Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary with Giveaway, Playlist, Excerpt & Review

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Title: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars 
Author: Codi Gary 
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance 
Publish Date: April 22, 2014 
Publisher: Avon Impulse an Imprint of HarperCollins 
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.  

~ Book Synopsis ~
Gemma Carlson didn’t plan on waking up married.

She also didn’t count on running into her old flame—and her son’s father-turned-country-rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow…neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there’s just one thing to do: run.

Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when he had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn’t hesitate. Of course he didn’t expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn’t plan on losing Gemma again—or the son he didn’t know he had. He proposes—albeit belatedly—a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not…

Gemma’s not interested; she’s got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don’t date rock stars…right?

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Excerpted from GOOD GIRLS DON’T DATE ROCK STARS by Codi Gary

How many glasses of champagne did I have last night?

            Gemma Carlson groaned, gritting her teeth against the stabbing pain that seemed to be spreading through her brain. She didn’t want to open her eyes, afraid of what she would find. Right now she was only sure of two things. One, her head hurt like a son of a bitch and two, she was very, very naked.

            Prying open her right eye, she tried to focus on her surroundings, but instead of seeing intricate, golden wallpaper, she found the walls were now light colored. A couch sat in the corner of the room, though her room had had a tiny office chair and desk. The landscape on the wall was new, too.

She opened both eyes, blinking rapidly at the dryness, and realized she had no idea where she was.

             Which meant she obviously wasn’t in her hotel room.

            A light snore behind her caught her attention and she stiffened, turning her head slowly to look at her bedmate. She sucked in a breath at the sight of dark curls and a broad back, the only things visible above the heavy comforter.


            What have I done?

            Sitting up, she swallowed down the rolling nausea and fought the splitting headache, catching her face in her hands. And then she felt it. Something cool and metal on her finger. Something that definitely shouldn’t be there.

            Pulling her hands back, she stared at the large three-stone diamond ring on her left index finger and froze. 


My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This was a great book from beginning to end. I loved that Gemma and Travis had a great history together and that they had both made mistakes. This book was about those mistakes and the consequences of the choices made in the past coming to light. Yeah, it may not have seemed like a big thing 10 years ago to Travis when he let Gemma walk out of his life. That hasn't stopped him from thinking about her, though. Now 10 years have passed and they never tried to contact each other. Gemma, on the other hand made a decision because of a lot of reasons. She let Travis go because she really felt like it was the best thing for him at the time, and she didn't want to hold him back from achieving his dream. That dream came true for him, I believe because of her sacrifices back then.   
Running into Travis in Vegas was the last thing on her mind, and Gemma never thought that they'd wake up married - or that Travis would come after her. He let her go easily enough before, right? This is when things get downright interesting and emotions run wild. Living in a small town is not the best place to keep a secret, and everyone in town knows Gemma's. Travis knew she was keeping something from him, but when she tells him what that secret is, it knocks him off his feet. Don't you think that Travis lets her off the hook easy though. He lets her have it, and has a right to do so. Gemma understands that, doesn't mean it doesn't hurt though. She tried to do the best for everyone involved and truly thought that she'd never see Travis again. She is the one who had to live with the talk behind her back for years, with her father throwing her out, and had to make a life for her and Charlie, their son. She made sure that Charlie knew who his father was, and made sure that Charlie knew all about him, as much as it pained Gemma to do so. I really loved the way that Travis, once he saw Gemma went after her and didn't back down. I thought that it was awesome the way that Travis stepped up to the plate, as far as Charlie was concerned and forged a relationship with his son. I admire Gemma for doing all the things she did in the years in between, raising Charlie on her own, and then for finally finding the strength in herself to stand up for what she wanted and making it known. 
This was the first book I've read by Codi, and I truly enjoyed it from the first page to the last. The story was engaging, funny at times, painful and made me think. I liked all of the characters, in that they weren't perfect, they were flawed yet still very likeable. I loved the ups and downs, and they way that Codi was able to let you see another's perspective of the same situation. I'm looking forward to reading more of Codi's work in the future. 

About the Author
Codi GaryAn obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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