- File Size: 420 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (January 11, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 11, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078PXDXKC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Forbidden Song (Hearts of Metal Book 5) Kindle Edition
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I wasn't sure I'd like shallow, womanizer, Cliff Tracey (lead singer of rock band, Bleeding Vengeance) after viewing him through Katana James eyes in "With Vengeance" (book 2 of this series), but he acquitted himself admirably:) I especially enjoyed Christine Mayne's character. She is the highly overprotected younger sister of Quinn Mayne (lead singer rock band, Viciöus). She is working on her Psychology Phd dissertation and needs to study rock band relationship dynamics in hope to one day council them so they can avoid breaking up. The pair bring out the best in each other. It was an enjoyable read from cover to cover!
I had a hard time rooting for the two main characters, Cliff and Christine. Their development, individually and as a couple just felt empty. Their romance would have made a great side story in a fully developed novel.
This was still a good, quick read, it just left a lot to be desired. I felt more like I was reading fan fiction. Not bad, but just leaving you feel meh in an otherwise memorable series.
Overall reaction to the story? I was rubbing my hands in glee when I found out that Forbidden Song was Cliff’s story cause I wanted that guy to fall in love so bad! Not because I hated him or anything but because he was the womanizer, the playboy who didn’t take much seriously and had a massive ego to go with his fame. By the time I was halfway through I was doing fist pumps because Brooklyn Ann gave me exactly what I wanted: The supreme humbling of one Cliff Tracey! There were hard times, good times, sexy times, and funny times in this book and honestly I didn’t want it to end but I’m glad that Cliff and Christine’s romance went down the way it did. The realness of the characters and plot is part of what attracts me to this author’s work and keeps me coming back for more.
Describe the hero in five words: Cocky. Smart. Charming. Empathetic. Fun.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Cliff has always been the cocky playboy that had it all but from the start of Forbidden Song there’s something different about him. With two of his band mates in love with each other, Cliff is a tad envious and confused since he was used to getting all the women. He’s never really been the guy to do “the feels” or even self reflection. He really let readers in and you get to see the surprisingly solid guy he is. For the first time he doubts himself and yes, I do love the moments where a normally arrogant character starts doubting their powers of persuasion. Cliff’s moments of seeing himself through other people’s eyes felt like he was in essence shedding his old, useless persona in order to tackle the next part of life where he had to grow up.
Describe the heroine in five words: Shy. Curious. Intelligent. Kind. Innocent.
Did you like her? Yes which surprised me.
Why? Christine was super innocent which should have annoyed the crap out of me since I can’t stand innocent women in contemporary romance. However, Christine’s innocence comes from her rock star brother locking her up and guarding her more than a dragon guards his treasure because of a horrifying experience at the hands of said brother’s first band. She immediately had my sympathy and my admiration for surviving something like that and for being determined enough to seize her freedom when her brother’s protectiveness was overwhelming. She had a mind that analyzed everything around her which I could relate to and it was nice to have a heroine that wasn’t directly involved in the music industry. I wanted to see how someone like Christine would affect the dynamics between the band and how her future profession would influence her relationship with Cliff.
Let’s talk about the romance: There was a big difference in the romance in Forbidden Song and it worked for me. Christine was not only the sister of a rock star who would beat anyone down for messing with her, she was sheltered and innocent, a direct contrast to Cliff’s more indiscriminate sex life. I love that the author didn’t make them jump into bed together because that would just seem like another one of Cliff’s hookups and if Christine was meant to be different from them and mean more to Cliff, then their romance had to play out differently. And it did. It was more emotionally driven than physically with Cliff having to get his head out of his butt in order to realize what was happening between them and Christine having to secure her inner strength and confidence before taking on someone with Cliff’s past. Christine may not have known how to handle Cliff as a man in the beginning but she knew how to handle emotions a lot better than him so while he was more experienced *cough* playboy *cough* she was the real adult. It put a different spin on the romance for me that I really enjoyed.
How about that supporting cast? Summing up Cliff’s band mates is pretty easy: They’re all nuts. But in a good way. They’re friends, they’re band mates, but more importantly, they’re human and the author has them react to situations in a very human way. They get on each other’s nerves, they get angry at each other, and they fight because it’s a natural reaction to being shoved on a bus for days on end with nothing to do but see each other’s faces. I enjoyed their dynamic and the different personalities of each member. It was also interesting to see the effect of having a new member of the band that happened to be a woman, I loved it because she was “one of the guys” while still maintaining her own identity. Her presence had a big impact on Cliff as well which was a very interesting development I didn’t see coming.
I will say that Christine’s brother Quinn needed a punch in the junk because dang was that guy over the top obsessive about keeping her safe. I could understand why Christine wanted to get out of his control ASAP. He did some not okay things in order to keep her compliant and really, he needed his butt kicked.
Click It or Skip It? Click It. Forbidden Song handles the love story of notorious womanizer Cliff Tracey in a way that shows his emotional and mental growth but also shows the strength Christine Mayne has kept hidden for so long. They were worked beautifully together.
* I received a copy of this book via the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
I love how the author was able to weave so many characters into one book without making it feel convoluted. All of them felt true to their nature, including “slutty” Cliff, who can still be a jerk at times but now that we start seeing things from his POV it’s impossible not to have feelings for the guy. Christine’s independent spirit causes more trouble than not but even so she was a lovable character because it was not mischief what drove her but an honest will to live her own life.
I felt this book centered more around the dynamics of the band’s members and their personal struggles, but even so it did not lack in the romance department. Christine and Cliff’s relationship may take a backseat at times but it’s always present throughout the book. Their emotions are all palpable and when they were together it was all but fire on the pages! The mix of drama and funny, laugh-out-loud moments made this book pretty enjoyable. And the fact that we get to visit with all of the other bands, including Rage of Angels (from the Bride of Prophecies series) makes it a memorable one as well. In short, I think this story is the perfect tease because if anyone picks this one up before the previous books in the series will want to get them all and start reading them asap.
***I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***
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