19 November 2013

Tough Luck by C.M. Stunich - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway


Title: Tough Luck (Hard Rock Roots #3)
Author: C.M. Stunich
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance

Ronnie McGuire is my target.

But I wish he wasn't.

I didn't sign up for this destruction, this pain.

In his music, I hear his soul crying out for me.

If I could, I'd run away from here and never look back because to tell you the truth, I'm terrified. There are forces weighing in on me that even I don't understand. I'm scared. Things are dangerous. This could get real ugly, real fast.

& & &

Lola Saints is a godsend.

But I wish she wasn't.

I don't know sh*t about her, but already, I'm hooked.

When she plays, I can almost imagine the ghosts of the dead are calling out to me.

If I could, I'd shed my soul and leave the pain of the past behind me. But I can't. I have to figure out if there's a way to fall in love anew and respect the old. But something else is going on, something weird. Something that tells me my tough luck might just run out real fast.

*This is NOT the last book in the series. There will be later books featuring Turner and Naomi again, and they also appear in this volume quite a bit. ;)


Certain mistakes are impossible to rectify, but sometimes, if you try hard enough, you can put enough good out into the world that it doesn’t matter so much anymore. Two wrong deeds don’t make a right, but two fucking awesome ones sure do help.

Hard core, super bad-ass, a whole lot of cussing, hot rockers, and a murderer on the loose – Tough Luck is not for faint-hearted.

Ronnie McGuire is chronically depressed, constantly high and still managed to be HOT. But things weren’t looking good in his life right now, it’s not just that the police were constantly on their trail and ready to hang in their heads in one wrong move – HIS is something BIGGER. Recently, one of the mothers of his children (yes, he’s got FOUR, from different women – he needed to be lectured about SAFE SEX), has been murdered and he was left with the custody of his child. How can he be able to raise a child while on tour?! I have never met a more forgiving soul than Ronnie. Lola might have done something unforgivable, and may have betrayed his trust, but he went past that and he understood!! I effin’ love him for it.

Then we get to meet Lola Saints. I thought she was another Noami Knox – but no. She’s different. She’s a strong character, a lot of inner conflict and a big conscience. She had been keeping dangerous secrets that may cost lives. Ronnie McGuire is her target. Only that she didn’t expect, that the person she once blow in a closet, turned out to be something else. He has lost a lot, and had suffered enough. But she was assigned to him, and she needed to fulfill her part of the bargain, or else she will be suffering the consequences. She’s playing one dangerous game.

Hot Sex, dangerous game, bad-ass character, and intense suspense – enough ingredients to fuel your senses and had you going till you stop on the final page, and once again you gasp because – yeah, it’s a cliffhanger. I expected, CM Stunich delivered (well, except for the ending). But we all see it coming, so we need to just be patient until the next book will be out. Nevertheless, I can’t say I missed Noami and Turner because they keep appearing in the story, their constant bickering in this novel had me excited for the continuation of their story.  

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

“You look like you're about to pass out.  Take a breather, will ya?” I tell him, wishing he'd give me some sign of life in those dead eyes.  They're dark and swimming with negativity.  I can tell he's not living in the here and now.  He's somewhere else altogether.  My job is supposed to be to keep him there, force him down into the depths of pain and let him impale himself on his own tragedy.  Instead, I get the urge to pull him back. 
        Before I can stop myself, I'm spinning around in front of him and bumping the toes of my shoes against his, clutching his shirt in two grasping hands and pressing our mouths together.  I'm not shy with my tongue, forcing it between his lips and tasting all of that melancholy and anguish.  At first it's like kissing a fireplace hearth, all old ash and extinguished flames, but just as I'm about to pull away, I see a spark.  It's small at first, burning deep within him, taking over his lips and scorching me with brilliant heat. 
        Ronnie's hands come up and find my ass.  He doesn't start off with small talk either.  He goes straight for the gold, grabbing and caressing my flesh with greedy hands.  Careful, Lola, or you might get burned.  I push up against him, struggling to stay on my tiptoes so our faces can stay somewhat even.  I kind of want to climb his ass like Godzilla on top of the Empire State Building, just get all up in there and find my perch.  Ronnie responds to my scrambling by lifting me up by the cheeks and slamming my back into the metal pole of a street sign. 

        “Oi, watch yourself, fuck face,” I growl out, but the small ache in my spine is nothing compared to the raging burn that's coming up from below.  What the hell are you playing at, bitch?  This is not what you're supposed to be doing.  I hear my logical self screaming at me from the back of my mind, but I don't pay it any never mind.  What I am supposed to do anyway?  A forest fire's just caught in a dry bush.  I could put it out, but it'd take a lot of effort.  It's easier just to let it burn.


6432984C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance.

Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers.

C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world.


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