Monday, October 27, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Forgiving Gia (Rocker #2) by Gina Whitney

Title: Forgiving Gia 
Series: Rocker #2
Author: Gina Whitney
Genre: Adult, Erotica/Rockstar Romance
Publish Date: October 20, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for review

Abel Gunner is a rock-star with legendary skills both in and out of the bedroom. He swore he wouldn't fall for another woman after being schemed and manipulated by an ex-lover. He kept that vow until he met Gia Mastro. The Dom inside of him awoke the moment he set eyes upon the submissive beauty. His dark soul hungered for her submission and affection. The deep connection they share leaves him desperate for something he never expected – her love. Her pain brings him the pleasure he craves. Her smile calms the beast that rages within him. Gia loves Abel more than life itself, but Abel is disillusioned by love and wrecks Gia in the process. Her life hangs in the balance. His life depends on forgiving her. This couple must face many truths. Is love enough to overcome the damage that dwells within? Gia’s experiences with love have been nil until meeting the infamous bad-boy rocker, Abel Gunner. Swept up in a mind-bending, Dom/submissive love affair, she’s forced to make decisions that both help and hurt their relationship. They both have to face their demons before they can embrace a future together. In the end, they’re faced with two choices: Fight for their love, or die with their demons.

**WARNING: If you have not read Saving Abel, please DO NOT read this review!**

Every now and then a book comes along that just steals your breath away. I got two this year, Saving Abel and Forgiving Gia. It's the culmination of the story, the music, the drugs, sex and rock n roll ... it's orgasmic and electric. Gina Whitney makes me feel alive! YES!  This is what Erotica should be!  Gina Whitney has done it again with another story worthy of gluing me to my Kindle! The trouble with being glued and reading furiously is I'm in dire need of a re-read now to take my time and savor every nuance and dark moment between Abel and Gia.  Yes, the title is Forgiving Gia but this story is about finding light in the darkest tunnel, owning your truth and growing, both as individuals and as a couple.

Where Saving Abel left off Gia Mastro was on her knees, literally, at the tarmac where Abel Gunner left her to deal with the fact that she had lied to him.  She sucked him into her web of lies with her Mother, Medusa as she calls her and aptly so!  But what Abel didn't let Gia do that night was to explain her side of the story ... no ... instead he took the word of a crazed madwoman hell bent on destroying any happiness Abel can find that doesn't involve her.  Morgana is a total piece of trash waste of space and everyone knows it but unfortunately with a vendetta comes collateral damage ... the damage being in the form of a disheveled shell of a man and a woman who couldn't see her way to the end of the dark tunnel of life without her Sir and decided to try to end her life.
Have you ever been unable to face what you'd done? When you think back on it, it's so fucking painful you hit yourself, trying to relieve the pain?  That's where I was.
I ran my fingers through my hair, tugging it.  I always needed that pain.  Pain was tangible. Fuck, I was a walking contradiction.  I used drugs and alcohol to not feel.  Then used pain to feel again. What. In. The. Fuck. Damn, I was a fucking mess.
Now I need to take a moment and talk about my favorite character in Forgiving Gia.  Dear ol' Dad!  That's right ladies and gents ... Mr. Gunner to the rescue!  Mr. Gunner shows up and you learn so much about his character and why he's hard on his son.  But damn if he doesn't have an amazing caring and compassionate side to him as well.  Love the interaction between him and Medusa and can't wait to see more of him in the future!

Music is once again forefront to their story.  If Dark Horse wasn't the perfect rock anthem for this story I wouldn't know what else to choose.  Gina is a master at placing song lyrics in sneaky places and I love those "ah ha ... I see what she's doing here" moments when I realize what song they are from.
"All I can say is ... I really miss the way her innocence tastes.  If that makes any sense. I opened my eyes and my heart to her.  She made my life beautiful - fulfilled.  She's everything I want.  And everything I'm not."

Forgiving Gia is really about two people on a path to self discovery.  Gia has to figure out how to trust Abel and his lifestyle outside their front door, more than she does as her Sir in the bedroom. She can handle the Dom in the bedroom, the dragon that aches to consume her any second he chooses.  She can handle the caveman at play but she's still dealing with the jealousy and the demons deeply instilled in her by dear ol' Medusa.

The inverse is Abel has to teach Gia to trust me, show her he's worthy of it inside and outside their residence.  He'll have to become the person he knows deep down she deserves ... someone that is capable of being both the Dom and the lover she needs.  And oh how he'll try.  Some of the most tender amazing moments happen in and out of the bedroom for these two in Forgiving Gia.  You're panties will melt off or spontaneously combust while reading the scenes this go round and the next minute Abel will have you in a swooning puddle but not in a he's just handed his balls to this submissive kind of way like some BDSM books.  No this bad boy Alpha rock god will not be handing anything over, he's got a firm hand and a steady grip on his Beauty, he'll kill anyone that gets in their way but he'll also shower her with all the romance and love he can find inside himself, like the cultured man he was born to be.

Gina's gonna take you on one of the wildest rides of your life my friends, are you ready to take the plunge and find out what happens after you jump down the rabbits hole?  Come read along with me or in my case re-read because you're going to want to do that and so much more when you get a hold of these two again.  Incredible story + hot as hell sex + brooding Alpha + bratty mouthed submissive = one wild freaking ride and one smokin' hot series you are sure to never want to put down.  Don't worry there's a book three and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

I grew up reading Judy Blume, and Nancy Drew books. I was raised in the town of North Valley Stream, New York (Long Island), and attended community college for fashion design. At 19 years old I opened a boutique. Recently, I published my second novel Beautiful Lies (erotica). Saving Abel (Erotic-Rock-Romance) will be my third and will be published June 30th. When I'm not writing, you can find me with friends and family. I live in Massapequa, NY with my two beautiful boys PJ and Drew, and our Mastiff Hercules. Reading has always been a passion and obsession. You can usually find me typing furiously while shouting obscenities over my latest WIP. My guilty pleasures are: a good laugh, being snarky, espresso, Pistachio ice-cream, alternative music, sunflower seeds, I.P.A's, twizzlers, and above all steamy swooning angst filled novels. I'm pathologically obsessed with True Blood (Eric ;), Games of Thrones, White Queen, Vampire Diaries, Resurrection, and The Originals. If you'd like to chat, hit me up on Facebook or twitter.


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