Manipulated by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott
My name is Owen Blackwell, and I’m currently in recovery.
Not from what you think, though I do enjoy a bit of whiskey.
No, my issue is that I fell foolishly in love with my best friend. Oh, and she’s getting married.
So, in my eternal stupidity, I hooked up with a woman at our annual masquerade ball. You know what they say—the best way to get over a woman is to get under another.
Who is this woman, you ask? Calliope Templeton. She’s unlike any other I’ve ever met. And believe me, as the guitarist for Hammered—only the biggest selling rock band out there right now—I’ve met quite a few.
Now I have to figure out how to convince her we’re more than just a one-night stand. She’s supposed to be my happily ever after.
And if necessary, I’m willing to show her just how resourceful one determined Irishman can be…
Manipulated…well, the name isn’t really accurate for this story, but get past that. We have one Irishman who rolls his tongue around those letters, seducing all the women in the room. *Squeal* This is one sexy story of realizing maybe you did it wrong the first time and need to make it real the second time.
~~~ Shari the Delighted Reader[/quote]
Oh, my. We have the Irishman from the band Hammered up next in the game of love. Yes! *fist pump* Things aren’t looking up for him. Keys, his bandmate, has found her one true love and sees Owen as her best friend and nothing else. He never made his intentions known and now it is too late. For now, it is like being stabbed in his heart when she sees her with her with Quinn. So he drowns himself in women and a little whiskey.
Calliope is newly divorced and starting her struggling photography business while sidelining as a waitress to make ends meet. Her sister is the true star of the family who has sort of turn their back in a way on Calliope. So when Calliope’s sister drags her to a Halloween Party, where she dresses up like a bombshell photographer of the past.
At the Annual Charity Halloween Party that Hammered throws each year. Owen is in his element, flitting between the damsels that all want a piece of him for a night. Only one is holding his interest. Not the one who wants attention, but the one who is graceful, voluptuous and intent on taking pictures instead of grabbing the attention of men. Finally Owen captures her attention, but not her name and flits off into the night, a lovely sexy memory, but just that a memory.
Now Ripper Records has hired Calliope to capture the candid pictures of the band Hammered for a coffee table book commemorating they 10 year anniversary. Surprise, surprise, now Owen has the name of the mystery woman who captured his thoughts and libido. Keys who? Yeah, Owen starts to realize that his love for Keys is just a crush and now he really looks at her as a younger sister. While Calliope on the other hand is struggling with all the damage her parents and ex-husband did to her psyche. Her sister is her biggest cheerleader and now Owen is determined to make something work, when both are so drawn together.
Now this story had more comedic elements to it. More in line with Manaconda than Manhandled. While there are deep moments, Owen is a man who lives life for family, band and some fun. I loved seeing a very brief glimpse of his mother and father. They are madly in love after all those years and Owen believes love is out there. Now he doesn’t agree with his father’s choice of career for him, but in the end you can see the deep respect that flows both ways between them.
I was a gentleman. Until the moments when I wasn’t.
Callie has her sister, who is a successful blogger. She is Callie’s biggest cheerleader even if she is the one with the most success and according to Callie the better looks. Yep, Callie has quite the complex on who she is and where she is going. And a man will just mess with her life plans she put on hold for her marriage. Is Owen worth the risk of her heart and life?
And dammit, I was sick of thinking of lack. I was enough. I was smart, I was talented, and gosh darn it, people liked me. Plus, I could give one hell of a blow job, if provided with enough motivation and half a pitcher of sangria.
Hot Irish temper, hot Irish lovin’. Owen is a man I could grow to like, love and even have as a good pal, because hey, his heart is already taken. Owen plays hard and loves even harder. When the chips are down, Owen’s there to pick them up. Callie is a strong heroine looking to take over her life and must choose if she will let a man in who might change, but enhance her plans.
This tops the best of what I love about the duo of authors. They keep it real, while throwing you in the limelight of a rockband. They play hard, love hard, fight hard and stay loyal to one another. Throw in a love that blows them away and makes them human when they are rock Gods. It’s humbling, but also makes you love them even more. *wiggles in my seat* Oh, yeah, Owen knows how to move…move and move.
I shifted in the chair again, then stood up. Where was a towel when you needed one? Maybe two or three? I was in fine form tonight apparently, and mere terrycloth was no match for my penis on a rampage.
Books ‘N Tunes: Goner by Twenty One Pilots
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing
Released on August 29, 2016