Today I bring to you an intensely emotional read, Blitzkrieg Love by Livia Olteano, with a load of sensuality. Keep reading to learn about the music that inspired this story along with my impressions of it. Make sure to fill out the form below for your chance to win ebooks and GCs!
Love songs that inspired me while writing Blitzkrieg Love......
I love music; I love the way it makes me feel and how it helps me get into a certain state of mind. I use music a lot while writing, to ‘get’ a character and ‘feel’ it for a particular scene, or the ‘feel’ the scene itself better. It’s a tremendously helpful writing tool, I find.
While writing Blitzkrieg Love I used music a lot, almost to the point of obsession. These are a few of the songs I listened to for scenes or moments in the story:
1. Rihanna & Mikki Ekko - Stay
2. Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé - Beneath Your Beautiful
3. Bedouin Soundclash feat. Coeur De Pirate - Brutal Hearts
4. Tanya Stephens - Can't Breathe
5. Passenger - Let Her Go
6. Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man
7. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
8. Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love
9. Honey - Don't Love Me
10. Beyonce – Halo
But there’s a special artist I found most inspiring while writing; one my main characters loves dearly: Adele. I listened to many of her songs while I wrote, and I confess to letting my own love for her amazing talent bleed into the story a little. I kind of made her music balm for the soul of my main character, which seemed only appropriate.
What’s your favorite love song? :)
“Don’t try to be my hero. Don’t care about me. Don’t let go.”
Twenty-two-year-old Beatrice Stevens lives to dance. Two years ago she walked in on the picture of horror: after stabbing her mom 34 times, her father killed himself. She found his corpse still clutching at her mom’s, determined not to let go of her even in death. Now Beatrice freaks out if she’s hugged, loomed over or receives attention from daddy-type guys. Unless she’s dancing—the one thing that feeds her soul and saves her time after time.
Anthony Gowl wants Beatrice from the moment she bumps her adorable nose into his chest. That desire turns into a burning need after he sees her dance. But he’s the overprotective type—he can’t help it, it’s part of him ever since his sister ODed seven years ago. His savior complex makes him the perfect opposite of what Beatrice needs.
But she can’t seem to shake him. He’s both scary and exciting, even when he kneels at her feet. And the closer he gets, the more that toxic waste in her soul threatens to explode.
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Beatrice has closed herself off since the day she witnessed the aftermath of her parent's murder-suicide. Her sense of love and security ended that day and she now relies only on herself. Her motto is look, don't touch.....except under her terms. The only time she feels alive is when she's dancing which reveals her true emotions to all. She's a strong young woman forced to grow up quickly who's not afraid to speak her mind. With all the emotional baggage she carries it's going to take a strong man to get through the walls she's put up which leads to an emotionally intense road to a HEA.
Anthony is just that man. He's strong and wise, along with being super sexy, with a need to save those he cares about after not being able to save his sister years ago. From the first moment he sees Bea he knows he has to have her. No matter how hard she pushes him away he pushes just as hard back which ultimately leads to some very steamy encounters. At times it felt as if Tony was being a bit overpowering but his intensity is exactly what Bea needed to realize that she was jeopardizing her future by living in the past.
This is a very fast read told from Bea's perspective which gave us great insight into her heart and mind but it left Tony a bit of a mystery. I usually enjoy seeing secondary characters but in this story we got only brief moments with other characters as the main focus is on Bea and Tony and their sensual journey to a HEA. The scenes involving Bea's dancing added to that sensual journey as the scenes were both sexy and heartfelt, joyous and sad. These scenes said more through action than words about Bea's inner turmoil and were nicely spaced throughout the story. This was an enjoyable story about the healing power of love and forgiveness and I look forward to what Ms. Olteano has planned next.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Livia lives in Europe where she listens to obscene amounts of music and devours every reading material in sight. When she’s not doing either of the two, she fiddles with anything remotely customizable within reach.
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