Release Blitz (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Brando by J.D. Hawkins


Title: Brando
Author: J.D. Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
 Release Date: October 26, 2015

I know what you want, and I know exactly how to give it to you…It’s why I’ve got a row of platinum records on my wall and girls lining up for a shot at fame. I’m the best. Now I just need to prove it.The bet is simple: take a nobody and make her a star. I just didn’t bet on HER.

She’s not some wannabe, she’s the real deal.

But fuck it, I want her. And I always come out on top.

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Michelle's Review

Rating: 3.75 stars
Brando Nash is a big A&R guy looking for the next best thing.  If you’ve read JD’s Insatiable, you already met Brando.  He’s good looking, buff with so much swagger, you would think he’s full of himself, but he’s actually a really nice guy.  He can’t get over “the one” that got away, not only professionally but personally.  While he’s hanging out at a dive bar watching open mic, he can’t seem to take his eyes off of the quirky, shy girl trying to sing above the noise.  Brando later finds out her name is Haley Grace Cooke, what a great stage name right?  Until he makes a bet with the slime ball that stole his other artist and making Haley a star.

I adore Haley.  When Brando approaches her after her gig, she isn’t interested in what he’s trying to sell.  She just wants to make music.  Brando convinces her that he’s the real deal and really likes her music. There is some serious chemistry between Brando and Haley.  I do love how Haley stands up to Brando regarding her music and how she doesn’t want to change her look or aspects of her music.  Things are looking up for Haley.  Both she and Brando share some secrets from their pasts.  I wasn’t sure which story broke my heart the most.

I do like JD’s writing style.  He doesn’t hold back much.  He gives you, as a reader, a good storyline and plot.  I also like that he writes both POVs, which is a plus.  His sexy time scenes are just as hot.  So why my 3.75 rating?  A few things: 1) I knew what the cliffhanger was going to be before it ended; 2) the cliffhanger itself was very anticlimactic; 3) I don’t like books ending at 85%.  So having said that, not that I didn’t enjoy the book because I really did, I think when book 2 comes, my feelings would be that maybe, depending the length of book 2, it probably could have been done in one novel.  I could be wrong, I have been in the past.  So I look forward to reading the second book which thankfully comes out two weeks after this book.  I do appreciate when an author who knows that is writing a series, won’t let their fans wait too long to get to the next book.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.


I cup her chin and turn her to face me slowly.“You’re thinking too much. Don’t think.”

A blush creeps across her cheeks and she drops her eyes again. I brush her hair away from her face and let my hand rest on her neck as I slowly move in closer. Her trembling lips steady themselves on mine, softly settling against my mouth. Our breaths mingle, tongues gently tickling at the insides of each other’s lips. I press further, wanting to kiss away all the shakes in her body, to let her thoughts disappear in the heat of our mouths. Her hand presses against my shirt, splayed fingers tentatively tracing the hardness of my chest, before pushing me away from her.

“Brando…” she whispers, her eyes still closed, her mouth still wet. “I think I just need…”

“Tell me what you need,” I coax her.

“I need…” She opens her eyes, and I already know what she’s about to say. “You.”

This is the most restrained I’ve ever been. Every muscle memory in my body wants to tear her clothes off, the look in her lidded eyes all I need to know she wants this – even more than I do. Hours spent around her blossomed lips, her hidden breasts, her slender thighs, hours of caging up my lust for her in pursuit of another goal has made it grow, big and fearsome. Now that the cage is open, it’s taking all of my reserve to stop it from taking me over. I need this to be slow – this is for her.

“I know how to make you sing, Haley,” I growl in short breaths. My hand goes to the inside of her thigh, pressing itself against the front of her jeans. “I can make you sing better than you’ve ever sung before.”

I have the buttons undone in seconds. Warm, strong, fingers teasingly reaching into the lip of her panties. Her head goes back, eyes closed as she starts panting at the ceiling.

“Wait!” she says, snapping back, her hand on my wrist. “I don’t understand what’s happening between us, Brando. Is this about me? Or is this about music?”

I kneel in front of her, slowly pulling down her jeans.

“It’s about music,” I say, kissing her moistening pussy through the soft cotton of her panties. “It’s always about music.”

She replies by moaning softly and grabbing the back of my head as I run my tongue down the inside of her thigh, letting my stubble softly tickle her pale, sensitive skin.

I get her panties off quickly, and run my hands around the back of her waist, holding her still while I explore her pussy with my tongue. The smell drives me wild, stirring the animal in me like a dormant beast. It’s all I can do to stop myself from sprouting fangs and roaring – I wanna take it slow, learn everything I can about what makes her tick.

Author Bio
I’m an erotic author from LA. I grew up in Southern California and now
live with my wife in Venice. I’ve also lived in NYC, India and Thailand. I
love to travel and have been to Central America, Australia, Europe and the
Middle East. I have a boring corporate day job where I cover people’s asses for
a living and am hoping to leave this world soon and make a living doing the
thing I love – writing. I enjoy surfing and I’m also a martial artist, my other
main passion, which I have practiced since the age of 5.
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