Monday, June 22, 2015

Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Beat by Vi Keeland

(A standalone novel)
Release date: June 15th
A Contemporary Romance novel
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Vi Keeland
Meet Flynn and Lucky in this rock star romance!


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Dimpled smile of a boy
Hard body of a man
Sings like an angel
Fucks like the devil

I was stuck between a rock(star) and a hard place.

At fifteen, his poster hung on my bedroom wall. At twenty-five his body hovered over mine. Every girl’s fantasy became my reality. I was dating a rockstar. Yet I was slowly falling for another man. The problem was—the two men—they shared a tour bus.

Flynn Beckham was the opening act.
Dylan Ryder was the headliner.

What happens when the opening act begins to shine so bright, it seems to dim everything else in its wake?

I’ll tell you what happens. Things get ugly.


Getting through Flynn singing is incredibly hard.  The way his throat moves, the way his mouth caresses each syllable of the low, raspy sound that falls from his lips.  I should be watching his posture, his breathing, the way his larynx forces out the words—but instead I’m focused on the beauty of his mouth and how the sound of his voice glides over my body, making it feel both warm and tingly at the same time.  I’m lost when the song finishes, yet I haven’t really observed him yet.
“So.  Give it to me straight.  What am I doing wrong?”
Ummm…absolutely nothing from what I can see.  Everything was perfect.  Don’t change a thing.  Shit.  “Could you do it again?  Maybe a different song, one you haven’t sung in a while.  So the sounds are less familiar to your body.  Sometimes that can give me a different view.”  At least I make it sound like a real thing when the words come out.
He sings again, and this time I force myself to observe.  “Hmm…your posture is great.  Most people have a tendency to favor one side of their neck, which makes them tilt a bit when they speak, and it becomes magnified when they sing, which puts strain on the muscles around the vocal cords.  Your alignment is perfect.”
“Thank you, it goes with the rest of my perfectness,” he says with a teasing arrogance that, from the little I know about him, I know isn’t real.
“You didn’t let me finish.”
“You can’t now tell me I’m not perfect.  I was already basking in the glow.”
“Actually, it was perfect…but almost a little too perfect.  Which makes me think you don’t usually stand this way when you sing.”
“It isn’t the way I normally sing.  On stage, I usually have a guitar over my shoulder.  Even if I’m not playing it, it’s there.”
“Well, I need to see you holding your instrument to assess you fully, then.”
Flynn’s eyebrows quirk up and the dirty grin on his face is unmistakable.
“The guitar.  I’d need to see you holding the guitar.
“That’s a shame.”  He shrugs, the playful smile still on his face.  “But okay.  It’s your call.  Whatever instrument you want to see me hold is fine with me.”
“How big of you.”
“So now we’re talking about the other instrument again?”
I roll my eyes, although this conversation is having more of an effect on me than I let on.

What I thought about Beat
Love triangle stories are not easy to pull off. Some readers flat out won't read stories about infidelity. But that's sometimes where the biggest love stories live, and when I read the blurb for Beat, it lured me in enough to give this title and author a try.  

One fateful night, Flynn Beckham meets Lucky Valentine at her karaoke bar, and it's just about all over for him.  He's fallen hard for Lucky from the minute he meets her and even though she's involved with Dylan Ryder, rockstar, she's falling for him, too. Only Dylan holds Flynn's future in his hands, and he's got big long-term plans for Lucky.  I really liked that Vi Keeland didn't make Dylan a total jerk, because that made the situation between these three that much more interesting. 

The beautiful part of this book is Flynn and Lucky falling in love. If you believe in fate and that some things are just meant to be, you might like this story. Flynn is an extremely likable character and so is Lucky.  This really turns into more of a "she's with the wrong guy" story. There's some great conversations between them and I just felt them falling in love with each other, as much as I felt their pain when things got a bit tricky between them. 

Flynn's really kind of perfect, and it was easy to want Lucky to be with him. The book doesn't skirt the fact that Lucky is seeing one guy while falling for another, and I liked that too.  There's a lot at stake for Flynn and Lucky --will they choose love?  That is the question that kept me turning the pages until the very end.  

Beat can be read as a standalone, but I liked Beat enough I think I'm going to go back and read the first book in this series. If you like rockstar stories (and rockstars) with a lot of heart, you might like Beat by Vi Keeland.

ARC provided for review.

Additional Books by Vi Keeland
Barnes & Noble:

Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
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Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)

Belong to You (A Cole Novel, Book One)

Made For You (A Cole Novel, Book Two)

First Thing I See (Stand Alone)

Left Behind (Stand Alone)
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About the Author

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night! 

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