Monday, May 23, 2016

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway:Owned (Lost in Oblivion #5) by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott

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Lost in Oblivion #5
Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott
Releasing May 23rd, 2016
Rainbow Rage Publishing

Music kept them going. Now it's torn them apart…

Guitarist Nick Crandall lost the most important thing in his life—his band—just as he was falling in love. A year has passed, and Oblivion is returning from hiatus. And Nick is ready to ask Lila to spend forever with him, even if he won't have his best friend at his side for the ceremony.

Simon has spent the past year trying to find his way back to the thing that sustained him in his darkest hours, then grew to be his biggest demon. Margo has been at his side, but she's tired of him denying his dreams. With her help, he’s ready to admit it’s showtime.

Perhaps he's even ready to stand up for his best friend…and face him on the stage that united them so long ago.

It’s do or die, one more time.

**The guys—and their women—are in the driver's seat in Owned, and the ride's gonna rock. This is the final book in the Lost in Oblivion rockstar series.**

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Simon’s chest constricted. The crash of piano and soaring blend of Margo’s strings was as powerful as it was haunting. He’d been expecting a lively jaunt. Jazz had demanded Frank Turner for more than half the ride up from the city.

But no. It was a passionate and sweeping song that had more in common with an epic battle of man and nature. In his head it felt like there should be a piano on top of a cliff a la 90’s Bon Jovi videos in MTv’s heyday.

Jazz’s fingers dove up and down the keys and Margo followed her as if she was tethered to every note. The song got bigger and bigger and he itched to match it.

He couldn’t remember the last time he’d found the urge to sing. He sang lately out of spite. To prove that he could. But the actuality of the pull had him so out of sorts that he had his hand on the doorknob to the room before he knew what he was doing.

Jazz looked over her shoulder when the door opened. Her purple tipped lashes fluttered so wide they touched her eyebrows. He quietly sat on the stool with the winding arm. Tension fried the edges of every nerve. Why the hell did his fingers ache? He looked down at the white of his skin under his nails from the death grip he had on the arm.

He could do this.

He released the chair arm.

It wasn’t the box.

The room he’d practiced in before.

He was used to the closet in Ripper Records. It gave him cold sweats, but he was used to it.

Here he was in front of Jazz. Sitting right beside her.

In front of strangers.

In front of Margo. He kept the music separate from her for so long, it was odd to have her in his space.

Jazz handed him her notebook.

He took it with shaking fingers. He cleared his throat. “Play it through from the top?”

Jazz nodded. He hummed his way through it once, scanning her lyrics as he followed along. When they went through it a second time his brain was on fire to join in. He wanted his voice to match that sound.

Around the last quarter of the song, he let the words out in a whisper. Margo brought down the power of her strings to account for his sheer cowardice.

He cleared his throat. “Again.”

He closed his eyes and let the music take him. This time there was a guitar added into the lilting opening of the song. His voice was rough with disuse.

No, don’t concentrate on that.

He needed to find the heart of the song.

Jazz’s words were heartfelt, but they weren’t quite his. He followed instincts that had never steered him wrong before. He changed the bridge and let his voice soar up with the epic battle of violin and piano.

His voice evened and went bell clear as he climbed up an octave he hadn’t touched in two full years. He bowed his head as Gray came in with the guitar solo that hadn’t been there the first few times through.

But it was right.

Logan piped it in from the main studio.

Gray and Margo merged until there was nothing but a breathtaking crescendo. He stepped in. His voice ached with the loss that was burned into the lyrics. His head fell back as he brought it full circle with the final verse, and finally…the bridge.

The room was silent.

He was terrified to open his eyes. He avoided both of the girls as he twisted in the chair and went out the door and past a stunned Gray. He couldn’t look at Margo. Not now. He couldn’t watch when the disappointment filled her big brown eyes.

He took the stairs two at a time and scanned the area for the nearest exit.

What I thought about Owned

So, when we last left Oblivion, Nick was his usual surly self, and Simon was having a bit of a front man tantrum, and the band went on hiatus for a year for Simon to get his voice back in shape.  In Owned, that hiatus is just about to expire, and tensions are still running high between Nick and Simon.  

Gray, Jazz, and Deacon play their usual parts of keeping the peace or trying to get the guys to break through their pig-headedness. (Go Jazz!)  There is a fabulous holiday scene that shows us just how the men of Oblivion are going to go about resolving their differences. It's just the beginning of the tension release between Nick and Simon.

There's plenty of hot loving going on with all the men and women of Oblivion, along with talk of more babies and marriages. Even Lila is faced with making a choice between love and career. I have to say that I've been sorta indifferent when it comes to Lila, but she really gets to show off how she really loves the band, and Nick in Owned, and I loved that about it.   

But really, Nick and Simon are the stars of Owned. They are the heart of Oblivion and there's an awesome scene between Nick, Donovan and Lila that gives Nick lots of insight into how they can resolve their issues and let some healing begin. Being the stubborn rock stars they are though, it isn't until they could lose it all that they really get on the path to their future. I loved getting inside Nick and Simon's heads as they figured out how they were going to save the band that made them. It made me fall in love with both of them all over again. 

There are so many great scenes in this last installment in the series. Some that set up action for the spin-offs, and some that easily set up the story for a future novella or two with the Lost in Oblivion group.

I've thought a lot about why I love this series and it's because I love every member of this band and their partners. They've been a lot of fun and Owned was a terrific conclusion of their story. I loved every minute of this and didn't put it down until I hit the final pages of the "perfect" ending.  

If you haven't read this series, get started with the first 2 books and novellas. They are currently free!

Lost in Oblivion Boxed Set
Includes Books #1 - #2.5

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn likes music and men, so she figured why not write about both? When she's not writing, she's screaming at men's college basketball games on TV, playing her music too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.

USA Today bestselling author Taryn Elliott is obsessed with rock stars, men, and her unending playlists--maximizing these things seemed like a very good idea. When she's not writing, she's losing hours to hot men on TV, and/or a graphic design project. Multitasking is her middle name.

They decided to combine forces and found that hey...this writing deal is even more awesome when you collaborate with your best friend.

And so Lost in Oblivion was born.

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Taryn Cari said...

Thanks so much for joining our tour and for such a great review!!

Crystal Cuffley said...

Thank you for hosting and reviewing OWNED today!

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