Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Desperate Chances by A Meredith Walters

Sex changes everything.
And love can turn into an enemy…
Mitch Abrams, the bassist for the popular rock band Generation Rejects, has been in love with Gracie Cook for years. But Gracie, a complicated girl with a lot of baggage, was too blind to see how she felt about the man who had always stood by her.
Until one night of passion brought them closer than they had ever been before.
Feeling off balance and out of control, Gracie does the only thing a girl with self-destructive tendencies can do: end things with Mitch before they can really begin.
So Mitch moves on. With his band, his friends, and a new girlfriend.
Yet he can’t seem to forget about the girl who threw his heart away.
Gracie, who is still struggling to build a life after crashing to the bottom, finds it hard to forget about her one night with Mitch. And even as she tries to convince herself it was only sex, her heart knows differently.
But life is full of chances and desperate moments. And when Mitch and Gracie are thrown back into each other’s lives, will they seize at the opportunity to do things right?

Or will the rock star and the less than ordinary girl crash and burn?

4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Gracie Cook is trying hard to stay on course. It's been over a year since she had a drink, She makes sure she handles her food issues, she is working part time free lancing as a journalist for a garden magazine and she is fending off her over bearing parents' attempts to control her very move. Her biggest regret is the loss of Mitch Abrams from her life. The bass guitarist from Generation Rejects is on tour, but they haven't really talked since she friend zoned him. He wanted more, they had a one night stand and she shut it down. Two weeks later he started dating Sophie Lanier and a year later they are still together. Sophie knows she made a colossal mistake, but it's too late-he's happy with his girlfriend and who is she to mess with that? 

I may have ruined things with Mitch but I'd be damned if I'd ruin the rest of me.

But Generation Rejects is not doing so well out on tour. While their first album was a huge success their follow up was mediocre and their venues are not selling out. They are coming home and going to figure out what to do. There are some credible rumors that their label is dropping them due to their lackluster sales. 

In a moment of weakness Gracie sends a text to Mitch. It takes him a while but he responds with a cute text of his own. But Gracie realizes this was a mistake and she chooses not to answer him. 

And I wouldn't fight for something that was never mine to begin with. I cared about Mitch too much to ruin his current, healthy relationship just so I could find my happiness. 

Gracie reluctantly goes to see one of their last shows and meets up with her girls-Maysie, Vivian and Riley. They are there to see their guys perform-Jordan, Cole and Garrett. Of course Sophie is there with Mitch and has been touring with them the last month. Gracie feels like an outsider, she's the only single one. All of her friends are moving on with their life and their partners and she is alone. 

I was the poor single gal hanging with all of her coupled up friends. I'd be the loser sitting on the couch playing Candy Crush on her phone while her buddies were gettin' it on. 

Little does she know that in spite of his indifferent behavior to her, Mitch is far from over her. He can't help but compare his relationship to the one he has with Sophie. 

A nice girl.

Constant. Always there. 
That's what had been important. 

But Sophie was there to pick up the pieces when Gracie rejected him. She may not inspire the highs for him, but there are no lows that shatter him. She is gentle, has little baggage and makes things easy for him. After living with Gracie and her meltdown prior to her rehab days, he needed simple. But is simple enough? 

Their friends think they should both talk things out. None of them can understand what Mitch sees in Sophie. After a year together, she still rarely talks to his friends or makes any effort to show a real interest in his career or his love of music. 

The more time that Mitch and Gracie are in each other's company, the more they admit to themselves that they miss what they had, and a year later, that void is still there. Now will they just stop being so pig headed and stupid about each other? Will they finally risk their hearts getting broken again on the chance that they can have each other again and the possibility exists that things will be even better than before? 

This is the last book in A Meredith Walters' Bad Rep series. I have loved these rockers and the women who transformed their lives. I wouldn't mind the occasional novella to catch me up with their lives! 

"You are my beginning."
"You are my middle."
Kiss. Kiss.
"You are my ever after."


 I realized I was staring. Mitch knew I was staring.

So of course he purposefully gave his girlfriend his attention, his body angled towards me but his head bent low so that his face was close to Sophie’s. He pushed the hair back off her forehead. His eyes were on her face and he gave her soft smile that I recognized only too well.

A smile that I had thought, at one time, was only for me.

Get over it, Gracie! It’s been a year! What did you think would happen? That he’d pine over you forever? Get a grip!

I started to turn away when Mitch looked back towards me, his eyes locking on mine.

I forgot how to breathe.

My heart thudded almost painfully in my chest.

My mouth went dry and my hands began to tremble. A need that I had almost forgotten about thrummed through my body. My belly tightened and my nipples hardened. The air hummed and sizzled. I was altered completely. Just by a look.

How had I never felt this electricity between us before? The answer was obvious.

I had been totally blind. I hadn’t wanted to see it. Because if I had acknowledged it, everything would have changed. And at that time I couldn’t handle that. The truth was I had been absolutely terrified.

Maysie squeezed my arm but I barely felt it. Jordan was still talking but I didn’t hear him.

All I could see was Mitch.

All Mitch could see was me.

We were locked in a stand off, neither of us moving.

All too soon he broke our intense staring contest. He bent down and kissed his girlfriend almost angrily. It was a harsh press of lips that seemed to take Sophie by surprise. She wrapped her arms around Mitch and held him tenderly even as he ground his mouth against hers.

I looked away. I could barely breathe around the lump sitting painfully in the middle of my chest. A pain that I knew to be jealousy.

And regret.

About The Author:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.


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