Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Tour for Groupie by C.M. Stunich (Review & GIVEAWAY)

With her world crashing down around her Lilith Goode finds herself surrounded by pain and oblivion as she travels cross country with five sexy and complicated rockstars.  As the rock gods argue amongst themselves over past issues they also argue over her in an erotically-charged battle of wills.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Groupie by C.M. Stunich, along with my impressions of it, and discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the Rock-Hard Beautiful series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 Amazon GC and a signed copy of this book too!

“Can one of these five rockstars fill the hole in my heart? Or will I stay broken forever?"
Young, dumb, and broke.
That’s what started everything. With five dollars in her pocket, and everything she owns stuffed in the back of her car, Lilith Goode’s life is over. Done. Destroyed.
Ten words. One text. That’s what it took to change the whole world.
A crumpled concert ticket. A chance encounter. That’s what it takes to start all over again.
Five rockstars. One girl. Six dark hearts, six withered souls.
But can one broken person really put another back together again?




This is the second book I've read from Ms. Stunich this week and I must say, she definitely knows how to write immensely satisfying erotic encounters! Which is a good thing as this series starter is full of them!  It's also full of five larger-than-life rock gods and a heroine all of us wish we could be by the end of this story.

Lilith Goode's life has been far from perfect.  Her mother died when she was a teenager, leaving her father as her sole support.  While grieving the loss of her mother she gave her heart to a boy who took everything from her by taking her far from her home, isolating her, and crushing her dreams.  While happy to have her as the perfect girlfriend his final act was to cheat on her and betray her in the most vile way.  While reeling from that heartbreak she also got the news that her father died.  Her attempts to get home to his funeral leads to further heartache due to a heartless stepmother and fate conspiring against her to leave her broke and alone.  Luckily, her unexpected encounters with the members of Beauty in Lies gives her an opportunity to heal from her heartbreak while living life to the fullest and exploring her sexuality with the bandmates while helping them deal with their own emotional baggage.  Lilith's been through a lot and when readers see her she's truly broken.  Her pain was palpable and had her on edge and looking to escape by reaching out to these sexy rockers hoping for oblivion.  While I could understand her initial feelings I felt that she became a bit obsessed with the bandmates, leading her to decisions she might not have made otherwise.  Lilith has a kind heart, she truly enjoys taking care of her boys, but I felt that her emotions were over-the-top at times.  She cried A LOT and brought up her dead father at the most inopportune moments.  Despite the fact that I never warmed up to her completely I still enjoyed seeing her take charge of her own sexuality, being unashamed by it, and getting to be the center of attention from these sexy and eclectic bandmates.

The men of Beauty in Lies were a delicious bunch who could easily take center stage in stories of their own as they're each that memorable.  Each one set my heart racing as they exuded sex appeal while being shrouded in painful pasts that had me aching for them.  The flamboyant Brit Paxton is the lead singer and has a cruel side to him that gets worse when he drinks.  He and Ransom were once the closest of friends but death and a feeling of betrayal has Pax hurting him at every opportunity.  He lashes out when he feels most vulnerable, when his past comes hurtling back, but there are moments of kindness too that drew me to him.  Ransom's the one who's endured the most.  The rape and murder of his mother, and his own violent reaction to it, has left him with PTSD.  He has flashbacks and physical scars to remind him of what occurred and even in sleep he can't escape it as the nightmares leave him craving the comfort of Lilith's arms.  He's sweet with a bit of kink that I found immensely seductive.  Muse is the one who likes to handle everything.  He's good at reading others but sometimes comes on too strong.  He's immensely kind too and is the one who initially brings Lilith in from the cold and the one to offer her help when she needs it most.  Copeland's like a puppy, sweet and bubbly, yet older and wiser than he appears.  His mother's mental illness had him growing up far too young but it instilled in him a need to be the caretaker.  He's boyishly charming and great at giving hugs and I longed to cuddle up to him.  Michael's not near as loud as the others as he's trying to be faithful to his clearly undeserving girlfriend.  At one time he got too caught up in the rockstar lifestyle, with drugs and groupies, but the guilt of cheating has him now making amends with a year of celibacy that his possessive and needy girlfriend uses to control him.  Though the glimpses of him are a temptation I never felt I got a deep understanding of him as opposed to his bandmates.  All of these rockers together make for a delectable distraction for Lilith.  They're all consumed with making her happy in numerous erotically-charged encounters.  The interludes started out one-on-one but soon turned to menages where Lilith was still queen and that burned up the pages.

This is the kind of story that's so wrong yet so right!  The storyline's over-the-top and the narrative got weighed down by far too many erotic encounters.  The whole story feels more fantasy than reality in fact, but it's a fantasy that I couldn't pull myself away from.  The heroine may have annoyed me at times, but it's the sexy members of Beauty in Lies that had me coming back for more in their scorching cross country journey.  It's ultimately a journey of self-discovery for each of these emotionally bruised individuals that reached a HFN, but that promises more to come in the next installment.

My rating for this is a C+

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


C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.
She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.
Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting today! This sounds like a compelling fantasy read! :)