09 February 2014

Escaping Me Tour Stop!

Title: Escaping Me (Shaft on Tour Series)
Author: Cat Mason
Genre: Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 20, 2013

Daisy Shayne has a list. Her life has been planned out on a legal pad that she carries in her purse since she was sixteen years old. Now her list is nearly complete, she is about to marry her fiancé Landon, start her new job in the fall and be completely settled. Or is she? Landon is going on tour with his brother Grayson’s band for the next six months as the assistant to the new manager, Tad and is bringing her with him as an extra pair of hands to help the band.

Daisy is now stuck on a crowded tour bus with six men when her plans start blowing up in her face. Things are not what they seem and nothing is making sense. Landon is pushing her away and Grayson is pulling her close. Daisy feels pulled to Grayson which doesn’t go unnoticed by him. Amused and unable to control himself around her Gray decides to hit on her the first moment he sees her. Gray’s new obsession is Daisy, who he deems his own little Widlflower even after he finds out she is to be his sister-in-law. Whatever it is about her he can’t help himself. He is desperate just to be near her.

Temptation, betrayal, and lies on top of booze, tattoos, sex, laughs and love. While making friends and traveling the country Daisy must come to terms with what she wants in life. All while she learns to deal with the rough and rowdy of taking Shaft on Tour. It’s going to be a long hard ride.

***This book is not a normal romance. Things happen fast and with no*** regret. Rockers and all. There are M/F scenes of course but there is M/F/M, hints of M/F/F, possibly a little M/M and plenty of vibrator discussion.
Who doesn’t love a good rock star book?  I can’t imagine a person on the planet that hasn’t had a rock star crush.  Ok, maybe not the Dahli Lama.  Or maybe a person who grew up in some Amazonian Tribe with no ties to the outside world, but I would think even then every culture has their own version of the “rock star”.  You know I’m right.
Daisy has it all planned out.  Fresh out of college she and her boyfriend Landon embark on their last “wild and crazy” adventure when they go on tour with Landon’s brother’s band, Shaft (great band name, btw!).  Grayson is sex on a stick, and he and Daisy have wicked chemistry from their first meeting.  Will this adventure, and this man, put a kink (perhaps even literally) in Daisy’s perfectly planned life? 
The best part of this book for me was undoubtedly Grayson.  He is everything that you want in a rock star bad boy.  He is sex personified and the boy has swagger, there’s just no other way to put it.  He’s the perfect hero for a romance novel, a man who is at the end of the day just following his heart (right behind his loins that is).  He is a knight in shining armor in this book, and totally swoon worthy.
Daisy, I have to admit, I found a bit annoying.  She is so far up her own ass for so much of this book; I just wasn’t feeling her at all.  I think if I knew a Daisy in real life, I would run far and run fast.  But, I do feel bad for Daisy and what happened to her courtesy of Landon, so I can’t be that hard on her.  It was a bad situation, but I still maintain a Daisy in real life would make me want to commit murder.
Overall, I thought the story was good.  It had angst, sex and the rock-n-roll debauchery that makes books in this sub-genre so enjoyable.  Everyone wants to party and fuck like a rock star, and these books take you there.  Some better than others, and I would solidly put this book in the upper-middle of the pack when it comes to rock star romance.  It wasn’t bad, but I did have some trouble really connecting with the characters and their struggles.  However, Grayson is such a stud that he not only saves Daisy, he saved this read for me. He and his relationship with Daisy won me over in the end.  I’m definitely in for book 2.  4 stars.

Daisy’s fall

How did this happen to me? Just months ago I was in a loving, committed relationship with a man who I believed adored me. Nothing was standing in our way of being married and having the white picket fence, babies and all the happiness I could stand. Now I sit here on the edge of a bed in a shitty tour bus crying into my hands while a dozen little white sticks lie all over the floor laughing at me proving that I am a total fuck up.
The diamond on my hand does nothing but make me angry as it glistens, wet with my tears. I’ve screwed everything up. I let myself believe for a while that I could have a happy ever after. I let myself think that I was worthy of something as precious as love. Instead, I have ruined at least four lives in the ashes of my monumental lapse of rational thinking.
I always think things through. Daisy Shayne never jumps without looking where she would land. I had a plan. I mean literally, I write the shit down and check it off as I complete it. I was nothing if not meticulous in my calculating of my life this far. 
My parents planned nothing. I watched them constantly bailing water from the boat, borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and getting nowhere in life because of not having a plan. Well I had a plan damn it! Now as I look at my list all I want to do is jump from my boat and let myself drown. It would be so much easier than to face what is coming when those bus doors open and my life comes to an end. There is no hiding this. There is no fixing the situation. It’s going to destroy everyone involved, including myself in the process… 
Wait! I am getting too far ahead of myself. You need for me to start from the beginning to get the full picture here. You need to know everything and then you will understand.

Cat Mason is thirty years old and a mother to three children. She was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois which is just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis, Missouri. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and children. Previously publishing Contemporary Romance under her real name, Amy Cox until she decided to lose the filter and let it all hang out. When she isn’t writing, she is reading or spending time with her friends and family.

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