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Monday, October 13, 2014

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE by Jenna Galicki Review & Character Interview

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Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Radical Rock Stars, #2)
Author: Jenna Galicki
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
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Exclusive Interview with Jessi Blade

I want to welcome Jessi Blade today. Jessi is that new designer taking over New York with her new boutique of edgy clothes. I’ve walked through and can confess to making a few purchases.

Hi Jessi, it’s so nice to have you here.

JB: Thank you. It's very nice to meet you.

How does it feel to have one of the hottest boutiques in the city?

JB: “It's amazing! I never expected my line to take off as quickly as it did. It's hard work, though. I'm always sketching and trying to push myself to create garments that are outside the box.”

Where does the inspiration for your designs come from?

JB: “Angel Garcia!” (laughs) “It's really the stage and the music that inspires me, but I love designing for Angel. I know his aesthetic.” (She gestures to her studded, leather outfit.) “It's much like my own. He gives me free reign with construction and embellishment, and I have more fun making his stage outfits than I do making clothes for myself. And he's so dramatic and excited when he wears them. He’s a designer’s dream.”

A little birdy has told me that a major fashion publication will be featuring a story about you soon, how do you feel about that?

JB: “You really do your homework! I'm not supposed to discuss it until the publication makes the announcement, but it was one of the highlights of my life.”

You are married to Tommy Blade the guitarist for Immortal Angel. He has credited you to be the force behind his music. How did you two meet?

JB: “We met at a party in college.” (A dreamy smile spreads across her face, and she gazes up at the ceiling.) “I'll never forget the first time I saw him. He was a big football jock, and I saw him clear across the field. As soon as he took his helmet off and shook out his long blond hair, I gasped. Then, when his blue eyes cut through the crowd, I swore he looked directly at me, and my heart just about stopped. A few weeks later I ran into him at a party. I spotted him as soon as I walked through the door. He stood out with his broad shoulders and that gorgeous mane of hair. I practically had to beat the girls off with a stick in order to get near him. I introduced myself, offered him a beer, and there was an instant connection. It was a fairytale romance.”

The two of you have also included Angel Garcia in your relationship. Will you talk to us about that?

JB: Of course. I know it's unconventional and a lot of people don't understand it. I never expected to bring another man into our marriage. But once Tommy and Angel met, the three of us knew that our world was about to be turned upside down. The connection they have is very similar to the connection me and Tommy have. Luckily, I also share a strong connection with Angel, and he respected my marriage. I love Angel for that, among a million other reasons.”

Was it hard for you to come to terms with Tommy and Angels relationship?

JB: “At first, yes. I'm not going to lie. It scared the shit out of me.” (Her hand flies to her lips, and she smiles.) “I'm sorry. I probably shouldn't say shit in an interview. I really didn’t know if our relationship was going to work, but I knew that we had to try.”

Recent pictures of the two of them on the Asian tour were very intimate, did you ever feel left out?

JB: (She momentarily lowers her eyes to the floor and draws her brows together.) “The paparazzi can be very cruel, and they manipulate people's lives in order to sell a photo. I learned that the hard way.”

What does the future hold for Jessi Blade designs?

JB: (She smiles again and tucks her hot pink hair behind her ear.) “I’m branching out into formalwear, but that’s all I’m going to say right now.”

And what about the future with you and your two gorgeous men?

JB: “We’re going to stay home for a while and enjoy our house, then we’re going to take a nice long vacation and relax. This European tour was rough. We’ll be heading again in a few months on the third leg of Immortal Angel’s world tour, and you never know what might happen.” (She gives me a mischievous smile.) You know these guys like to get into trouble. Whatever happens, I’m sure the media will broadcast it worldwide.”

I want to thank you for being here today and giving my readers a glimpse into your life. Please give our love to Tommy and Angel as well.

JB: I will. Thank you for inviting me. Before I go, I have something for you.
(She reaches into the Hermes Birkin Bag at her feet and hands me an Immortal Angel T-shirt.)

Oh I know I'll be wearing that to the next Immortal Angel show!!



Synopsis
She’s a rock goddess.
He’s a sex pistol.
I need them both, in my life and in my bed, and I'm not living without either one of them.
I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them there, even if it costs me everything I ever wanted.
I’m Tommy Blade, The Prince of Punk Rock, and this is the rest of our story.

When Jessi Blade is forced to miss the first leg of Immortal Angel’s world tour, Tommy Blade and Angel Garcia are alone together for the first time. Their romance flourishes and brings them closer together, but time apart puts a strain on Tommy and Jessi’s marriage. The demanding schedule of a world tour, pressure from the record label and a wife who feels neglected, leaves Tommy under a blanket of anxiety. He’s helpless as his perfect life slowly falls to pieces.

When Jessi finally catches up to Tommy and Angel four weeks into their world tour, she begins to feel like an outsider. She’s not about to take a back seat to Angel and she competes for Tommy’s attention. Tired of the rivalry, she begins to wonder if they’d be happier without her.

Angel is trying to hold their relationship together, but Jessi’s animosity and Tommy’s nervous tension, are a heavy load to carry. Before long, it becomes clear that their life, and the band, are doomed unless they work out their differences.  

Review

This is the second book of this series and I've been waiting to read this book all summer!!  Jessi, Tommy and Angel are getting ready for the Asian tour to kick-off and Jessi realizes that she can't go and still accomplish her dreams of getting her degree and opening her boutique. The boys don't want to leave her behind but Tommy knows how much she's given up to help him get to where they are. 

While in Asia, Tommy and Angel get even closer, sharing each day and exploring each other. Unfortunately, the paparazzi are able to capture those intimate moments and broadcast them to the world. Jessi sees the photos and is feeling left out, but what she doesn't understand is that distance really does make the heart grow fonder. Angel has missed her just as much as Tommy has, in fact he's had some interesting dreams about their future. 

When the three are together again for the European tour, things don't get much better for Jessi. The boys have a new tour manager that keeps them busy working on their second album whenever they are not on stage or doing interviews. Jessi is being left alone too often. The strain of the relationship is causing Jessi to start snapping at Angel who then gets defensive. Tommy is stuck in the middle of the two people he can't live without. 

So two hot rock gods and a woman who loves them, what's not to love about that? Can I tell you that Angel stole this book for me?  In the first book I didn't like him that much, I thought he felt entitled and didn't give Jessi enough of himself. I know that he is not bi and would never really want to be with her but in the first book he seemed to dismiss Jessi's feelings. In this book we see Angel really start to feel like Jessi is part of his life too. 

Jessi has a really hard time in this book. She's not involved on the Asian tour and has to sit on the sidelines as the world sees Tommy and Angel together. When she finally gets them back she can see the intimacy between them has grown. Then when they don't have time for her during the European tour the insecurity seems to grow by leaps and bounds. 

If you enjoyed book one you will love book two!!  And this isn't the last we will hear about Immortal Angel!!  There is another book coming! I for one can't wait!

Excerpt
Tommy thought he was still dreaming. A gentle hand tucked strands of hair behind his ear. Warm lips met his neck just below his ear and they rested there long enough to make the hair on the back of his neck prickle. A hot, thick tongue licked tiny circles on the sensitive skin of his neck and warm breath blew on his cheek like a summer breeze. It sent a tingle down his back. The soft moan in his ear let him know that this wasn’t a dream. It was Angel. Tommy kept his eyes closed and reached for his lover’s cheek. He tilted his head to the side to allow Angel’s magnificent tongue to bathe him in delightful blistering heat. He sighed and turned his face to catch the fleshy godlike tongue in his mouth. He held Angel’s face in his hand and drank in the warm sensuous dew on Angel’s lips. “That’s the way I want you to wake me up every morning for the rest of my life.”  
Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Radical Rock Stars: Book Two)
 
Radical Rock Stars
 
Catch up with The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book One)
I love her, but I also love him. She’s everything to me. He sets my world on fire. It's our dirty little secret, and it’s about to blow our record deal sky high. I’m Tommy Blade, the Prince of Punk Rock, and this is our story. Tommy Blade is a man with a secret. It’s a secret he only shares with one person, Jessi Blade – and the men he surrenders to in the bedroom. Jessi’s only condition to their tumultuous sex life is that the men are one night stands. But when Angel Garcia enters their life, it’s like a match to gasoline. Mega-talented punk rock singer Angel Garcia, with his smoldering ebony eyes, tight leather pants and unstoppable stage presence, is a man who is used to getting what he wants. He has his eyes set on Tommy Blade as his new lead guitarist, and as his life partner. Jessi Blade, sympathetic to her husband's bisexual needs, loves him enough to share him, but she never counted on Angel Garcia to test the threshold of her marriage. He makes her life hell . . . and heaven. He’s her damnation and her salvation. She wants to hate him. She wants to despise him. But his charm and raw sex appeal are impossible to resist. Without warning, she finds herself falling in love with her husband's gay lover. At the height of it all, their punk rock band catapults to stardom. Their lives are marred by secrecy, deception and sacrifice. Feelings of betrayal, backlash from the sensationalistic media and threats of blackmail send them down a hard road filled with tough decisions. They aren't your ordinary rock stars. They're radical rock stars. And they have a big story to tell.
The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars: Book One)
   
About the Author
headshot Jenna Galicki is a strong advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality. She lives in Long Island, NY with her husband and two dogs, and she loves meeting new people. She's a rottweiler enthusiast and an avid music buff. When she's not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this interview - it was awesome!

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