Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Tour for Tempting Beat by Brooklyn Ann (Review & GIVEAWAY)

A woman unlucky in love and who’s given up on finding Prince Charming finds herself drawn to her sexy next door neighbor in this sweet and sensual romance set amidst the world of rockstars.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Tempting Beat by Brooklyn Ann, along with my impressions of it, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this sixth installment in the Hearts of Metal series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $15 Boroughs Books GC too!

Bleeding Vengeance’s drummer, Roderick Powell knows he’s a sod for feeling glum, especially after moving into a beautiful new home in a smart Denver suburb. But all his mates are partnered or married, and dreadfully happy. It’s enough to make a rockstar rethink his options. And even though his sexy neighbor has given him the brush-off, he’s decided to have another go – at this point he has nothing left to lose, apart from his heart.
Gwen Mason’s romantic past has been bumpier than most – twice divorced by thirty, she’s had enough of broken promises. An ER nurse who keeps a brutal schedule, she’s happy to become known as the neighborhood crazy cat lady. But…the most delicious man has moved next door. He’s British, he’s famous, he’s a rockstar. And, hard as she tries, Gwen can't keep Rod Powell from breaking all her rules, and suddenly she sees a future she never believed possible.


Gwen’s eyes widened. “Do you think all five of them are moving into the place?”
“Lord, I hope not.” Mrs. Kersh’s lips thinned like a junior high schoolteacher’s. Suddenly she gasped. “The first one is coming this way.”
Sure enough, Mr. Hotness was striding up Gwen’s lawn with a smile that made her breath hitch. “Cheers, new neighbors. I’m Roderick Powell. I thought I’d introduce myself to you lovely ladies and get the rundown of the neighborhood.”
He had a British accent. Gwen nearly melted in her seat. It wasn’t fair. Her belly fluttered like an infatuated teenager’s as she rose on shaking legs and shook his hand.
“I’m Gwenda Mason.” Oh God, his grip was so warm and strong, and some delicious scent radiated from him. She fought to keep her head straight and not stammer. “I’m your next-door neighbor.” She cringed as his brow lifted with amusement at her stating the obvious. “I mean, ah…” She pointed at her other neighbor to clarify. “This is Mrs. Kersh. She lives across the street from me.”
Mrs. Kersh stiffened on the bench swing and gave him a stiff nod instead of a handshake. “Where are you from, Mr. Powell?”
“Los Angeles.” At her suspicious frown he added, “But I was born in Lancashire, England.”
“And what do you do?” she demanded, casting a baleful glare at one of his speaker cabinets being hauled up his walkway.
“I’m a drummer.” He confirmed their suspicions. “But don’t worry, I’m installing sound-proofing panels in my music room, which will be in the basement.” Roderick tossed the question back. “And what do you do, Mrs. Kersh?”
“I’m retired.” Mrs. Kersh said primly. “Are those others going to be living here as well?” She pointed at the other gorgeous men and the beautiful women beside them.
Roderick shook his head. “No, they’re only helping me move.” At Mrs. Kersh’s loud sigh of relief, he chuckled and turned to Gwen. “And what do you do, Gwenda?”
Her skin flushed under his gaze. “I’m a nurse.”
His grin broadened, revealing gleaming white teeth. “Hellooo, nurse!”
A startled laugh escaped her lips. “Did you just make an Animaniacs reference at me?” She’d grown up with that cartoon. For a moment she wondered how he knew about that old show, but then realized that it was probably streaming online somewhere.
He nodded, still grinning. “Sorry, luv. That was cheeky. Couldn’t help it.”
Mrs. Kersh sniffed in disapproval while heat flooded to Gwen’s face at the casual endearment. She should disapprove as well. Her young neighbor shouldn’t address her with flirtatious terms. That would get them off to a bad start. Yet she didn’t have the heart to reprimand him. Besides, it could be a Brit thing. It probably didn’t mean anything more than other English terms she’d heard like “ducky.”
Gwen changed the subject. “So you’re going to be living in that big house all alone?” At first it seemed like an odd thing, but then she remembered that she’d done the same. Yes, she’d been awarded the house in the divorce, but she could have sold the place and had a much smaller mortgage. For her, keeping the house was a matter of pride, comfort, storage, and the unspoken hope to maybe have room for someone else.
“I’ve had bigger,” he answered with a wink, though for a moment there was a flicker of pain in his gray eyes.



As a fan of rockstar romances I’ve become enamored of the characters and witty banter found in Ms. Ann’s Hearts of Metal series.  The characters are likable and easy to relate to with a vivid depiction of the music world that pulls you in wholeheartedly.  This latest installment is another satisfying story that utterly charmed me from the first page to the last as issues of self-esteem, fears over the past, and a possibly life-altering accident keeps readers glued to the pages while cheering the main couple on every step of the way.

Gwen Mason’s had two failed marriages and is just making ends meet with a small group of friends, loving pets, and a job that she loves.  She’s a smart woman, strong-willed in many ways, and immensely likable, but is done looking for love as her past is littered with losers and she’s tired of being left brokenhearted.  She was content, devoted to being a nurse...until a sexy British drummer moved in next door and left her wanting more.  Gwen tries to stand her ground in the face of the tempting Brit, but through each fun and flirty encounter she loses the fight as their older woman/younger man relationship turns erotic.  Theirs is a decadently delightful connection, built one step at a time as they dealt with their inner fears, and it made for an unforgettable journey full of heart and soul.

Roderick Powell’s the quintessential rockstar, adored by women and happy to indulge in the buffet of female groupies.  You can’t help but like him though as he’s charming, caring, with a fun-loving attitude that made me smile.  Until recently he was content on his own, but watching his friends and bandmates find their HEAs has him longing for the same.  This fuels his instant attraction to his next door neighbor and has him undertaking a sensual game of tug of war full of flirty and heartwarming interactions.  Roderick was definitely a temptation that slowly wore Gwen down and it made them a formidable pairing against their nosey neighbors.  Roderick also needed her support after an accident left his future hanging in the balance with the strong foundation they had been building the reason why the story’s conclusion was so satisfying.

With a romance that was sweet and sensual balanced with a friendship that made me smile, I found Gwen and Roderick to be a delightful pairing.  The issues they dwelt with were realistic, without being too angsty, and pulled me into their journey to HEA.  I enjoyed their scenes as a couple, both in and out of the bedroom, while I equally enjoyed their interactions with friends.  Roderick’s time with his bandmates was playful with a familial feel that gave greater insight into the music world and showed Ms. Ann’s vast knowledge on the topic which made for an even more exhilarating read.  The ending too sets Ms. Ann apart from other authors as she pulled no punches in a jaw-dropping moment of karma that I found hilariously twisted.  On a whole the Hearts of Metal series continues to bring me joy and for fans of the genre I highly recommend it as it stands strongly on its own.  Once readers get their hands on it though, they’ll definitely want to go back to see where it all started!

My rating for this is an A.

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


Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing Romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romances and urban fantasies, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music— a difficult world to find love in.
Brooklyn Ann lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.



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