Monday, February 24, 2014

BLOG TOUR STOP: "Taking Something" by Elizabeth Lee

We are so excited to be a stop on Elizabeth Lee's TAKING SOMETHING Blog Tour! TAKING SOMETHING is a New Adult contemporary romance and is the 2nd book in the Give Me Something Series, and seriously hot!! Check out all the book & author info, my review, and buy links below then enter the rafflecopter giveaway. Good Luck & Happy Reading!

   Taking Something -Front Cover

I know what you're thinking. “You were such a jerk, Nick!” Believe me, I know I screwed up the best thing I had going in my life, but that was kind of my thing. I’d learned how to run cons before I could even form complete sentences, and I'd always been selfish. But I changed. Lila forgave me, my brother and I were getting along, and I was trying to make a name for myself in the music world. At least that was what I was trying to do when I negotiated my way into the recording studio with pop superstar Sadie Sinclair. I thought it would be a piece of cake—charm my way into her heart and into her record label's good graces. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I got mixed up in a web of lies, manipulation, and deception. A web that had me questioning my motives and desires altogether. Was the fame and fortune really worth the price?

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“Look, I totally get your reservations about me,” I placated her, even though I knew I was more than qualified to produce her album. It was cookie cutter pop music. Anyone with half a brain could do it. “I may not have much experience with actual singers, but I've been mixing music since I was a kid.” “You're just a deejay, Nick. And no offense, but that is not the same as a music producer.” “You're right. Spinning records is about playing to a crowd. Finding that perfect rhythm for any circumstance. Sometimes they want a carefree club mix to dance around to. Other times they want a slow, sensual song to grind up on someone to. I know how to read people and that's beneficial in both cases. I'm a people pleaser, but I'm also an artist.” “How so?” “Well, for one I can read you. I know that you want people to hear a new side of you. To hear the grown-up version of Sadie Sinclair.” “That's not reading me, Nick. I told you that yesterday,” she replied, crossing her arms over her chest. “Yes, you did,” I conceded with a nod. “But it's not always about what you say. I can tell by the way you walk—the commanding click of your heels across the floor and the sway of your tight little ass. You want to sing the kind of music that causes a stir. You're tired of singing songs about people falling in love and teeny-bopper breakups. You want to sing songs about people making love. About passion and desire. About longing and fulfillment.” Her eyes glazed over as she stared into mine. Her lips parted as she let out a slow, steady breath. I stepped closer to her and reached out, brushing my hand down her arm. “You want to sing songs that get under people's skin. Leaves them wanting more. You want to seduce them with your sound.” “I do,” she answered mindlessly, watching my hand stroke up and down her arm. “You don't want to just sing songs, Sadie Sinclair. You want to sing... sex.” Her eyes fell shut as she thought about what I was saying. I was going out on a limb with my assumption. For all I knew, she wanted to sing gospel hymns to a reggae beat. Lucky for me, the way she looked at me—like she wanted to eat me alive—was a proper assessment of exactly the kind of person she was. She finally opened her eyes and when she did, I knew I had her on the hook. “Okay then, let's hear it,” she insisted, pointing at the computer I was holding in my hand. “I want to see if you're any good.” “Oh, I assure you that I'm more than just good.” She was trying to play hardball, but if she thought for one second I didn't see the glimmer of lust in her eyes, she was crazy. “Take a seat, Miss Sinclair.” I pulled back one of the chairs for her. She hesitated, like she didn't want to seem too anxious to comply. I fired up my computer and pulled up a folder of tracks I'd been working on. Careful not to mess up her hair, I slipped a pair of headphones over her ears. She started to protest. “What are you doing? We can listen to it—” “In order to get the full Nick Kline experience, I need to get completely”—I paused leaning in inches from her face—“and totally in your head.” She breathed me in and relaxed into her chair. I was one song away from convincing Sadie Sinclair that I was the perfect choice for her. Musically and more.

My Review:

Rating: 5 Star *****

Nick Nick Nick that jackhole is back and in fine form. I know what you are all thinking… it’s going to be hard to get me to forgive that scoundrel. Trust me I was in the same boat as you guys. I mean what a jerk he was in Give Me Something right??? I decided to go into this book with an open mind because I figured he had to have something worth loving in him for Lila to care so deeply for him plus there is nothing I like more than a redeemable asshole. Did he redeem himself? Well…. Nick is Nick after all. He is a schemer and a con. Just because he has decided to give the straight and narrow a try doesn’t mean he can be successful at it. Going legit is going to be a little hard for him and he’s not above using a few of his old tricks to get where he wants to be and that is on top. He plans to parlay his DJing career into a successful turn at producing. Getting his foot into the competitive music world will be tough so he jumps at the chance to work for a major record label producing the next album of their “problem child” pop star Sadie Sinclair. Ugh she is a cookie cutter brat with very little talent and a huge fan base… but she’s hot and totally manageable… at least that’s what Nick and the label are banking on. Nick knows he got this gig by default because no one else could handle Sadie so that’s exactly what he plans to do. Handle her and prove that he is a talented producer in the process. It’s not going to be that hard, she’s a brat, but she is easy on the eyes and he can keep her happy and persuade her to do the album the label’s way instead of her way using his “many” talents. This job is right up his alley!

A cake walk for a con like him right? Cue the curveball… Gia. Sadie’s beautiful but no nonsense assistant. She is the wild card Nick isn’t prepared for. She’s smart and sexy and she handles Sadie better than anyone. She also sees right through Nick and his BS. Hmmmm… what is he thinking getting close to her? She could ruin everything. He is just too intrigued by her. She is a mystery and she has secrets that he is dying to figure out.

What will our handsome bad boy do when faced with getting everything he ever wanted or sacrificing his dreams for love? Well it’s Nick… a tiger doesn’t change his stripes over night… so… who knows! What I do know is that I loved that the author kept him true to his nature. There is no magical 360 degree change in our man. He is as deplorable and choke worthy as he was in Give Me Something but he grows and his self awareness and character are built at a believable pace. You will fall a little less in hate and a little more in love with him as you go. The story grabs you and keeps you invest from page one. It’s not a typical love story. It’s Nick finding out who Nick wants to be. I really liked some of the secondary characters introduced in this book (there is one particular little lady that will grab your heart and melt some big boys into puddles) and of course our favorites from the first book are back. Tucker & Lila are as snarky and awesome as ever.  Nobody puts Nick in his place like his Rae can after all. ;)

Favorite Quotes:

"There are two things I know inside, outside and upside down, sir. Music and women. There is not a doubt in my mind that I cannot only please Miss Sinclair, but you also. I just need a shot."

"I moved down just so I could move my mouth back up. I wanted to savor every minute with her. To taste every inch of her."

About the Author:

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When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!


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