Sunday, May 18, 2014

If I Stay by Tamara Morgan with Guest Post featuring the Book Soundtrack & Review

Guest Post - IF I STAY Book Soundtrack
Admittedly, the book soundtrack for If I Stay is a bit…odd.

Our hero, an ex-Hollywood stunt driver and man who owns more than one Metallica shirt, is described from the first page as having terrible taste in music. That’s because he listens primarily to 1980s hard rock, featuring such gems as Whitesnake, Poison, and Aerosmith. (He works on cars for a living. Hair band music is a must.)

Our heroine is his opposite in every way, sunny and cheerful and full of Katy Perry levels of energy, which means that for every Motley Crue song on the list, we also get some Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. And she won’t apologize for it either.

Hey—this is what happens when you have an opposites-attract trope. Don’t hate the playlist, hate the players!

Motley Crue: Girls, Girls, Girls
Twisted Sister: I Wanna Rock
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
Metallica: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Metallica: Whiskey in the Jar
AC/DC: Hells Bells
Poison: Talk Dirty to Me
Aerosmith: Walk this Way
Whitesnake: Here I Go Again
Guns N’ Roses: Cold November Rain
Christina Perri: Jar of Hearts
Selena Gomez: Love You Like a Love Song
Taylor Swift: Love Story
Train: Mermaid
Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball
Lily Allen: Fuck You
Lady Gaga: Poker Face
Katy Perry: I Kissed a Girl
Ingrid Michaelson: Be OK
Philip Phillips: Home

Author: Tamara Morgan
Release Date: May 12, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he's had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family.

Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother's former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it's not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction.

Amy's determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn't all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he'll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.

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My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This is the first book I've read from Tamara, but hopefully not the last. Tamara wove a very well crafted story line that was creative, interesting, and sucked me right in. I loved the way that Ryan fought so hard against being where he was, and the feelings he had for Amy. I loved how Amy always tried to make the best out of any situation. I also thought it ironic that sometimes when you fight so hard to get away from somewhere or something, it turns out that the things you're fighting against are what you really need in your life. You just need to take the time to figure it out. Sometimes it all comes down to facing the loss of those things and/or people to see clearly what it is that you need. To me, that's what this book was about. Finding exactly what and who you needed, exactly where you didn't want to be. I loved the story line, all the little intricacies and secrets that everyone seemed to have. All of the characters were interesting and vital to the story in one way or another. I'm definitely going to see if Tamara has any more books out there, because I want to read them. 

Author Biography

Tamara Morgan is a contemporary romance author of humorous, heartfelt stories with flawed heroes and heroines designed to get your hackles up and make your heart melt. Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them.

Whether building Victorian dollhouses, consuming mass quantities of coffee and wine, or crying over cheesy 1950s musicals, Tamara commits to her flaws like every good heroine should. She lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband, daughter, and variety of household pets and only occasionally complains about the weather.

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