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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Throwback Thursday Review: With Vengeance by Brooklyn Ann

Throwback Thursday Reviews on the blog is dedicated to those oldies but goodies that you just can't help but talk about, in a review of course! Shed some light on some of your older favorites and hopefully you'll get someone hooked on a new book, series and/or author! If you've got an oldie but goodie, share it with me! There's no such thing as "Too Many Books!"
This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:With Vengeance by Brooklyn Ann

It’s been awhile since I read the first book in this series and I was more than happy to jump back into this series by Brooklyn Ann.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Boroughs
Release Date: May 19, 2016

Katana James is about to become the studio guitarist for her favorite heavy metal band ever—and meet the musicians, music, and man of her dreams.

Twenty-three year old Katana James can shred on the guitar. Not that anyone would know, as she’s spent most of her time working on a popular news and gossip website for Heavy Metal fans since her own band broke up. But her dreams are in reach when she gets an audition to play with her favorite band, Bleeding Vengeance. Kat won’t let her gender, her anxiety disorder, or even the pranks of a malicious stalker stand in her way. The only thing to threaten her focus? A growing fascination with the group’s brilliant, mysterious bass player.

Klement Burke has always been the heart, soul and brain of Bleeding Vengeance. He’s the kind of rock star who stays in the shadows, a perfectionist more interested in satisfying his brain than other parts of his body. Until he auditions Katana James. At first it seemed a perfect idea, as he’s been aware of her talent for some time. But meeting her in the flesh ignites thoughts far from professional. Despite the conflict of work, the odds against her falling for a geek like him, and a secret he’s been hiding, his heart, body and soul now belong to Kat.

What’s it About? Katana James is a supremely talented guitarist. She’s so talented she lands an audition to play for her favorite band. She thinks she’s got a good shot and she nails the audition but it’s the band’s bass player, Klement Burke who threatens her control. His quiet intensity and intelligence interests her like no one else before. Klem didn’t expect to be so drawn to Kat but he doesn’t want to make things more complicated than they already are because he’s hiding a secret from her and doubts a geek like him could ever get a woman like Kat to fall in love with him.

Overall reaction to the story? Brooklyn Ann is one of the most talented authors I’ve come across since I started reading romance again. She brings her characters to life in a way that seems so realistic but without all the unnecessary human drama that sometimes accompanies rock star romances. One of my favorite things about the Hearts of Metal series is the strength and fortitude of the heroines. They’re strong without seeming invincible and they don’t let anyone put them in a “category.” They make their own mark and the heroes are confident a genuinely good guys even with their mistakes. They don’t make you want to kick them for annoying you to death.

Describe the hero in five words: Geeky. Talented. Caring. Secretive. Stubborn.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Klem is a geeky musician, do I have to explain further??? He’s got this shy, quiet magnetism to him that is completely irresistible. I loved that about him as much as I loved his intelligence and humor. I loved that he was looking for the best addition to the band and it didn’t matter if the best was a female as long as she was what they needed. I can’t tell you how sexy that is. Klem’s being a musician was only part of his charm though; he was also a really great IT guy too which lent itself to quite a bit of humor throughout the book. It also provided a real sense of insecurity within Klem when it came to Kat because he just didn’t see himself as the type of guy that could genuinely keep a good woman like Kat interested in him (Ridiculous, he’s a gem). I loved that slice of doubt and insecurity that made him seem more human rather than rock god.

Describe the heroine in five words: Talented. Determined. Scrappy. Snarky. Stubborn.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Kat is super talented to begin with but really it all has to do with the fact that she’s a woman kicking butt in a male dominated profession that makes me love her all the more. She’s different than typical female characters but at the same time she is STILL a woman with a woman’s heart. I loved her tenacity and her dedication to not only doing her best as a guitarist but to being a better guitarist. She was confident about her abilities without being cocky about it and she never made anyone feel like she was better than them unless they tried to make her feel lousy. She’s definitely BFF material.

Let’s talk about the romance: Klem and Kat were electric together. From the start there was a great connection and chemistry between them but because they worked together Klem wanted to protect her and not feel like he was taking advantage of the situation (Insert Swoon Here) but Kat knew what she wanted and she didn’t need to be protected from her feelings. I loved them as a couple because they were always equals and I never felt that Klem was using his position as a member of a well known band to get what he wanted from Kat. Both of them were just themselves and their connection had a chance to really grow before the conflict set in and tried to tear them apart.

Song Choice: Parallel Line by Keith Urban. Yes I know this is technically a country song for a rock star couple BUT the lyrics definitely sound like something Klem would say to Kat. It’s a song from the point of view of an emotionally vulnerable man.

How about that supporting cast? Klem’s band mates are quite the cast. They each have their own personalities and they’re a bit wild now and then but completely likable. Sometimes they can tread the line between right and wrong but at the same time they’re totally real and relatable. I liked them but it was Cliff who really got my attention. He’s just itching for someone to put him in his place. He’s arrogant but I couldn’t help liking him anyway.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. These rock stars know how to put on a show on and off stage.

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