Playing the Pauses (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll)

Playing the Pauses (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll)

by Michelle Hazen
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Playing the Pauses (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll) by Michelle Hazen

Rock Star Dom + his Queen of the Spreadsheet employee = KRYPTONITE

Kate is a globe-trotting tour manager who can’t be tied down.
Danny is a Dominant rock star and tattoo artist who needs her help to explore his true kinks.

Kate just got her big break, running an international tour for a rising band. Her job is everything to her…at least until she meets the band’s enigmatic bass player. 

After they collide in one unforgettably erotic night on a hotel balcony, he comes to her with a proposition. As a former BDSM club performer, Danny’s spent so long fulfilling other people’s fantasies that now he wants to reclaim his own—and he says she’s the only one who can help. 

Getting caught in bed with her rock star boss could cost her career, and yet there’s something about Danny’s quiet intensity that she can’t resist. He steals her heart, hard. But the end of the tour is approaching, and their jobs are headed two different directions. 

To be together one of them will have to stop touring, but the only thing they crave as much as each other is music. 

Escape into the Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series, which follows Danny’s band from dive bars to the big time. Click now to meet the band!

Book 2 of the NTRWA award-winning series

**This book can be read and understood as a standalone, but does contain spoilers for earlier books in the series.**

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155042099
Publisher: Michelle Hazen
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Series: Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 398,267
File size: 432 KB

About the Author

Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem.

Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. As a result, she wrote most of her books with solar power in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras.

Currently, she’s addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.

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Playing the Pauses (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 15 days ago
4 Star Review of Playing The Pauses (Sex, Love & Rock and Roll #2) by Michelle Hazen This was a new author to me and as you can see this is book 2 in the series. I had no trouble following this story so this can easily be read as a stand alone without any issues; although I will go and check out book 1 as well. This book follows the members of the Red Letter Band and this is Danny O’Neil’s story. When Kate joins as the tour manager, sparks fly and Danny is intrigued by her particularly because so many people want a piece of him and yet Kate wants to give not take from him. The big question is can Kate afford to be caught in her boss’s bed? After all she has worked hard to get her big break; will she risk it all for what could be a fling? Kate cannot resist Danny and his proposition as their chemistry sizzles, but what will happen when the tour ends? I enjoyed Danny and Kate’s story and was interested to see the behind the scenes issues that go hand in hand with a band on tour. It was also interesting to see the relationship development between all the band members, This is a story of love, of finding oneself and doing what is right not only for others but for yourself. Well written and with quite a few roller coaster moments this book will hold your interest.
DorisB 14 days ago
Kate is the tour manager for The Red Letters which is a band coming on fast and strong with their very first headlining tour. Danny is the quiet bass player who has taken notice of Kate. I love the touch of a grueling tour amongst the three friends that make the band. Is there any time or place for love when you are pushing so hard to make it to the big times? Even though this was book 2 in this series I didn’t miss a beat but I will definitely go back to check out A Cruel Kind of Beautiful which is book 1 and can’t wait to read Jax’s story in #3. This series has caught me and I really am drawn to all the people in the band and their SO’s. I received this book as an ARC for a freely given and honest review.
readsandreviews 15 days ago
When I met the Cheeto-eating Danny O'Neil in Michelle Hazen's A Cruel Kind of Beautiful I actually thought he was the broody sidekick. He was sort of an afterthought for me. I'm not sure if it's because I was just so focused on Jera and Jacob or because I can be single-minded when reading, missing important cues, but he just seemed like that broody man-child that we all know. Truthfully, he starts Playing the Pauses exactly like that. Then, Kate Madsen describes his hands. His hands. Just HIS HANDS. And, I was done. When he opened his eyes, I was lost. This seems sort of shallow, right? Except, that hand description and the look in his eyes? It's DANNY. "Long, agile fingers sprawled on his knees, with a man's thick knuckles and artist's delicate bones. On the widest joint of his index finger is a tattoo of a bass clef and that finger taps restlessly while the rest of him is quiet." He's quiet and strong. He's restless. Music flows from him like the blood in his veins. "But then Danny opens his eyes and I freeze as their intensity crackles down my body and nails me straight in the panties. He is pure, dark sex appeal, full-strength delicious kink." There's more than meets the eye with him and as I read this line, I realized that I had completely misjudged this man. In this moment, I was Kate, discovering something unexpected and, for her, life changing. For me, I found a book that gripped me from page one until I closed the book. Danny and Kate's love story is original, honest, raw, and fulfilling as they work towards their happily ever after. At the heart of Playing the Pauses is two people who have struggled with their sexuality amidst the world of BDSM. Both know their kink, but have found that they lose themselves in the pursuit of it. When they meet, Danny and Kate are on a hiatus from the lifestyle, but in one of the sexiest scenes I've ever read, they find what they've been missing. Though she's hesitant to get involved with Danny (after all, she is his band's tour manager) she's drawn to his need to find out what it is that satisfies him in the bedroom and naïvely thinks she can help him along while staying emotionally distant. You know what they say about the best laid plans. Danny's exploration soon turns into a passionate affair between two people who need control, but in completely different ways. Kate's a walking Day-Timer Planner with a Mary Poppins handbag who has every moment of every day planned out and the ability to fix things when they don't work out. She's also a submissive who's decided that she can't giveaway that part of herself anymore because she hasn't found a partner who doesn't demand all of her. Danny is a dominant who quietly flies by the seat of his pants, concerned only with his music and the small group of people he cares about. The only time he demands control is during sex. When he realizes that he's pleasing everyone but himself it's soul crushing. It's hard not to connect with these characters. Kate found herself responsible for a needy parent at a young age and refuses to sacrifice her career for anyone or anything. She builds a wall around herself that keeps attachments at bay because she's afraid she'll end up dependent on others like her mother did. Danny is fiercely protective of those he loves and learned at a young age to keep quiet, though he doesn't miss a thing. He can lose himself for hours designing a tattoo or sitting in the back of a van playing his bass. As they fall in love, it
TBR_Book_Blog 18 days ago
Who doesn't love a good rock star story?? Although this series is more than that. It's the story of a band and their long history as friends. You don't need to read book 1, but you really would want to. That's Jera and Jacob's story and plays a part in this story. But mostly it's Kate and Danny's story. Kate is just trying to make it in the tour manager world. She recognizes something in Danny that she has but knows she can't get involved with him because she doesn't want to be the manager who slept her way to the top. Sad but true that even today, that's still a worry. Danny is sort of at a crossroads. He doesn't know what he wants but he feels there is something in Kate that might be it. For once, the rockstar isn't the playboy, at least in this story, and I liked that a lot!
TerryL56 18 days ago
4 1/2 Stars! Kate has been working as a Tour Manager since she was 18 and she has just signed on last minute for the up and coming band "The Red Letters". Instantly she can feel the heat coming off the base player Danny, but all the brooding musician does is growl at her. All it takes is one night on his hotel balcony when there bodies sing to each other and the attraction begins. Danny isn't your normal Dom because all he wants is to give pleasure to woman he is with and not take any pleasure for himself, so he asks Kate to help him. I just fell in love with these two characters ... all they want to do is help others and put themselves last. You know that they love each other deeply, but with them both being selfless, you begin to wonder if they are ever gonna get to have their happily-ever-after. This is the first book I have read in this series and it was so good that now I will have to go back to the beginning and read about Jera and Jacob. And I can't wait for Jax's book because you just know it's gonna be a good one. I received an ARC courtesy of Barclay Publicity through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
AmyBosica 19 days ago
“Danny O’Neil is both kinds of my kryptonite–Dominate and musician and everything I never let myself have.” Playing the Pauses is my first book by Michelle Hazen and it certainly won’t my last. Playing the Pauses hits all the marks for a rock star romance and then some. From sex to drama to love and everything in between, Playing the Pauses is definitely worth the read. Playing the Pauses is the second book in the Sex, Love and Rock & Roll series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone novel. Playing the Pauses follows the story of Danny and Kate. Kate is strong, and independent. She’s got her own ideals and goals and isn’t about to let a man tie her down. However, she never planned on Danny. Danny is the ultimate krytonite. He’s smart and sexy. Add in a musician and tattoo artist and you have the ultimate fix. Danny is everything that Kate wants, but shouldn’t have. But staying away is not possible…. Playing the Pauses was fast paced and entertaining. I fell in love with the characters and the story from the very first page and couldn’t wait to see where the story was going to go. The chemistry between Danny and Kate was intense and the two of them burned up the pages together. Sexually, these two were on fire. From the BDSM moments to bringing their fantasies to life, I could not tear my eyes from the pages. I also really enjoyed the push and pull between the two of them. They were both very stubborn, yet at the same time, Danny knew what he wanted and was not afraid to go after what he wanted. Overall, I thought this book was a really enjoyable read. I thought Playing the Pauses was well written and paced well. I loved getting to know the characters and was excited to see how their story was going to play out. This book hit all the marks for a fun and sexy rock star romance. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
CathyGeha 19 days ago
Intriguing, enticing and entertaining – three friends are on tour with their band, road crew and new tour manager. Kate Madsen is brought in at the last minute when the schedule manager needs medical care and is a firecracker with organizational skills the group desperately needs. Little did the band know that they were given a blessing in Kate who whipped things into shape and made things flow. Little did Kate know that she would meet a man that would challenge her in more ways than one – a man that might be more than just the bass guitarist for the band. Little did Danny O’Neill know that Kate would be the woman who would help him rediscover parts of himself and also be the woman he will want to spend his life with. This is a great story of camaraderie on the road and of friendships closer than family. It is a story of becoming honest with oneself and being willing to be honest with others. It is a romantic story with elements of BDSM that are in keeping with the story being told. What did I like: * Danny – what a strong, warm, giving man he is with talents not only on his bass guitar and ability to ink tattoos but in the bedroom, too. * Kate – he strength of will, organizational skills, willingness to help others and sort out their problems are only the tip of the iceberg for a woman with some conflicts to sort through. * The way Danny & Kate’s story unfolds * The trust between Danny & Kate * The love and friendship between Jera, Jax and Danny * The feel of what it might be like to live in a tour bus * Pretty much everything ;) What I didn’t like? * That it took Kate so long to get her issues sorted out… I am hopeful that there will be another book for Jax and am curious how his story will unfold. Thank you to NetGalley and Barclay Publicity for the ARC – This is my honest review.
Lashea677 19 days ago
They say opposites attract. Danny and Kate put that theory to the test. Playing the Pauses speaks to the idiosyncrasies that makes us human, while pushing the boundaries of what love really is. Nobody writes taboo quite like Michelle Hazen. Kate and Danny challenge each other, but they expose insecurities and heal deep seated scars with a lovers touch and a heart's kind words. It pays to be naughty when your playing for keeps. Out of ugly moments come precious gifts wrapped in everlasting love.