Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release & Review: 80's Mix Tape Anthology

Release: 2/9/2016

Save a Prayer by Karen Booth
Angie Dawson never wants to see Graham Whiting again, a complete impossibility living in Stourbridge,England, the town outside London where she and Graham grew up. His band, Banks Forest, is so hot in the UK they might as well be on fire. She can’t turn on the blooming radio or watch telly or look at a magazine without being confronted by the ’80s Fab Four, fronted by the sexy bloke she’d once called her boyfriend. Every girl in England wants him. Bloody bastard.

Desperate to escape the 24-7 Banks Forest overload, Angie takes a twoweek job working as a photographer at the Music Revolution festival in the US. Finally, she can set her mind on something other than Graham and what it was like before he started being such a wanker. Maybe she can sort out what to do with her life. If she’s lucky, she’ll meet a cracking guy who doesn’t think he’s God’s gift to women. The instant she steps off the plane, she learns how daft her plan was. Banks Forest mania practically followed her across the Atlantic. Her new job puts her in Graham’s sights and he’s dead-set on winning her back. He knows the perfect things to say, the right way to kiss her and make everything brilliant again. She wants him, she wants him to be the guy he says he can be, but he’s about to go on the road for a year. How does a reunion with her ex end up being anything more than a one-night stand?

Need You Tonight by Gwen Hayes
Jacob Stone is on the run for a crime he didn't commit, but when he's stranded with the only woman he's ever loved by chance, the girl he abandoned to protect two years ago, he can't deny the need to possess her one last time. Mind, body, and soul.

Typical good girl Becky McDonald has loved bad boy Jacob since they were kids, but even as she gives in to the passion only he can ignite in her, she hides the truth. The one secret that would bring him back is the lie she can never reveal.

One night of passion. One night of need. That's all they can have, but it will never be enough.

Kickstart My Heart by Autumn Jones Lake
Russell“Chaser” Adams knows he’s destined to take over his father’s outlaw motorcycle club one day. With Chaser’s heavy metal band close to making it big, his father encourages him to pursue his music for now. Chaser straddles his Harley and heads across the country to the Sunset Strip.

Raised in a strict family with old-world traditions and their own secrets, Mallory Delov longs for glitter and glamor instead of blood and deceit. With her father serving time, it’s the perfect time to escape his domineering grasp and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress.

After nailing her first audition, Mallory is offered the part of a playful vixen who torments the lead singer of the up and coming metal band, Kickstart. Her job description calls for lots of hair tossing and ass wiggling. Not quite the career she had in mind.
She didn’t plan to fall in love either. Unlike any man she’s ever known, she can’t help being drawn to the guitar player, Chaser. He’s sweet, yet dangerous. An irresistible mixture to Mallory.

On the surface they seem like complete opposites.

Little do either of them know how much they have in common.

867-5309 by Jenny Holiday
Jenny Fields is a crusader. The editor of her college newspaper, she never met a cause she couldn’t get behind. So when the administration announces it’s tearing down the historic art building, she’s on the case. All she needs to do is get Matthew Townsend, the art department’s most talented student, on board. If she could just get the moody genius to answer his phone…

Drummer Girl by A.J. Pine
Sam Walsh is done—done with college, done with guys, done with the whole scene. After graduation tomorrow, she'll head home, ready to start her job as an elementary school music teacher in the fall. But her roommate coaxes her out for what she promises will be an epic last night, a night that ends up changing everything.

London Calling is the up-and-coming band playing at the local bar, and Sam can’t take her eyes off the sexy drummer. When he dedicates the drummer’s choice song to her, she knows the evening might be more epic than she’d imagined. Then one kiss turns her world upside down, making her question everything she thought she wanted out of her last night at school.

Ben McCarthy is the guy behind the drums, the would-have-been 306 valedictorian who dropped out three years ago to follow his dream. Tomorrow he and the band leave for London, but for one unforgettable night, it’s just Sam, the music, and him. Can a girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground fall for the boy who reaches for the stars when the only result is a broken heart?

Young Teacher by Bobbi Ruggiero
Control freak Julia Powers hates surprises. With the skills of a ninja, she keeps her ad business and personal life in perfect order. That leaves zero time for fun, let alone men. But there’s nothing wrong with having a little crush on the guy she sees at lunchtime, is there? Sure, he’s a lot younger, but it’s only a crush. It’s not like she’s going to date him or anything.

Matthew Gordon wants nothing more than for his band Joyride to go national. While he waits for his big break, he spends his days working in a sandwich shop—a job he loathes—and teaching guitar on the side—a job he loves. His days get a bit more interesting when a mysterious woman comes in for lunch and hands him a list of her favorite songs. So imagine his surprise when she shows up at his door for guitar lessons.

Unfortunately, Julia can’t play guitar to save her life, and her frustration threatens to ruin any chance of her finding happiness—with herself, or in love. Will he ever be able to teach her that she’s perfect just as she is?

Just Like Heaven by Rachel Cowell
As a premed student, college junior Sarah Lattimore’s life is a carefullycalibrated system of studying, studying, MCAT prep courses, and more studying. She didn’t have time for a social life in high school, and she definitely doesn’t have time for one now. But when she walks into the first day of anatomy lab and sees her gorgeous TA, Sarah’s brilliant mind is suddenly racing in new directions.

Grad student Josh Chapman’s mom died of ovarian cancer when he was a teenager, and his grief and rage at the experience turned his future aspirations toward cancer research. But the unbelievably cute, nerdy, and possibly insane Sarah Lattimore is in his section, and she’s… distracting. But when admiring from afar turns to up close and personal, both their academic lives begin to fall apart. Sarah cares too much about her grades to stay with Josh and she breaks things off.

But when she makes a mistake in class that results in Josh facing expulsion, will this mean the end of his dreams? Or will Sarah realize in time that being with Josh was the smartest choice she’d ever made?

My Review: 

Kickstart My Heart by Autumn Jones Lake
Mallory's life has been out of her hands forever, forced to do what her father commands of her, she finds herself oddly happy to finally be able to take the reigns over herself when he lands in jail. She treks across the country intent of following her dreams, on becoming an actress. Quickly landing a role, though not quite what she expected, Mallory finds herself drawn to one of the rockstars she's on set with.
Chaser didn't have a normal life either, growing up in an Outlaw motorcycle club. He knows what is expected of him in the future, but for now his focus is on his music. Filming a music video, he sort of stumbles upon Mallory as she's cast for a part. He finds Mallory attractive at first sight as well. Not only that, he finds himself wanting to take care of her.
These two seem to be vastly different, but something in the other just pulls them closer. They both have their family issues, not knowing how much to share or what to say, its easier to answer with as little bit of info as they can. Chaser opens up a whole new world to Mallory as they get to know one another.
Though they have a few misunderstandings they are able to work thorugh them. Mallory is not at all what Chaser is used to in women, so it takes him a little while to adjust his thinking from what he knows about women to what he's finding out about Mallory. Mallory's almost a fish out of water with Chaser, because she's never really had an opportunity to just be with a man.
This story gives us two people, both who grew up in crazy situations, both who have been affected by their upbringing, but also find in one another, just the person they need.

Drummer Girl by A.J. Pine
Sam has finished school, it's the night before graduation and she's already got her future all mapped out. Planned out down the the minute almost. But her best friend has plans of her own, an Epic LAST NIGHT, and she's taking Sam with her one way or another.

Because of her life, promises she's made to her mom, Sam has always been one to play it safe. To choose the secured path, and not one filled with risks or danger. She doesn't want to hurt her mother, or herself, so she's been reserved. But a chance meeting shakes her off that safe foundation.

Ben's life is his band. His dreams have begun to come true and he's happy with the decisions he's made that have led him to the this moment. Meeting Sam at a final gig before setting off for London with his band turns him sideways. He wants this night with her no matter what, but finds he really wants more.

Ben and Sam discover that maybe love can happen in one day, but more importantly that dreams are meant to be followed, risks should be taken, and life, doesn't always follow our plans.

Drummer Girl was a sweet short story that gave us just the right mix of sweet and steamy. Ben and Sam's story is left in just the perfect way to imagine what could happen next.

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