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Blog Tour: Love Resolution by Michelle Mankin {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Love Resolution blog tour hosted by AToMR tours!

To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here.

Love Resolution (Black Cat Records #3)
    by: Michelle Mankin

Publication Date: May 2013
Genre: Contemporary Rock n' Roll Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source:  e-copy received from AToMR tours and author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 264 pages
Order Links: Amazon
My Rating: 3/5 stars

There’s a storm brewing at Black Cat Records and lead singer Marcus Anthony and guitarist Avery Jones are at the center of it.

Brutal Strength is leaving Vancouver and heading out on a big stadium tour with the reprobate rockers from Tempest as their opening act.

Avery is forced to deal with a troubling figure from her past while being pursued by Tempest’s tatted bad boy, Bryan ‘Bullet’ Jackson.
Meanwhile, Marcus must battle his own internal demons as well as this rival for Avery’s affection.

Can Avery and Marcus keep their fairy tale happily ever after together when the prevailing winds of the real world are against them?

Love Resolution is the third book in the Black Cat Records series.
**A new adult contemporary novel with mature subject matter**

My Review:

Although this book is the third in the Black Cat Records series, it can be read as a stand alone. However, I found myself wishing I had read the previous two books first, because I felt I missed a lot of character development and background information about the band. The writing did feel a bit juvenile at times and I didn't get the depth I usually like to have in a book, but it was still a pleasant read.

I really enjoy reading about musicians and going out on the road to do a tour. There's something about the mechanics and everything a group must do to promote themselves just fascinates me. And it really shows you how much of their lives are not their own anymore. This is where Love Resolution starts out. Avery and Marcus, who I gathered to be our main characters are engaged and getting ready to start a new tour with their band, Brutal Strength.

However, Avery is instantly hit with an unexpected visitor that shakes her world up a bit and is dealing with the return of her twin brother from rehab. Her fiancée Marcus, is worried about how Avery is going to handle being out on tour. He knows from experience what it's like, and he is afraid of how their relationship will work out knowing the strains that go along with the life of a musician.

Marcus drove me a little crazy. He just seems way too overprotective of Avery and doesn't give her the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her making certain decisions. I get where Marcus is coming from, being an extremely jealous person myself, but at the same time- he's pushing her away because of his insecurities.

Avery, on the other hand, was quite sweet and innocent. However, her friendliness and innocence in this business can be twisted into something much more. I admit, one of the things that irked me about this book was the amount of unnecessary drama between Avery and Marcus.

We do have some great side characters in this book. My favorite would have to be Samantha, Sam, Daniels who is also dating a member of Brutal Strength. She's fun and I liked how she was a good friend to Avery throughout everything that happened.

After an accident that leaves the duo shaken, Marcus begins to retreat from Avery thinking that he's doing her a favor. What he doesn't realize is that she loves him through the good AND the bad. Sigh. Men.

And so enter Bryan Jackson 'Bullet', who is the lead guitarist for Tempest, Brutal Strength's opening band. He's your ultimate sexy, bad boy rocker, and he is quite interested in capturing Avery's attention.

Will Avery stick with Marcus for better or worse? Or will she decide that his jealousy and insecurities have gone too far?
About the Author:
Michelle Mankin is a young/new adult romance writer as well as a self-proclaimed giant... inside of her own mind! 
For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn't kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.
 Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are all part of the Black Cat Records trilogy using the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare combined with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
When she is not putting her daydreams down on paper, you can find her traveling the world, sometimes for real and sometimes for pretend as she takes the kids  back and forth to school.


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  1. Hi Jess! I've seen this book floating around a bit lately, and have been meaning to check it out. I'm like you, I love reading about bands & musicians! Sounds like I should start with the first one in the series though ;) Loved your review!!

    Amy @ The Reading Realm

    1. I definitely would Amy! I wish I had requested the first two also, just to give me some background. Oh well! Thanks for stopping by!


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