Thursday, December 7, 2017

A CRUEL KIND OF BEAUTIFUL - Tour

Review & Excerpt Tour for A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen

 We are thrilled to be celebrating the release of Michelle Hazen’s Rockstar Romance, A CRUEL KIND OF BEAUTIFUL! This is the first installment in her Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series. Follow the tour for reviews, excerpts, guest posts, plus enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!  
Title:  A Cruel Kind of Beautiful
Author: Michelle Hazen
Release Date: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Self-published
Series: Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 344


Synopsis:
If you can’t get to the Big O, can you get to the happily ever after? 

Jera McKnight loves music, swoons for hot guys, but sucks at sex. Jacob Tate is her perfect storm: a pun-loving nude model with a heart as big as his record collection.

When a newspaper-delivery accident lands him in her living room, he’s almost tempting enough to make her forget she’s never been able to please a man—in bed or out of it. Sure, he laughs at her obscure jokes, and he’ll even accept a PG-rating if it means he gets time with her, but he’s also hiding something. And it has everything to do with the off-limits room in his apartment. 

Jera pours all her confusion and longing into her drum kit, which pays off when her band lands the record deal of their dreams. Except just like Jacob, it might be too good to come without a catch. 

She doesn’t know if her music is good enough to attract a better contract, or if she’s enough to tempt a man like Jacob to give up his secrets, even if they could fix her problems between the sheets. But if this rocker girl is too afraid to bet on herself, she might just end up playing to an empty house. 


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Reese's Review:
This book cover and blurb had me hooked when I first saw them. I was super excited to get a chance to read this lovely book. Michelle Hazen was a new author to me and I was interested to see what this new author’s story would be like. A Cruel Kind of Beautiful was a very unique story and unlike anyone I’ve ever read before. The main character Jera loves music. She plays the drums with her two best friends and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. One morning Jera’s window is smashed and she meets Jacob Tate. Jacob is sexy and sweet and just beyond perfect. Jera has been hurt many times for her lack of ability to get intimate with a guy and so she pushes Jacob away time and time again. What I liked: I really liked how original this story was. I felt like I have never read anything like this story before and that’s always enjoyable. The fact that Jera has issues having orgasms was just beyond unique. Jacob, I thought he was the sweetest boy ever and I was happy he got his happy ending. Dislikes: I didn’t like that Jera was such an unlikeable character. Honestly, I really couldn’t stand her character much at all. She was beyond rude all the time and had next to no redeemable qualities. I found her character simply unbearable. She had a lot of issues, which would have been fine if I didn’t think she treated everyone like horse crap. To further that the story didn’t really show her growing much. The overall story kind of dragged for me and I don’t know if this was because I didn’t like the main character, or if it was because of how the story was written. Either way, the story dragged for me. Also, I wish the secondary characters were more prominent than they were. I felt like Jera thought and spoke about her friendships and family a lot and same with Jacob, but the other characters only ended up making quick appearances. Overall A Cruel Kind of Beautiful was an interesting story with a lot of potential but fell flat for me.  



A CRUEL KIND OF BEAUTIFUL Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Michelle Hazen


“If this is about sex, here’s the thing: I like sex. Every kind of sex. And I can make it unbelievably good for you.” He says it without a hint of a blush, and no trace of arrogance. The temperature of my skin rockets up.
I swallow to combat my suddenly dry mouth. I really, really want to roll him on top of me and forget that no matter how hot he makes me, I’ll be left panting and straining and unfulfilled at the end.
I want to pretend I don’t know better.
“This isn’t a romance novel,” I tell Jacob. “It doesn’t work like that. You can’t just put on some Barry Manilow and call it making love, and be so gentle with me that my head explodes into a rain of fireworks. I tried all that, and it sucked.”
I push up to sitting, my eyes darting away from him as I rub one hand down my opposite arm. I hate how ugly it makes me feel to talk about this stuff.
“No matter how excited I get, I can’t finish. My ex-tried to help me get over it, and it only made the whole thing worse for both of us.”
“Look, I get that. I listened to that shitty voicemail he left you. But it doesn’t have to go that way, Jera. Did you know that seventy-five percent of women have trouble experiencing orgasm through vaginal sex? Only fifteen percent of women have the same trouble once additional stimulation is provided.” He sits up too. “Have you tried toys? Even just a little booster like a vibrating cock ring? What about fetishes?”
I blink, at a loss.
“Fetishes can be really unique, and they are often biologically based,” he explains. “Not linked to trauma or anything weird. They’re incredibly powerful. You could have an insane gummy bear fetish or something and just have no idea that's what you need to get excited. Have you read much erotica?”
My cheeks burn and if my mouth isn’t hanging open, it’s only because I’m too shocked to move.
“I might have done some research,” he admits.
“Oh really? I thought I accidentally hit play on my Sexual Dysfunction for Dummies audiobook. How are you not blushing right now?”
“I like talking about sex.” He shrugs. “And it’s important to you. Of course, I want to know as much as I can. Besides, I’m an engineering major. Taking things apart and figuring out how they work is kind of what we do.”
That pulls a reluctant smile from me, because that is insanely nerdy but also sweet, and more than a little embarrassing. I don’t even want to see all the ways I’ve besmirched his browser history.


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About Michelle Hazen:
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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