Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog tour: Who He Is by Shanora Williams


Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She’s never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel - her former crush from high school and the lead singer of Fire Nine - and witness sides to him to which she’ll begin to truly despise.

She’ll ignore him, she’ll dislike his ways, she’ll do anything to try and stay away from him until Gage finally gets her to slip up and give in. She agrees on a casual fling with Gage, but soon they’ll both see how the fling will blur into something they can’t control and when it’s finally time for Eliza to go and accomplish her own dreams, she’ll know there’s more she took from Gage than she ever thought possible.

4 star review by Kristie Wittenberg

Eliza Smith has a rough childhood until she went to live with her father. She was never one to put herself out there. She has never even dated a guy before in her life. Her father is the manager for the popular group FireNine. When she decides to do on tour with the band for the summer, everything changes for her. Eliza gets to really know her former high school crush, Gage Grendel who also happens to be the lead singer for FireNine. She sees the good the bad and the ugly and really begins to despise the rocker lifestyle and starts to really dislike him and the front he puts on.

“You don’t seem too happy about it. I bet it’s every girl’s dream to be next to the lead singer of FireNine.” He nudged me gently on the ribcage with his elbow and I laughed dryly, taking another step away from him.
“I forgot how arrogant you are. I’m not every girl. I’m Eliza. I like your music...but that’s probably about it.”

Gage is intrigued by Eliza, whom he likes to call Ellie. He will do anything he can to get close to her. When he wants something, he gets it. Eliza is not impressed with Gage and his behavior. She does everything she can to avoid him. What she can’t seem to avoid is how he makes her body come alive every time he is near. Although she is inexperienced, she knows men like Gage are nothing but a heart ache waiting to happen. When she meets his girlfriend she knows that the chances of them being together just became more of a fantasy. She is confused about Gage and his motives. One minute he acts like a jealous boyfriend and the next minute he is dangerously flirting with her and then he acts like a friend.

“You’re funny, Ellie, Adorable. It’s part of the reason I shouldn’t mess around with you too much.”

After relentless flirting with Ellie, Gage finally gets her to drop her defenses and somehow manages to get her to agree to a casual fling. When the rules are laid out and the agreement is made, they become fast friends and lovers. They are comfortable with each other talking about what they want out of life but also sharing the not so pretty things they have hidden away. Ellie is focused and determined to finish school and make a name for herself as an artist. 

Things become a little more complicated for Gage and Ellie. When he agrees to end things with his girlfriend, the lines they have formed begin to blur and their feelings for each other reach a state that neither one of them was prepared for.

Shanora created two amazing characters. Both out going in many ways but both a little damaged from their pasts.

I loved how independent and smart Ellie is. I love her innocence. She may have had a rough beginning and is knowledgeable in an aspect of life that no-one should be familiar with, it is heart breaking. She is strong and beautiful inside and out. The fact that she doesn’t know just how beautiful she is makes her even more irresistible. 

Gage. OMG Gage, he is every woman’s fantasy. He is gorgeous, the lead singer of the band and a flirt. He has a soft side to him, a protective side as well. I love how determined he is when it comes to Ellie. They had immediate chemistry. 

I enjoyed all the band members. They each brought a different feeling out in Ellie and I just loved their interactions with her. It was very entertaining.

Like most “arrangements” neither party is able to leave without some type of damage being done. No matter how honest you have been about your plans from the get go. My heart broke for both of them and I found myself tearing up.

This is by far one of my top rock star books of 2013! A job well done by S.Q. Williams. I cannot wait to see what is in store for Ellie and Gage.


Grabbing the bar soap, I lathered it over me, my head tilted back in the running water until the bathroom door creaked open. My eyes widened, seeing Gage through the opaque glass door of the shower. His figure was solid, sexy. His strides toward the shower were cautious as he placed the towel on the rod.

He was about to turn around, but, surprisingly, I called his name and he stopped, taking a glance over his shoulder. A million thoughts were running through my drunken head. One of them was to tell him thanks… just because. Another was to ask for a kiss. It was odd, but I just wanted to feel him. The last was to tell him to come into the shower with me.

“Yeah?” Gage called, turning around.

I chewed on my bottom lip, the silence ringing between us. Finally, I asked, “Can you come in with me?”

He remained quiet for a few seconds. Through the opaque glass, he was perfectly still. Unmoving. Then, slowly and still quiet, he pulled his shirt over his head. He unbuttoned his jeans, kicked off his shoes, slid out of his boxers and jeans, and then walked toward the shower. My heart raced with each step closer. It raced even more as he grabbed the handle of the shower door and slid it open.

He stepped in without looking at me and I stepped beneath the water, as if it were going to hide my naked body. I held the bar of soap against my chest and as soon as Gage slid the shower door shut behind him, his heavy hazel eyes met mine.

For the most part, we were quiet. It wasn’t awkward to stare because he had more than enough to stare at and keep me quiet. Although the features of his face were hard, his eyes were tranquil, admiring the naked aspects of my body. My eyes traveled from his face to his broad chest. There was a tattoo of a woman’s name right below his left collarbone, almost where his heart would be. The name was Chloe and was in a flowing script.

The dragon on his ribs was defined; the blue and black stood out most. A splash of orange came out of its mouth and its head was tilted up, as if it were burning his armpit. My eyes continued traveling southward until they got to the main attraction. He wasn’t soft. He was hard, probably harder than a rock. I had the urge to grab him, stroke him… maybe even get a taste of him, but I held off, suddenly realizing I was the reason he was getting turned on.

Gage finally made the first move. His actions were deliberate, but he was going for it. He cupped my face, taking the soap out of my hand, placing it down, and then pulling my lips to his and kissing me fiercely.

I drowned in his touch, my body sinking against his firm upper half. He swallowed my moans and his tongue ran over and slipped beneath mine. His panting increased, his whole body turned rigid. He then picked me up and I had no problem wrapping my legs around him. My back pressed against the cool shower wall, but our lips never parted.

Groaning, his head moved down and he licked the droplets off my neck. He kissed and sucked on me tenderly, his arousal digging into me. He was so close to my entrance that it frightened me yet turned me on at the same time. I wanted it more than I realized. My body was yearning, craving for him to just take me there.

Author Bio:
S. Q. Williams was born and raised in Matthews, North Carolina. She's the author of the New Adult series, OBTAINED and the Best Selling New Adult novel, Hard to Resist. Her upcoming mature New-Adult/Adult novel, Who He Is, will be released in July of 2013.

When she's not writing, she's happily reading or watching cartoons like the big kid she is. She has a wonderful family that you will hear her brag and talk about all of the time. Whenever she just wants to get away from the words for a while, she'll spend some time with her loved ones, eat gummy bears, or drown in Coca-Cola and anything else caffeinated.

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