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Favorite Rock Star Books

All of us here at Raw Books have a soft spot for sexy rock stars.  Here’s a handful of our favorites, hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Olivia Cunning is a rock goddess, she has two fabulous series about rock stars.  If you haven’t read them, you’re really missing out.

The Sinners On Tour Series:

Backstage Pass

BackstagePass

Rock Hard

RockHard

Hot Ticket

HotTicket

Wicked Beat

WickedBeat

Double Time

DoubleTime

And Coming Soon!!!: Sinners At the Altar

One Night With Sole Regret Series:

There are going to be 16 novellas in this series, a prequel and the first 6 are out now!

Gabe’s Novellas:  1, 6 and 11
Adam’s Novellas:  2, 7 and 12
Jacob’s Novellas: 3, 8 and 13
Owen’s Novellas:  4, 9 and 14
Kellen’s Novellas:5, 10 and 15

Share Me # 0.5

Try Me # 1

Tempt Me # 2

Take Me # 3

***Try Me, Tempt Me, Take Me Available as an Anthology!***

Touch Me # 4

Tie Me # 5

***Share Me, Touch Me, Tie Me Available as an Anthology!***

Tell Me # 6

Tease Me # 7

Treat Me # 8

Thrill Me # 9

Treasure Me # 10

Trust Me # 11

Tame Me # 12

Teach Me # 13

Thank Me # 14

Transfix Me # 15

Of course, we can’t forget Kendall Grey’s series: Hard Rock Harlots.  We were sold with the warnings in the synopses!

Strings

Strings

Read Danielle’s take here!

Beats

Beats

Read Mandy, Lorraine, and Danielle’s reviews here!

Nocturnes

Nocturnes

We wanna be Raxxed!!!

We’re HUGE fans of Katie Ashley and her Runaway Train Series.

Music Of The Heart

MusicOfTheHeart

Beat Of The Heart

BeatOfTheHeart

We were priveleged to be a part of the blog tour, read Lorraine and Mandy’s reviews here!

Coming Soon from Katie Ashley!

Music Of The Soul # 2.5

Strings Of The Heart # 3

Samantha Towle’s The Storm Series.  Jake Wethers is soooo yummy!!!

The Mighty Storm

TheMightyStorm

Wethering The Storm

WetheringTheStorm

Now, in the words of my brother-in-law: Go Rock Out with your cock out! ❤ Lorraine

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Blog Tour: Beat of the Heart by Katie Ashley

BLURB:
Beat of the Heart
(Runaway Train #2)
After years of bad relationships and a cheating ex-fiancé, twenty-eight-year-old Mia Martinelli prefers healing her patients’ hearts on the Cardiac Care floor rather than risking having her heart broken again. But that all comes to a screeching halt when caring for the head roadie for Runaway Train puts her into the orbit of drummer and Latin Lover, AJ Resendiz. After a scorching weekend of steamy passion, Mia’s intention of getting out with her heart unscathed is challenged by the stud with the wicked sense of humor, especially when he wants to continue seeing her. But when the harsh reality of AJ’s hoard of female admirers sends her insecurities into overdrive, Mia bails, leaving him handcuffed to his bathroom shower. 
AJ never imagined that after two weeks of the best sex and female companionship he’d ever experienced, he would need rescued by his band mates from his shower prison. Although he tries to forget the sensual brunette whose curves made his mouth water, AJ can’t get her out of his mind…or his heart. Months later when he finally seeks Mia for answers as to why she left,
nothing could prepare him for their life-altering reunion.
Can AJ prove to Mia that regardless of the women after his body, his heart belongs only to her?GR LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17693329-beat-of-the-heart?from_search=true
AUTHOR PROFILE:
Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo. She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012. She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.
 
AUTHOR LINKS:
Book 1 Runaway Train: Music of the Heart
 
Giveaway: 
Lorraine’s Review
4 out of 5

Beat Of The Heart is by far my favorite by Katie Ashley so far.  While this one can technically be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading Music of the Heart first. There are a lot of positive things I could say about this book, so I’m just going to focus on a few of my favorites.  If you are already a Katie Ashley fan, you’ll love this book.  If you haven’t read anything by her, but you enjoy sexy rockers series, then you should definitely give this one a read.

I was half in lust, I mean love, with AJ’s character during Music of the Heart, and Mia is exactly what I would have pictured for him.  She is sassy with a side of psycho, and keeps AJ on his toes.  The female leads in most books of this genre almost always have self esteem and/or commitment issues that I often find lacking in depth.  I get quite tired of reading about women whose biggest complaint is that their lips are too large (snort, cause men hate big lips) or they were nerdy in high school, got teased by the bimbo cheerleader, and rejected by the quarterback for said big breasted bimbo.  It was quite refreshing to read about Mia, a curvy chick, described very unlike today’s media version of ideal body type, who has been through some REAL bullshit with men…repeatedly.  Reading through the ups and downs of Mia’s struggles to conquer her inner demons was realistic and relatable.

I also loved that AJ didn’t just swoop in with the “I’m going to save you from yourself” hero BS that we know no man will ever do in real life, thereby magically curing her of all of her issues and they live happily ever after.  Instead, AJ perfectly portrayed the “I’ll catch you if you fall, but you have to let go first” attitude.  It was also refreshing to read a story where the guy didn’t pull some jacked up crap that the chick spends the whole story arguing with herself over whether or not to forgive him, only to give in at the end.  Mia ultimately had to come to terms with her past experiences and let it go to let AJ in.

This one has given me two books to look forward to.  Rhys’ story, Strings Of The Heart, and a little cameo of Pesh hinted at the companion novel to The Proposition series.  My TBR is getting ridiculously long.

 

Mandy’s Review

4 out of 5

What do you get when you combine a hot Latin lover, a stubborn Sicilian, oodles of chemistry, and smoking hot sex? Why, Beat of the Heart, of course! Katie Ashley continues the Runaway Train series with drummer, AJ Resendiz’s story and it is so very good. I loved Mia! She is the perfect match for AJ. And the limo scene? OOOHH Lordy, that was HOT! In fact, all of the sexy times were immensely hot.  I devoured this book in just a few short hours and my only complaint is that I want more.

Katie Ashley writes refreshingly real and relatable characters.  Mia had a hurtful past in the love department, but she is no shrinking violet.  Her banter with AJ was a fun mix of sexy and humorous. I loved Dee, her best friend, and having him compared to Lafayette from True Blood just made me like him that much more. Every scene that involved the other band members was just another reminder at what a great series this is.   And it was nice to see how Jake and Abby were doing.

I squealed when we got to see Pesh. YES! Emma’s Pesh from The Proposition and the Proposal! I hope we get to see him find happiness one day. He is such a friend to Katie Ashley’s heroines and deserves a happy ending of his own.

As for happy endings for AJ and Mia- the entire book is a great read with fantastic chemistry, witty dialogue, and seriously HOT sexy times. The story had a great pace and kept momentum the whole way through, right up to a great epilogue that left me smiling.

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Book Promo: Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley

SYNOPSIS:

For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn’t in his bed on purpose.

Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.
As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?
BOOK TRAILER
EXCERPT
I fluffed my pillow for what felt like the millionth time and tried ignoring the sounds coming from Jake’s bunk. Heat flooded my face when the whimpers and groans escalated. Jeez, it sounds like something off a porno! With my brothers, I had a pretty good mind what he was doing, and it infuriated me, especially after what had happened earlier with Billie Jean.
They all swore to me they’d be perfect gentlemen if I stayed on the bus with them! I silently fumed. What kind of sex-fiend maniac is Jake that he needs to do that again after just getting off at the diner? I don’t care if he needs to relieve some stress after the phone call earlier. This is bullshit!
Flopping back down on the mattress, I crossed my arms over my chest before a frustrated grunt escaped my lips.
“No puedes dormir, Angel?” AJ’s deep voice questioned from behind my curtain.
I flipped back the heavy fabric. He reclined on his bunk, flipping through a sports magazine. “No, I can’t sleep with all the racket going on next to me.”
He met my gaze and grinned. “Don’t get the sexy, lacy panties I dream about you wearing in a twist. He isn’t jerking off.”
“That’s not what I was thinking.”
“Yeah right,” he snorted with a wink.
As if on cue, Jake let out a long moan. I shook my head. “Um well, if he’s not doing that, then is he okay?”
“He’s been having a lot of nightmares lately. I try to ignore it—let him save face and not look like a pussy.”
I rolled my eyes. “Did you ever stop to think maybe you should ask him if something is going on with him?”
AJ quirked his brows at me. “If I started getting sappy and shit like that, Jake would ask me when I grew a vagina.”
“Well, I think someone should check on him. I mean, he sounds like he’s in both physical and emotional pain.”
When AJ didn’t move, I heaved an exasperated sigh before hopping out of my bunk. I could not believe after everything I had been through with Jake so far in the last twelve hours that I even had one shred of care left for him. But I had seen something within him—some flicker of decency—that made me worry and care about him, even when I shouldn’t.
I shot AJ a murderous look to which he held up his hands. “Look, mi amor, guys just don’t do the touchy-feely shit, okay? If I woke up Jake right now to cuddle him, he would get super pissed.”
I ignored him and tip-toed over to Jake. With trembling fingers, I opened the heavy curtain to his roost. Jake had the sheet twisted around his waist. A coat of sweat covered his heavily tattooed chest. His brow creased, and his mouth curved up in a grimace. My hand hesitated above his shoulder. Finally, I shook him gently. “Jake, wake up,” I urged softly.
His body jerked before his wild eyes popped open and swept across the top of the bunk.
“Shh, it’s okay,” I murmured.
Jake’s frantic gaze swept over to mine while he opened his mouth and gasped for breath.
I gave him a reassuring smile while rubbing his shoulder. “You were having a nightmare.”
Jake continued wheezing in air. I eased back as he swung his legs out of the bunk and onto the carpet. Sitting on the edge of the bed, he leaned forward and put his head in his hands. “I’m sorry I woke you,” he replied.
With my protective side shooting into overdrive, I scooted closer to him, bringing my hand to his hair. Gently, I ran my fingers through the dark, sweat-stained strands, pushing them out of his eyes. “You didn’t wake me. I was worried about you.”
His head jerked up as surprise flooded his face. “You were?”
I nodded. “You seemed a little down after your phone call with your aunt. Then with the nightmare.” I glanced up at AJ who was curiously watching us. “I know most of the guys aren’t men enough to handle emotions and issues—”
AJ snorted. “Those are your words, not mine.”
“Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I’m here for you. If you need to talk about something or if you just need someone to sit with you until you can go back to sleep, then I’m here.”
With wide eyes and his mouth gaping open, Jake stared at me for a moment like I had grown horns. Realizing I wasn’t getting anywhere with him, I held up my hands. “Or I can just leave you alone and go back to sleep. Either is fine.”
When I turned to leave, Jake grabbed my hand. “Wait,” he instructed in a hoarse voice.
AUTHOR PROFILE

Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

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Beat of the Heart  (Runaway Train, #2)

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