Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Tour for Rockin' the Boss by Jamie Salisbury (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of rockstar romances I was immediately drawn to Rockin' the Boss by Jamie Salisbury.  It ended up being so much more so keep reading to get a taste of this book along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win two awesome prizes!

The adventure begins…
Max Frazier may be a stunningly handsome international rock star, but he has other hidden talents from his past. Talents the authorities want him to use. Talents Max thought of as one hit wonders and wanted to keep in his past.
His smokin' hot employer, Ashleigh Thomas, is unaware of his past with the S.A.S. Recently widowed, she yearns to bring the entertainment agency she and her late husband owned out of ruins, with Max's help. Together they embark on a once in a lifetime deal for Max.
Will their mutual attraction for the other turn to fire, or will it burn to ashes once Ashleigh learns the truth? As she and Max find themselves helping the authorities bring in a figure from Ashleigh's past…will love trump evil?


Inside the apartment, Max poured us both a brandy as we sat next to each other on the overstuffed sofa. “Ashleigh, I need to tell you something.”
Suddenly, I could feel something in the air. “What Max?” I know what’s coming. Perhaps not the words, but the context of what he was about to say.
He leaned closer and took my hand. “I know at this phase of our lives, we’re both beyond the game playing we did when we were in our twenties. I’m attracted to you, Ashleigh…a lot. I want to make love to you. Very much so.”
He kept his focus on my face and squeezed my hand. I stared into his eyes. I felt a modest smile form as it crossed my lips, and I squeezed back. “I would like that too.”
Placing his snifter on the table beside me, Max leaned over and softly kissed my lips before possessing them with his. His tongue probed and licked before he parted them, searching and exploring my mouth. When our tongues met, it was like sparks ignited and a fire ensued. The endless tangle left us both breathless.
When we broke apart, he took the glass still in my hand and placed it next to his. He stood, guided me to my feet, and without another word, led me down the hall to the bedroom.



As a fan of rockstar romances I excitedly dove into Rockin' the Boss expecting scenes in the sultry music world.  What I got instead was a man of mystery starting a relationship with a woman of privilege who was betrayed repeatedly by the man sworn to honor her.  Throw in a crazed fan, dangerous truths rising to the surface, and numerous HOT sexual interludes and you end up with an immensely unexpected story that leaves you wanting more (partly because of the cliffhanger).

Ashleigh Thomas is still trying to recover from the death of her husband.  She's trying to save the business he almost drove to bankruptcy and heal her self-esteem from the constant betrayals he heaped on her courtesy of their marriage of celibacy and his numerous affairs.  A surefire way to heal in both respects comes in the form of Max Frazier who's on the cusp of a major business deal that will bring in much-needed cash along with the attraction he shows her.  She's been attracted to him for a long time and finally makes a move that leads to a combustible relationship between the sheets.  As they get happier though more problems arise as a crazed woman starts making their lives difficult through her lies and her dead husbands ultimate betrayal comes to light.

Ashleigh starts off the story as a strong heroine taking on the world to save her company.  She's a serious businesswoman who doesn't take no for an answer.  Her and Max seem on an equal level as their relationship starts but slowly I see her becoming weaker.  She starts to let Max have too much control, particularly in the bedroom, as he introduces her to things that make her a bit uncomfortable but she does out of her love for him.  She knows he's keeping things from her but she doesn't push and walks blindly into dangerous situations to make him proud of her.

Max is keeping many things from Ashleigh and we slowly learn these things as the story progresses.  The biggest thing is his former occupation of being a spy which will come in handy as her dead husband's legacy requires them going undercover in sex clubs.  He also glossed over his former relationship with a woman now trying to ruin his happiness who has a surprising connection to Ashleigh's dead husband.  As his secrets slowly came to light I found myself liking him less but still completely seduced by his dark, sexy looks and even sexier accent.  He's so wrong for all of us but so right too!

This story has many twists and turns and those of us expecting a rockstar story will be disappointed as music is hardly mentioned.  Many events throughout the story are over the top and seem implausible but I was still on the edge of my seat waiting to see where things went next.  This story is very fast-paced with numerous sexual encounters that get more intense as Max and Ashleigh's relationship progresses.  These interludes almost overpower the story in their frequency which leaves less time for character development.  Minus these small quibbles I still found myself intrigued by this story and the suspenseful events that turn Ashleigh into a gun-toting spy herself.  As the story ends in an abrupt cliffhanger, here's to the sequel rumored to be releasing soon.

My rating for this is a C+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jamie Salisbury cannot imagine a time when she did not write. A skill that has served her well throughout her diversified professional career that encompassed public relations in and around the entertainment industry, photography, editing, and special event planning.
An avid reader of history, biographies, and romance it's only natural that she prefers to write  romances with characters said to be "so authentic they spring forth from the page and shake the reader's hand." No stranger to life threatening situations Jamie pulls from life experience when she creates her stories. Such as when her family had to escape Chile when she was a teen because of the unstable political climate.
Finding herself unable to walk great distances  as a result of  several foot surgeries, she started writing once again as a way to pass the time. With the completion of her first novel Perpetual Love she dove head first into the eBook and digital publishing paradigm. She couldn't be happier with her decision to grab the publishing industry by the shoulders and force it to pay attention to all she has to offer.

Romance Novel Center:
Twitter:  @JamieRSalisbury


Jamie will be awarding a $25.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N to a randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour, plus a gift basket to another randomly drawn winner at the end of the tour (US ONLY).

-To be entered, leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-Winners will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more you comment the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 7/26.


  1. Thanks for hosting Jamie's book. This is the longest excerpt I've read and it should draw more fans of Jamie's to the book.

  2. Good Morning and thanks for hosting Rockin' the Boss! I'll check back throughout the day to answer comments and questions!

  3. Thank you for the review, I'm looking forward to reading the book.


  4. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book.

  5. Sorry to hear that you didn't really feel this story. It still sounds like something I might like so I may still give it a chance. Thanks so much for sharing!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Nice review

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. What a great giveaway! Thanks for showing it to us! I love the blurb and excerpt!

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  8. The book looks pretty good! Nice review, sad to hear that you didn't like it a lot.

  9. Thank you for your impressions!!


  10. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing the excerpt.


  11. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com