Monday, September 5, 2016

Review:Manipulated by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott

My name is Owen Blackwell, and I’m currently in recovery.
Not from what you think, though I do enjoy a bit of whiskey.
No, my issue is that I fell foolishly in love with my best friend. Oh, and she’s getting married.
So, in my eternal stupidity, I hooked up with a woman at our annual masquerade ball. You know what they say—the best way to get over a woman is to get under another.
Who is this woman, you ask? Calliope Templeton. She's unlike any other I’ve ever met. And believe me, as the guitarist for Hammered—only the biggest selling rock band out there right now—I’ve met quite a few.
Now I have to figure out how to convince her we’re more than just a one-night stand. She’s supposed to be my happily ever after.
And if necessary, I'm willing to show her just how resourceful one determined Irishman can be...
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 What I thought about Manipulated

In this latest book in the Hammered series by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott, the authors give the reader a cute and entertaining story of moving on after life doesn't quite work out the way it was planned. 

Callie is trying to get her life back on track after her divorce. She's struggling to rebuild the photography business she had before she married.  She's really focused on getting over her ex and getting back to who she was both personally and professionally.  Her sister Ava is also helping her out by dragging her along to a photo shoot at a Halloween party.  Her sister encourages her to have a good time and let her hair down at the party, which she ends up doing when she meets the delicious rock star dressed up like Blackbeard. 

Owen is not exactly in the partying mood as he watches the couples around him, especially Keys and Quinn.  He's been harboring a secret love for Keys and now that she's married and off the market, he's got to get over her.  When he spies a beautiful photographer at the party, he's all over her and they both are hot for each other...until she gets scared and runs away.

When Callie gets an offer to do some photos for Hammered while on tour, she knows it isn't going to be easy to be stuck on a bus with Owen, but her focus is on her job as much as she can.  But Owen isn't going to go for that, and there's some really great pursuit going on in Manipulated.

I really enjoyed this read. It's sexy and fun and it wasn't hard to want Owen and Callie to have some love in their lives after everything they have been through. They really try to keep their relationship a secret, but everything threatens to fall apart when Owen wants to make their relationship more than temporary.  Even though Callie is starting to have feelings for him, her job could be in jeopardy and she panics.

This series has a humorous tone and I really love that about it. It's just a lot of fun and Owen gets to show just how much of a sweetheart he is when he pulls out all the stops to win Callie back.  It's a feel good romance that lifted my heart and left me with a smile.  This one could easily become a comfort read for me. 

It can be read standalone.

ARC provided for review.

                        About the Authors

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.

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