Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beat by Vi Keeland Blog Tour

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.

From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Vi Keeland comes a steamy new standalone novel about a rockstar. Or two.

Book 2
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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.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Beat was a great read cover to cover! I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to finish. I have never read anything by Vi Keeland before, but I have to say, I’ll be checking out her other books shortly. I’ll admit the cover totally drew me in, which is unusual for me! But that beautiful man on the cover is just that and he’s so totally the main character Flynn, it was a great visual!!! Flynn is an up & coming rock star that’s sensitive and artistic but also very dominating and cocky on the stage and in bed. I fell in love with his character almost instantly. Written with just enough swagger to make him smoking hot and just enough sappy poetic musician to make you love him, he grabbed my attention immediately. I felt he was written to perfection.

Dylan Ryder is the aging Rock God with a chip on his shoulders about the new guy on tour and the way his girl, Lucky, tends to look at Flynn. I almost loved to hate Dylan. Poor Lucky is caught in between the two men with her own dreams & aspirations to get back on the stage herself and overcome her severe stage fright. Lucky’s angst is heartfelt and very believable. She doesn’t want to betray Dylan, who is her teenage Rock & Roll star crush come to reality! But she’s also trying to be true to her heart when she starts falling for Flynn, awesome love triangle ensues and the story flies by in a blur. I was thoroughly immersed in their world and sad when it was over.

Favorite line by Flynn:
He smiles. “Now do you believe me? There’s no going back once you’ve crossed into the blur”
“I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward.”
“Me too, baby. Me too. But right now, I’m going to go up & down.”

I absolutely adored Flynn. He was so sweet, sexy and everything else most rockstars aren't... from the very first time we meet him.

Normally I'm not a huge fan of love triangles cause I end up getting mad at one of the characters for just being dumb. Oddly this didn't feel so much like a triangle because I just loved Flynn and if she didn't pick him I was going to have to go kick some butt.

The few sexy scenes we were gifted with were probably the best I've read all year. They were so perfect and sweet while being HOT as well as emotional.

And while overall I can't say I didn't like the book, I loved it. It was not a five star read to me for one simple reason. Beat is VERY similar to a story I've read by another author before and I didn't care for that very much at all. However, the writing was better than the other book and I cared for the characters more in this one so while similar I can say it was individual at the same time.

This hugely enjoyable book brings us a story that we probably shouldn't approve of, but in a way that makes it very difficult to ignore. And, it is all too easy to believe it could be true. It rings so true, and the character that causes the problems is so beautiful inside and out, that somehow it is understandable, even if not ideal behaviour.

I do love rock band, on the road romances, and it has been a while since I read one, so this was a double treat. I love being swept away into a world that I will never inhabit, but that is exactly what happened to Lucky ... and she has to live with and through the decisions she makes. Clever stuff, I recommend that you give it a try (and forget about sleep etc. for a while!).

Also Available in the Life on Stage Series

Book 1
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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!

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Beat (Life on Stage #2) by Vi Keeland to read and review for this tour.

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