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Mar 24

Nick Blackthorne World Blog Tour – Love’s Rhythm by Lexxie Couper Nick Blackthorn


Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews is the fifth stop on Nick Blackthorne’s World Blog tour. Here you’ll find an exclusive excerpt from Love’s Rhythm PLUS a line from Nick’s International Number One bestseller, Night Whispers.
If you’re not sure what Nick Blackthorne’s World Blog Tour is, check out contest details here at Lexxie Couper’s blog http://www.lexxiecouper.com/blog/ There are prizes galore including right here! To be in the running to win an ebook from Lexxie’s backlist make sure to leave a comment or ask Lexxie (or Nick) a question. A winner will be announced at the end of the day J
The Music of Love’s Rhythm
While I was writing Love’s Rhythm, I had a very specific collection of songs playing in the background. These songs were selected for a variety of reasons, most because they echoed the journey Nick had taken from being first discovered way back when he was a young man of twenty playing in his local pub through to the moment he returned to his small home town sixteen years later, a changed man, a famous man, and a broken man.
This is Nick’s playlist, the music of Love’s Rhythm

Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOuSxal8pf4&ob=av3e
Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad – Meat Loaf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhZf8Oqlv9Q&ob=av2n
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous – Good Charlotte http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-jC3H_8Dk4&ob=av3n
What do you think? What’s your favourite song from that list? Do you have a playlist you can’t exist without?
 Don’t forget to leave a comment to go into the draw to win an ebook of your choice from my backlist (and to enter the main draw for the MAJOR prize)
Blurb
His music moves the world. Can his love move her heart?
Nick Blackthorne knows all about words of love. They’re the reason he’s the world’s biggest rock star. The irony? He turned his back on love a long time ago, lured away by the trappings of fame.

An invitation to a friend’s wedding is a stark reminder of how meaningless his life has become. When he enters that church, there’s only one woman he wants on his arm—the one he walked out on a lifetime ago. But first he has to find her, even if all she accepts from him is an apology.

Kindergarten teacher Lauren Robbins once had what every woman on the planet desires. 
Nick. Their passion was explosive, their romance the stuff of songs…and it took fifteen years to get over him. Then out of the blue Nick turns up at her door, and all those years denying her ache for him are shattered with a single, smoldering kiss.

But molten passion can’t hide the secret she’s kept for all these years. Because it’s not just her heart on the line anymore…and not just her life that’ll be rocked by the revelation.  
Product Warnings
 Remember your first crush on a rock star? Now add smoldering sex, a raw and undeniable passion, soul-shattering orgasms. And secrets… 


Exclusive Excerpt
 Oh God. She stared at him. No words came. None. Just a deafening roar in her ears and a cold in her soul. Oh God. He knows. He knows and you should have told him fifteen years ago.
He studied her, brushing the fingertips on one hand over her bottom lip. “Why didn’t you tell me, babe?” he whispered. “Why?”
Someone thumped on the door. A steady rapping of knuckles. The vibrations shot through Lauren like a spray of bullets. She let out a startled cry, every muscle in her body locking.
Nick’s nostrils flared. He stepped backward, his hands sliding from her face, his jaw clenched. She watched him move away, wanting nothing more than to throw herself at him, wrap her arms around his waist and cling to him. Feel his heat seep into her body. Feel it melt away the chilled emptiness spreading through her. Hold him, be held by him. It was where she was meant to be.
It was the farthest place she wanted to be.
He’d hurt her. He’d rejected her. He’d left her.
And she’d hurt him back.
“Nick,” she began, watching him tuck himself back into his jeans.
The knock rapped on the door again. Just as quick. Just as expectant.
She turned away from him, unable to see the pain, the betrayal in his eyes anymore. Snatching up her pyjama shirt, she pulled it on and buttoned it with fingers that seemed to refuse her brain’s commands. Fingers that fumbled and shook. Damn it, where were her pyjama pants?
The knock came again. “Ms. Robbins?” a male voice called from the other side.
She looked for her pants. Where the hell were her pants?
Fuck it. You don’t need them. Your shirt’s long enough. Just answer the door, get rid of whoever is on the other side and then tell Nick you’re sorry. Tell him you still love him. Tell him you were wrong. Tell him everything.
She shot Nick a look over her shoulder. He stood a few steps behind her, half-dressed, his upper body naked and still slicked in a fine sheen of sweat, his chest rising and falling with each steadying breath he pulled, his lean muscles sculpted and defined with the exertion of their fucking. His fly was zipped, the top of the treble cleft tattooed on his lower abdomen peaking from above the low-slung waistline of his jeans. His thick black hair hung around his face, awry from her hands, brushing eyes that studied her with an unreadable intensity.
He looked like a sexual god.
He looked like a rock star.
Closing her eyes, she raked her fingers through her hair, took a deep breath and then turned back to the door and pulled it open.
White light exploded in her eyes. Soundless. Blinding. White light followed by Nick snarling, “You fucking prick, Holston.”
White light speared into her eyes again. A flash so bright she gasped.
“Having a good time, Blackthorne?” the man in front of her asked, although it wasn’t so much a question but a chuckling sneer. And she couldn’t see him. All she could see was painful yellow glare dancing on her retina, glaring yellow light making it impossible to see, just like the kind left over from a powerful camera flash.
Camera.
She blinked. She could see a man on her front step, and yet she couldn’t. He was hiding behind the dancing yellow burn from his camera’s flash.
“You guys need to get a life,” she heard Nick growl. And then he was pushing past her. White light exploded in front of her again as the man’s voice called out, telling her to smile, to give Nick a kiss, asking her how long they’d been together. White, rapid-fire flash bombs accompanied by the distinct click of a camera attacked her, capturing her stupor seconds before the sound of her door slamming shut smacked at her ears.
She stared at Nick, her pulse not only thumping in her neck but in her temples. She stared at him through the yellow brand on her retina as Holston continued to call out from the other side of her door, asking how long she and Nick had been lovers, if she always slept in Elmo pyjamas, if—
“I’m sorry.” Nick reached for her, his hands smoothing up her arms. “You didn’t need to experience that. Holston’s an unethical prick. I don’t know how he even knew I was Murriundah.”
Red anger smashed into her. Scalding hot in its clarity. It all came rushing back to her—the minutes spent with Nick in public, the screaming fans, the stalking photographers, the other women calling her names and sending her hate mail. All of it. And now here it was on her doorstep? No. She wasn’t standing for it. She jerked out of his gentle hold and stepped away from him. Her hip struck the hall console table, sharp pain shooting through her like an electrical jolt, but she ignored it.
***
Line from Night Whispers 
 Since I walked away
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  1. Susan W.

    Meat Loaf’s Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad has to be one of my favorite songs. What I listen to depends on what I’m reading. Dark paranormal stories get the rock/alternative, cowboy’s get country (of course!), everything else gets a mix. Thanks for the giveaway!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  2. booklover0226

    I can’t pick just one, I’m afraid.

    First – I’m a BIG Queen fan. They are great.

    Second – I love Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.

    I can’t wait to read this, Lexxie.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D

  3. flchen1

    Don’t Stop Me Now! :) Which I imagine is what Nick might be thinking when he’s with Lauren :) Ah, Nick…

  4. Catherine Lee

    I am a classic rock fan so I love the Queen songs and Meatloaf. Livin’ on a Prayer is probably my fave on this list. It’s a terrific list.

  5. Drmgrl99 - Dawn

    While I love me some Boni Jovi I think I’d have to choose Queen Don’t stop me now. Nick and you have some wonderful taste in music Lexxie.

  6. Val

    Love Linkin Park. Oh what I would do to and around that treble cleft! :P

  7. Barbara

    I LOVE Meat Loaf’s Two Out of Three Aint Bad and Train’s Save Me, San Francisco. I love and listen to all kinds of music…depends on my mood at the time. A treble cleft on his tummy…interesting….hmmm…and sexy! I can’t wait to see how this story turns out…thx for the AWESOME giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  8. Cathy M

    You picked some great classics, Lexxie. Two of my favorites are Meatloaf’s, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, and Bon Jovi’s, Livin on a Prayer.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  9. redjuliet

    So many great songs! But I Want To Break Free is one of my all time favourite Queen songs which I have also used in my life. My playlist would start with The Beatles and end with ? since I love to discover new music while still listening to the classics! My 13 year old cousin thinks she was born in the wrong time right now because she’s playing 70′s music but I’ve assured her that great songs are timeless!

  10. MaryC

    Love Bon Jovi’s In These Arms.

    Nick, I’d like to know if you and Lauren have a song and if so, what is it?

  11. Mel B

    Great song list! Love the blurb! Keeps getting good!
    I love so much different music.I have been told that I have very ecltectic taste. What I listen to depends on what my mood is. I have about 6 different play list. The one I have been listening to lately is my “On The Go” list. Here are the first 10 songs to come up;
    1. Need you Now by Cut Copy
    2. We Found Love by Rhianna
    3. I Don’t Want This Night to End by Luke Bryan
    4. Camouflage by Braid Paisley
    5. Dynamite By Taio Cruz
    6 . The Scotsman by Bryan Bowers
    7. Don’t Listen to the Radio by The Vines
    8. Lover, Lover by Jerrod Niemann
    9. Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons
    10. Is There a Ghost by Band of Horses

    I warned you…very eclectic.
    Mel
    bournmelissa(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. elaing8

    I love Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi.Love them :)
    As for my own playlist,I’ll pretty much listen to anything.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  13. Jen B.

    Linkin Park, for sure. I just love them!
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

  14. Timitra

    My favourite song on this list is definitely Linkin Park’s New Divide! I can’t live without the 440 songs on my ipod!

  15. Anonymous

    I love Bon Jovi. I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds great.

    E. Thompson
    thompsonem3(at)aol(dot)com

  16. Anonymous

    My favorite hands down is Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer! This is fun. I enjoyed the excerpt today.
    Thanks
    Lexxie and Nick and GPB.
    Z
    SeawitchReviews @ yahoo.com

  17. Julianne

    Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi is my favorite from that playlist. I don’t have a favorite playlist that I listen to regularly, although I do have favorite songs. Great excerpt.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  18. Anonymous

    Anything Bon Jovi does it for me;)
    I have a playlist I can’t live without and its more Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Sixx AM,Offspring, eclectic….

    Debi Anne
    Debi01760@hotmail.com

  19. lisagkendall

    Great play list. Two out of three or these arms would probably be my favorite

  20. PaParanormalFan

    I was a HUGE Fan of the 80′s early 90′s Hair/Glam Metal Bands;
    Bon Jovi
    Cindrella
    Def Leppard
    Kiss
    Motley Crue
    Poison
    Ratt
    Van Halen/David Lee Roth
    Warrant
    W.A.S.P.
    Whitesnake

    Ohhhh the memories lol..Yes that was me back then….front row for those Contest(helps that I worked at a ticket agency & had 1st choice to all concert Hooray back then for me :), oh I had lots of fake friends at that time & I charged them WELL for tickets lol, front row with my leopard spandex pants, heels & BIG teased hair with LOTS & LOTS of Hair Spray, taking guitar picks from the Rockers hands, drum sticks from the Drummer, Lots of Hugs & LOTS of turning down Back Stage Invitations. LOL I wasn’t THAT stupid!!! LOL

    Take Care & Rock ON!!! LOL
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

  21. Ava Austin

    mmm… Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer or Linkin Park’s New Divide.

  22. Sharon Bridwell

    I am so freakin’ excited about this book and the tour!! My favorite from your list would be from Train…I love anything from them.

  23. Lisa Richards/alterlisa

    Queens pretty good and I love Merat Loaf but ACDC remains my top pick when it comes to hard rock

  24. Foretta

    I liked Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi but don’t really have a playlist that I couldn’t live without!

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  26. Jess

    Love all of the songs thanks

    jessharrison78@yahoo.com

  27. Suzanne

    Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi(who has not seemed to age at all). I loved the blurb and it is a book I will buy.

  28. Shadow

    Great playlist! Your book sounds so good! Im a classic rock ran myself. My ipod is a mix of all of it. I have bon jovi, meatloaf, ozzy, tatu, cranberries, queen, etc. :) Depending on my mood, i usually have the songs in shuffle mode. :) Thanks!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  29. Shannon

    Thank you for the playlist! I’m always listening to music while reading, so this will go great. I guess to go along with the rock star theme, the best some on the list is Livin’ on a Prayer.

    Now to build this playlist on my iPod…
    bas1chsemail and gmail dot com

  30. AprilAlvey

    Thanks so much i cant pick just one really i am a Huge 80′s lover and Queen’s and Meat Loaf Lover so here are a few for ya.

    Queen- Another one bites the dust.

    Richard Marx- Right Hear Waiting

    Journey-Faithfully
    i cant wit to read this book thanks so much my email is butterfli262002@yahoo.com

  31. andieleah

    My favorite song on that last is Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi…absolutely love that song. Great excerpt definitely gonna get this book:)

    http://www.goddess197829c@aol.com

  32. divavixenqueen

    Anything by “Bonjovi”and “Queen’s” not bad either, throw in a little sugar from “Def Leppard” and it’s all good.

  33. Susan T.

    Hmm, Bon Jovi would be my pick. Thanks.

    Kidsue99@yahoo.com

  34. Elf2060

    I’m more an R&B or smooth jazz person so these aren’t quite to my taste.

  35. Froggy

    2 out of 3 aint bad by meatloaf. Love Queen as well!

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

  36. jessiel

    Wow….takes me back to my high school days. I like Meatloaf’s 2 out of 3 Ain’t Bad. The playlist can’t live without is Kenny Chesney on my iTouch!

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