Release Blitz (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Slide by T. Gephart

 

Title: Slide
Series: Black Addiction #1
Author: T. Gephart
Genre: Rock Star Romance
 Release Date: November 16, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis

Touring as an opening act for a huge rock band and landing a record contract means you’ve hit the big time, right?Sadly, neither of those things gave Rusty Crawford, lead guitarist of the band Black Addiction, worldwide fame and fortune. Which was a shame because he had the lifestyle down to a fine art—without the clichéd stint in rehab.Even being back in the Bronx, paying his dues didn’t rattle the charismatic axe man, ladies loved him and men wanted to be him. Fate would just have to catch up. Seemed like fate had more than just a platinum album planned for his future.

Alison Williams had the perfect life. Or at least she did until her world came crashing down around her, in the most epic way.

With her future no longer a certainty she finds herself out of her comfort zone and into unchartered territory—a place where Rusty Crawford likes to spend most of his time.

Will the charming and ridiculously hot rock god help her find her feet, or send her further down the rabbit hole? One thing was for sure; both of them were in for the ride of their lives.

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Ivy

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The Good: Do you want a rocker who’s sexy, sweet pragmatic, understanding and completely into his girl? Then look no further than Rusty Crawford, guitarist for Black Addiction.  He has it bad for Ali almost from the moment he sees her. I’ve never read T. Gephart’s books before, so I wasn’t aware that this is kind of an offshoot of the Power Station series. It didn’t affect my enjoyment really, since it’s not necessary to read those to get this book, though I’ll admit I’m intrigued because I’d love to see Rusty before Ali came into his life.  

The story is mainly told through dual POV, Rusty and Ali’s, and I really connected with Rusty. He’s living the life – he’s still in the Bronx, but his house is paid, he plays with his band and he has all the women he wants. He reminds me of one of my favorite rocker heroes, only not as manic. He is the guitarist who has his head on straight and knows what he wants, and what he wants is Ali.

I was pulled in the moment the Crazy, Stupid Love played out on their first kiss. If you know this reference, believe me when I say it was GOOD. So, I was all in when that happened and their chemistry works. There’s touches of the rocker life and the friendly banter is fun. I was enjoying myself, mostly.

Oh, Ali: Ali Williams been having what you would call a craptastic time of it in her attempt to not be like her slutty, self-involved mother.  She’s done all the right things, taking care of herself, putting herself through school, becoming a paralegal and dating an attorney. Her life is on track, and she thinks it’s just a matter of time before she will be her boyfriend’s bonafide plus one and she’ll have a promotion at work.

She’s determined to be on the straight and narrow and certainly not lusting after the hot guy in her neighborhood. You know the guy? The one who looks like he’s photoshopped and also loves babies and puppies. He’s pretty perfect. That’s Rusty. I completely understood her attraction. However, I’ll admit I struggled with Ali. ALOT. Her saving grace is that she is self-aware as to how much of a mess she is, and towards the end of the story she has a good epiphany, one that I wish alot of heroines would have, and it made a big difference.

Everything in Between: If I had a quibble, besides Ali, it’s that there needed to be a more cohesive plotline. The perfection that is Rusty didn’t really allow for much conflict except for Ali’s damage, and some of the situations she got herself into were played for laughs, but seemed to highlight their inequality. Even when Rusty explained why he loved her, I side-eyed it. Just a bit. Again, it’s the fact that it all comes together at the end that made this tale work for me. Eventually.

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I ended up liking it, frustrations with the heroine aside. Rusty is the rocker you want to fall for and he’s my main reason for enjoying Slide.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

Excerpt

“Hello, ladies.” His voice purred, sending vibrations through my body.It was him. My beautiful mystery man. The one who I’d seen plenty but never spoken to. He was standing in front of me, smiling.

In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. There weren’t many bars in our little neighborhood where you didn’t need a Hep C shot before you entered. This particular establishment promised an impressive beer menu without the risk of a communicable disease, so it would stand to reason he would know about it too.

“Hi.” Was all I was able to manage, convinced he was probably talking to someone else. Perhaps he meant the Amazonian redhead who was sitting to my left, openly staring—that would make a hell of a lot of more sense. They could probably shoot joint commercials for teeth whitener and make adorable, if not freakishly tall, children together.

“I couldn’t help but notice your friend stole your drink. Ordinarily I’d overlook such thievery, but I’d hate for there to be a brawl in my favorite bar. So in the interest of keeping the peace, I’d like to replace it for you.” His voice smooth, as was his delivery. I had to remember to breathe.

“She wasn’t going to drink it, but you can totally buy her another drink,” Renee answered before I’d gotten the chance. Her smile widened as she turned to face me and mouthed the words “he’s hot.” She needn’t have bothered; his hotness was not something that needed to be confirmed.

“That’s okay, I’m good.” Thankfully words came out of my mouth even if they sounded in no way intelligent.

“Well, glad to hear you’re good. Nice to meet you, my name is Rusty.” He smiled as he moved in closer, his hand signaling the bartender. “What were you drinking?”

In what I can only explain as temporary insanity—probably from the shock of having the beautiful man talking to me—I blurted out, “I have a boyfriend.”

I officially wanted to die.

While I did have a boyfriend, and hopefully in a few hours I would be moving into his upscale apartment, there was no reason to announce it so dramatically. Almost as if to prove that I hadn’t secretly fantasized about him while in the shower every day this week—which I had. Sweat prickled at my brow.

“Is that some code for you’re not thirsty?” Rusty’s lips curved in amusement. While the words weren’t sexy, the humor in his voice was a definite turn on, a hot button straight to my libido as he stood there grinning at me.

“No, I-I just mean I can’t accept . . .” What was the word again? “A drink from you.” Yes, that’s what I wanted to say. “Or . . . or anyone else. N-not just you.” My mouth tried to regain some composure. It really wasn’t doing a great job.

“Well, would you look at the time? I have a thing, wouldn’t want to be late.” Renee tapped her naked wrist—her watch missing in action, as was her tact. “Call me, Ali.” She gave me a hug and whispered, “If you don’t screw this guy, you’re dead to me.” And just like that, she evaporated from the room.

Awesome.

“Your friend always bail on you like that, Ali?” Rusty’s voice curled seductively around my name as he smiled, moving to the barstool Renee had vacated.

“It’s Alison.” Ali was just too personal, like him kissing me on the mouth. I totally would not have been okay with that. Mostly.
About

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.T’s approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn’t lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past “colorful” experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don’t have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn’t let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey – she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

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