See You At The Show – Michelle Betham

Stevie Stone is a tatooed, straight talking, girl-roadie with the highly successful American rock group, Black Rock Diamond.  In a world dominated by men, she can hold her own and gives as good as she gets.  Stevie is also involved in an open and ambiguous relationship with front man Mark Cassidy – which pivots around the physical relationship they have and the fact that, no matter what, they always gravitate back to each other.    However, when things are bad between the two and Mark is hooking up with one groupie or another, Stevie runs to Black Rock Diamond’s guitarist, Johnny Jackson,  for comfort, reassurance and a certain amount of retaliation towards Mark.  An arrangement that is accepted by everyone it seems.

Life for Stevie and the band jogs along in its usual yet complicated way until politician Daniel Madison turns up and is completely captivated by Stevie.  Is there any possible way a prominent MP could become involved with someone such as Stevie without committing political suicide?  Not only that, but what’s in it for Stevie?  Is this where she can find true love or will it be thwarted by others?  Their two worlds are about as far apart as can possibly be.  How can they fit into each other’s lives?  Who will have to give up the most?  Will past lives and secrets stay that way or will they come back to haunt everyone involved?

This is the third rock themed romance I’ve read recently and each one has been very different; See You At The Show falling on the more edgy side of the romance spectrum.  I enjoyed reading it and, for me, the story really took off at the half way mark when the stakes were raised and with the tension building, I really didn’t know which way the story line was going.   At times I was  cheering Mark on, other times championing Johnny’s corner and then still finding myself urging Daniel on – no wonder Stevie was confused, I certainly couldn’t make my mind up what she should do!

See You At The Show check list

Attitude?  Tick.    Realistic dialogue?  Tick.    Edgy? Tick.     Hot?  Tick.     Fun read?  Tick

Author Michelle Betham is on Twitter, Facebook and has her own blog

Michelle is also a member of the Famous Five Plus indie author group

Michelle has also written ‘Too Much Trouble In Paradise’ and ‘No Matter What’ – all her novels are available on Amazon

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Sleeping with Paris – Juliette Sobanet

For Charlotte Summers her life is perfect, she’s engaged to Jeff and they are both about to embark on a new life in Paris where Charlotte will study French and then get herself a teaching job.  Her ideal world is destroyed when she pops in to Jeff’s office.  He’s out but his girlfriend from the on-line dating agency is most definitely in! 

Within two days Charlotte is very much single, in Paris, alone and determined not to get her heart broken again.  The only way to do this is to date like a man and through her blog she charts her exploits, lays down the rules of self-preservation and adopts the ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ attitude to dating.  Her blog, however, is far more reaching than she first thought or even intended.  People are taking notice and acting on  her advice.  People who are close to her and who love her.  Charlotte may have originally meant and believed everything she posted but deep down she can never truly think or date like a man.  Men are from Mars and women are from Venus.  Never the twain shall meet.

The wedding of a friend is where the past months catch up on Charlotte and it becomes a huge melting pot of emotions and realisations, posing life changing questions.  Does Charlotte still love her ex?  Is revenge worth it?  How does she really feel about the Half-Naked French Hottie?  How do her friends feel about her?  More importantly, how does she feel about herself?

Initially as I read Sleeping with Paris I thought it was just a fun romp round Paris for Charlotte, however, it turned out to be more than that.  It showed Charlotte finally understanding and facing the demons that have shaped her and taking control of her destiny, turning something very negative into something very positive.

Juliette Sobanet writes in a fluent and fun way, bringing in other characters with their own issues which are all dealt with in a light hearted way that keeps to the tone and genre of the book.

Juliette is on Twitter and Facebook and also has her own blog Juliette Sobanet