Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Convincing Constance by Tabatha Vargo

As the only survivor of a tragic accident, Tony Russell, aka Tiny, is mentally and physically scarred for life. Years later, he finds himself addicted to the gym and prescription drugs. Relationships and sex are the furthest thing from his mind, but when a replacement guitarist steps in for his band Blow Hole, Tony can’t help his physical reaction to her. She’s a spicy rocker with pink highlights and a scorching attitude, and she’s exactly what he needs…regardless of how badly he refuses to believe it.

Constance McClaire knows all about addiction. After growing up with a junky for a mother, she refuses to have anything to do with that life…until she meets the brooding, giant bass player for Blow Hole. He doesn’t take her shit, has sexy tattoos, and very large hands—but he’s clearly an addict and desperately needs help. Getting close to Tony without allowing herself to become emotionally attached is harder than she thought it would be. Addiction is addiction, no matter what it is swimming in your veins, and Constance finds its Tony she can’t get enough of.

4 Angsty Stars
Review by Jen Hagen
This is the 4th book in the Blow Hole series and involves a third character.  It can be read as a standalone. 

Tony “Tiny” is in a never-ending cycle of pills, alcohol and pain.  He was in a terrible car accident several years ago and had to learn to walk again.  Since then he has endured never-ending pain that seeps through his bones during his waking hours and plagues his nightmares.  The pills take away the pain and the excessive alcohol allows him to sleep…if you can call passing out sleeping.  Not only is the pain a daily reminder, but he also bears superficial scars on his torso.  Because of these scars he does not allow women to touch his body during moments of intimacy.

 All I wanted was to be able to move past my past. I wanted to forget about the scars and move on with my life. I wanted the f#*king nightmares to stop, and I wanted to be able to breathe again. Was that so much to ask for?

Constance is currently down on her luck.  She is jobless, homeless and broke.  She is the daughter of a legendary rock star but yet has no money to her name.  Her father died of a drug overdose and her mother is heavily addicted to drugs also.  There is no money left from his fortune as it has all been spent on drugs and any remaining material possessions that she and her mother owned following his death have been sold to pay the bills or buy more drugs.  Constance is adamant that she will not be involved with anybody addicted to drugs as she has seen first hand the destruction they can cause.

Constance’s lucky break comes with the chance to replace the lead guitarist for Blow Hole while he is recuperating from a broken arm.  She tours with the band for a short time and is easily pulled in by Tiny’s charm and protectiveness towards her.  She is aware that he constantly is digging through a baggy filled with pills but she is hopeful that Tiny is being truthful when he says he will quit for her.   As much as Tiny loves Constance and is finally able to enjoy her touch, he cannot give up the pain-free euphoria the pills give him.

She deserved so much better than me. Especially since no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop taking the pills. Maybe I didn’t love her enough. Maybe there was someone out there that could love her so much they’d do anything for her. I wanted to be that guy, but I just couldn’t.

Constance is faced with a dilemma…does she let her heart do the talking and stay with Tiny or does she let her head do the walking and run far, far away from Tiny and his addiction?

I have enjoyed the Blow Hole series as each book brings about a new set of characters with flaws  and angst.  These stories never sacrifice angst!  My heart is always beating quickly while reading Tabatha’s take on the boys from Blow Hole.  We have heard from Zeke, Finn and Tiny.  Next up on the agenda is Chet and I am certain his story will not leave us disappointed. 

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