Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: Beat (Life on Stage #2) by Vi Keeland #Giveaway

I loved Flynn in Throb. He was just a sexy sweetheart and I couldn't wait for his story. And oh boy, Flynn did not disappoint. (Note: Beat it a standalone novel. You do not need to read Throb first, though I highly recommend it). Now I don't like to give any spoilers in my review, however I also know there are touchy subjects that some readers prefer to avoid. So I feel that I need to warn ahead of time that there is some cheating in Beat. I'm not a fan of it myself, but I find I can tolerate it when the characters are worth it. And Flynn Beckham is worth it.

The minute Flynn sets his eyes on Lucky, he knows he wants her. He knows she is unlike any other woman he has met before. But Lucky is dating the lead singer of a popular rock band. The rock band he happens to be opening for on tour. So that might be a bit of a complication. As much as Flynn does not want to be the other man, he just can't seem to stay away from her.

Lucky has had a crush on Dylan Ryder since she was a tween, and now she is living a dream as his girlfriend. It's not until Flynn walks into her bar that she begins to question their relationship. Is it truly love or still just girlhood fascination?

For the most part I liked Lucky. She's got her own set of vulnerabilities but there is also some strength there. I did not, however, like the cheating, despite the fact that her boyfriend is a giant douche. I questioned his loyalty throughout the entire book, but she seemed to be oblivious. I guess that's why I found the cheating tolerable. I just wish she hadn't been so back and forth and could have made a firm decision from the get go. But then again, life is never that cut and dry, is it?

Flynn is the perfect combination of sweet gentleman and naughty rock star that makes for some amazing steamy times. Oh yes. It is easy to see why Lucky fell so hard without meaning to. It definitely was a rough journey for the two of them but it was worth it in the end.

Favorite Quotes
"I can't wait till the day I get to wake up next to you and kiss the hell out of you in public."

"You've been inside me since the day we met. It's time I return the favor. Only I'm going to be much more literal."

"When I bury my face in your sweet pussy. Licking and sucking until I feel your body convulse around my tongue. Can you keep quiet then?"

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Getting through Flynn singing is incredibly hard.  The way his throat moves, the way his mouth caresses each syllable of the low, raspy sound that falls from his lips.  I should be watching his posture, his breathing, the way his larynx forces out the words—but instead I’m focused on the beauty of his mouth and how the sound of his voice glides over my body, making it feel both warm and tingly at the same time.  I’m lost when the song finishes, yet I haven’t really observed him yet.

“So.  Give it to me straight.  What am I doing wrong?”

Ummm…absolutely nothing from what I can see.  Everything was perfect.  Don’t change a thing.  Shit.  “Could you do it again?  Maybe a different song, one you haven’t sung in a while.  So the sounds are less familiar to your body.  Sometimes that can give me a different view.”  At least I make it sound like a real thing when the words come out. 

He sings again, and this time I force myself to observe.  “Hmm…your posture is great.  Most people have a tendency to favor one side of their neck, which makes them tilt a bit when they speak, and it becomes magnified when they sing, which puts strain on the muscles around the vocal cords.  Your alignment is perfect.”

“Thank you, it goes with the rest of my perfectness,” he says with a teasing arrogance that, from the little I know about him, I know isn’t real.

“You didn’t let me finish.”

“You can’t now tell me I’m not perfect.  I was already basking in the glow.”

“Actually, it was perfect…but almost a little too perfect.  Which makes me think you don’t usually stand this way when you sing.”

“It isn’t the way I normally sing.  On stage, I usually have a guitar over my shoulder.  Even if I’m not playing it, it’s there.”

“Well, I need to see you holding your instrument to assess you fully, then.”

Flynn’s eyebrows quirk up and the dirty grin on his face is unmistakable. 

“The guitar.  I’d need to see you holding the guitar.”

“That’s a shame.”  He shrugs, the playful smile still on his face.  “But okay.  It’s your call.  Whatever instrument you want to see me hold is fine with me.”

“How big of you.”

“So now we’re talking about the other instrument again?”

I roll my eyes, although this conversation is having more of an effect on me than I let on.

Title: Beat
Series: Life on Stage #2
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Book Blurb: 
Dimpled smile of a boy
Hard body of a man
Sings like an angel
Fucks like the devil

I was stuck between a rock(star) and a hard place.

At fifteen, his poster hung on my bedroom wall. At twenty-five his body hovered over mine. Every girl’s fantasy became my reality. I was dating a rockstar. Yet I was slowly falling for another man. The problem was—the two men—they shared a tour bus.

Flynn Beckham was the opening act.
Dylan Ryder was the headliner.

What happens when the opening act begins to shine so bright, it seems to dim everything else in its wake?

I’ll tell you what happens. Things get ugly.


About the Author
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

Twitter: @ViKeeland

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