Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review Tour ~ For All the Right Reasons by Ann Lister ~ (Review + Teaser)

Review Tour ~ For All the Right Reasons by Ann Lister ~ (Review + Teaser)

For All the Right Reasons



Parental Discretion is Advised. Sydney Willows, a professional photographer boasts a long list of world famous musicians as clients. She's blond, ambitious, and about to shoot the most lucrative job of her career when she meets Ben Gallo, lead singer and guitarist for his band, Reckless. Tall, handsome, and with enough rock swagger to melt any woman's heart, Ben plays to win. Will he be the one to show her that the path to 'happily-ever-after' is possible with a music man, or will a juvenile bet made between brothers prove stronger than a bond of love? For All The Right Reasons is ribboned with deception, lust and love and will leave you aching for an encore."


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What is it with me and Ann Lister's female characters? I mean, the fact that I don't care for them has to be me, right? I love Ann Lister's MM books. She's a fantastic storyteller and her writing is top notch. I generally like her male characters and in fact generally like the stories themselves. So I guess this is going to be an instance in which my review may feel a bit skewed towards the lead character. I pretty much didn't care for Syd from the get go. At first, I wasn't sure what it was but by 10% in, I realized that her attitude towards Ben felt both over the top and slightly immature. I didn't get why she was so blatantly cold to him. Now, obviously being around famous musicians she knows how they operate and she didn't want to be seen as a "piece" they would think they could get with while they worked. Not to mention hating Simon (Ben's brother and the band's drummer) was definitely justifiable since he was a sleazy jerk. But, personally, Ben didn't give off the as*hole vibe, so her disdain for him was obnoxious. As the story progressed, I got more used to Syd but never really warmed up to her. On the other hand, I really liked Ben. He seemed more real to me. I liked their chemistry but just didn't care for Syd individually. When we get to the big conflict in the story, I have to say I thought Syd overreacted and didn't handle it with the maturity I'd expect from someone her age. It (and I want to avoid spoilers) was the kind of thing I expect from High Schoolers and College kids. There was way too much at stake at this point and for her to not discuss things and to walk away the way she did was terrible. Then to make it even worse she did what I believe was unforgivable (or at the very least something that would take a very very long time to get over). The fact that it was resolved so quickly, so easily forgiven, left an extremely bad taste in my mouth. I pretty much could not stand her at this point and didn't change my mind the rest of the story. I loved Ben, I could actually keep reading about him. However, as far as Syd is concerned, I'm not a fan. So do I recommend For All the Right a Reasons? Yes! It's Ann Lister, it's a good story but just be warned, you may not like Syd (or you might love her) but Ben is definitely worth it. 4 Stars!


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Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha's Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.

After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award. Her 'behind-the-scenes' exposure to the music world and her love of rock music is the inspiration for her erotic rock star romances.

The Rock Gods series gave her Bestselling Author status on Amazon. Beyond The Music, Book 7 in the series, reached #1 in Gay Erotica in the Pre-Order and held that spot for several weeks. The last book in the series launches the spin-off series, Guarding The Gods, which is releasing in early summer 2016.

Fall For Me, Book One in the series was a Finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Award. Each book in this series brings her two favorite elements together: musicians and the love between two men. These stories focus on what it truly means to love; love unconditionally, love without restrictions or labels, love without fear or judgment – to just simply love.


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