Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review & Tour: Blissful Disaster by Amy L. Gale

Title: Blissful Disaster
Author: Amy L. Gale
Genre/Age: Romance/NA
Series: Unknown
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺
Synopsis: One night stands.
Career-driven Ali Whitman, never dreamed of having one, until she finds herself waking up next to a handsome tattooed man she knows nothing about. After celebrating her promotion to field reporter at Entertainment Rocks! magazine, she breaks her number one rule - to focus on work without the distraction of the opposite sex.

Tyler Young lives by his own set. As bassist for Devil’s Garden, he exudes sexual energy and lives for the moment; no strings attached, no regrets, and no looking back.

When the two are brought face to face during an interview it goes sour, sparking a string of disasters. As their feelings for each other grow, they find themselves living by a new set of rules, but demons from the past haunt their new found love. Is it possible to crawl from the ashes of the aftermath or will it all go down in flames?

Perfect bliss or complete disaster

The elevator doors close, and we begin our ascent. My stomach flip-flops worse than the time I almost hurled on the Tower of Terror at Disney World. Tyler turns around and presses the stop button. What’s he doing? Jesus, it can’t be legal to stop an elevator without a legitimate reason. I’ve got to try and hit the call button. I mean, I hardly know him. What if he has a violent temper? If I was watching this unfold on television, I’d be screaming at the girl for being so stupid. Yet, here I am in another bad situation. I either have terrible luck or need to make some major life changes. He turns toward me and steps forward. Tears fill my eyes as I stare at the vein bulging from his forehead. There’s nowhere to run.

He shakes the magazine in front of my face. “What the hell is this?”

Okay Ali, think. No need to piss him off any more than he already is. “You don’t like it?” Why did that line sound so much better in my head? Great. Now he probably thinks I’m being condescending.

He holds the magazine up and flips through the pages, crinkling and ripping the edges as he frantically makes his way to page seventeen. “Devil’s Garden is all about sex and rock and roll. They love this city because the chicks come to them and love spending time with their fans, especially backstage. Even those of the group who are married or engaged can’t get enough of their backstage fans.” He throws the magazine on the elevator floor. “What’s your problem? Are you trying to use us to make a name for yourself or do you like ruining people’s lives?”

Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, Amy Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes. She attended Wilkes University where she graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach. She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, six cats, and golden retriever. 


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When your one-night-stand becomes your first assignment.

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Ali wakes to find a handsome stranger in her bed. And though he's a perfect gentleman in the morning, she's bummed when he doesn't call her after. Much to her surprise, the mystery man is Tyler, a member of an upcoming rock band. One that she has been tasked to interview. 

But when the article doesn't get the reaction from the band that she was expecting, her world is turned upside down. Suddenly, the band members hate her guts, her boss wants more of the same brutally honest work, and Tyler wants an explanation. Oh, and also an apology. Yet, Ali soon discovers that her rocker just might want her heart, too.

There was a lot to like and dislike about this book. It felt like a debut novel in some ways. As if the kinks in the author's writing just haven't been ironed out, yet. My critiques are mainly feedback on technicality. Some of what I found to be negative elements of the book may not bother the average reader. However, I think it's important when giving an honest review to be honest. So here are my thoughts, good and bad, about this book.

I'll start with the good. The plot was actually pretty exciting for me. I love rock star romances and even though naughty rockers are a lot of fun, the plots often get a bit boring when it always revolves around the same old things: touring, recording, and groupies. This book didn't really have any of that and I'm actually grateful. The reporter who publicly disses her lover's band? Yeah, that was a new one and I enjoyed seeing that whole disaster play out.

Most of the characters were actually pretty nicely done, too. Our rocker, Tyler, isn't your typical "rebel without a cause" sort of guy. He has hobbies, doesn't treat women like they're his entertainment, and has a great sense of humor. In general, the humor in this book was a major plus for me. I laughed several times while reading our couple's dialogue. Even the secondary characters were entertaining.

And there were also some things that I didn't like. One was Ali. She had a very snobby attitude about the entire interview and obviously had no idea what sort of lives rock stars live. I could understand her writing the article in a fit of anger over her fling with Tyler. But when faced with her actions, she didn't apologize. And I never could understand her reasoning for not feeling ashamed. I would have.

I think this is one of those times where having a dual POV would have been beneficial. I liked Tyler, and I even liked Ali after I forgave her for the article. But she was a difficult character to sympathize with and I just couldn't understand why Tyler kept going back to her. If we had been able to see his side of things, maybe I would have. 

But my biggest problem with this book was So. Much. Repetition. Holy cow. Tyler 'ran his hand through his hair' in every single scene he was in. Sometimes twice in one scene. I'm not even kidding. Giggling like someone had 'seen Elvis' was mentioned more than once. Ali told Lexie about the sand ceremony twice, which was odd. 

Also, it seems the only way to remove clothing in this book is by 'slipping a finger' underneath it. That is how it was described just about every time. I hope that the author will find a way to diversify her descriptions and cut down on the repetition. Even Ali's tripping and falling happened so often that it wasn't cute anymore by about the fifth time. To be honest, an editor should have caught most of these things and hopefully will in the future. 

In closing... 
A nice story with a sweet rocker and an ambitious heroine. Three suns!

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