Thursday, August 22, 2013

[Blog Tour - Review and Character Bios] - Hard Rock Roots by C.M. Stunich

Today we are hosting C.M. Stunich's blog tour for her kick ass new series, 
Hard Rock Roots. I have a review of the first book, Real Ugly, as well as character 
bios on the two smoking hot lead characters, Naomi and Turner.

Naomi Knox is hardcore.  She has to be.  Growing up without parents will do that to 
a person, especially when you're subjected to the horrors only a special type of foster 
family can provide …  But she can play a mean guitar and she'll write music that'll 
make Beethoven weep in his grave.  Just don't ask about her dirty, little secrets.  Well, I 
suppose little isn't exactly the right word.  Huge.  Monstrous.  Looming.  
Maybe those are better choices?

Turner is a special kind of guy. He grew up without respect, so he demands it, even if it makes him come across as a bit of an asshole. He's got piercings and tats for days, and a mouth with no filter. If you're expecting wise words woven into his insults, you're looking in the wrong place. Turner Campbell's searching; he just doesn't know what it is that he's searching for. But he does have tattoos on his … well, you know. Yep. All over down there. Bats and spider webs. Kinda cool, right?

Turner Campbell is an asshole.  I f*cking hate him.  But I can't get enough either.  He sings like an angel and f*cks like a devil.  If I could, I'd run away and never look back because to tell you the truth, I think this man might be the death of me.  
Naomi Knox is a bitch.  I can't f*cking stand her.  But I can't stop thinking about her either.  She looks like an angel and plays like a devil.  If I could, I'd f*ck her good and forget all about her, but to tell you the truth, I think this woman might be my last saving grace.

Am I the only one that heard this song while I was reading this book?:

You and I go hard at each other like we're going to war/ You and I go rough, we keep throwing things and slamming the door/ You and I get so damn dysfunctional we stopped keeping score/ You and I get sick, yeah, I know that we can't do this no more - Maroon 5/Adam Levine

Naomi Knox is hell on heels with a guitar strapped to her chest.  Naomi is a bad ass guitarist and song writer for her band Amatory Riot, but usually plays second fiddle to lead singer and ex-best friend, Hayden Lee.  Naomi is in a constant state of running and hiding from secrets - always looking over her shoulder and hoping that her past doesn't catch up with her.  While Naomi may be a hard living bitch on the outside, she is also vulnerable and damaged from her youth.  She just so happens to have a curious tattoo on her ankle that will eventually connect her to Turner.  Naomi is fierce when it comes to music.  She feels her music and it is the only thing that has helped her get through the difficult moments of her life.

This baby lets me take my low E string from an E note to a D and back in a flash without having to retune.  It can cry like a baby and scream like a devil; it's got angel wings and horns both, and it'll kiss you at the same time it fucks you.  Not many dudes can top that, right?

Turner Campbell is the lead singer of Indeceny.  He's a rock god, an asshole and a manwhore.  He's generally high on some combination of drugs, and doesn't remember more than half of what or whom he does.  But really, Turner is just looking for a good time.  One thing about him, though, is that he has fought for respect his entire life.  He clawed his way out of a crappy trailer park existence with a mother who was less than motherly to the top of the world.  He is arrogant and self-centered to a fault.  He's also sexy as hell.  With his numerous tats, his taught body and his to-die-for face, he thinks he can have anything in the world that he wants.  Soon, he sets his eyes on Naomi.  He doesn't understand why he is so attracted to her - maybe it's her refusal to respect him, or that fact that she is the only woman not fawning all over him, but his feelings quickly escalate to obsession.

I want to shake her and hug her and scream at her and fuck her, all at the same time.  Goddamn it, my head is freaking killing me.

Naomi and Turner clash at every turn.  There is much angst and anger and they are constantly fighting the pull they feel towards one another.  Naomi has principles - even though she is attracted to Turner, she's learned from experience that men like him are nothing but trouble.  One minute these two are pining over each other, and the next they are hard core fighting.  Once Turner starts to remember parts of his past (because he has forgotten so much due to his drinking and drug use), everything starts making sense.  And he refuses to back down from her rebuttals.  He and Naomi have a heartbreaking past which is unveiled slowly throughout this book.  But once these two finally do get together, holy shit! Steamy and hot!

My mouth captures hers and tastes hot heat and cigarettes, dragging a moan from my throat that gets lost in a desperate frenzy of clawing fingers and gnashing teeth.  Naomi and I, we kiss hard and rough, like we're not just trying to make out, but like we're trying to hurt each other, too.  I don't quite get the feelings that are running through my blood, tangling my fingers in her hair, pressing her face to mine.

While there is the sizzling love story that I couldn't seem to get enough of, there's also a mystery wrapped into this story.  Naomi's past is complicated and convoluted.  There are some very serious events that occurred that are following her every move.  Hayden and Naomi have a twisted past, and Hayden uses everything in her power to blackmail Naomi.  Naomi's past drives this entire story and she has to deal with what happens when her past comes back to haunt her.  

It's hard to kill love, isn't it?  Even false love.  It's like a persistent weed, one that has to be pulled out by the root and burned.

I'm going to warn you....Real Ugly ends on a major cliff hanger.  Enough of a cliff hanger that I immediately purchased book 2, Get Bent, and read it in record time.  This book deserves a place among the great rock and roll genre books.  Real Ugly has an amazing combination of heart and darkness - something that you don't find too often.  While you may want to hate these characters at first, once you get to know them, you will love them every bit as much as I do.   Stunich has done an excellent job of portraying the rock-and-roll lifestyle in an honest and convincing way.  It's brash.  It's in-your-face.  And it's sexy as hell.  If you are a fan of dark, rock and roll romances, this is definitely a book you should check out.  

"And a mistake make twice isn't really a mistake at all."


C.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 

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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Rhonda D said...

I am definitely going to have to check this book and series out. Your review sealed the deal. I loved the way your review was put together. Thanks for sharing!

Traci Horton said...

I've been on a major rock book kick lately and Real Ugly sounds terrific so guess what just got purchased? Yep and Get Bent too! :D

Clever Girl said...

Wow, that sounds... wow. It's definitely going on my TBR list.

Talk Supe said...

Whoa! 5stars! Not sure if I will read this anytime soon but now I want to check out the series out of curiosity. Thanks Jamie!


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Mary Preston said...

The blurb made me sit up & take notice that's for sure.

Jamie said...

I love these characters. Seriously. They do nothing but fight, but when they get together, it's smokin' hot! Be warned, though. If you're looking for warm fuzzies, this is not the book for you. This is a dark read with a cliffie!

Jamie said...

And I want to add a caveat.... This might not be the best book for everyone, but I gave this book 5 stars because I was excited when I finished it. I read it in two days (which is saying a lot since i have three ornery children home from school for the summer) and I immediately read the second book in the series.

I tend to give 5 stars not for a book's literary value, but for the way a book makes me feel when I finish it. You can definitely tell the books that I love - you can tell I'm all geeked out by the review.

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