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More Than a Feeling by Erika Kelly Review and Excerpt

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From the award-winning author of

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

comes the final full-length standalone contemporary romance in Erika Kelly’s red-hot Rock Star Romance series,

MORE THAN A FEELING.

A steamy and emotional story about a loner rocker finding his perfect duet, MORE THAN A FEELING finds the perfect pitch and will leave you with more than a song in your heart! Order your copy of MORE THAN A FEELING today!

 

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From the award-winning author of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT comes the final story in her red-hot Rock Star Romance series, about a loner rocker finding his perfect duet.

When Cooper Hood left Snowberry, Montana ten years ago, he swore he’d never go back to the town that painted him with the same brush as his addict mother. But right in the middle of his band’s national tour he gets a call to come home: his mom’s got a whopper of a secret to reveal.

Daisy Charbonneau’s in trouble. The talent she hired for her resort’s annual Huckleberry Festival just bailed on her, and she’s desperate to find a replacement act. Luck turns her way when she discovers her high school crush is back in town—and he happens to be a rock star.

As they work together, a crush deepens into so much more, but who falls in love in two weeks?

Especially when Cooper’s never coming back to town, and Daisy’s never going to leave it.

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From beginning to end, Erika Kelly’s Rock Star Romance series has been a favorite of mine, and More Than A Feeling keeps that tradition going with a great end to a wonderful series. (Honestly, I’m really pretty sad it’s over). Cooper was a favorite of mine from the very beginning and getting to see him step into the limelight for a romance of his own was worth the wait.

I’m a fool for a good second chance romance and Cooper and Daisy have the perfect kind. Friends from High School, they both considered each other the one that got away (or more like the one that they never had a chance with). They have chemistry from the moment they bump into each other again and discover they can both help each other. Cooper is a great character (second in my heart only to Slater). He’s a good guy, who had it tough as a kid and never really got past all his baggage. Daisy is a wonderful female lead, strong, determined, empowered and always trying to make things better for the people around her.

Here’s the thing, I don’t think anybody writes a 3rd person novel better than Erika Kelly, and I ADORE 3rd person, when it’s done right. I know so many readers are conditioned to think they won’t like it, I promise you…read this book anyway. This story will suck you in, plop you right down in Snowberry and make you believe you live there. The characters are real and multi-layered and supported by a full cast of engaging friends and relatives.

And last but not least, Blue Fire!!! Getting to visit these characters I love one last time is bittersweet. The glimpse Erika gives us in to the lives of my favorite rock band brought tears to my eyes. I know this is the last book in the series (poor Ben) but I sincerely hope this isn’t the last we hear from my favorite rockers.

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And don’t miss the first three standalone titles in The Rock Star Romance Series!

YOU REALLY GOT ME

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

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Closing her eyes, Daisy bit into the crunchy drizzle, her teeth sinking through the buttery rich goodness of the bread. Oh, dear God. Her mom made the world’s best cinnamon rolls. With a sigh, she looked up to find someone heading toward her on the path.

Of course her childhood crush would show up the moment she’d stuffed her mouth full of pastry. Leaning against the hood of her car, Daisy chewed quickly—which sucked because, basically, time should stand still while savoring her mom’s desserts.

But Cooper wasn’t looking at her. Scowling at his phone, he stopped on the path, fingers furiously typing. Was he dealing with his mom?

Or maybe a girlfriend. Instantly her skin tightened, and her heart thudded. If Cooper had a girlfriend…God. Last night she’d gone on and on about how much he’d meant to her.

She looked away, mortification crashing through her system.

First, she’d bumped into him wearing waders and a fishing hat, and then she’d forced him to go out with her. Awesome.

He couldn’t have been clearer that he didn’t want to spend the day with her, but she’d gone and made an offer she knew he couldn’t turn down. Not if he wanted to get his mom’s house built and get himself back on tour.

Feeling a little sick to her stomach, she licked the sticky drizzle off her fingers and shoved the treat back into the bag.

As he paused on the path, thumbs working over the phone’s keypad, she took in his powerful physique. A white T-shirt strained across broad shoulders, hugging his thickly rounded biceps, and worn blue jeans cupped his hard, muscular thighs.

The colorful ink covering his body made him look like a total badass. She’d noticed a strange symbol on his inner wrist and a cartoon image on his forearm of a pin-up girl holding a barbell, a sexy slash of red for her lips.

The man he’d grown into made her soul wake up, and God, she couldn’t even remember the last time she’d felt this kind of fluttery attraction for a guy.

As if he felt someone watching him, he looked up sharply and found her. The worry lines eased. But he didn’t smile. “Hey.”

She pushed off her car. “You ready?” Forced or not, her plan was good for both of them. She was sticking to it.

 

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Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

 

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Erika Kelly’s TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT is rocking readers’ worlds everywhere! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. Known for passionate heroes and strong women, book 3 in Erika’s Rock Star Romance Series, TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, is no different! Check out everything we have for you on this amazing title and then go grab your copy today. Calix and Mimi’s story is sure to please and keep you turning pages long into the night!

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About TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT:

A rocker gets a taste of unexpected passion in the latest red-hot Rock Star Romance from the award-winning author of I Want You to Want Me.

Calix Bourbon might seem like a free spirit, but that’s all a front. In reality he’s just trying to keep his fractured family together while working as a session musician. When Blue Fire hires him to replace their keyboardist, Calix is determined to make the most of the opportunity—but he can’t help being distracted by the band’s sexy personal chef.

Mimi’s temporary gig is great, but she has her heart set on auditioning for a televised cooking show. There’s just one problem: she only has a week to acquire the skills necessary to survive the competition. Luckily, the band’s new keyboard player can teach her exactly what she needs, in the kitchen and in the bedroom…

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Kristys Review (2)3 3_4 StarsI adore Erika Kelly’s books and her Rock Star Romance is one of my very favorite.  The boys (and girls) of the Blue Fire family are just magnificent and getting back into their world is always a great escape.  This book put me right back where I wanted to be, on Violet’s farm and with the boys in the studio.  This time Mimi is front and center.  She’s business oriented and trying to get her dad to give her the chance she’s worked her entire life for.  When he seems intent on setting up more hoops for her to jump through, she decides to explore another avenue to success. A avenue that puts her on Calix Bourbon’s doorstep.

Calix is a session musician and the fill in keyboard player for Blue Fire, and so far he seems like the perfect fit.  But with a home life in turmoil a heavy weight on his shoulders and too much responsibility for one man, Calix can’t commit to anyone, not Blue Fire, not a relationship, not even to himself.  But the pull of his attraction to Mimi is causing him all kinds of trouble he wasn’t ready for.

As always, Erika’s writing is spectacular.  She sucks you in and paints a picture like no one else.  Everything is solid here, the writing, the complex storyline, the relationships. Mimi is a great character…smart, artistic, determined and alternately sure of her self and insecure, you know, just like most of us.  Calix is the strong silent type, a man of few words and here is the only place I got hung up in this book.  I had trouble connecting with Calix, I think his strong silent routine was just a little to silent for me.  Maybe I like my boys a little bit more exposed than Calix was.  Just when I would start to fall for him he would pull back.

And once again, ALL of your favorite characters are back in full force, Emmie and Slater, Derek and Violet…even Ben and Cooper.  All pitching it to fill in a beautiful background tapestry for the book.

Overall, it’s still a great read and believe me when I tell you I CAN NOT WAIT for the next book (bring on Cooper).  The Blue Fire family is one of my favorite places to be.

 

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“Great story line, full of emotion, and passion with wonderful characters. I adore this series!”
–Gretchen, Goodreads Reviewer

“Erika Kelly has now won a place as one of my top authors.”
–Deanne, Books and Boys Book Blog

 

 

And don’t miss the first two titles in The Rock Star Romance Series!

 

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YOU REALLY GOT ME

 

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I WANT YOU TO WANT ME

 

Erika Kelly - author picAbout Erika Kelly:

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

 

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5 Star Review Derek Valencia finally has the success he’s worked so hard for. His band is touring its debut album and great reviews are rolling in. But when pictures of him tossing naked groupies off a balcony go viral, it’s damage-control time. He’s assigned a “babysitter” whose sole job is to keep him out of trouble. Violet Davis swore she’d never work in the music industry again, but being a minder for a rock star will earn her enough to pay off the mortgage on her wildflower farm. And for a girl brought up in the foster care system, owning her own home means more to her than anything. Though at first the two bang heads, the rocker and the farm girl soon grow close and realize that they make sweet music together. But can a girl who craves the stability of life on a farm really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band? Feature Review Icon I was desperate to read this book, so desperate I BEGGED the author for an ARC and she was generous enough to send me one.  But then I got nervous…what if it didn’t live up to my very high expectations?  Erika Kelly..YOU ROCK rockstar romances because it totally lived up…maybe even exceeded my expectations.  Did I mention they were high?

So…here’s the thing…I adored Slater Vaughn…ADORED him, so I knew I would like Derek but what I didn’t expect was to love him more than Slater Vaughn.  But I DID.  Now, I have to admit I have a thing for emotionally damaged bad boys.  What made Derek different and so much better than most book boyfriends was he was an emotionally damaged good guy.  I loved that.  He was strong and business oriented and in the music business for all of the right reasons, a born leader.  But after a lifetime of rejection from the dad he idolized, he knows better than to let anyone get to close because risking more rejection is not worth the risk.  So imagine his surprise when the woman sent to keep him and his band in line becomes the first one with the potential to  break through his barriers.

Violet Davis has had her own share of rejection and in a job that requires her to fake relationships, she has no idea how to determine what’s real and what’s just pretend.  But as she starts to fall for Derek, she realizes that there just may be no way to make a relationship work when their jobs are going to take them in opposite directions.  Not to mention she has no way of knowing if Derek’s feelings are the real thing or if she’s just another in a long line of woman he works with and then dates.

Erika Kelly does angst better than any author I have ever read.  The emotions of her characters are so believable, so real, so damn relatable that I spend a third of the book sick to my stomach (in the best possible way), a third of the book almost in tears and a third of the book overwhelmed with sheer joy.  Even when her characters do something that makes you want to scream or hit them upside the head, you still understand exactly where they are coming from and how they got there.  Just amazing. I can not BELIEVE how excruciating the wait for book three is going to be.

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You Really Got Me (Rock Star Romance #1) by Erika Kelly

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The first irresistible novel in a hot new series about a rock star on his way up—and the woman he wants to take all the way…

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.

 

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I absolutely this book! I read a lot of these rock star romances and this is one of my very favorite! I love both of the main characters, completely real, believable, insecure, flawed, strong people. There was just the right amount of backstory to really flesh out the characters and make you feel like you understood their motivations and reactions. I thought the sexual tension and the drama and the romance and the friendship and the obstacles all seemed true to real life, not manufactured to cause drama. God, I could FEEL the attraction, the frustration, the joy, the release, the heartache and the love.

And for the record….Jonny ‘Slater’ Vaughn might just be the best book boyfriend I’ve ever come across.  He is flawed perfection and watching him fall for Emmie and navigate his way through a crazy business as his dreams come true is the best of all roller coaster rides.  And once he sets his sights on Emmie he is relentless in all the best ways.

And Emmie is a wonderful character.  Strong, smart and independent, she’s determined to help her brother and his band succeed and equally determined not to fall for another rock star.  Burned by her last rock star boyfriend, she knows better than to fall for the gorgeous front man of Snatch, but the more time she spends with him the harder it is to remember why he’s a bad idea.

All of the peripheral characters and storylines were great too, not too much, just enough to add to the story.  Emmie’s relationship with her brother was a nice addition. Derek’s book is up next, but in the mean time, I am starting over at page 1 and reading this entire book again!  BTW this is a standalone novel!

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You Really Got Me (Rock Star Romance #1) by Erika Kelly

The first irresistible novel in a hot new series about a rock star on his way up—and the woman he wants to take all the way…

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.

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6 Stars

I absolutely love this book! I read a lot of these rock star romances and this is one of my very favorite! I love both of the main characters, completely real, believable, insecure, flawed, strong people. There was just the right amount of back story to really flesh out the characters and make you feel like you understood their motivations and reactions. I thought the sexual tension and the drama and the romance and the friendship and the obstacles all seemed true to real life, not manufactured to cause drama. God, I could FEEL the attraction, the frustration, the joy, the release, the heartache and the love.

And for the record….Jonny ‘Slater’ Vaughn might just be the best book boyfriend I’ve ever come across.

All of the peripheral characters and storylines were great too, not too much, just enough to add to the story. Emmie’s relationship with her brother was a nice addition. I can’t wait to read Derek’s story this year. In the mean time, I am starting over at page 1 and reading this entire book again! BTW this is a standalone novel!

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