Manaconda: Hammered #1 by Taryn Elliott & Cari Quinn with Giveaway
Today I have the start of a new Rockstar Romantic Comedy penned by the writing duo of Taryn Elliott and Cari Quinn, the first in their HAMMERED series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a ($25.00 eGift Card (Amazon, B&N or iTunes) and an Ebook copy of THE OPENING ACT. But first …
The first I’ve read by this author duo, and Manaconda was steamy, saucy, snarky and wholly clever full of the frustrations of fame and those who are hired to make it all smoother.
Hunter is the lead singer of a band that has had moderate success until a pair of too tight jeans and a hips forward pose lead all the attention to his nether regions. (A true testament to the dangers of the skinny jean!) One photo wouldn’t be so bad, but a Rolling Stone cover shot, creating a celebrity name for the appendage, and fueling the frenzy around the band member’s sex appeal becomes the new thing. Like Bennifer or Brangelina, Manaconda becomes Hunter’s name, and he quite rightly, wants to be seen as more.
Enter Kennedy, PR person with a magic wand, stellar reputation and killer attitude. She’s not particularly happy about this assignment, but owing a favor to one of the biggest names in the business means you step up when called, and she was called. From the start, her ingenuity and patience are tested, and the sparks between she and Hunter are palpable. A hidden passageway, a bowl of pasta and mushrooms and solid banter lead to a kiss that is hotter than hot and appears on social media.
I really liked Kennedy, and Hunter has his moments: wanting to be seen as more than the new moniker, trying to find a new center and not allow the personal fame to color the band’s reputation is a tricky situation. He’s a bit little boy lost, and while he has a playboy’s reputation, he’s really just waning his own ‘one’. Kennedy isn’t looking for a man – she’s far too career driven and her childhood didn’t show her that men were more than unreliable. A dalliance is fine, dangerous and a wholly bad idea for it to be a client – but one night is one night.
Hot, dirty and sexy with plenty of laughs and some clever moments with secondary characters keep the story moving forward, even when it’s moving in the wrong direction. Alternating narratives for both Jordan and Kennedy give a more complete picture of each moment, and their voices are solidly complimentary. Clever and fun, a great start to a new series even with the cliffhanger. This one could have been worse – the main issues between Hunter and Kennedy are not given any sort of solid finality, although many mini-moments are concluded. A bit of a letdown at the conclusion if I’m honest, but it’s a super fun story, read in one sitting with a giggle sort of fun, and holds hope for something special in the series.
Author: Taryn Elliott, Cari Quinn
Series: Hammered #1
Source: Publisher via Tour Company
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About the Book:
My name is Hunter Jordan, lead singer of Hammered and no, I didn't name my cock Manaconda.
Rolling Stone did.
On the front cover of their damn magazine.
I still haven't lived it down. And now our record label wants to maximize the frenzy.
So, I have a brand new PR person–Kennedy McManus.
And she's making me insane.
I don't know whether to ignore her, yell at her, or push her up against the wall and kiss her smart mouth shut.
BEYOND OBLIVION - A Rockstar Romance full of sexy fun set within the world of our Lost in Oblivion series! You never know who you'll see show up in the books.
**** Warning: book does end on a cliffhanger ****
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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