Saturday, June 29, 2013


Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Blessed Fate Blog Tour!
The tour is being hosted by InkSlinger PR. My stop includes a review and tour giveway.
Blessed Fate (Blessed Tragedy #2)Series: Blessed Tragedy #2
Category/Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 6/18/13
Format: eARC
Source: Received from publicist for review
Colton Bradford never believed in love at first sight. And then, Rain Maxwell walked through his buddy's front door. He knew there was something special underneath the shy, guarded exterior and was determined to find out what it was.

The problem? Rain had devised her own set of life rules and “Never get involved with a band mate” was right near the top of that list. She allowed Colton into her heart as one of her closest friends, but pushed him away at the mention of anything more.

When tragedy strikes Rain's personal life, Colton is determined to be there for her in whatever way she'll allow. Will she finally open up to him and consider taking things to the next level? Will Colton's ways of trying to bury his feelings for Rain in the past ruin the possibility of a future for them?
Blessed Fate is the story filled with rockers, steam, and angst.  It's no secret to anyone that if I see the words "rock" and "band", I'm going to be interested in a story. So when this book came my way, I had to give it a try.

Blessed Fate is actually not a rock band story so much, but the story of two people, struggling with the pressures of fame and trying to make a relationship work when insecurities move in. Colton and Rain's  story, of moving beyond friends to lovers. It seems that I often prefer the book hero over the heroine, but in this case, it was the reverse. Rain was pretty cool. She was a kick butt rocker who is no wilting flower. She was tough, brave, and not willing to take anyone's crap. She wasn't perfect by any means, but she was a force and I love book girls like that. Though he was no Rain, I liked Colton too. I loved his devotion to Rain, even though he didn't always make the best decisions. And I actually didn't hold some of those against him. I liked that even though he usually tried his best, he did act like a human, and not the perfect book boyfriend. It made him feel more real to me. Colton's  willingness  to whatever it took to make Rain happy and healthy earned my respect.

 So I mentioned that Blessed Fate was less of the story of a rock band, and more about the relationships inside that band, particularly Rain and Colton's. This was a slow burning relationship, which I did like. I liked that Rain held Colt accountable for his actions, and made him earn a relationship with her. But once they got to together, it wasn't smooth. Their relationship felt authentic to the situation. I will say that the first part of the book didn't seem to have a real direction. I felt like I was just coasting along on a nice little story. Once I got a feel for where the story was going, I did enjoy it more. There's a lot of angst in Blessed Fate, but again, it gave it a sense of authenticity. I did like how the story progressed and ended.

Blessed Fate was an angsty, fast-paced story. It should be a good fit for fans of rock star drama.

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Blog Tour Schedule:

June 17: Lovin Los Libros AND Brianna Lee Reviews


June 19: The Book CellarX

June 20: Tanya’s Book Nook

June 21: Globug and Hootie Need a Book

June 22: A Good Addiction

June 23: Rose Caceres

June 24: BookCrush AND TalkSupe

June 25: Shhh Mom’s Reading AND Reviews by Tammy & Kim

June 26: Hesperia Loves Books AND Peace Love Books

June 27: Romancing Rakes AND Sizzle & Swoon

June 28: The Book Enthusiast AND Book LaLaLand

June 29: Lori’s Book Blog AND Two Tall Tales

June 30: The Bookish Babes AND I Love Lady Porn
About the author:
With the exception of three years in Nebraska, H.B. Is a Wisconsin girl through and through. She lives with her husband, two kids and roommate (also known as the “bonus parent”) in the middle of nowhere but close enough to civilization to maintain a shred of sanity.

 She credits her father introducing her to an APAzine in the mid-90s for her love of writing. Bent, her debut novel, was a NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. After years of attempting and failing, she finally got through it and this is the result!
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  1. Ok so you actually made me hate this book less. #YOLO

  2. Awesome Review! Lately, I've been wanting to read more stories abut Rock Stars. I think I would enjoy this story! Rain sounds like an indecent strong woman, and while I too usually go for the hero versus the heroine, I like when a woman is a force to be reckoned with. As far as the romance aspect, the slow burn is always the best!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  3. Great review. I wasn't sure if this would be a series for me, but after reading your review, it sounds like I would enjoy it!

  4. Ahh I loved books based around music and bands, Blessed Fate sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for putting it on my radar Andrea! :)

  5. I love romance books like this where even though there is attraction at first sight, there is so many obstacles and troubles both main characters have to get through before the HEA. The wait is always worthwhile! I simply adore stories like this! :D Thanks for sharing, Andrea!

    Awesome review! :)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  6. Great review and I love female characters who are a force and slightly flawed. Every time I stop by I am adding more books to my list.

  7. Same for me--the word rockstar just pulls and allures me in, heh. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this by the end of the book. There's a saying in Estonian that at first you can't get going, then you can't seem to stop. Seems like this was the case here since you were so-so at first and then it got going and ended on a good note. I'm glad you liked it and thanks for recommending it:-)

  8. Hey Andrea,
    Thanks for the GREAT review! This definitely sounds like my kind of review. I am with you on the Rockers. Love romance with rock 'n roll. I can always count on you for great reads! I especially LOVE your Sexy Summer Saturday's.

    @A Bookish Escape

  9. I actually like that this is more about the relationship. The characters sound very authentic, particularly with their flaws, which is great to see. I'll have to check this out. Lovely review, Andrea!

  10. Ooh … I do like angst and books about bands. Great review :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  11. I love rock band books too, Andrea! This one (and the series) looks like a treat! Thanks for the fab review! :)

  12. Yeah I know this rock band thing about you and I mostly share it. I'm wondering about this one. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Great review. This sounds like it could be pretty good.

  14. Sounds exciting! Looking forwards to reading this book!

  15. I LOVE Rock Stars, so this is a MUST for me! Thanks for sharing, cupcake!

  16. I'm not sure about this one for me, but glad it finally worked out a bit for you.


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