight, refusing to let himself fall down the same holes as his band-mates. As for the women in his life-I have vastly different opinions of each of them.

I DID NOT like Hannah. She was selfish and disruptive and she always rubbed me the wrong way with the choices she makes. I eventually began to kinda understand her, but I still hated the way she handled things.
Mia was annoying, sure, but mostly I found her to be young and naive. She wasn't necessarily a bad person, she just has some growing to do and I understood that even if I wanted to shake the crap outta her at times.
Now Avery was the most complex of the three. She's sweet and funny, she gets Bryn on a level no one else does, she's forgiving-maybe a little too forgiving, she's independent and a caretaker in her own way. But I have to admit, her insecurities got to be a bit much at times, guiding everything she does and causing quite a bit of frustration.

As the series moves along the stories get more emotionally draining and this was no exception. With 'Rising' we knew what we were getting into, having had a lot of experience with Jem prior to his book and from the synopsis alone we knew it was gonna be a rough ride. This one took me completely by surprise. There was plenty of angst, drama and frustration before Ms. Lisa lures us into a nice, sexually charged trap-she has you thinking the worst is almost over.... right before she slams us with a twist that will knock the wind out of you. I NEVER saw that coming. I don't care who you are, how many books you've read, or how great you are at working plot twists out ahead of time-you will not be prepared for this one. Broke. My. Heart. I won't say much more simply because you have to just live it along with the characters in order to feel the full force of this book. I can say that not many people can rip my heart out quite like Lisa Swallow does, but her aftercare is top notch and that's what I love most about it. She keeps me guessing, surrounds me with characters you can't help but love, drowns me in smokin hott chemistry, makes me laugh, makes me cry, pisses me off, guts me and heals me. This woman will always be sitting pretty on my One-Click-Addiction List and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

In my crazy world, I've met thousands of people – girls – and not one of them had any effect on me. No body has touched my life in the way you do,....”







Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, including the best-selling Blue Phoenix series. 
Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.





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