Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway: Wicked White by Michelle A. Valentine


Title: Wicked White
Series: Wicked White #1
Author: Michelle A. Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: June 23, 2015
Review Source: eArc
 
After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.


Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

So this was my first book by Michelle A. Valentine and it definitely wont be my last. I loved how it was different from your normal rock star books. Ace will melt your heart.

Ace is the lead singer of Wicked White and has everything at his fingertips, except for being himself. His manager basically tells him what to do, how to wear his hair and everything else that will make her some money. After his mother passes he realizes the rock star life isn't really for him and goes into hiding.

Iris has also lost someone she loved dearly. Her grandmother left her with a trailer park after her passing. Having no money and somewhere her grandmother loved, she is in a bind. Iris actually moved to New York to pursue her lifelong dream of Broadway. She had to hightail it home and take care of business with the passing of her Grandmother. Having an available trailer to rent, Ace shows up to take advantage of the small town in the middle of nowhere.

Iris is in awe of this beautiful man, Ace wont admit it to Iris but he is quite smitten by her too. His reasoning is that he doesn't want his trouble of leaving the band and running for hiding to fall upon her. I absolutely LOVE how he puts her first in anything he does. He tries to push Iris away at first until the temptation becomes too strong to resist. These two are so cute together!! But will his secrets ruin everything he has with Iris?

I can't tell you how sweet this book was. I loved every second of it. Ace is such a sweetheart. Totally opposite of the rock star stigma. He wants to change his life but will he be able to? Iris is this strong willed woman that doesn't like to take handouts and will get it done when the going gets tough. Both Iris and Ace have the deepest souls and I absolutely loved reading their story. This is a MUST read if you want something different. 

“Iris…that was amazing. You’ve got so much talent,” I praise.


Her green eyes light up with excitement like a child’s do on Christmas morning. “You really think so? You’re not just saying that?”


“No. I never bullshit about music. You’ve definitely got the chops for Broadway, it’s just…” I hesitate, not wanting to hurt her feelings, but I know that in order for her to get better, she has to be told what she’s doing wrong.


She lays her hand on my forearm. “Please, tell me. I can take it. Promise.”


I stand beside her, so close that my chest nearly touches her shoulder. I’m itching to touch her, but I won’t do it without permission. “May I touch you?”


She draws in a ragged breath and then nods. “Yes.”


I curl the fingers of my right hand around her right shoulder and pull back a little so that her posture is perpendicular to the floor. At this angle, I can’t help but notice her heaving chest and how her perky tits move in sync with each breath she takes.


I slide my left hand against her toned stomach and my pinkie grazes the warm patch of skin that’s exposed between her T-shirt and the waistband of her jeans.


Our contact is fucking electric, and my own breathing picks up speed as I attempt to fight back the arousal I feel for her boiling beneath my surface.


“Everything about you is magnetic,” I whisper in her ear, and she shivers at the words. “Don’t be afraid to open your eyes and watch your audience enjoy you. Be confident and project. Let go.”


I let go of her shoulder, and move to face her before pressing the repeat button on the machine. As the intro of the song plays, I say, “Do it again, but this time I want you to look at me.”


This time when she opens her mouth to sing, when she begins to tip her head down, I slide my index finger under her chin and angle her head so that she’s forced to peer into my eyes.


Her words are just barely above a whisper, so I slip my hand back on her abdomen and say, “Project--from here. Sing it like you mean it.”


It’s like lightening strikes this beautiful woman in my arms as she sings to me without fear. The words of the song come out effortlessly, and her voice could rival any of the greatest female vocalists of all time.


She’s that damn stunning. 


I nod approvingly and smile. “Yes!”


With that little bit of encouragement, she shocks me even more when she pushes herself to hit notes that are above and beyond what she reached the first time. 



Only on the last lyric does she close her eyes while she holds the note there until the music stops. She releases a contented sigh as soon as the music ends, and when her beautiful eyes meet mine again, they swirl with emotion.


Completely blown away, I fumble with the words to tell her just how impressed I am. “Iris, that
was-”

Without warning, she throws her arms around my neck and crushes her lips against mine. I know kissing her back is wrong, but I’ll be damned if I don’t want her so badly at this point that I can’t stop myself from giving in. I’ve been so good with restraining myself when it comes to Iris, because protecting her from the chaos that I’ll bring her is what’s always been on the forefront of my mind.


Her fingers thrust into my hair, and I reach down and curl my hands around her thighs before hoisting her into the air. Instinctively she wraps her legs around my waist, and I thread one of my hands into her tousled curls while the other is busy cupping that perfect ass of hers. 


“I’ve wanted you since you walked into my trailer,” she breathes against my lips.


A thrill shoots through me at her admission of how long she’s wanted me. “You’ve been driving me out of my mind from the moment I first saw you.”


“Then take me.”
 
 
Michelle A. Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Rock the Heart. Wicked White is the first novel in her Wicked White romance series. She attended college as a drafting and design major, but her love of people soon persuaded her to join the nursing field. It wasn’t until after the birth of her son that she began her love affair with romance novels, and she hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not writing, she feeds her music addiction, dabbles in party planning, and expresses herself by working with arts and crafts. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, son, and two beloved dogs.

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