Monday, October 26, 2015

REVIEWS & BLITZ: Brando by J.D. Hawkins **GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT**

I know what you want, and I know exactly how to give it to you...

It's why I've got a row of platinum records on my wall and girls lining up for a shot at fame. I'm the best. Now I just need to prove it.

The bet is simple: take a nobody and make her a star. I just didn't bet on HER.

She's not some wannabe, she's the real deal.

But fuck it, I want her. And I always come out on top.

5 Stars

Oh my goodness, this was just such a delicious and sexy read...

"The bet is simple, take a nobody and make her a star. I just didn't bet on her."

Brando makes artists shine, he gives them a chance, an opportunity to be become something. He works hard and he plays woman hard too, everything is music to him, his job and his women. Yet he has a past that is painful and a past he can't seem to get past, except here he bumps into his past and commences a bet to make a star within a month....

Haley is working at a coffee shop, she works hard and is playing at dives to get her face known, she's a small voice. She's not someone that people would on a normal day pick out as she has a soulful voice and something unique and different, she's not what people on a usual day would pick out yet she got lucky with Brando.

Brando offers Haley the chance of a lifetime, yet he also starts to find himself in the journey. He finds something fresh and new, something musical and in Haley finds soul. Haley doesn't want to be a star exactly as she wants to plainly play music she loves and become something, somebody REAL.

Brando gets to know how Haley ticks, find her faults how she rolls and therefore mouldy her into a star of her own.. Telling her bits that she needs to know, other times not so. In time they become a unit, and that's where I'm stopping as I don't want to ruin the story for you. Will the bet catch up with them though?? And how will this end??

What I Enjoyed
This is an erotic serial in two parts, yet the story was what grabbed me from the beginning and then their chemistry and unity was what grabbed my heart, and become a more of an emotional story for me.

Plus their vulnerability shined through, how Brando was worried that his bet would catch up with him, will Haley succeed but will she still be herself. I really enjoyed the hell out of this book gah it has everything I look for when reading these serials. Intrigue, chemistry, sensuality and the writing carried a charm that had me smile at moments and kept me turning the pages. I'm really looking forward to the second part in November so not too long to wait...

Until next time...
**ARC Gifted via the author in exchange for an honest review.**

I was over the moon to have Brando's story. If you've read Insatiable, Part One, then you know that this is where we first meet Brando, Jax's best friend. And if you haven't read that series yet - what are you waiting for?? You should!

Brando is the epitome of stud, man whore, player. He's a "go big or go home" type of guy and most people are drawn to him like a beacon that you can't ignore...

“I like things hard and fast, competitive and challenging. I play games of pick-up like it’s my last shot at the play-offs, slam weights at the gym like my life depends on it, fuck every woman like a man on death row. I hate the phrase ‘push it to the limit’ – because for me there are none.”

This story all begins with a bet. An impossible bet that Brando doesn't shy away from because he wants the one thing that got away and he's determined to win it back.

To win the bet, he must make Haley Grace Cooke a star. A woman so far from his usual type that at first, he doesn't even notice her. But he's going to make her a star and in the process get what he wants.

While Brando certainly had me lusting and swooning for him. Haley stole my heart! I LOVED this girl. She's strong, sassy, funny, adorable and so real. And she doesn't suffer fools gladly. From the get go, she has Brando's number and wants nothing to do with him.

While it takes a lot from Brando to make Haley trust him, she eventually decides to follow her dream and if Brando can make it happen, why not?

"It's always about the music, right?"

Of course, these two start to develop a friendship and then more. As their bond grows, I really loved getting to learn more about Brando and his past. Just like Jax, he may be a player but underneath it all, he's got a heart of gold that any woman would be lucky to capture.

And together, these two are hot!

"I pant and moan barely able to hear myself through the sound of my body’s ecstasy. A virtuoso performance, and in the center of it all is the drumbeat of his cock, getting harder and faster. From rhythmic ballad to driving groove to slamming beat, until it turns in a jungle rhythm, a primal thump that feels like thunder striking deep, to the depths of my soul. A jackhammer booming inside of me, sending me higher into the stratosphere with each thrust.”

There were some great moments in this novella and one of my faves was Brando and Haley filming themselves on the beach.

It perfectly captured how far they'd come and what they could be.

My only beef and it's not really one was that this novella was so engrossing that it went by too fast and while I loved every word, I wanted more! Seriously disappointed when it ended. Thank goodness, we don't have to wait too long for the second book!

***An ARC was generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.***
I cup her chin and turn her to face me slowly.

“You’re thinking too much. Don’t think.”

A blush creeps across her cheeks and she drops her eyes again. I brush her hair away from her face and let my hand rest on her neck as I slowly move in closer. Her trembling lips steady themselves on mine, softly settling against my mouth. Our breaths mingle, tongues gently tickling at the insides of each other’s lips. I press further, wanting to kiss away all the shakes in her body, to let her thoughts disappear in the heat of our mouths. Her hand presses against my shirt, splayed fingers tentatively tracing the hardness of my chest, before pushing me away from her.

“Brando…” she whispers, her eyes still closed, her mouth still wet. “I think I just need…”

“Tell me what you need,” I coax her.

“I need…” She opens her eyes, and I already know what she’s about to say. “You.”

This is the most restrained I’ve ever been. Every muscle memory in my body wants to tear her clothes off, the look in her lidded eyes all I need to know she wants this – even more than I do. Hours spent around her blossomed lips, her hidden breasts, her slender thighs, hours of caging up my lust for her in pursuit of another goal has made it grow, big and fearsome. Now that the cage is open, it’s taking all of my reserve to stop it from taking me over. I need this to be slow – this is for her.

“I know how to make you sing, Haley,” I growl in short breaths. My hand goes to the inside of her thigh, pressing itself against the front of her jeans. “I can make you sing better than you’ve ever sung before.”

I have the buttons undone in seconds. Warm, strong, fingers teasingly reaching into the lip of her panties. Her head goes back, eyes closed as she starts panting at the ceiling.

“Wait!” she says, snapping back, her hand on my wrist. “I don’t understand what’s happening between us, Brando. Is this about me? Or is this about music?”

I kneel in front of her, slowly pulling down her jeans.

“It’s about music,” I say, kissing her moistening pussy through the soft cotton of her panties. “It’s always about music.”

She replies by moaning softly and grabbing the back of my head as I run my tongue down the inside of her thigh, letting my stubble softly tickle her pale, sensitive skin.

I get her panties off quickly, and run my hands around the back of her waist, holding her still while I explore her pussy with my tongue. The smell drives me wild, stirring the animal in me like a dormant beast. It’s all I can do to stop myself from sprouting fangs and roaring – I wanna take it slow, learn everything I can about what makes her tick.

I'm an erotic author from LA. I grew up in Southern California and now live with my wife in Venice. I've also lived in NYC, India and Thailand. I love to travel and have been to Central America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. I have a boring corporate day job where I cover people's asses for a living and am hoping to leave this world soon and make a living doing the thing I love - writing. I enjoy surfing and I'm also a martial artist, my other main passion, which I have practiced since the age of 5.

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