Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Blog Tour: Brooklyn & Beale by Olivia Evans

The life of a session musician is rarely easy. After consecutive tour cancellations and a stack of unpaid bills, Chloe Bennett fears her dream has come to an end.
Then everything changes.
Indie rocker Reid Ryder needs a replacement violinist for his tour. For Chloe, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. For Reid, it’s a checkmark off his list. Already battling addiction, guilt, and his inability to write new music, Reid's hopeful that things are finally falling into place.
But life is never predictable.
When the tour begins, he finds himself drawn to Chloe. She challenges and inspires him. Their onstage chemistry is electric. To the outside world, they’re the perfect match. To those involved, however, it’s not so simple. When Reid’s no longer sure that the future he planned is the one he wants, a choice must be made.
Love...or loyalty.

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4 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Beale Street's where my story starts, 
Brooklyn's where I found my heart. 

Chloe Bennett is just looking for her big break. She looks like anything but a gifted violinist with her purple hair, piercings, and tattoos. She was classically trained, and in spite of her mother pushing her to play with an orchestra, she is a true rock and roll chick. Well she is about to get her chance. She gets a call to audition for Reid Ryder and his band for their Secret Visions Tour.  

Reid's had a tough year to say the least. He has fame and money and talent. But he let drugs destroy him and he's paid the price for a night that forever changed his life. His girlfriend, Jess is his rock. When he first was discovered in a bar on Beale Street in Memphis, he stupidly broke up with his girlfriend. He lost himself and bad things happened. But when he had a chance three years later to get her back he didn't waste any time. 

"I promise, Jess," he whispered. "I'll never break your heart again. Everything will be different this time."

She keeps him centered and he needs her to fight the demons that tempt him. But he is about to go on tour and his violinist broke her hand. So he finds himself in Brooklyn at an audition giving Chloe's playing a try. 

Her long blond and purple hair, lip and nose rings were the perfect mix of sexy and edgy. Maybe that was the problem; she was far too attractive. 

As for his relationship with his girlfriend, Jess, and how she would react once she saw Chloe, well...that had potential to be the worst kind of complication. 

He is blown away; not just by her music but by the girl herself. There is something between them, but both remind themselves to keep things on a professional level. But once they start to tour together, they are drawn to each other. Reid hasn't been able to write music in ages and he's lost his edge to tour. But when Chloe is on the stage with him, there are sparks and magic and chemistry. He's not the only one who feels it-his band mates suspect something is going on and the fans are eating it up! Reid hasn't mentioned Jess to Chloe and she has no idea he is in a serious relationship. Bad move! 

"It's only hard to be optimistic when it's about me."
"Then we'll be each other's glass half full. I'll take care of you and you take care of me."
There's lots of angst in this one. I do have to mention that the Star Wars references were a little over the top. They were too many and after a while I found myself skipping over them to move things along. But the story is a solid rock and roll romance. If you read Hollywood and Vine you will be thrilled to see Josie, Anders and Maddie again. My interest was piqued so I may have to check that one out too. 

"You and me, we're supposed to happen. You're the one I've been waiting for and I didn't even know it. We can be something special; you just need to believe it as much as I do." 


In three days, they would head back to the States. In three days, he would wake up and Chloe wouldn’t be there. The pit of his stomach twisted and his chest tightened. She wasn’t even gone, and he missed her already. Just the thought of being away from her, even though she was sitting right next to him, hurt more than Jess being on the other side of the world. It was the first time Reid truly began to realize just how far he’d fallen.

About the Author
Olivia Evans is a dreamer by day, writer by night. She's obsessed with music and loves discovering new bands. Traveling the world and watching the sun set in every time zone sounds like heaven to her. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest with her husband, son, and friends. Her other loves are: Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, concert tees, gangster movies, sports, wine, craft beer and her shih tzu's.
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1 comment:

  1. Lisa,
    Thank you so much for this review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book, I know reading a new author is always a gamble. Thanks for taking a chance on me! <3 <3



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