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Captivating Bridge (Tempest Book 3) by [Mankin, Michelle]
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Loved it! Neither of us had read this author's work before that didn't detract from our enjoyment whatsoever. War & Shaina our fab characters...from the very first page we were drawn in, felt their pain, and loved their journey--Sian Lewis & Rachel Maybury for Totally Booked.
God's honest truth...I f**king loved this book!--Carol for Star Angel's Reviews
Another 5 star for Tempest. Couldn't put it down..angst, intensity, and tenderness all woven into one incredible ride-- Sammy's Book Obsession
Kick ass incredible book. I absolutely adored every page, every emotion, every tear, even scenes that were hard to read--Goodreads reviewer MJ
Love, sadness, despair, hate, triumph--real life emotions in the fairy tale world of rock 'n roll--Goodreads reviewer Wendy

From the Author

A once upon a time all access pass with the band Tempest and the imperfect princesses who rock their world...
Irresistible Refrain
Enticing Interlude
Captivating Bridge
Relentless Rhythm
Tempest Raging: The Tempest Rock Star Series, books 1-4
Tempting Tempo
Scandalous Beat
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**Each book in the TEMPEST series features a different band member and can be read separately, but would be even more enjoyable if read in order**

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  • File Size: 1498 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KGFB0IK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 Fist Bumps

War broke my heart in Book 1 but knocked me to my knees in Captivating Bridge. A complex guardian angel, War finds his match in actress Shaina. She brings out the best in him, whether he likes it or not! She forces him to face his demons, not realizing by doing so her demons will come to life.

I laughed. I cried

But most importantly I connected with the story. As a person diagnosed with depression and PTSD I can vouch that Michelle portrayed "our" lives with raw dignity. I love her more and more the more I read. She writes with pure honesty no matter how ugly the situations are;
For that I give her, War, and Shaina a standing round of applause and demand an encore!
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Oh the angst! This is why I very rarely and am very picky with my new adult reads because of the frickin' angst. Waaah! CAPTIVATING BRIDGE has hair-pulling, gut wrenching, jaw gritting, ANGST! Why?! Because when two broken and bent people decide to fall in love with each other, the healing process is unlike anything you've ever come across with! I assume it's as painful and itchy as a werewolf shifting or a vampire knitting his skin together or something supernatural like that. It's difficult to watch!

War is messed up because his mom is a druggie and his dad didn't want him. Shaina is messed up because her older sister committed suicide and both her parents are controlling. Shaina taught War how to love in the real sense of the word and War gave Shayne freedom to be herself, to pursue her passion and to just let go and soar. It's quite beautiful actually but their HEA was paved with tears, passive-aggressive rejections, misbehavior, celebrity meltdowns and lots of great sex. What's NA without angsty sex?!

Anyway, CAPTIVATING BRIDGE is one captivating read. Michelle Mankin never fails to impress me with her almost lyrical writing style, she brings out the big guns on those momentous scenes to drive the emotions to your heart, bullseye, and all you can do is clutch your chest or cover your mouth to prevent yourself from exclaiming out loud. But despite the angst, she more than makes up for it by giving us heartwarming HEA's. Not only did War and Shayne find true love with each other, War also managed to reconcile with Tempest and more importantly, mend the bridge between him and Lace. I got teary eyed when War finally had the "talk" with both Bryan and Lace, it was so sincere I think if it played out in front of me, I would be bawling like a crazy fangirl.
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War - we know all about Warren Jinkins. The hell he's lived through, the trouble he's made. But he's deeper than that. The attitude he projects, the image he conveys are all part of his hiding what he really feels. The day he's wondering if it's all worth it - if he should just give it all up - is the day he meets Shaina Bentley.

Shaina has trouble of her own - invisible scars that run deep. She's living her life in order to please everyone else - keep her parents happy and together - and she's tired.

"It was a lot of pressure being the key to everyone else's happiness." -Shaina, Loc 193

She's ready to move beyond the image she's created, finally be the grownup she is rather than pretending to be the little girl her parents and fans see her as. She's just unsure she has the strength to do it. And as she's contemplating these heady things, she meets Warren Jinkins - on a bridge.

The emotions evoked as I watched these two broken souls building a bridge toward one another were stormy. War and Shaina have been to the same dark places and understood one another in a way no one else could. Their bridge building wasn't pretty or smooth - nothing with War ever is. But I loved the way in which they reached one another. Shaina made War realize he was worthy of someone's love...
"When she looked at me that way she made me feel as if I were somehow the best thing that had ever happened to her.

No one had ever looked at me that way." -War, Loc 2224

...taught him what love really is. And he was right when he said

"I definitely got the better deal in this partnership." -War, Loc 5221

War filled in all the cracks in Shaina's soul. He gave her strength to finally live her life for herself.
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These two are my favorite couple of the whole series. TOTAL OPPOSITES attract each other like magnets. War has had his share of trouble, heartbreak, darkness, and I was thrilled when he met SHAINA for the first time. On that bridge he had fell into the deep dark pit of depression and this girl all in Pink saved him from doing the deed SUICIDE. Little did he know that this feisty slip of a girl had dark thoughts of her own. This book had sweet moments and some very gut wrenching ones. I was as disgusted. as War when he treated Shaina like a tramp, his guilt pulled at my heart cause he knew he was wrong. Every reader can learn from War and Shaina's story, the way you are raised can make or break you, but if you open your mind and heart to the good things around you, that ONE SPECIAL PERSON could be staring you in the face. Don't walk away from love, but run towards it and give it a chance. Depression is a growing disease, read up on it and learn about the treatments. Hoping the next book is about Dizzy, love his humor.
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