November 16, 2013

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Ink My Heart (Luminescent Juliet)

If you have been checking out my blog for any length of time now, you'd know that the rockers are my absolute favorite types of bad boys - hands down. So, naturally, I was thrilled to be a part of the Ink My Heart (Luminescent Juliet #2) blog tour organized by AToMR Tours. Check out my review, then jump down and enter to win a $50 GC to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Don't forget to check out the other tour stops too!

Ink My Heart (Luminescent Juliet #2), by Jean Haus
Published November 12, 2013
Publisher: SkyScape
e-copy, provided by the author and AToMR Tours in exchange for an honest review
New Adult Contemporary Romance
To Buy: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Rating:  4 STARS

(From Goodreads)
Even if he weren’t the lead singer of the popular college band, Luminescent Juliet, Justin Noel would have his pick of women. And he does pick. Nightly. Tattooed, blonde, and green eyed, he flashes his dimples and females swoon.

Except for one.

Tattoo artist, Allie Landon, rarely dates, and especially not men like Justin. Though he’s hot enough to melt off permanent ink, she’s done with the bad boy type. But when the ex who broke her heart wants to reunite, desperation has Allie introducing her latest client as her boyfriend. Justin’s more than happy to play the part. He’s completely intrigued by the sexy artist and college student.

However, Allie’s life isn’t what it seems. There’s little room in it or her shattered and confused heart for Justin. But as Justin remains persistent, ignoring the growing attraction—both physical and emotionally—between them becomes more difficult than tattoo removal.

I don't know what it is about them, but I seriously have a thing for rock gods. They are so frikkin' sexy. Especially when they do their thing on stage. Mmmmmm - I'm totally drawn to to all those rocker books. So, when some of my most favorite book descriptors are all lumped together - new adult, lead singer, tattooed - I'm in like Flynn. It's always a plus when the book is also good. 

Justin is the lead singer of Michigan rock band Luminescent Juliet. He's also a total man-whore who uses women and ditches them as fast as he can. Justin really is not a very nice guy. Then, in search of something new and exciting, he randomly steps into a tattoo shop and meets Allie. She fascinates him in ways no woman ever has. Only problem is, she has no interest in getting to know him. The challenge is on as Justin tries to break down her walls, but when he does, he may not like what he finds. 

Justin is a pretty bad guy. He has casual sex very, very often. He uses girls to do his homework and his laundry. Other than being super hot and having a good singing voice, Justin didn't have a ton of redeeming qualities. I loved watching the transformation that comes over him once he meets Allie. What I liked most about it was that it wasn't an instantaneous thing. Like, you meet eyes with the girl who is your soul mate and birds sing, the sun comes out and rainbows and unicorns fly out of your butt. Your life is changed in an instant. I call bullshit. 

Change of that magnitude takes awhile. And, it took awhile for Justin to get there. He still likes it when girls do his chores and his homework. He prefers a lack of responsibility. And Allie REQUIRES responsibility in the guys she dates. Since she has a 5-year-old son from a previous relationship. Once Justin finds out about that little bump on his yellow brick road, he has to start readjusting his way of thinking. 

Allie is a toughie. Her ex-husband Trevor is a class-A jerkface, so to protect her heart and her son, she's not dated much. She's very guarded and super cautious. Not a very fun or carefree life for a 22-year-old. But, she is a mother and owns a tattoo shop, so in her mind, those come first. She certainly wasn't prepared for the whirlwind that is Justin. 

Justin and Allie are a great couple. I'm so glad that their romance was a slow burn. So many times in new adult books, couples hook up fast and hot. And, it doesn't happen that way for Justin and Allie. The hesitation and the stop and start for these two drew me through the book, just waiting for that epiphany moment on both sides. When it comes - gosh, is it satisfying. 

The music aspect is, of course, awesome. There's lots of time spent with Justin and his band as they play in clubs and practices. There's one thing that I did feel was missing from Ink My Heart, and that is the unique relationship that band mates have with each other. Honestly, the members of Luminescent Juliet seem like they kinda hate each other. They're always fighting and arguing. It's amazing they come together on stage as well as they do. I missed the BFF part of the band members. 

While not particularly steamy, Ink My Heart was sweet and tender and exciting at times. I'm really looking forward to the other band mates' stories (Gabe!). 

About the Author

Jean Haus writes young adult and romance novels. She reads a lot too. Anything with a bit of romance has the possibility of being loaded on her Kindle. She even does a bit of cooking, which is actually quite good. She also golfs in the beautiful summers of Michigan with her awesome husband and son, but she cooks way, way better than she golfs.

Learn more about Jean Haus --> Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook


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AToMR said...

" I'm really looking forward to the other band mates' stories (Gabe!)." :) Thank you for reviewing and participating.

LAWonder said...

I am not into Rock "Jocks" myself. So many are so phony. There are a few exceptions, but very few.

LRAtRandom said...

Heh. I liked your review of this one. When you started moaning in the beginning I almost stopped reading to give you a private moment ;)

Anna said...

I really enjoyed In the Band, so I'm looking forward to reading Ink My Heart, too.
Great review, Krista!

(lol Jen!)

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i want to read ink my heart..
thx u for hosting this giveaway ;)