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BOOK REVIEW ~ UNPLUGGED, A BLUE PHOENIX NOVEL ~ BY LISA SWALLOW (PENNY STEPHANIE)

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Unplugged (Blue Phoenix, #3)

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A rock star, the girl from his past and a Disney princess.
Find out what happens when Liam Oliver is unplugged from Blue Phoenix.

“A rock star doesn’t return to his humble beginnings and whisk away the girl he kissed once. Especially if she has a four year old and her relationship status is ‘it’s complicated’.”

Blue Phoenix bass player, Liam Oliver discovers pictures of his fiancée with another man and his world crashes around him. He packs up his humiliation and hurt and flies back to his Welsh family home for Christmas.

Cerys Edwards once had pictures of Liam Oliver covering her bedroom wall. Her best friend’s big brother never gave her the time of day when they were growing up. When she was fifteen, he left town leavingCerys with her fantasies. Now he’s back. The problem is, she has a daughter and a broken relationship of her own. Do they have a second chance?

In the world of his Christmas past, Cerys and Liam reconnect. Are they two hurt people looking for comfort in a time of heartbreak or does Cerys have a place in Liam’s future too?

Months later and unplugged from his Blue Phoenix lifestyle, Liam reconnects with Cerys. He discovers Cerys’s world is full of complications he never expected – including Ella’s father who isn’t happy about being replaced by a rock star.

Unplugged is more than a rock star romance. This is a story of second chances, family and unexpected bonds made that can’t be broken.

This is book three of the Blue Phoenix rock star series but can be read as a standalone – Liam and Cerys are minor characters in the first two books.
No cliffhanger.
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Review

5 Pennies

Blue Phoenix is an amazing band.  We got to meet all the members in Summer Sky and Falling Sky.  But now in book #3, Unplugged we get to learn more about the bass player Liam and his present, past, and future the tale of two endings, you must read to discover what fate has in store.

This book is so different from the first two books, but it is SO GOOD.  In the first books I really never understood the connection between Liam and Honey.  I know they were together and he saw something in her but it really came off like a total rock star cliché.  So when Liam walks away from Honey at the beginning of this book, I was definitely cheering.  He just seems too nice to be with a plastic Barbie wanna be.

To escape the limelight, Liam travels home for the holidays to spend it with his family in hopes of gaining new perspective on his life and his future.  The surprise he got when he arrived definitely set him back.  There was a little girl hanging out with his mum. Come to find out one of his sisters lifelong friends, Cerys and her daughter Ella were staying for the holidays.

This turns into a holiday that no one could have predicted.  It helps to not only change Liam’s perspective on life but also change everyone’s future.

Along with Band drama, we get to see a side to Liam that is sweet and caring; he truly seems to be the whole package.  The way that he interacts with Ella just melts your heart.  But this book is not all love and rainbows, there is love found, heartbreak and decisions made that have the potential to change the course of the future.

There is a particular scene in this book that is just too sweet and amazing not to quote: This is Liam talking to Cerys during a snowfall.

“Lucky snowflakes,” he says. Why?” “They get to kiss your skin, your lips…”

“You deserve to be covered in a snowstorm of kisses by a man who sees the strength and beauty in you.  There’s a man who craves the love held in your eyes when you look at your daughter, who wants to pull you into the blizzard and show you how to love yourself by being passionate about everything you are.”

In this book Cerys shows extreme strength in making her way from her past and shows us the persistence and determination she has to make a good future for her and her daughter.  We learn that all of Liam’s coping mechanisms are not the best.  When he sees someone in need he wants to help them, almost to a fault.  Coming back to his roots for the holidays was just what he needed to add perspective and the possibility of a different future.

This book is a wonderfully amazing read.  I know it is said you can read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend that you read all the books.  The Blue Phoenix members and their stories are too great to miss a minute.  I loved these characters, Liam’s family is amazing.  We still had bits and pieces of the band members and I can’t even begin to imagine what is going to be in store for Jem and Ruby in their upcoming book.

The Blue Phoenix Books:

Summer Sky (Blue Phoenix #1) – Dylan & Sky
Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix #2) – Dylan & Sky

(These two books must be read in order – book one has a cliffhanger and book two completes the story)

Unplugged (Blue Phoenix #3) – Standalone – Liam &Cerys

Rising (Blue Phoenix #4) – Standalone available December 2014 – Jem& Ruby

Excerpt

Our faces touch, his rough cheek against my forehead, and I know if I move my head a few centimetres, our mouths will meet and our worlds will shift.

“Is kissing you still wrong?” I ask.

“Your lips are meant to be on mine.” He moves his face. The static charge of our mouths so close and the snow drifting onto our bodies drag us into a surreal world. The shift happens. I slide my cheek along his, the stubble scratching my skin as my lips meet the edge of his.

The world is covered in white, hidden from reality; a reality that I hate currently. I can escape for an evening, maybe a few days, and allow his blizzard to overwhelm me. If life is the same struggle when everything melts away again, a few moments lost in a fantasy after months of feeling worthless are what I need and worth the consequences.

Liam digs his hand into my hair and crashes his mouth against mine. I gasp in surprise at the force as he delves his tongue into my mouth, sliding against mine. When Liam kissed me in the bedroom the other day, there was a tension in him where he held back part of himself. Was this because Liam knew I did too? This time the world falls away completely as we kiss frantically, noses bumping as he pulls me into the snowstorm that is Liam Oliver.

Liam moves to kiss my cheeks, a delicious scrape against my skin as his hot lips burn into my cool neck. He slides a hand around my waist, beneath my coat and holds me against him. Convinced my legs are going to give way and cursing the lack of walls for Liam to press me against, I grip his sleeve.

Liam nudges his nose back across my face, hot breath mingling with mine and misting in the air. “Definitely feels right,” he whispers.

Then Liam kisses me so gently that he takes my soul and pulls it apart. My head spins as the intensity of the slow kiss fills me with a craving for this man that will never be satiated. This is more than feeling right, this is our hearts open and raw finding their way together.

Which means when they’re torn apart again the pain will kill me.

The heat we create counteracts the falling temperature around us but the cold of reality isn’t far. I pull my face away; I need to pull myself out of this.

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LINKS

Blue Phoenix Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/BluePhoenixSeries

Blue Phoenix Series:

http://lisaswallow.net/blue-phoenix-series/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22452033-unplugged

Buy Links

http://amzn.to/1rAvNGT (US)

http://amzn.to/1tUVgIX (UK)

http://bit.ly/X5wk6M (AU)

http://amzn.to/1BFsnpc (CA)

Author Bio

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

Author Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lisaswallowbooks

Website: www.lisaswallow.net

Twitter: www.twitter.com/lisa_swallow_au

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/lisaswallow

Mailing List:  http://eepurl.com/Po81D

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