Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"I’ll be watching you.” - Straight from the Heart (Straight from the Heart #1) by Breigh Forstner

Cover Artist: Madelene Martin 


This is a story about a girl discovering and experiencing life for the first time.

Bryn Schaefler grew up rich. Her parents expected the best out of her, picked her boyfriend for her, and groomed her to be the next trophy wife fresh out of High School.

But when they discover she wants to pursue music instead of following in her mothers footsteps, they wanted to hear nothing about it.

That was when Bryn left for good.

By chance, she auditioned for main stream rock band Everlasting. Never in a million years did she think she would make it.

Cale Pelton knew it was his fault for the band scrambling around to find a new guitarist. Once he saw Bryn audition, he knew he had to have her. Not just in the band, but in his mind, body and soul.

The good and bad of the romance genre

There are lots of goods and bads of the romance genre today, especially different trends that are emerging. I’ll start with the bad first! One thing I’ve noticed when reading some romance books is that the female characters are strong. Where’s the females that they don’t let a guy bring them down or they do what they want? Independant is what I’m trying to say. 

But the good traits that I’ve seen in the genre is I like happy endings. Majority of the books I have read usually have a happy ending, or at least an ending and not a cliffhanger (which there is one in Straight from the Heart.) I like the feeling that the main characters will either have a happily ever after or are on the track to a happy ever after. 

One trend I’ve noticed also while reviewing ARC’s and reading books is there are a lot of serial novels and BDSM. For example like The Arrangement by H.M Ward. There have been at least 16 or 17 books in the series and no end! But a lot of authors have been doing 4 or 5 small novels to tell their story. I’ve also seen a lot more dominant men in books but that’s not a bad thing!


After making small talk for the next couple of minutes, Tracy brought out heaping plates of lasagna and a foot long piece of garlic bread smothered in butter. I was about to gain 5 pounds from this meal, and today I didn’t care. 

“Do you guys eat like this on tour?” I asked him, watching him wipe his hands on a napkin. 

“Hell no. It’s usually fast food or a local diner by the venue. I mean sometimes we’ll stock up on easy sandwich stuff. But you can never tell because we thrash around the stage for an hour during our set, so it comes off pretty quick.” Cale explained. “Are you afraid you’re going to gain weight or something?”

“Obviously, I’m a girl; can you handle living with one for months on end in a bus?” I asked him. He got a look in his eye as if it was a challenge. I could get used to seeing that look every day.

“I lived with my mom for 22 years of my life, and 3 sisters. I’ve seen it all. Question is, can you handle all of us?” He questioned me, and I already knew the answer. But whether he meant that as living with them in closed quarters, or something entirely different, I didn’t care. 

“So you wanting me in your band isn’t just for the sex?” I enquired, catching myself off guard because normally the word “sex” would never come out of my mouth, let alone anything remotely close to that. Cale shifted in his seat and lowered his head for a minute, then met my gaze.

“You’re 18 and talking about sex already? Don’t get me wrong, that is completely hot but believe me B, tours aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll see the stereotypical sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Shit will go down unexpectedly and it will change you, for good or ill.” Then he took one last bite of his lasagna. “And, I’m a guy.”

I threw my head back and laughed sarcastically. “Obviously.” 

Cale brought his face closer to me and whispered “Keep up your humor and everyone’s going to find out how I screwed my new lead guitarist so fast and so hard she couldn’t walk straight.” My mouth formed an O shape, and I sat back as straight as a stick. “I have needs, you’ll find out. If I want to fuck, I’ll gladly take a groupie backstage, with pleasure. This is eye opening shit B. You’ll shed that 18 year old shy vulnerable skin the first night on tour.” 

About the author:

Breigh Forstner currently resides in her home town in south east Michigan with her two daughters. While she works full-time during the week, at night she spends time with her kids and writes until her fingers can’t type anymore. Her goal is to make it onto a best sellers list at some point in her career, and writes any chance she can get. She is a lover of all types of music and is a sucker for rock bands and tattooed bad boys.

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Unknown said...

oooo This looks good. Really want to read this book. sounds amazing :))

justwin4once said...

I like happy endings too - can't wait to read this book.