Friday, August 1, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Resisting the Musician by Ally Blake

 Bridal shoe company owner Lori Hanover is in way over her head. First, her designer sister has fallen head over heels for the rock star fianc√© of a client - talk about bad PR! Now her business is falling apart.  Lori's only hope in saving her company is making the world believe it was true love, even if she's not so sure herself.  Her best bet? A song.  For this she turns to the most frustrating musical recluse in America, Dash Mills, a man who could pass for Thor’s sexier brother. And even though this former rock superstar agrees to help, it comes at a price…

When Lori agrees to Dash’s terms, he thinks she's the one in for a challenge. But the more time he spends with this spitfire bombshell, the more tempted he is to play her—in more ways than one. But Dash left behind the rock and roll life for a reason.  And seductive as Lori may be, if she drags him back into that world, this time he won't forgive himself...or her.

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Laura's Review: 
I loved the premise and cover of this book the moment I saw it, so I couldn't wait to read it. But, as soon as I started reading, I instantly disliked Lori, who came off as abrasive and high strung. Needless to say - I was a bit apprehensive about the rest of the story. Then I met Dash. Ex-rocker now living the life of a semi-hermit in the woods making things in his shed with his hands. I loved him just as much as I disliked Lori. But, I now think that was Ms. Blake's wonderful point all along. Lori needed to grow - and Dash's lesson in humility was the perfect impetus for that growth. And Dash needed the same push to make him see that life outside wasn't as nearly black and white as he'd made it. Watching them get to where they both had to be was great. It, of course, helped that they had off-the-charts chemistry, and being forced to be around each other just revved that up. The interesting thing was that the part of the book I liked least was Callie (who I'm assuming had her own story already told - one I will not be reading, which is too bad because Jake seems almost as perfect as Dash) - Callie was supposed to be innocent and cute, but came across as self-centered and immature. So much so that I wondered why Lori would even be doing all that she is for her. Luckily, Callie was hardly in the book at all, so it was easy to look past that. Great book with a great cover to match (although I'd like to have seen a guitar on there!)

Resisting the Musician: 4/5 Stars

His rumpled T-shirt lifted at his belly to reveal a happy trail and the fact that the top two buttons of his jeans had been left undone, as if he’d rolled out of bed, tugged them on, and headed off into the wilderness.
Also leaving her with the pretty sound impression that he wore nothing underneath.
When Callie had mentioned meeting Jake’s illusive reclusive ex-band-mate a few weeks before, Lori had briefly imagined an overweight, overly-tattooed guy who reeked of bourbon and past glory.

Instead, she’d found Thor.

BIO:  Australian writer Ally Blake is a redhead, a footy fan, a devotee of the language of Aaron Sorkin; she is addicted to stationery and M&Ms and weak in the face of Italians and fire-fighters and a firm believer in love, luck, and fairies. She is also a best-selling author with more than twenty-five fun, flirty romance novels under her belt with over three million copies of her books sold worldwide. For Ally's take on life, writing, and other fancy stuff, head to

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