10 April 2014

Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow - Release Blitz, Book Review, Giveaway

Book title: Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow
Series: Blue Phoenix #1
Genre: Contemporary romance
Release date: April 2014
Cover designed by:  Najla Qamber Designs
Hosted by: Forever Me Romance

Sky changed her life for a man once, and she has no intention of doing it again - even if he is a six foot, tattooed rock god who makes a mean bacon sandwich.

Sky Davis is fed up of boyfriend Grant taking her for granted and when she comes home to find him wearing a girl, Sky suspects the relationship is over. She takes an unscheduled holiday and leaves the life (and guy) she hates behind.

Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with fame and infamy, sick of his life being controlled by other people. Dylan cuts his hair and walks away from his role as lead singer of Blue Phoenix, leaving chaos and speculation behind.

Outside the English seaside town of Broadbeach their cars and worlds collide.

Sky decides Dylan is an arrogant guy with too many tattoos, and Dylan is amused by the smart-mouthed girl with no idea who he is. Dylan and Sky soon discover they’ve travelled to Broadbeach for the same reason - to escape from reality back to a place with happy childhood memories.

Losing themselves in a world where they know nothing about each other, Sky and Dylan begin a summer romance that soon heats up their rainy English summer.

Fantasies can’t last forever and when reality crashes the party, Sky isn’t sure she wants to be more than his ‘summer Sky’ but Dylan doesn’t want to let her go.

Returning to the real world and public scrutiny isn’t their only problem. Blue Phoenix bass player, Jem Jones, has a reason for wanting Sky out of Dylan’s life, and is determined to come between them. Some things won’t stay hidden, even when they’re paid to ‘go away’.

Summer Sky is a quirky romance where occasionally more than the bacon sizzles. This is the first in the new ‘Blue Phoenix’ series of contemporary rock star romances.

Please note: this is a romance with a rock star hero, and not an erotic rock star book!
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Sky wanted to just wallow in sadness, and a great big relief due to her recent break up. She wanted to spend some time alone in her grandmother’s beach house, but it looks like she’s going to have to leave there OR share it with a six-foot, tattooed rock god who can make a to-die-for bacon sandwich.

She didn’t come from a really nice relationship. Her ex boyfriend of five years did not just took her for granted, or persuade her to do his bidding (yes, she was a little bit of a push-over when it comes to grant), but he ended up cheating on her! After everything that she did for him! THE NERVE OF THAT MAN!! Sky run out of town, and left him, their home, and her job.

Rock god Dylan Morgan is a complex man – more often than not he confuses me. He was popular, and belongs to one of the hottest and in-demand bands, but he chose to cut his hair and walk away from fame. He came across Sky and he was thankful that this girl didn’t recognize him, and treated him like an ordinary man – maybe this is the reason why he was attracted to her in the first place. She is as real as he could get her. No fa├žade, no games, just plain old Sky. But when he opens his mouth, he seems to f**k it all up.

They are in their own world while they are in Broadbeach, but what if the real world comes knocking in their door – what now?!

They met in the most unexpected places, during the time they needed a break from the real world, and they needed someone to listen to them, or just to be with them without giving judgment. Sky didn’t know him, she wasn’t really a fan of music and busied herself reading books (just like me!). Her face wasn’t the type that can get a second glance for anyone, so imagine her surprise when this man gives her attention, and tells her he wants her. He looked like a god – how in the world can he want her?! Talk about self-esteem and trust issues – you can’t really blame this girl, after coming from a bad relationship. This is what I like and hate about this girl, she’s as real as you can get, flaws and all. She’s ordinary, and yet she’s being offered a fairytale of her own that she strongly refuses. She wanted a quiet and peaceful life – but how can she when he wanted her? And he will do everything to have her…

I knew there was something going on between Jem and Dylan – there was a secret between the two of them, but I never knew the magnitude of it until SHE came into the picture and told Sky. It was an OMG moment that had left me so surprised, I think I was still speechless until the page told me to watch out for the sequel of the novel. Yes, peeps, this wasn’t meant to be a stand alone, so be warned!

Nevertheless, this was worth the read. You will hate and love Sky and Dylan – they have their good and bad moments. Lisa Swallow wrote a novel that will make you crave for the next book in the series, and perhaps, for every book she wrote thereafter. She knows where to put the cliff, she knows when to break your hearts, when to get you to fall, and perhaps in the second book, she will eventually mend the heart she shattered. 

Love isn’t something predictable, Sky, and doesn’t follow rules. You can’t decide who to fall in love with, or when. Love and logic don’t go together, but when I’m with you, everything makes sense.

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

"Sky! Waves!"

I have my back to the ocean and a wave crashes against my legs, destabilising me. I regain my footing and attempt to move before the retreating water sucks my feet into the sand. At that moment a larger wave wipes me completely, dragging my body underwater. I panic at the confusion of being pushed and pulled out of my control, seawater swirling hair into my face and the bubbles rushing into my ears. The shell remains tightly gripped in my hand.

As water draws away, I push my head free. Dylan stands on the edge of the shore, water lapping his ankles, laughing. I spit out sea water and stagger to my feet. The weight of the damp hoodie threatens to pull me down again as I push hair from my eyes.

"That was fucking funny! You should see your face!" He wades towards me, arm outstretched to help.

Attempting to keep my footing, I lunge at him and slap his hard chest with both palms. "It was not! Screw you!” Dylan catches my arms as I make contact, and pulls me towards him.

Scrutinizing my face briefly, Dylan takes my cheeks in his broad palms and crushes his lips against mine. I gasp again, but it's not the sea snatching my breath this time. A new wave sways us, and Dylan holds my face tightly, his own footing steady as his mouth claims mine. A small voice in my head asks what the hell I’m doing but I ignore it - Dylan overwhelms all common sense the moment I have any physical contact with him. Losing myself in his mint-flavoured kiss, in the slide of his cool tongue, I yield to the power he holds over me. Dylan curls his fingers into my wet hair and pulls me closer; I respond with a deep kiss, tracing fingers across his stubbled cheek.

Fierce or gentle, his kisses mould my soul to his as perfectly as his body shapes with mine, as if we’re in a place created by our coming together. Kissing Dylan last night pulled me into his orbit, and when I see stars again, I swear his kisses will always take me to the edge of his galaxy. If Dylan can remove me from reality with just this, god knows what anything else he's skilful at would do to me. The thought of us skin on skin, united through more than a kiss, lights a fire deep inside that would take more than the cold Cornish sea to extinguish.

Dylan loosens his grip on my hair and slides his hands across my damp back. He closes the final gap between us as our bodies meet, and I wish the rain-soaked clothes weren’t in the way. “I have never met anyone so…” He grasps for a word then gives up and rests his forehead on mine. “I feel as if I’ve waited my whole life to meet you and then suddenly you’re here.”

For a moment I consider whether he’s teasing me again, but I guess I’m very different to the people in his real life. "I can honestly say I've never met anyone like you, Dylan Morgan."

He wipes water from my cheek with cool, damp fingers. "No-one’s met Dylan Morgan apart from you. Not for a lot of years, anyway.”

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. She even leaves the house occasionally. Lisa loves all things from the Whedonverse and preferred vampires before they sparkled. 

Lisa has four books published: the ‘Butterfly Days’ series, and two in her urban fantasy series Soul Ties. She is currently working on a new contemporary romance series Blue Phoenix and the first book, Summer Sky is due for release in April. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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