February 12, 2014

Love It: Enticing Interlude by Michelle Mankin

Series: Tempest 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
To the talented vocalist Justin Jones, love is merely a game that he plays by his own rules.

But to Bridget Dubois, love and heartache are one and the same.

Broken too many times before, the delicate beauty keeps her emotions carefully concealed. Bridget has her own set of rigid rules when it comes to men. She prefers to avoid them altogether, especially dangerously seductive auburn haired emerald eyed players like Justin.

But the new lead singer of the rising rock band Tempest doesn’t like to be ignored. Justin is used to getting what he wants, and now he’s set his sights on Bridget.

Suddenly, it’s no longer a game.

What do you do when the one you can’t have turns out to be the one you can’t live without?

As the pressure builds, will it temper them or will it shatter them both like fragile crystal?

ENTICING INTERLUDE, book 2 of Michelle Mankin's rock star themed series, Tempest, is sweet as candy! It's less angsty than Irresistible Refrain but just as beautiful and emotional. ENTICING INTERLUDE stars the band Tempest's new lead vocals, Justin Jones, and Bridget Dubois. Bridget we first met in book 1, she was in rehab the same time as Lace Lowell and the two met and forged a friendship there. Now Bridget is in dire straits and called Lace and asked if she and her 5yo boy, Carter, can crash with her in Vancouver while she straighten things out. Of course Lace won't refuse a friend in need and that's when Bridget and Justin met. It wasn't insta-love but more like insta-crush which turned into a slow burning, enduring and all encompassing love. 

I immediately felt an affinity towards Bridget for many reasons. Like me, Bridget is a single mom and is in the process of putting her life together after her stint in rehab. Her Meemaw's death coupled with her stepmother's harassment scared and pushed Bridget back. And because she has a 5yo, I completely understood why Bridget chose to lay low and exercise prudence in making decisions. And despite her obvious attraction to the swoony, Justin Jones, I loved how she remained guarded not just for Carter's sake but her own. Bridget isn't reckless and didn't throw herself in Justin's lap but at the same time she didn't play hard to get either. Bridget is very cautious, thinking things carefully before acting which proves how much she's grown from her past mistakes. A very attractive characteristic for someone who's only 21.

Justin is a gentleman rock star and he can't get any sexier than that! I thought courtship is a thing of the past but that's what Justin did and he took his sweet time courting Bridget. First of all, I love how Justin respected Bridget as a mother first. He didn't prey on Bridget's vulnerability although he was smart enough to win over Carter first. I love that Justin didn't seduce Bridget on and off the bedroom but instead made himself available and vulnerable to her in every way. To sum it up Justin is every single mom's dream. Period.

Aside from the expected growing pains of a new relationship, I love how the series plot is still beating slowly in the background. There was some mild tension at first between Justin and Bryan and the rest of Tempest and I loved how MMankin didn't make a convenient resolution to fix things. And even if Tempest has a new vocalist and on their way to greatness, there's still drama in the wings and it involves their ex-frontman, War, which we'll know more about in book 3, Captivating Bridge. I'm looking forward to this volume in particular because War is a piece of work and in serious need of his own story. This dude has a lot of demons chasing him and I'm sure, Captivating Bridge will be one heck of an angsty story.

Overall ENTICING INTERLUDE is a great follow up to Irresistible Refrain. Bridget and Justin's romance is sweeter and more grown up than the previous book's crazy love triangle. Tempest as a whole isn't as crazy as I thought it would be and for a new adult series, Tempest has a lot of heart and less romp, which I love! There are some angsty spots but so far, MMankin didn't carried away with writing "tortured heroes" which I hope is still the case when Captivating Bridge releases. 

I got up, tagged last night’s jeans from the floor, and hastily pulled them on.
I found the remaining pieces of her scattered clothing and threw them at her.
“Get dressed and get out.” Succinct and decisive.
I didn’t make the slightest attempt to soften my words.
Her lips thinned. “Turn around while I put them on.”
“Babe, I’ve already seen everything you got. And believe me when I say I’m not interested in having a do over.”
“F**k you,” she huffed.
I resisted the urge to remind her that she already had.
Several times.

MICHELLE MANKIN is the author of the Black Cat Records series of novels. Romance with subtext. For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn't kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander. Black Cat Records in Vancouver provides the central backdrop for all of Michelle’s current novels. Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry. Things take a bit of a darker, edgier, once upon a turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there. When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back. BRUTAL STRENGTH SERIES: Love Evolution Love Revolution Love Resolution TEMPEST SERIES: Irresistible Refrain.

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  1. This sounds really good, and I love when you feel a connection and respect for the heroine it makes the tale all the sweeter!

  2. I really love rock star themed books. They are like my guilty pleasure. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Another series I should read. If only I could have 30 hours days.

  4. Sounds like an awesome story, Braine, I'm adding it to my Mt. TBR asap. The whole series, of course, because it wouldn't be fair to the other books in the series to leave them out ;)

    Great review, I can't wait to get to know Bridget better.

    Happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  5. Gentleman rock star? I like the sound of that, Bridget sounds like she needs a gentleman :)

  6. That man candy on the cover is pretty tempting! It's great when you connect with the heroine, especially when she's relatable. I'll need to add this series to my list. Great review :)

  7. it's always wonderful to be able to easily relate to the characters. I'm glad this one is also good, and mainly emotional.

  8. That excerpt tells me he is certainly a bad boy who gets around. Most curious to know more! Sexy hot cover on that one as well!

  9. "Less angsty but just as beautiful" sounds perfect for me right now. I'm glad you loved this, Braine. I do hope to eventually read this series. Nice review!

  10. I love my bad boys. But I love my rocks too, and it's okay if this one is less angsty ha can definitely live with that cause over all the story sounds really awesome. The character sound more...real.

  11. Oh goodness, I love your review, Braine! And it took me reading it to realize it was the angst I missed in this one! *ha* You're right, Justin is every mom's dream! And I loved Bridget...just wished for more background on her. AND I.CANNOT.WAIT for War's story!!

  12. Seriously. Why haven't I read these yet?!! *hangs head* Must fix this soon.

  13. I see you on a rocker band kick...i'm going to have to add these to my wishlist. You been gushing about this series

  14. This is the second (maybe 3rd?) time I've seen a great review for this book in as many days. I guess it's time to seriously consider this series!


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