Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!
For the Love of a Lush (Lush No. 2)
by Selena Laurence

For the Love of a Lush (Lush No. 2)
by Selena Laurence
Genre: Edgy Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  May 29, 2014
Hosted by:  The REAL Housewives of Romance

Six months ago, Walsh Clark was the drummer of America’s hottest rock sensation, Lush. Now he’s living at the Double A Ranch in north Texas, home to cows, cowboys, and lushes—like him. He’s survived alcoholism, rehab, and the breakup of his band. But the one thing Walsh might not survive is the return of his ex fiancée Tammy DiLorenzo.

Tammy and Walsh met at fourteen, and she was with him on every step to fame and fortune—until one fateful night when she betrayed him. Now she’s back, begging for forgiveness and ready to fight for her man. But some betrayals are too painful to forget, some mistakes can’t be repaired, and Walsh is certain that he and Tammy can’t ever be together again.

But DiLorenzo women don’t back down, and Tammy always gets what she wants. In the wake of the lies and losses, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes for a second chance. She’ll give it all—for the love of a lush.

5/5 Fangs
Sad. Heartbreaking. Loving. Sweet. Swoon Worthy. Sexy.
This book picks up right where A Lush Betrayal ended.  Joss and Mel's story was great, but I LOVED Tammy and Walsh's even more!  I couldn't tear myself away from this book.  I'm in awe of  their love.
Tammy and Walsh, the drummer for Lush, have been in love since they were 14.  She's always felt like part of the band, right along with the guys, because she's been there from the beginning and now helps manage them.  It was a devastating blow to everyone when Mike exposed the secret.  That Tammy cheated on her fiancé, Walsh, with his best friend, Joss, the lead singer of Lush.  Of course, the band couldn't survive that shocking revelation, and everyone ended up going their separate ways.
Tammy takes six months to get herself healthy after experiencing a nervous breakdown from the stress of keeping her secret and then sets out, determined to win Walsh back.  She doesn't realize the plan might backfire in her face and that only Walsh can decide if he wants to give their relationship another chance.
We get to see a different side of Tammy in this book, which is great because after ALB, I didn't really like her.  Seeing her side of the story really changed my opinion.  I don't condone cheating for any reason, but it was heartbreaking having to watch her suffer the consequences of her mistake. I could almost understand how she ended up in Joss' arms.  They were both devastated and thought they had lost Walsh to his alcoholism.  Joss was one of her best friends and they both just wanted to feel a connection, to comfort one another.  But, they went about it the wrong way.
Walsh is an alcoholic and trying to get over losing his best friend, his band and the girl he's loved for most of his life.  After finding out about the betrayal, he ends up on a farm in Texas, doing manual labor and working the AA program.  He's just fighting to survive and has distanced himself from everyone in the band, except Mike.  He's stunned when Tammy shows up and tries to immerse herself in his life.  He loves her, but doesn't think he can get over her betrayal, so he pushes her away.  It's such a struggle between the two of them, and at times it's hard to watch, because you know they belong together.  He makes a few bad choices and I just wanted to cry!  But, taking control of his own life and getting back to playing the drums ends up being cathartic for him.
"As much as I hate it, Tammy, as much as I hate what you did, what I did, what i feel when I'm near you - I'll always love you."
I just adore Walsh!  He's broken and dealing with his own demons, but he's such a nice guy and he truly loves Tammy.  We get a glimpse of their past together, and I have to say, the proposal had me SWOONING, big time!
The band is still broken up, but they manage to find their way back together, because they are family after-all.  I'm hoping we get Colin and Marsha's story next.  I'm dying to know what's going on with those two.  This series is a new favorite!

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A Lush Betrayal
(Lush No. 1)

Joss Jamison has it all. He's the lead singer for the world's hottest rock band, Lush. He's wealthy, sexy, talented...and miserable. Twelve months ago, Joss lost his finely honed control and made a mistake he can't undo. A mistake that could end up costing him his best friend, his band, and maybe his heart.

Mel DiLorenzo has it all. She's been hired to document the world tour of her sister's fiance's rock band. She's gorgeous, talented, loved...and sick of being the little sister. When she agrees to the summer job, Mel has no idea she's walking into a minefield of friendships lost and hearts destroyed. She also has no idea what it means to be the object of Joss Jamison's affections.

One hot rock star plus one life-altering mistake, add a dash of sexy younger sister and a handful of broken hearts, and you've got a recipe for fire. Life on the road can be hot, but for the boys of Lush, it's about to get a whole hell of a lot hotter.

4.5/5 Fangs
Click here for MrsNorthman's review of A Lush Betrayal.

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Selena Laurence lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She is a full-time romance author who loves nothing more than a good love story, whether it be about rock stars or college kids. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Colorado Romance Writers. Her books have been on Amazon Topselling lists in Military Romance, Contemporary Romance, Hispanic fiction and Multicultural Romance. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she knows what to do with.

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