Sunday, January 19, 2014

(Belated) Book Tour & Review: Because the Night (Night Songs Collection, #1) by Kristen Strassel

Because the Night Button 300 x 225*Note: Due to family emergency, was a bit late in posting this. My apologies to the author and book tour!*

3D Because the Night
Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

Callie met Tristan when she was 14, he was 17, and fell hopelessly in love with the drugged out movie star’s son. Skip ahead a handful of years and Callie is grown, head strong, and still mooning after Tristan who is now a famous rock star is a pseudo vampire heavy metal band.  She takes a vacation with her cousin to seek out Tristan in Las Vegas. After attending a live recording of his band’s show including nearly naked women he drinks blood from and hysterical fan girls, Callie and her cousin end up meeting new friends and attending a party. At the party, Callie meets Blade and they have an intense and harmonious relationship ‘til the end of the girls’ vacation. In between, Callie meets Tristan who is majorly hot, mysterious, and even more messed up while she’s seeing Blade. Callie ends up staying in Vegas and plays a dangerous love triangle. Oh, and vampires are real and Callie has pissed off the queen of vampires who runs Las Vegas with her interferences with Tristan. A friend dies, Callie gets a new job, drinks blood, Blade is kidnapped, Tristan and her have wild, blood filled sex a whole bunch, and Callie is left at the end totally changed. Literally and figuratively. Story ends with a cliff hanger with no idea who will end up happily… alive or dead

Fun, fun, fun read with Callie’s immature, goofy, though sweet decision making that drags everyone in her life through the washer. She keeps falling for the wrong (maybe) dude, who is totally hot and drool worthy (though a complete emo vampire), and ends up putting herself right where she deserves. I would definitely give this a new adult rating  for all the steamy sexy time scenes. This was a fun and engaging read to get lost in.



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Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She's worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world's worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.




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