Friday, May 27, 2016

RELEASE DAY BLITZ, 5 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: 1984: Against All Odds by Rebecca Yarros


Cover Design: Regina Wamba - MaeIDesign and Photography
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Love the music—never the man. 

At twenty years-old, Sabrina Caroline was America’s sweetheart pop star, until she took a year off to treat her social phobia that her cut-throat-manager/mom paid top dollar to keep quiet. Now as part of her comeback, she’s forced into collaboration with one of the hottest rock bands topping the charts—Birds of Prey—whose lead guitarist happens to be her biggest mistake…and her biggest regret. 

Hawke Owens never imagined Birds of Prey would surpass the basement of the Duncan High School for Performing Arts, let alone score them a European tour. But success has its price, and for him, it’s being forced to work with the only girl who shattered his heart—Sabrina Caroline. She’s everything that he remembers and more, every memory and fantasy come to life. At first touch, their connection is electric, but it’s also as strong as her determination to follow her number one rule—she doesn’t date rock stars…even though she’s become one. 

Loving her again is as natural as holding his guitar, but she’s destroyed him once, and this time the stakes are higher, more public, and the consequences life-altering. 

Against the backdrop of the birth of MTV, they’ll have to choose between the demands of their label, and the demands of the heart.  
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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Here's the thing about Rebecca's makes me cry. Even when the story isn't sad, like this one. There is just something about her writing and the way she writes that just gets to me...every time. And I mean that in the best way possible!

Brie and Hawke were high school sweethearts, but when he struck it big with his band, Brie couldn't handle it. From a very young age her mother told her to never fall in love with a rock star and she truly believed that a relationship with him would never work. So she walked away. The ironic part is that Brie because famous herself. But after being discovered she felt like she owed it to her mother to sign a recording contract and make it big as well. But the public figure she has become, is not the person she wants to be.

After taking a year off thanks to her social anxiety, Brie somehow ends up in a deal to duet with Hawke's band, Birds of Prey. She is hesitant at first, but eventually realizes she can use this opportunity to her professional advantage. When Hawke and Brie are reunited, it is a bit rough at first. They have to hash things out and confess a few things before they are on even ground again. But once they are...WATCH OUT. It's like the last few years never happened. 

It was great to watch them rediscover their love for each other. Hawke came through for her in some very big ways, sending a message to every one in their lives, that he was totally committed to making things work. Once again Rebecca wrote a guy that I absolutely LOVED and want to put on my book boyfriend list. 

And don't be fooled by the fact that is a novella. There is A LOT going on in this book. And it's got some of the BEST 80's references. MTV! The music! Bette! The clothes! and of course...THE HAIR. It's just all a bunch of 80's goodness!

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He took my face in his hands and leaned in until he was all I could see, all I could feel, and smell. How easily he consumed me with a simple touch. “There have been too many women. Too many meaningless encounters. Too many faces. But there’s only been one name in my mouth, and it’s always been yours. Only yours.” His mouth met mine without preamble, and before I could protest, I was lost to the feel of his lips on mine. It was so familiar, yet new. When his tongue stroked the seam of my lips, I opened for him, and reveled in his groan as he sank into the kiss. I found the support beam against my back as he pressed against me, our bodies aligning with the fit I’d always remembered as perfect. It was still just as exquisite. His hand stroked down the side of my body, a path of fire igniting in his wake until he gripped one of my hips, pulling me even closer to him. With the other, he tilted my head for a deeper assault, exploring the recesses of my mouth, lingering like he didn’t already know every part of me. It was the best second first kiss in the history of kisses.

I arched, pushing my breasts against his chest, and looped my arms around his neck. Then I kissed him back with every ounce of passion I’d missed these last three years. I kissed him the way I’d fantasized about since I walked out, with tiny nips and fuller, lingering caresses. When that wasn’t enough, I sucked his tongue back into my mouth and reveled in his groan of surrender.

He still wanted me, and that knowledge was more intoxicating than any alcohol, more high-inducing than any drug.

His hand shifted, running under my dress until he met bare skin where my garters attached to my stockings. “Holy shit, Brie. You’re going to be the death of me.”

He squeezed my bare thigh, and I lifted my leg, semi-wrapping it around his hip.

I’d almost forgotten how powerful it was to kiss Hawke, how it consumed every sense, every thought, until I was just a jumble of feelings and need. It was never just a kiss, it was a full-body experience that blocked out the rest of the world.

A moan escaped my lips as his set to my neck, and my head rolled back against the beam. He hit the spot right above my collarbone and I whimpered.

“I love that sound,” he murmured, then gently sucked that patch of skin so he could hear it again.

“Hey guys—whoa!” Chad’s voice penetrated my haze of desire.

“Go the fuck away,” Hawke said, moving so I was covered from Chad’s gaze. “Yeah, well, I would—I mean, good for you guys, and it’s about damn time—but

Oscar Oswald is here and he’s asking for us.”

I pushed gently against Hawke’s chest. If Oscar Oswald was here, it could mean huge things for their career. He was the biggest name going in rock. “You need to see what he wants.”

About the Author

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.

When she's not writing, she's tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

Rebecca is represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency.

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