Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary- Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway




Title:  Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars
Author:   Codi Gary
Genre:  Contemporary Adult Romance
Publish Date:   April 22, 2014
Publisher:  Avon Impulse, an Imprint of HarperCollins
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Gemma Carlson didn’t plan on waking up married.

She also didn’t count on running into her old flame—and her son’s father-turned-country-rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow…neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there’s just one thing to do: run.

Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when he had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn’t hesitate. Of course he didn’t expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn’t plan on losing Gemma again—or the son he didn’t know he had. He proposes—albeit belatedly—a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not…

Gemma’s not interested; she’s got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don’t date rock stars…right?
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We share a bittersweet past and a roller-coaster present, but I have a good feeling that the future is going to be a smoother ride. 

Gemma Carlson went to Vegas to attend a Book Convention, and not to wake up married, most especially to her ex-boyfriend who is now a famous country rock-star.

It was supposedly a weekend only kind of fun, and then when she leaves Vegas, it would just stay there, and not haunt her. But she assumed wrong, because apparently, Travis Bowers, was eager to patch things up between them. So when she ran from him, he followed her. He let her get away all those years ago, he wasn’t going to let her get away this time.

Gemma had always been his first love, and a woman he can’t forget. He might have been famous, and he has all the money in the world, but Gemma had never been far from his thoughts. The moment he saw an opportunity in Vegas, he immediately grabbed it. He invited her over a few drinks, which led to that impromptu marriage, and yes, she ran away from him the moment she was able to. When he tried to follow her, he was in for the biggest surprise in his life when he found out he has a nine-year old son.

Ten years ago he’d been a kid, unsure of what he wanted. He was a man now. And he wasn’t giving up his wife without a damn good reason. 

Suddenly, her quiet town life turns a 180, and she was once again the talk of the town.

Despite being frustrated over Gemma’s actions – the running away, and the impulsiveness: you gotta let her have it! Because she’s a great mother to Charlie, she even allowed him to know his father. All she wanted was to protect him from Travis’ lifestyle. She didn’t want any harm to come to her son – so you can’t really blame her if she kept on pushing him away or she kept this secret for a whole period of time. When she was pregnant, Travis was on the verge of stardom, and being a young pregnant girl with all those weird hormones kicking inside your system, not to mention fear and yes, her impulsiveness, she broke up with him instead of telling him she was pregnant.

Travis, on the other hand, had grew up in foster care so he knows what it is like to grow up without a family. The moment he knew of his child’s existence, he took it with arms wide open. He didn’t know the first thing of becoming a father, but he did it with flying colors. Day by day, he creeps into their lives, and embeds himself into it. In fairness to them, they try to be civil and good parents whenever Charlie is around, and talk about their issues when he wasn’t.

Despite being okay, the past is still an issue, and not to mention TRUST. It was the elephant in the room they didn’t want to address at first, until it blew up into their faces and tore apart whatever it is that they started building. Both of them can be stubborn and needed a good, painful wakeup call before they can settle their issues. It was a long, rocky journey before the reconciliation. I started hating Gemma somewhere, but the grand gestures at the end of the story - makes up for everything else. 

I have always adored plots like this, it’s old, it’s reused countless of times which probably makes it harder for the author on how to make it different from the rest. But Codi Gary made sure Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars will be different enough to make you want to finish the book once you get started. It’s romance will make you swoon, characters that you will love and will annoy you at one point, and steamy scenes that will get you hot. But what I love most about this book is its emphasis on the importance of trust and honesty in a relationship. Without this two, a relationship could never be possible. 

Maybe that’s what makes it so hard. When you spend years thinking and dreaming about someone and have them fall back into your life? Sounds like fate to me.


✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪


How many glasses of champagne did I have last night?

Gemma Carlson groaned, gritting her teeth against the stabbing pain that seemed to be spreading through her brain. She didn’t want to open her eyes, afraid of what she would find. Right now she was only sure of two things. One, her head hurt like a son of a bitch and two, she was very, very naked.

Prying open her right eye, she tried to focus on her surroundings, but instead of seeing intricate, golden wallpaper, she found the walls were now light colored. A couch sat in the corner of the room, though her room had had a tiny office chair and desk. The landscape on the wall was new, too.

She opened both eyes, blinking rapidly at the dryness, and realized she had no idea where she was.

Which meant she obviously wasn’t in her hotel room.

A light snore behind her caught her attention and she stiffened, turning her head slowly to look at her bedmate. She sucked in a breath at the sight of dark curls and a broad back, the only things visible above the heavy comforter.

Travis.

What have I done?

Sitting up, she swallowed down the rolling nausea and fought the splitting headache, catching her face in her hands. And then she felt it. Something cool and metal on her finger. Something that definitely shouldn’t be there.

Pulling her hands back, she stared at the large three-stone diamond ring on her left index finger and froze.







An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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