Monday, February 2, 2015


Adult Contemporary Rockstar Romance
Release: January 28, 2015


“You have the ability to make controversial characters sympathetic. Maybe I just want to be understood.”

Acclaimed literary biographer Elizabeth Winston writes about long-dead heroes. So bad boy rock icon Zander Freedman couldn’t possibly tempt her to write his memoir. Except the man is a mass of fascinating contradictions - manipulative, honest, gifted, charismatic, morally ambiguous.

In short, everything she sought in a biography subject. When in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend? But saying yes to one temptation soon leads to another.

Suddenly she’s having heated fantasies about her subject, fantasies this blue-eyed-devil is only too willing to stoke. She’d thought self-control was in her DNA, after all she grew up a minister’s daughter. She thought wrong.

Outside your comfort zone is the only place worth living...

Zander Freedman has been an outlier - many would say an outcast – for most of his life. But there’s no disaster he can’t overcome, from the break-up of his band to the fall-out on his reputation. His Resurrection Tour is shaping up to be his greatest triumph - if his golden voice holds out. Contracting a respected biographer is simply about creating more buzz; Elizabeth's integrity the key to consolidating his legacy as one of rock’s greats.

All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not make him think.

Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out. And certainly not to fall in love for the first time in his life.

Turns out he is scared of something - being known.

Rise - a redemption story of a rock star going straight(er) through the love of a good(ish) woman.

What an outstanding novel!

Rise has risen above any expectations I had from it..

The depth the author has given to it is mesmerizing.

Its intensity is just…

What I loved the most about it was the gradual growth of the characters’ relationship. They didn’t just meet, sparks flew and they wanted to be together. They may have been attracted to each other, sure, but the desperate wanting came later. It came as they got to know each other, as they spent time together. I loved their pace.

I just loved reading about these characters.

Zander was such a misunderstood guy. Don’t get me wrong, he has his faults. But he is such a great man and I felt sorry for him, because very few got the chance to meet and see that great man. Of course, he didn’t want anyone to see the real man behind the rock star. But it’s a pity, when a great man, like him, was so misunderstood by everyone, even his so-called friends.

Elizabeth is not misunderstood. She’s just controversial and full of contradictions. She may seem like the quiet, mild person, but she’s not that innocent or naive. She’s a strong, intelligent woman who has embraced her femininity. She isn’t very confident, after all she’s a woman. We all have our insecurities, but Elizabeth is kind of in terms with them.

Both characters present themselves in one way, but they have layers. People are not what they seem to be, or in this case, how they present themselves. They key is to see them. To see the real them and not the fake them, themselves and not a projection of themselves.

Many characters own this attribute on their way, and I have to admit that I liked this mix truthfulness and projection. It was a very smart and very humane, in my opinion. The author dug deep and she didn’t just write a love story about two different people who fell in love with each other.

So, Congratulation to Karina Bliss for delivering such a magnificent novel!

Rise receives 5 Amazing Stars!! Maybe a 5+ !!

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About the Author:

New Zealander Karina Bliss’s debut, Mr Imperfect, won a Romantic Book of the Year award in Australia, the first of eleven books published through Harlequin SuperRomance. Her most recent release, A Prior Engagement, was a Desert Island Keeper at Her next release, Rise, is a single title, self-published contemporary which continues the story of Zander Freedman, who first appeared as a villain inKarina’s bestselling title, What the Librarian Did – a book that made DearAuthor’s Best of the Year list in 2010.Two of Karina’s books have also featured in Sizzling Book Chats at SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.

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