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Posted March 23, 2015
I have no one to blame but myself for buying this book. When will I ever learn? I LOVE romance. Unfortunately, except for the character of Deacon, there wasn't one other character in the entire book I could stomach. Too many 4-letter words, too graphic for my taste, & too much sex (didn't think that was even possible!). Guess this is all personal taste, so the next person could very easily find this book awesome. Just not me. It'll not be archived on my Nook, but deleted, never to be seen or re-read again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2015
Posted February 22, 2015
A free well-written 200 page prequel to Rocked: Lost in Oblivion. A band getting started with all the angst, drama, and sexual encounters of 5 personalities that must mesh together to obtain their goal of music stardom.
The sequel Rocked can also be found in the .99 boxed set Fall in Love.
Posted February 17, 2015
This prequel novel by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott introduces us to the gritty, realistic world of the up and coming rock band Oblivion.
While each of the 4 main male characters will eventually have his story told, this one alternates between the point of view of Nick the guitarist, and Simon the lead singer. It tells of the early days of the band and their struggles to make it into the spotlight. The characters relationships with each other, with sex, drugs, alcohol and rock and roll are what make up this well crafted story.
This is the first time I've read a book that delved into the world of a rock band. I wasn't sure whether I would like it as my tastes generally run towards more contemporary and historical romance. I had read and enjoyed some of Cari's earlier works and decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did! I found it to be a refreshing change, an honest appraisal of what might (and likely does) happen behind the scenes of a working rock group. There are no apologies here - the sex, the language, the music, all feel very real. I found myself drawn into this gritty world with no reservations. I look forward to continuing the journey as each character's story is revealed. A solid 4 stars.
Posted August 9, 2014
I absolutely loved this book! I read "Shadow Boxer" by Cari Quinn and became an instant fan, especially when at the end of the book was a list of a bunch of other books. This is kind of like the "prequel" or introduction to the series, and you definitely want to read it first!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2014
Posted July 15, 2014
Did not know what to think of this book at first because it was hard to keep who was who when the chapters were going back and forth between Simon and Nick. Once I was able to keep them straight, I was able to get more into the story. I agree with Simon, lots of drama in the band. Hated what Jazz was doing to Nick and Gray. Am glad each of the guys will get their own books and that the first one is starting with Deacon. Can't wait for his to come out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2014
I love reading a good rock 'n roll novel. I look for quality not quantity. This means I want to know the characters, what inspires them, what drives them to succeed in such a vicious and unforgiving industry. Also, I look for a cohesive story that has a rhythm to it and is well written. Well, I found it in this book.
This is the Pre-Quel to the Lost in Oblivion Series by Cari Quinn. It is straight-forward, raw, without the trappings of fantasy. Yes, it is a work of fiction, but the plot line and characters are so real, you can almost touch them.
In this installment of the series, we get the story behind how the current members of Oblivion came together. This is a tenuous union. These individuals are not all friends. In fact right away there is tension and sides taken. They come together out of necessity and accidentally stumble into the perfect union of sound and magic. Together, they come up with a unique mix that enthralls the fans. Now the struggle is to improve on it and keep it together despite what is going on in their personal lives.
Seldom do I find such a detailed story of the journey to stardom. Immerse yourself in this story and enjoy!
Posted April 1, 2014
This is all I need to read to pull me in to this book:Warning: get ready for a testosterone overload. The guys are in the driver's seat in Seduced - and the ride's gonna rock.This book is a full length prequel to a series that will knock your socks off
These ladies did it again! It had me hooked from the beginning and kept me up late reading as I didn't want to put it down. To the point that I was reading at work.
A great book with hot boys that I've fallen for! I loved everything about Seduced. The boys are delicious! The hero is strong, quirky, and great!
It was such a great book - all the right feelings! I got sucked in and couldn't stop reading.
The storyline is well written and fast paced. There is always something happening or someone reflecting on the what ifs and whys
Call me a predictable, but I will be pre-ordering each book as Cari and Taryn put them out!!!!!!!
Posted October 3, 2013
Explicit but WOW!
I give it 4.5 Stars.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Explicit. Before you think I mean it in a bad way I need to stop you because it is not. This book is really a great story with great characters and an even greater plot.
One Band = 4 Guys, 1 Woman = raging hormones and a love for music, and one goal to make it big, but not at the cost of friendship. The main plot of this story and I think the authors did accomplish that in this book. If you look pass the offending words and the raging hormones, you find five characters with a sincere heart and enormous talent. Alone, they will never make it, as a band they were fabulous.
The highlight was mostly on Nick and Simon as we experience their ups and downs in the band, their personal lives, their struggles, their confused states and their enormous egos tempered by the one woman in the group they called Pixie.
They were in a place where it was either sink or do something and get themselves out of the groove they were in. Alcohol and women are the main cause of their woes and troubles. But yet through all the drama that played down you learned about them on a personal level. Their painstakingly objectiveness towards their roles in the group and band, harsh that it hurts at times. But at the end they always worked all the problems out with their love for music. The constant hunger that drives them to be better, to reach that place where dreams are made. Finding their peace between the music notes and strings of the guitar, alive and full of energy. Allowing the rhythm to drown out all the frustrations and pain. The lack and hunger for love and acceptance drove them to make mistakes, becoming their own worst enemy. They tried to solve it between the thighs of women or with burning liquid, but at the end their cynical, but yet sincere personas came to the rescue and they could be explicit in the best way.
The authors rich, descriptive lines about music and the instruments drew you into the story and capture you so that you could not stop reading until the very end. The sex scenes explicit but yet not offensive and entertained the reader with sizzling hot adventures.
Really a great story I can recommend, but if you are easily offended by the curses and sex do not read, it will shock you.
Posted September 19, 2013
Posted August 24, 2013
I don't usually read Rock Star romances, but I found this book hard to put down. The characters are so real, the writing is excellent and the story pulls you in and has you rooting for not only the band's success, but for the characters and the ups and downs of music, success, friendships and loyalty.
These authors are great on their own, but this combined effort is awesome. Anxious to see Volume 2.
Posted August 14, 2013
Seduced is about the band Oblivion that hasn't quite made it yet. They have a few gigs but nothing major. The band members look for a drummer and manage to find a dynamic duo (Gray and Jazz) that are just what they needed. Though it starts out rocky between the band members, they quickly adapt and make compromises so the band can succeed without major issues.
Simon is a love em and leave em type of guy. He's the type of band member that I've read about oh so often, yet this time it was different. I started out thinking I wouldn't really like him, but I grew to love and look forward his portions of the book.
Nick is the oh so serious guitarist with a major case of jitters when it comes time to get on stage. He wants the band to hit the big times and kind of forces the others to do things that are best for the band. That doesn't always go over so well, and definitely causes some tension.
The others in the band are noteworthy of their own accord, but I don't want to giveaway too many details. Jazz sounds like a complicated woman (she's the drummer) that perfectly balances one of the characters. The two characters that I NEED to know more about are Deacon (the bassist) and Gray (guitarist). Lucky enough for me, Deacon's book is coming out in September!
Seduced is like going to a concert, its opening was pretty good but it just kept getting better and better as I kept reading. I will note that there are some serious sexy times (including a few menage a trois scenes) throughout the book so Seduced is not for the faint of heart. However if you want to be entranced while reading about some awesome band members, this is the book for you.
Posted August 12, 2013
Gritty and Graphic:: SEDUCED is the first storyline in the contemporary New Adult series Lost in Oblivion co-authored by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott. As an introductory storyline SEDUCED reveals the history and background and the bands stormy rise to success. We are privileged to watch as Oblivion goes from a house band playing local gigs for beer to a platinum-selling rock group with demons and secrets not quite buried in the past.
The characters are flawed and rough. There is no holding back in this particular storyline: booze, woman, sex, fights, jealousy and graphic language. The band’s rise to fame from virtual obscurity is fraught with bitter regret and rivalry, one-night stands, broken promises and broken hearts.
Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott bring the reader up close and personal into the life style that is the legend of rock and roll. We watch as two best friends come to blows over the direction of the band as well as the choices each has made. And in doing so they will come to the realization that there must be more to life than sex, drugs and booze. But for one or two, it will take a little longer to see their way through the fogged haze of a lifetime spent on the edge of oblivion.
LOST IN OBLIVION is an introductory novel that is gritty, graphic and reflects the ugly side of a life style in which many try but fail to succeed. The characters are flawed; some of their choices have failed or proved wrong; but like many in the music industry, they keep plugging away until the final note is played.
The storyline is well written and fast paced. There is always something happening or someone reflecting on the what ifs and whys. To say the characters are likeable would be stretching the truth due to the nature of the storyline, but each member of the band has a story to tell; a past they regret; and a history of demons that need to be excised or controlled.
Posted August 4, 2013
This is the first book that I have read by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott, but I can tell you it won't be the last! It was a really fun book with lots of twists and turns, it didn't end how I thought it would, which was good :D The story was well developed as were the characters. I would completely recommend this book to anyone. I can't wait to read the next book in the series ROCKED!!
Posted July 30, 2013
I was surprise that I liked this book about music, boys in man's bodies trying to make it big in the music-Rock Star industry.
But I really liked how each chapter switch off back and forth from Nick to Simon so that we got to see what they were doing or thinking at that same moment which was awesome.
The two band mates are best friends and they are what we call opposites. They compliments each other and have something that the other doesn't have but work very well together.
Though they do fight a lot. And I mean A Lot in this book they still come out pretty well.
I was surprise and glad that the story started off with the group already having problems and building tensions. It kept me on heighten senses of what will happen next to make all hell break loose!
When the two new members were added to the group: Gray and Jazz; even more tension were added to the already on edge band. Although I really liked Gray and Jazz, in a way I felt like they were better off alone. They were the only two that were going to be going places in the music industry because they were both talented and are music geniuses. Gray, a guitar freak and Jazz plays the drums, key board and the guitar. Should I say Jazz is a girl! Yeah, and Gray is very protective of her. Some history there.
But when I first meet Nick I was impress with him. How he think and saw his friends, how he saw himself; he is a broken boy in a man's body. He had a tough childhood and well, I felt for him. He is very attached to his band and he has trouble with change. But the biggest thing for him is being in a band and wanting to make it big but to have stage fright!? That was the biggest struggle for him- at the moment til the new members (Jazz).
When we're in Nick's head I can say that I disliked his friends/band mates. Seeing them from his view was like seeing people you couldn't work with, people who won't contribute anything to the group but good looks and leaving everything for you to do. But than we get into Simon's head and well, all that changed....
Simon was intriguing. I though I would dislike him from what I got from Nick's view but, Wow, how wrong was I on that point! Simon is actually thoughtful and thinks highly of his friends, though he does act like a jerk because, hey, that's what he has to do right? Play the jerk lead singer of a band and get the girls. I was surprise that he knows more about his friends than what he lead on. He really cares for them and Nick worries him greatly which I adored~ But I love seeing him from his head and well, we get to see how much I changes too.
Deacon, the bass guitarist in the group was also great. I really liked him at first because he was the quiet rational peace maker of the group but later I fell out of him.
I loved seeing their struggles through both of their eyes because they both see things so differently. But I do at times wished that they would just speak with each other and get everything off their chest and mind and relax. I know they're guys, but it would have loosen some tension between the band.
I did have problems with Jazz sadly. I Liked her and her sassy spunky self but I felt like she was the trouble in the band and well, I agreed with Nick and Simon when their first thought was, "She will be trouble," "That's why girls aren't suppose to be in a band." (or at least a guy band at that). Though she did add spunk and attitude (and bring the guys) she just caused trouble and brought more rift and tension. Her relationship with Nick was cool but when she kept on coming on to him when he and she knew it was wrong, I just wanted her to leave or something and let them be because she should know better in a band! And Gray, poor Gray.... I guess I survived though.
Oh, and I did skim over some of the sexy scenes because I just wanted the story not the loving. They were great but I just didn't feel it at that moment because of all the tension and I just wanted to see what would happen next.
After all this I think I adore Simon more just because. Nick is a great leader but I felt like Simon had more backbone. Though Simon didn't show how much he loved the band like Nick did, he did as much as he could and needed to contribute to the band. He was that rake and rouge.
This book is fabulous! Filled with tension, action packed, erotica....love triangles! It was something new to me. Though it's an NA, it is far from it, so be warned!!! As sad in the synopsis.
This book was provided by the author: Cari Quinn for an honest review.
Posted July 17, 2013
Seduced (Lost In Oblivion) Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliott
ARC provided by authors.
I'd recently read Cari's Dirty Distractions and loved it, and wondered what this one would be like. Its a prequel to what is going to be a fantastic series Lost in Oblivion, if its anything like this prequel. Cari has teamed up with another author Taryn Elliot for this series and the duo clearly are a great team when it comes to writing.
Dirty Distractions was fabulous but a real HEA romance, whereas Seduced is a much grittier, hardened read. I love band books like this where each book feature a band member. This book introduces the whole band crew and how they've got together. They're not one of todays “manufactured” type bands, where a group of people have been put together by a producer simply to make a sound, but one where they've been together for years, toughing in it out, scraping money for instruments, working little back street gigs and supporting themselves with part time jobs and – as one band member says – “living on ramen noodles”. That’s how bands used to form when I was a teen, and it makes for a better and more cohesive group when they know each other so well.
As often happens though there's been problems within the band, and one of the members in is rehab – it was that or prison...so they're looking for what Nick – band creator says is temporary – a new drummer. Along comes Jazz (Jasmine) – and Gray comes with her. The two are an odd team, Nicks not sure if they are together as a couple, Jazz seems to be saying no while Gray says yes, but the duo are incredibly talented and mix well in sound with the lads. Nick is having a hard time processing that Snake – the one in rehab– isn't going to be able to continue with them, but Deak and Simon are realistic, and need to persuade him that Jazz and Gray are needed as permanent members if they are to reach the success they crave.
They’re a great cast, Nick, surface calm but who has traumatic stage fright he keeps hidden from all but Simon, Deak, the bands moderator who keeps peace and does the organising for them all, Simon – AKA Pretty Boy by Nick, he's the man whore of the group and happy to admit it :). Then they meet Jazz (Pinkie) and Gray. Gray is the quiet but deadly seeming guy, very protective of Jazz and not one to be put down. He'll do whatever it takes to succeed, except anything that harms Jazz of course. Jazz, she's like a slither of quicksilver, impossible to catch, always on the move and indefinable. Small in size but big in stature, she's a pink or purple haired whizz, always brightly coloured “see me” clothes and the focus of attention. Can the band succeed when its clear Gray wants Jazz, but he's not alone in that?
There are fights between them, over Snake, over Jazz and over the direction the group needs – and sometimes over nothing at all, but when the times get tough they pull together and its going to be a great series I'll look forward to reading. One of my favourite authors is Olivia Cunning and her Sinners series – another band, where books concentrate on one member at a time, and they're gripping, charismatic and very erotic. This series looks like its going to be similar, the writing style is very reminiscent of those, where the reader needs to work out the message that's unsaid from the conversation that is versed. One where there's often an hidden subtext. And the sex...hot, steamy and erotic, and fits perfectly the feeling of immediacy in the novel, a “live in the moment” feel to it where its all sweaty gropes and touches, kisses, grabbing and losing clothes without thinking about the consequences.( though thankfully they use condoms Every Time – hurrah, as I hate those where its seen as only necessary sometimes) Its very graphic, there's a warning and its accurate so take note of that's not your scene. For me when it fits – as this does, then its simply a fun and necessary part of the story
Overall a great read, its fantastic value at 367 pages for just £1.82 and its one that will bear multiple reads. I look forward to more from Lost in Oblivion.
Stars: well after all that it has to be another five doesn't it :)
Posted July 17, 2013
Posted July 11, 2013
Prepare to lose yourself in Oblivion
Seduced is a raw, gritty, funny and sexy read that allows you to see the inner workings of a rock band trying to make it. It's a story about the insecurities, fears, jealousies and passions that come with relationships old and new.
Nick plays guitar and is one of the founding members of Oblivion. He has many emotional hang-ups thanks to a rough childhood, and suffers from consuming stage fright when he has to play in front of people he doesn't know. He's fiercely protective over the band and his music, and because of this he's willing to give up something he wants with every cell of his being for the sake of Oblivion's future.
At different times in the book, Simon, the lead singer is described as a pretty boy, an oversized man-child, a manwhore and an asshat. He loves the burn of straight vodka stripping his throat as much as he loves the feel of a woman's legs hooked around his waist.
Deacon (Deak) plays bass and is the band's mediator. He's the voice of reason between Nick and Simon's sometimes volatile relationship. Deak knows what the band needs to take them to the next step, and he summons the wrath of Nick when he suggests they allow Gray, a broody guitarist, and Jazz, a sparkle-loving pixie-esque drummer, to audition for the band.
There is such a cinematic feel to Cari and Taryn's writing, and at times I felt as if I was part of the story and not just reading a book. I could smell the smoke machines during the concerts, feel the pulse of the music, and hear the roar of the crowd. And when it came to the sexytime scenes... ;)
One of my favorite lines: Soak her skin in whiskey and watch the liquid bead and trickle down the pale slope of her belly.
Favorite chapter: Chapter Twelve has one of the hottest scenes I've ever read.
The title of the books sums it up because the boys of Oblivion have well and truly Seduced me.
Posted January 25, 2015
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