Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Meet Shane Brookings....
It's no secret that I love Heidi Hutchinson's Double Blind Study series. Who doesn't like boys in bands! I wasn't sure how I would take the third book in the series, Tectonic, being about a non band member, and a former bad boy who caused a little trouble in the first book, Learn to Fly. I felt Shane did redeem himself slightly in the second book, In Your Honor, but a whole book dedicated to him? Well, I read Tectonic and do you know what I discovered??? I not only love boys in bands, but I love boys who can snowboard and surf! Shane Brookings surprised me by being the total package. He is hot, a former bad boy, and when he loves, he loves hard. Did I mention that he is hot??? Because he is. Hot.
Check out the blurb:
No matter how solid something seems, if enough pressure is applied, hearts and lives will shift. Shane Brookings, passionate surfer and accomplished athlete, was not a rock star, as much as he tried to represent himself as one throughout most of his adulthood. Mostly, Shane had always been kind of a jackass. A talented jackass, but still. So it really came as no surprise to him that the only two women he had seen a future with, chose actual rock stars to hitch themselves to.
Feeling cold and hollow, he returned to California to focus on growing his brand. Determined to now stay serious about his life choices, he never anticipated Greta O'Neil's blatant shove into his life.
Greta O'Neil, avid artist, surfer chick, and baby sister to a rock star, had a life that was anything but boring. Having a knack for pulling sad men out of their funk, she sets her talents on Shane Brookings. She has no intention of breaking her rules, which include getting too close, letting him in, and accidentally falling for the guy. But Shane is not like her other projects. Not only is he built like a Greek god, he's hardworking, passionate, clever and heroic. (Not that he believes any of those things about himself.) The rules she has so firmly set down to protect herself, are more than shaken up with Shane's every push into her life. Even as they both compromise to make room in their hearts for the other, outside forces put pressure on their burgeoning relationship. Shane's dream is put into jeopardy, ex-lovers surface at the worst moments, and their own faults threaten to violently tear them apart.
I think Heidi did a fantastic job of incorporating Shane and Greta's story into the Double Blind Series. The ties that bind this group together are tight, lead in many directions and are sometimes strangely uncomfortable. (Ex's and spouses, oh my!) In Tectonic, Shane and Greta's relationship took a natural progression and did not feel rushed. Shane was nursing a broken heart and in a rough place. Greta is a free spirit with a tender heart that wants to fix people. She's fiercely loyal and she had her sights set on Shane. Shane and Greta together was such an awesome dynamic. They brought out the best in one another and became friends before falling in love. Shane and Greta decided at the beginning to always be completely honest with one another, no matter how brutal. That honesty added such depth to their story and I never felt the drama was silly or over the top. Readers get to read exactly how they are feeling and why. I loved that! As with all of Heidi's books, I found myself on the edge of my seat, talking myself out of skipping to the last chapter just to reassure my anxious heart. I didn't, but I wanted to! She is a master at building anticipation throughout her stories. Can't wait until the next book!! Steamy-ness is light, but the romance and anticipation is fantastic!
**You know who I want to see incorporated into this series? Laura, Greta's boss from the coffee place, now that is a character that has some thing to say!**
To purchase Tectonic at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1pmXkFt
Book 1: Learn to Fly http://amzn.to/1lxN0zD
Book 2: In Your Honor http://amzn.to/1q9hvw4
Heidi Hutchinson was born in South Dakota and raised the exact right distance away from the
Black Hills. She had an overactive imagination very early on, and wasted no time in getting most of her
friends in trouble due to her unrealistic and completely ridiculous ideas. Seeing as she was so lazy and
also afraid people would think she was bonkers, she didn't write down any of the story lines that played
out in her daydreams.
During her high school years, she took pen to paper and filled more notebooks than she is proud
of with angsty, depressing, self-depreciating poetry. This led to her writing down more things: notes,
ideas, character bios, plot twists that had no plot yet to twist. After years of cleaning up her own scraps
of imagination with nothing solid to hold on to, she sat down and wrote the story that had been in her
head the longest. Fueled by coffee and her unwavering and perfectly normal devotion to Dave Grohl,
she discovered a writer living inside of her.
She still lives in the Midwest, though not as close to the Black Hills as she would prefer, with her
alarmingly handsome husband and their fearless child. They eat more pizza than God intended and she
listens to her music the same way she lives: loudly.
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