Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review & Tour: Good Lies by Charlotte West

Title: Good Lies
Author: Charlotte West
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Wild Minds Series (Book One)
Publisher: Charlotte West Books
Format: ebook via Rockstarlit
Rating: ✺✺✺
Synopsis: If Warren Price was gasoline, I'd be a lit match.

Addison Wanks, rock'n'roll's favorite daughter, is good at keeping secrets.

Secret One
She's responsible for the long-standing feud between her father's band, Wanks and Janks, and younger band Wild Minds. She may or may not have let Wild Minds' sexy bad-boy lead singer Warren defile her backstage at a concert. Okay, she totally did.

Secret Two

She's supposed to be attending college but instead skips town to follow Wild Minds on their European tour. Addy adores Warren Price.

Secret Three

Europe doesn't go so hot. Her sexy lead singer turned out to be king of the assholes. He's arrogant, demanding and controlling. Addy loathes Warren Price. Oh, well.

Secret Four

Fast forward a few years and Addy is planning to attend her father's farewell tour when she hears the news—Wild Minds is back in the good graces of Wanks and Janks. The two bands will be headlining together. This is going to make avoiding Warren difficult. Especially since it seems Warren doesn't want to be ignored. He also doesn't want a divorce. That's right, Addy is married to the Wild Minds front man. Shh. Don't tell.

What will happen when all Addy's secrets are revealed?

NOTE: Adult Content Ahead
Putting my head down, I decided to follow Ash. After all, Warren had said, “Get out,” to everybody. I was only respecting his wishes. That was nice of me. Considerate. I’d even collect my bags at a later time. Scratch that. I’d just buy all-new stuff. I’d use Billy’s card. He’d like that. Daisy could go shopping with me.

My arm grazed Warren’s. Heat pricked along my side at the contact. He stayed as still as a statue, his body taut and tense. He was going to let me pass. Thank you very much. I was almost home free. Until his hand shot out and wrapped around my upper arm, his grip tight enough to halt me but not tight enough to hurt me. I could feel the warmth from his palm through my damp sweatshirt, burning me, branding me.

“Not you,” he said, his voice hardening.

I shuffled back into the bunks, forcing him to let go. His stare went to my heaving chest. It felt as if the temperature had skyrocketed a thousand degrees.

Warren advanced. His nostrils flared and his septum piercing, a thin silver band, flashed in the low light.

I stepped back until I was pressed against a sliver of wall. Dammit, why’d they have to make these spaces so tight? Warren kept coming until he was flush against my front. I fisted his shirt. To push him away or bring him closer, I didn’t know. Then his fingers were in my belt loops, pressing me into him. I could feel his desire for me, his hardness against my stomach.

“Warren…” I started.

He closed his eyes. “Fuck, I’ve dreamt about you saying my name. Say it again,” he demanded. Always so bossy.

“Warren,” I said again, this time more firmly.

He didn’t understand my tone or he chose to ignore it. Probably the latter. His head lowered and then his lips crashed against mine. He cupped the nape of my neck and begged entrance into my mouth with his tongue.

Something inside of me broke free. A need so fierce it bulldozed all my common sense, all my reasons against this, everything I’d kept tightly reined in for the last few years. I yielded to him. His mouth tasted like whiskey and chocolate, two of my favorite things. Warren groaned and it was like a tiny earthquake inside of me, the vibration snaking down to my belly and igniting desire between my legs. As if he sensed it, his kiss became hotter, wetter, more demanding.

Somehow, my hands found their way under his thin t-shirt, caressing his abs. Cool air hit my stomach and then the tops of my breasts. Warren was stripping me. He broke the kiss for one second to whip my sweatshirt and t-shirt over my head. Then he was back on me, his tongue in my mouth, his body shifting down and up, forcing my legs to wrap around his waist to keep balance.

He rubbed against my core. I made a guttural sound. His lips withdrew and then plastered to my neck. Oh, God, he still knew my sweet spot, right behind my ear he licked and whispered, “I knew you’d come back to me. I knew it.”

What? A cold sensation crept along my spine. Warren didn’t notice. He sucked the thin skin on my collarbone. I almost forgot what he’d just said but then he opened his big fat mouth again. “Are you sorry for what you did? Leaving me in Rome?” He kissed a wet trail down to the top of my breast. “You want me back, don’t you? Jesus, I should make you beg but I don’t think I’m going to last.”

Charlotte West writes romance about strong heroines and the sexy alpha males who love them. She lives in Washington state with her husband and very large dog (think miniature pony size). She spends way too much money on books, and way too much time reading. When she’s not reading, she’s feeding her reality television addiction, eating chocolate, or traveling. She's been known to consume her weight in Girl Scout cookies. 

She has a degree in Science and a Master's in Education, neither of which she is currently using but is still paying for. Occasionally, she moonlights as a YA author. 

Author Links:
Website: https://www.charlottewestbooks.com/
Newsletter: https://www.charlottewestbooks.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16551940.Charlotte_West
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CWestBooks

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

This book struck just the right chord!

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Get it? A music reference because it's a rock star romance? Yeah, I know. I won't quit my day job...

This book made my heart sing! Yep, another joke. I'm not sorry for that one, though. This story really was amazing. It was full of colorful characters and hot, steaming and passion-filled romance. A hero who made me sigh aloud at least a half dozen times. I'm telling you, this is definitely going into my favorite reads of the year list!

Addison has lived on a roller coaster ever since the death of her mother. When her rock star father discovered that he had a daughter, he wasn't in the ideal position to become a father. Touring across the globe with his band isn't exactly the best atmosphere for a young girl. Yet, that's the world Addy grew up in. Different cities every night, traveling on buses, and groupies in every corner. 

Her father had just one rule, though. Don't date a rocker. Let alone allow him to fondle you backstage. Oh, and definitely don't secretly follow said rock star to Europe and take vows to love him forever. Oops. But in her defense, I would have done the same thing!

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Fast-forward a few years and Addy's father is going on his final tour, practically demanding that his daughter be by his side. But this also means Addison will come face-to-face with the one man she's been actively trying to get rid of for years. The one who stole her heart, crushed it, then refused to sign on the dotted line to set her free.

Warren isn't about to let his wife off the hook for abandoning him and disappearing off the face of the planet. He's sure that if he can just get Addy in the same room with him that he can convince her to stay. And boy does he pull out all of the stops to remind her how good they were together. But secrets always come to light and no one knows how the guitar picks will fall when the truth is revealed. I know. Another one. I'm sorry.

Everything about this book spoke to me. We had a woman determined to make her own way despite her father's money. An aging rocker who loved his daughter even though he knows he wasn't always the best parent to her. And a hot rock star determined to win back the affection of his wife no matter what it took. 

I might have pictured War similar to a certain P!ATD frontman. Que the *swooning*. 

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The plot was steadily paced with the history laid out before us in the beginning. We get to see War and Addy meet and text later on, leading to the secret reunion. Then we skip ahead and there are some hints of the dirty little secrets that Addy is keeping. I have to say that I wanted to strangle Addison at times because she wasn't very good at communicating her feelings. I understand why, though. Her father was a lit fuse about to explode and all of their lives were fodder for the paparazzi.

Definitely, the highlight of the book for me was Warren. Every time I saw his name I think my heart did a little pitter-patter of joy. Not even kidding. His sweet talk about did me in. Yes, he was arrogant but I never really found him to be a jerk like I tend to with characters that are cocky. He was dedicated to Addy and knew they belonged together so he wasn't shy about telling her.

I do have to say that I don't quite understand the cover image, though. Our rocker is tatted up and pierced. There isn't one spot of ink on the cover model's body. It's obviously impossible to find a model to look exactly as the character is intended but maybe one photo-shopped tattoo would have sufficed. Or a guitar or mic on the corner. Something that tells me this cover is for a rock star romance.

In closing... 
I am so super stoked to see Ash and Lily's story in the future. It's already a beautiful disaster in the making. Five wild suns!

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