I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity, Michelle Hazen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Sex Love and Rock & Roll #2.5
Published by Self-published on May 7, 2018
Cover Design: Michelle Fairbanks at Fresh Designs
Format: Digital, print
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Barclay Publicity, Michelle Hazen
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What happens after the Happily Ever After?
Once upon a time, a tour manager and a rock star fell in love on a tour bus.
Many months and miles later, Kate and Danny are trying to build a life together in between two jet-setting jobs in the music industry. But despite their bondage-friendly lifestyle, Kate is rope-shy once the bedroom door opens.
Secretly, she craves something more than professional satisfaction, even though she swore she’d never swap her backstage pass for a picket fence. But it's going to take more than words for this Dom to help his self-reliant submissive realize she's never been more free than when she's tied down.
**This is a sequel to Playing the Pauses, not a standalone. However, you don’t have to read the rest of the series to understand these two.**
Find out what happens after the happily ever after in TIE ME DOWN by Michelle Hazen, the follow-up to Danny and Kate’s story.
A wild-spirited tour manager & an inked-up bassist found love on a tour bus, but now their jet-setting jobs are tearing them apart.
This sexy, heart-wrenching novella is perfect for fans craving a happy ending that feels like it could happen in real life.
Book #2.5 of a series. This cannot be read as a stand-alone. This is a sequel from book #2 of the series.
- Addictiveness: Highly addictive. From the moment I’ve finished Playing the Pauses, I felt like their story wasn’t over yet. So, I was really excited when I saw this book and I read in one sitting.
- Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Yes! My favorite part about this series are the characters. Danny is a Dom, but he really struggled a lot with himself on the first book. Here we see him growing even more and learning to be a better Dom. His difficult with communication was a major part of his struggles. Here, we see him becoming aware of this and working better with communicating his feelings. At the same time this was a totally different world for Kate. Kate’s struggles are of self-discovery and self-awareness. She is bossy. She manages artists. For her to completely accept that behind closed doors she is a willing submissive is hard. For her to understand that being a submissive for Danny doesn’t mean losing all her power as a woman, is tough. Their time apart made it even difficult for them to talk to each other. It made it easier for them to feed their doubts. Once again, these characters journey is not easy, but it is beautifully explored.
- Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, subtitle 0/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. The art of this entire series is amazing. Like this one, it feels personal. It couldn’t be the cover of any story, but for this one. I would definitely buy this book without reading the blurb.
- Freshness: Even though the story doesn’t have anything we could say WOW, how different, the overall book has a fresh vibe. Is is not the usual BDSM story and it is not the usual band book plot.
- Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 This novella was about giving credibility for the HEA of the characters. Their story was incomplete at the end of Playing the Pauses, here we believe they have truly found their happily ever after. It offered me as a reader of the series, closure.
- Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 They love each other so much. Danny, is dark and a man glued together. But he is also mouth-watering and dreamy. His love is beautiful. Their moments together are poignant. Very emotional and touching.
- Writing Style: Perfect! YES! Superb characters, fantastic plot, emotional romance!!!
I’m so glad Ms. Hazen has decided to give the readers this novella. I felt a bit lost at the end of Playing the Pauses. I felt Danny confusing and because of that I believe Kate was struggling with her submissive side. Here, all my doubts have been beautifully answered.
I can’t wait for Jax now!
33.5/35 STARS – 5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)
Addictiveness: 4.5 Character: 5 Cover: 5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
- Action 0/5
- Angst 5/5
- Darkness 2/5
- Humor 0/5
- Romance 5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 0/5
- Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoy romance. In fact, this is a MUST READ!
- Would I re-read this book? Definitely!!!
- Would I re-read this series? Yes!!!
- Would I read more from the author? I have a new mission in life: to read everything Ms. Hazen writes!!!
You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you have read Playing the Pauses; you MUST read this for closure!!!
Copyright © 2018 Michelle Hazen
In my purse, a text message waits on my phone, but I don’t check it.
My assistant needs more supervision than I can afford to give him, the production manager’s blood pressure could really use me running interference between him and the neurotic pyrotechnics specialist, and I should ride the bus tonight to try to repair my working relationship with the backup dancers. I have a hundred places to be and the only one I want to inhabit is Danny’s apartment, in his beautiful silence that always stretches to make me a comfortable part of it.
It’s enough to make me wish Danny said I love you. He thinks it’s absurd to repeat a sentiment I already know is true, but in moments like these where I’m falling a little short in every area of my life, I could really use the simple comfort of those three words. I pull out my phone to check his text, even though I know it won’t say what I need it to.
Sure enough, the screen doesn’t fill with words. Instead, it’s a picture.
I squint in the dim backstage lights, turning up the brightness until I can make out a sketch in the spare, soft lines of his characteristic charcoal.
It’s of me, asleep with my hair pooled beneath my relaxed cheek. The lines of my face are graceful, more beautiful than they ever look in the mirror. The care with which he constructed my image just from memory makes me catch my breath, tears burning at the corners of my eyes.
He misses me. And this is the only way he can say it.
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