Friday, February 15, 2013

{WICKED WINTER SATURDAY} ROCK THE HEART and ROCK THE BAND (BLACK FALCON #1, 1.5) by MICHELLE A. VALENTINE

 

Baby, it's cold outside! Time to snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate (or a glass of wine!) and fall into a steamy, sexy book.
 
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Series: Black Falcon #1
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Michelle A. Valentine Books
Publication Date: 11/15/12
Source: Bought
 
Rock the Heart (Black Falcon, #1) For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he's a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she’s forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

When Lane’s company flies her to a Black Falcon concert to gain Noel’s attention, emotions run high the moment she sees him and realizes she’s far from over him. But Noel’s countless trysts with groupies and his cocky attitude make Lane believe he isn’t the same guy she once loved—now he seems to only want her body. Then after Lane discloses she needs him to procure a job, Noel proves he’s a changed man by forcing her to go on the road with him in order to get it.

After Lane reluctantly takes Noel up on his offer, she becomes willing to do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied, even if it means succumbing to his seductive ways. Lane soon finds deception is a dangerous game and she’s not the only one playing.


 

 
**This is a chat review with Autumn at Autumn Review**
 
 
Why did you want to read Rock the Heart?

Andrea: I think I first saw it when you sent me a tweet that said "Take a look at this book. We must read it!" It had a sexy cover, a rockstar, an old relationship, and (I was hoping) sex.

Autumn: YES! I think I saw a tweet about it and when I saw Rock and the cover, I knew it would be one we would like. Then I read an excerpt and was definitely excited about it.

Andrea: Yes. That was a good f*cking call on that one. I owe you a beer.

Autumn: Damn right you do.

Let's talk about characters. How did you feel about Noel? And Lanie?

Autumn: I adore Noel. I like that he's aggressive and sexy.But, I think what I liked the most about him was that despite his fame, he was still the same with Lanie.I loved their relationship. It was honest, sincere, and heartfelt.

I really like Lanie too. It was refreshing to see a heroine with some balls.  She wasn't going to let Noel jerk her around. She expected honesty and I was so happy that she wasn't going to put up with his crap.

Andrea: I agree. I was a little worried about Noel. A lot of the books have the guy being a huge jerk, and he did make a bad first impression, but his heart was still broken. He was sincere. Once Lanie was back in his life that was it.

I liked Lanie, too. She knew how to stand up for herself, and never let Noel take total control over her.

Autumn:  Word.


What was your favorite part of the story? Do you have a least favorite?

Andrea: Maybe when Lanie starts to come around and realize that Noel still loves her. I really enjoyed the entire story. Rock the Heart was pretty damn perfect. The exact type of book we always love.

As for least favorite...I don't really have a least favorite. But, the big secret? That hurt to read. I was pacing, pulling my hair out.

Autumn: I agree. I loved the book as a whole. The secret was the hardest part in the book.

I LOVED the supporting characters. I'm super excited about Riff's book. And the brothers too

Andrea: Haha. That was my next question.
 
Who was your favorite secondary character?

Andrea: So your answer is, "see above". lol

Riff was probably my favorite, too. He came off as an ass, but it's clear he's got something eating at him.

Autumn: Exactly. I really think there is some depth to his character. And I feel that I need to know just what his bedroom skills are.Apparently, he's pretty good.

Andrea: Clearly. He's the real bad boy of Black Falcon.

What did you think about the sex?

Autumn:  I was turned on by the sex for sure. It isn't the most graphic sex or even the hottest sex I've read, but because of their connection, it was pretty great.

Andrea: Exactly. I loved the scenes between Noel and Laney. I was pretty steamed up. Sometimes, when it's that "real" and you can feel that connection to the characters, it doesn't have to be graphic. I've started finding that, lately, I'm loving sex scenes that aren't quite as raw.

But ask me at another point in my cycle, and I'll give you a different answer. lol

Autumn: LOL yes, that does make a difference for me too.

Andrea: That's gotta be frustrating for men. I'm an emotional chameleon.
Does that make sense? I've only had one beer.

Autumn: lightweight.

Sum up Rock the Heart in 5-10 words.

Autumn: Hot. Sexy. Perfect. A favorite. Happy.
As in, it made me happy.

Andrea: You are so right. This book was exactly what I love.
Okay, for me Rock the Heart was: Sweet, Sexy, Perfect, Love, Forever
 

Favorite Quotes:

  "This next song goes out to the girl who shredded my heart without hesitation back in high school. It's called Ball Busting Bitch, and Lanie, this one's for you."  ~4%


  Noel pulls my face toward him. "Don't," he whispers,"don't be ashamed. It's incredibly sexy when you let yourself go like that. I never knew you had that in you.:
  "People can change. I have grown up a little. I'm not that same silly naive girl you knew back in high school."
  He grins. "Well, I liked her, too, you know. But this version of you is downright f*ckable."  ~41%

 
  An ache fills me. I need this man. I need him in my heart and inside my body. No matter the tension or the job. I want to be his.
  "I'm yours," I say against his lips.  ~56%



** DO NOT READ THIS SYNOPSIS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ROCK THE HEART**

Series: Black Falcon #1.5
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Michelle A. Valentine Books
Publication Date: 1/18/13
Source: Bought

Rock the Band (Black Falcon, #1.5)After Noel Falcon professed his love to the one girl who truly holds his heart in the palm of her hand, he decides to try his damndest to keep Lane Vance in his life forever this time. There’s no way he’ll let her slip through his fingers again without a fight.

The instant they are together Noel begins to plot a way to ask his headstrong lady-love to be his wife, but every attempt to pop the question is foiled by a string of mishaps that prevents him from the perfect moment to get the job done before he goes back on tour with Black Falcon.

Distance is a bigger challenge than Noel expects, and the one-eyed beast of jealous raises its ugly head when Lane takes on a job working on an ad campaign for Embrace the Darkness. With Striker—a man that’s made it clear in the past he’s very interested in more then her business sense—lurking around her constantly, Noel wants to claim Lane now, more than ever.


ROCK THE BAND is a 27,000 word novella from the Black Falcon Series--Following book one, ROCK THE HEART.
 
Rock the Band picks up the same night Rock the Heart ends. Did you like that?

Andrea:  I loved it. With the way Rock the Heart ended, I wanted to know what happened next. And we get that.

Autumn: I loved it too. I'm so glad I had that one on hand to read right away. I felt like there was one big event that I wanted to see and we got that with this.
 
Did that make sense?

I'm not even drinking.

Andrea: Yes! That makes complete sense. I loved that Michelle picked the story up immediately.
You should be drinking. Wait, you have a hangover. Nevermind.


What was your favorite part of the story? without spoilers

Autumn: Yeah, that's hard to answer without spoilers. I think I can say that I really loved when he took her to his home. Then of course the ending.

Andrea: Yes. I loved that too. My favorite moment was at the dock. Major tears.

Autumn: YES! I got teary.


How happy were you with the ending?

Autumn: OMG...I couldn't have been happier.

I loved it.

I was sad that we don't have Rock the Bed to pick up.

Andrea: Same here. I don't get my hopes up for happy, or even satisfying endings anymore. This. Was. Perfect. I love Michelle Valentine for writing this novella. Yes, I want Rock the Bed so bad. I think it releases in March.

Autumn: Me too.

Who is your favorite member of Black Falcon, besides Noel?

Autumn: Riff at this point, but I like the brothers too. They're all such likable characters.

Andrea: I think Riff, but those twins are adorable. Especially the guillable one. Tyke? I can't wait to learn more about all these guys. I hope Michelle writes books about the twins.

Autumn: I hope so too.

How excited are you for Rock the Bed?

Autumn:  I can't wait to get my hands on Rock the Bed. And hey, I'm not too proud to beg.

Andrea: Same here. I will grovel at Valentine's feet for that book.
I'm super excited it's about Riff. He's a dirty, dirty boy, so you know that it will be HAWT.
And surprinsingly emotional, too, I'm sure.

Autumn: Totally up our alley. Can't wait!


Sum up Rock the Heart in 5-10 words.

Andrea: Sexy. Sweet. Emotional. Satisfying. Perfect.

Autumn: Perfect. Sweet. Complete. Love. Future.



Favorite Quotes:
 
  Never in my life had I loved another person as much as Lanie Vance--I knew that now more than ever. I had to figure out a way to make her mine forever.  ~8%


  For moments like this with her, I was willing to be anything and everything that she needed, even if that included learning to live apart from her from time to time. He happiness meant everything to me, and I would try my damnedest to always keep a smile on her beautiful face. ~29% 


Purchase the Black Falcon books at:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

 
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9 comments:

  1. You girls are freaking awesome when you get together, it must be so much fun when you can actually hang w/each other in person! Anyway, I own these books and need to get to them ASAP, they sound amazinballs!!

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  2. I only read the chat review for the first one, but it sounds like a great book. I like the sound of the characters. They really seem to grow. Awesome review chicks!!

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  3. I love your chat reviews! I have Rock the Heart, but haven't read it yet. Now I must find the time soon.

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  4. I love doing these reviews together! I love you. I'm so happy I can stare at you all weekend.

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  5. When I first read Rock the Heart I didn't realize it was going to be so steamy but I loved it. I was freaking out when I read the part about the secret it was just so sad. Though I liked the way this one concluded.

    I just finished Rock the Band last night it was short but I really, really liked it. I loved seeing their relationship Noel's eyes. And Striker was just annoying to me, move on guy.

    Can't wait for Rock the Bed, I definitely want to know more about Bad Boy Riff.

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  6. You're both killing me here! This one sounds like my thing though. Not a graphic but still super steamy. Adding it to my list.

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  7. Oh my goodness, girls! These were awesome reviews (even while one of you was drinking and the other hungover! :) I haven't read Rock the Band yet but I adore Rock the Heart! I look forward to seeing what's next for Noel & Lanie as well as the other guys in the band!

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