Friday, July 6, 2018

Book Spotlight on Steele by Kristen Hope Mazzola (REVIEW)

Getting a second chance at love is the driving force of this rockstar romance that pulled at my heartstrings from the first page to the last.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Steele by Kristen Hope Mazzola, along with my impressions of it, then add this fourth installment in The Hysterics series to your bookshelf too!

I am Maverick Steele & it’s my turn...
As the bassist in The Hysterics I've learned that the road to fame is long.
It twists and throws some crazy curve balls, but it’s always been worth it.
I had never regretted being a musician.
Never questioned touring or the loneliness that came with it.
Until Cali.
Until I had to make a choice and I chose wrong.
Because being a rock star and settling down don’t go hand in hand.
Or at least that’s what I thought.




It’s an emotionally intense read within these pages, one that pulls at the heartstrings, that brings readers into the second chance romance of Maverick and Cali.  With a connection that started in a previous book, but that came to an end because of her fears, readers will be cheering this dynamic duo on as they grow closer together in this romance full of heart and soul.

Maverick once had the perfect life with a girl who was his whole world and a baby on the way.  That life ended with her death though and it set him on a path of occasional one-night stands paired with guilt.  There was one bright spot during that time and it was Cali, a fan who gave him a glimpse of happiness. Despite their instant connection though she walked away.  With all his bandmates finding happiness it’s finally time for Mav to find his HEA when Cali once again returns.  It’s not smooth sailing to HEA when someone close to him suffers a heart attack and his and his band’s lives are turned upside down.  The fragility of life and the power of love guide him while taking readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride that had me rooting for Mav every step of the way. Throughout his journey Maverick endeared himself to me with his enduring love for Leilani making him the quintessential romantic hero.  He’s got a big and loving heart, is unwavering in his support for his bandmates, and I longed to see each smile her presence brought to his face.

Cali’s a far from perfect heroine and its her imperfections that I liked most about her.  Her earlier decision to leave Maverick behind was done in protection of her heart, but by falling back on an easy relationship with a friend, she’s caused even more heartbreak.  Her choices were not maliciously made, but were due to her own painful past, and it’s left her feeling admittedly guilty.  She never sugarcoated her actions, owned up to them, and her finally putting her heart on the line to be with Mav had me cheering.  I liked Cali and I liked the happiness she engendered in Mav in a romance that put me in an emotional blender.

This is an immensely satisfying novella that I wish had been full length as Maverick’s heartbreaking history deserved more.  The interactions between him and Cali were sensual and supportive and I enjoyed the warm fuzzies their relationship created along with a few sexy interludes along the way.  Along with this engaging main couple came the large cast of secondary characters who played a role in getting Mav and Cali back together.  The other members of The Hysterics, and their significant others, felt like family and each has been a vital part of their overall story.  They’ve supported each other through every up and down, shared their pain and their joy, and they’ve made this an unforgettable series that I’m sad is slowly coming to an end.  Now’s the perfect time to start reading this series though, to see where it all started, before reading this book that’s more richly rewarding after reading all the joy and heartache that’s come before.

My rating for this is an A-

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


Bestselling author, Kristen Hope Mazzola, is a Florida native that has found herself loving a North Carolina life. She writes contemporary romance ranging from steamy romantic comedy, sexy erotica, angsty new adult, all the way to sports romance – with dirty bikers, hot military men, and swoon-worthy rockstars in between. A portion of her royalties is donated to the Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

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