Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tour Stop: ROCK THE BEAT by Michelle A. Valentine ~ Review/Giveaway

Title: Rock The Beat
Author: Michelle A. Valentine
Hosted by: I Love Indie Books

Twenty-year-old Holly Pearson never dreamed that while working at her father’s motocross track she’d run into the walking, talking definition of trouble in a sexy, tattooed package—Trip Douglas, the man sent to evaluate the track for a possible investment opportunity. Holly makes no attempt to hide the fact she despises Trip, but she learns to be civil toward him when he offers to help her land the man of her dreams.

Trip needs a break from the crazy rock-and-roll lifestyle he’s been living for the past few years. With his Black Falcon band mates settling down with marriage and babies, Trip peruses an investment opportunity in motocross, something he’s always been passionate about. Hiding his celebrity status, Trip infiltrates the new business posing as a dirt bike rider training for the X-Games. The only obstacle is the owner’s daughter, Holly. She’s a real ball bustin' Ice Queen, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make the deal fall through. Trip soon discovers that winning over his new enemy is the key to gaining a partnership in Mountain Time Speed Track.

Knowing he’s the expert on getting laid, Trip ropes Holly into becoming his ally by helping her score a date with the man she’s crushing on. The problem is, the more time Trip and Holly spend together, the more they uncover the undeniable attraction between them. Soon they both realize that even the best laid plans go to hell when you find you’re falling in love with the enemy.
**Book THREE in the Black Falcon series. Can also be read as a stand-alone novel**

He steps in front of me and his eyes zero in on my chest. Both of his hands dart to my top button on my gray top and he releases it from its hole before moving on to the next one. “First of all, I was attracted to your banging body in that little black dress. It screamed, “Fuck me,” so that’s not flirting—that’s attention seeking. Believe me, I wasn’t the only one watching you shake your ass. I was just the only one brave enough to try and get with you even though you were there with another man.”
“You thought I was there with Max?” I ask even though it doesn’t surprise me. Max isn’t exactly the stereotypically homosexual male. There’s nothing feminine about him. People make the mistake that we’re an item all the time.
“And you were what, going to steal me away from my date?”
Trip shrugs. “When I see something I want, I go after it. And that night I wanted you. That is until you let him drag you away from me. I figured it wasn’t worth the scene it would cause to kick his ass.”
I roll my eyes. “How do you know you wouldn’t have been the one on the receiving end of that ass-kicking? Max is a pretty strong dude.”
He gives me a pointed look. “If there’s one thing I know besides that I’m awesome in bed, is that I can fight.”
I sigh. “Okay, so you’re a badass—I get it. What’s the other reason you think you I can’t flirt?”
He smiles. “I win the flirting debate because I believe it was me who came on to you first, so you can’t take credit for that.”
My brain attempts to wade through the drunken memories of a couple nights ago. “You may have started the dance, but I believe I’m the one who turned around to take it to that next level, allowing you to kiss me. Therefore I finished it. I get total credit for flirting with you first.”
He undoes the last button on my shirt. “No. Max dragged you away, effectively cutting us both off for the night. And Thank God for that. He deserves a fucking medal for performing a good deed. Can you imagine how awkward all this would be if we’d had crazy sex that night, only to meet up the very next day? That would’ve been a nightmare.”
I flinch. “Am I really that horrible that you would’ve regretted sleeping with me?”

I absolutely love the Black Falcon series and couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Trip was more than I imagined he was going to be. To say I was "Surprised" would be an understatement. I was ready for this cocky, arrogant, self righteous, asshole. Don't get me wrong, he is. But... there is also this side of Trip throughout the book that makes you swoon and love him even more. His story broke my heart and made me want to find him and give him a big hug. Yes, I'm fully aware that he is not real. 

Holly is just what I thought Trip needed. A spunky, sassy, down to earth chick that could handle him and put him in his place. Holly goes through a lot of crap in this book, but she really is a strong character and I love her. 

I'm not going to lie, this book at one point had me in tears. This series is my favorite Rock Star series, I have grown to love them all and their stories. I love it that Michelle always writes the band into the books. You get a little glimpse of what's happened to each of them after their stories have ended. 

Holly's best friend Max needs his own book. I'd love to see where his story leads. It dawned on me that the next book in this series will be the last. I think that's why I'm sad at the end of this book. These characters are so fun and well written that I just don't want it to end. If you have read any of the books in this series, then you understand what I mean. Michelle is great at writing normal, down to earth Rock Gods. I have fallen in love with yet another one. Trip is my man! Read it, Fall in Love and Enjoy! 

I'm giving this book 5 Rock Stars! ~Jen 

About the author...
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance and New Adult novels. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos and sexy musicians inspired her BLACK FALCON series.

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