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ACCESS UNLIMITED (Access #3) by ALICE SEVERIN

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SYNOPSIS

They say you never know someone until you take a trip with them. But this isn’t a holiday – this is the comeback tour for Tristan Hunter. His brilliantly crafted debut solo album is getting a lot of attention thanks to Lily Taylor, the music journalist. She’s there to write up the tour, if what goes on backstage can even be printed. One thing she won’t be writing about is her passionate relationship with the star. They want to make it work, but there are a lot of obstacles to romantic bliss on a tour bus.

AC Clark, the guitarist from Tristan’s old band Devised, is also along for the ride. No stranger to excess, AC has a lot of memories about the bad old days, and he’s ready to share. Lily is learning fast what happens on the road, stays there…but some secrets are too big to hide. And Tristan knows the stage will take everything he has – and push him right to the edge. When past and present collide, it might be a crash no one recovers from…

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 4.5 beautiful stars

‘This didn’t’ feel like real life at all. But maybe it felt like love.’

Jenny:  Saying goodbye to Lily and Tristan really was a mixture of beauty and sadness. The beauty being the series as a whole and the very special conclusion to Lily and Tristan’s story. It’s one I’ve savoured from start to finish. The sadness being that I had to say goodbye to some truly memorable characters and some breathtakingly poetic prose, they will be missed.

“Love isn’t just one story. This is ours. Let it be. Stop asking why it’s different.”

I’ve been with Lily and Tristan through their ups and downs, their happiness and heartache and every minute was special. They’re anything but conventional and neither is their relationship and at times I felt like a voyeur, sneaking a peek at someone’s personal journey rather than being a spectator thanks to Alice’s words. I’ve said it before, it’s like being on tour with a Rolling Stone reporter when you read this account of life in the crazy world of rock stardom.

“You are you. That’s it. That’s all I want.”

Gitte it warms my heart that Alice stayed true to her characters and their story.  I can’t tell you how much I loved this one!

Gitte: Alice did her characters and her story proud with this last instalment, Jenny and yes I absolutely loved it. She did indeed stay true to Tristan and Lily, not only in who they are as individuals but who they are together.

“We’re mad, Lily. Mad. But I love it. And I love you.”

These two beautiful people could not be without one another, it’s not a pretty flowery romance, but that is exactly why I loved it; and really…the setting and history realistically calls out for it.

I also have to say, whilst I am somewhat a total goner for effed up Tristan, its Lily who has my heart. What a journey this has been, I’ve loved every minute of the beautiful disaster that is Tristan and the vulnerable quiet strength of Lily. These two make sense and Lilly is truly a memorable heroine.

“Don’t ask for what you’re not going to get. Be happy with what is in front of you. Don’t do things because you’re supposed to.”

As always, the writing is astoundingly beautiful and captivating. It truly felt as if we were right there, hiding in the background eavesdropping on private conversations. Living the moment as it unfolded.

Jenny & Gitte:  Lily and Tristan, both flawed and cynical, yet so hopeful, brought out something in each other that made them shine. Beautiful, pragmatic, honest Lily who doesn’t do drama or hysterics and whose subtlety and strength completely won us over the entire time.

‘I already knew I’d keep his secrets forever. Tristan was something special. An artist, strong to know the depths of his own heart, and brave enough to sink into that darkness. And come back.’

Tristan Hunter, such a contradiction and he always kept us on our toes. Soulful, loving, loyal to those he loves, with a depth of character that was fascinating. We were offered so much insight into this man and wow, what we wouldn’t do to spend some time in his head! What a fascinating adventure that would be!

“I want to get wasted. Do crazy things. I don’t know if I know how to be like this. Sensible.”

Alice delivered a conclusion that was an enlightening, true and natural progression for their story. We’ve cried, laughed, shared Lily and Tristan’s strengths and weaknesses and we’ve revelled in storytelling that was flawless and unique. Bravo Alice Severin, thanks for having the guts to do these guys proud and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for bringing these wonderful and intriguing characters into our lives. We’ll miss them!

**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

THE ACCESS SERIES by ALICE SEVERIN

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Access Restricted (The Access Series #2) by Alice Severin

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SYNOPSIS

Tristan Hunter, rock star. Lily Taylor, rock journalist. Fasten your seat belts.

Lily Taylor has been reporting on the music scene for years now. But when she met Tristan Hunter, the devastatingly sexy rock star with a wild past, she wasn’t expecting the ride of her life.

Now she’s been told to follow Tristan on his comeback tour to London. With their careers under the spotlight, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Tristan has the chance to reclaim the top, and Lily has the story of her career. Interviewing the people who were there right at the start with Tristan means she might finally find out the truth behind all those dark rumors.

So far, they’ve managed to keep their passionate affair hidden. But there are some people who know – and don’t want to see them together. And with their own demons to fight, will love stand a chance? Or will the first stop on the tour be the last…


Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Jenny: 4.5 Stars
Gitte: 4.5 Stars

Jenny:  Well Gitte, I don’t know about you but I’m nursing an emotional hangover even after talking AR through with you after we finished it.   I felt like I was reading this with a piece of concrete sitting on my chest, my heart felt so heavy.   I think I felt every conflicted emotion Lily experienced, and even though it drained me, I loved that it made me feel so much.

Gitte: Absolutely Jenny, I don’t think I have felt so emotionally drained in a while after finishing a book. The only thing I can liken it to is the feeling of melancholy, which I pretty much felt throughout the story.

Jenny:    Alice’s writing feels somewhat poetic at times.  I’ve said before that spending time in her books really does feel like I’m joining a Rolling Stones reporter on assignment.  She has a way of transporting me into the music scene and making me feel like I’m right in the thick of it.  At times it felt so real I thought I might be able to reach out and actually touch Tristan,  shout  a song request to him, it was like I was part of the crowd and it was absolutely mesmerizing.   I felt the highs and lows Lily and Tristan experienced and I felt every pitfall and disappointment they encountered.  I really was along for the ride, right beside them.

Gitte: There is something real special about Alice’s writing for sure. She has amazing originality and I’d say she really has a unique voice. The writing is intense, intelligent, questioning and extremely authentic. So much so that you have to remind yourself to slow down and catch a breath because the way her words hit you would get lost whilst it draws out the extreme of your emotions. Her descriptive writing is exact to a fault so that you see it play out in front of you.

Jenny:   I have to say though I felt the first 50% of this book did move pretty slowly and I do wish there had been a little more dialogue in the early chapters so I could have really “felt” Lily’s emotions rather than “hearing” them.  Don’t get me wrong, we are still afforded the impact of Lily’s feelings through her inner dialogue, we still experience her  confusion, passion, desolation, sadness and her occasional highs, but I would have loved to have seen her verbalize to Tristan a little more of how she was/wasn’t coping.  Lily has definitely grown in this book and is slowly learning how to deal with her relationships and the people people around her more adeptly, but you really do feel her inner turmoil and struggles and  at times, her utter devastation.  Whilst she is still questioning everything about her relationship with Tristan, you do somehow feel that little by little she is making headway into understanding this complex man who has stolen her heart.  My heart absolutely ached for her throughout.  I adore Lily and and I love seeing the occasional show of strength she brings to the fore as she makes her way through this narcissistic world.

Gitte: I have to agree with you Jenny, through the first half of this book I was wondering when we were going to get to a place where we learnt more about Lily and Tristan through their dialogue and actions. It did move very slowly and I felt I wasn’t re-connecting as quickly as I wanted to, seeing as I have been hanging for this sequel. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely felt every emotion Lily felt and agonised with her. I felt her pain as her overwhelming sadness, isolation and loneliness leapt of the pages. She did have her confident and strong moments, but on the whole this girl is so lost, it’s as if she hasn’t found her place in the world and I felt completely lost with her. I despaired for how she beat herself up at times and despite being an extremely intelligent girl, her rationale at times floored me and made me tear up.

“..Empty. Waiting. Alone. And possibly forever moving on from floor to grave. Thinking like that, thinking of what could go wrong, the isolation of sitting in some perpetual shade…” – Lily

“…he’ll still be pulling the girls when you’re telling the story drunkenly to your flat mates as they creep out, leaving you passed out in your own aging memories.” – Lily

She had guts though and she really did herself justice when the situation warranted it.

“And I made up my mind that I would do everything I could to make him happy, and when it ended, as it was bound to, I’d just feel f**king lucky that I’d had any part of him in my life.” – Lily

Jenny   So Gitte, we join Lily and Tristan where AAA left off.  Lily about to join Tristan in London to report on his comeback tour.  Their relationship needs to be kept on the down low…easier said than done when you’re as famous and mysterious as rock god, Tristan Hunter.  Everyone wants a piece of him and everyone has a story to tell and it up to Lily to report and be able to decipher the truth behind all the dark rumors and innuendo that constantly surrounds Tristan.  Every step she takes reveals a little more of the the complex man who has stolen her heart, but is it everything she wants to hear? Hearing Tristan’s story through the interviews broke me at times. I felt so much for this closed off, unfathomable man.  How about you Gitte?

Gitte: I have to say that learning about Tristan second hand through her interviews; getting an insight into this enigmatic man was very emotional for me also.  One scene actually made me cry and I felt like a vital piece was uncovered and I got closer to understanding why and how. However, I have to say that I am not really any closer to understanding Lily, I am desperate to; I need to. I understand many of her actions but not her thought processes; I want to know where they came from originally…what shaped her thoughts? Her way of thinking? Her irrational paranoia? I am hoping book #3 will help me understand.

“..I’d never met someone before who was so desperate to be loved, while being loved by almost everyone he met.” – Lily about Tristan

Jenny:  Tristan Hunter, is still the complex, confusing beautiful man we met in AAA.

“and then there was the man himself.  6’2”, dark hair, long legs, a rock legend in leather, with a stare that could make you want, hard, or make you back out of the roomLily

I really do love this talented, soulful, conflicted, profoundly beautiful man.   As revelations of his past emerge and we begin deciphering the truth from the mystery that surrounds Tristan Hunter, and you feel so much compassion for him.  My heart went out to him but at the same time, he also made me so angry at him for what he put Lily through.  A time or two I felt Lily’s utter heartbreak and was pissed at him for some of the choices he made that so affected Lily.  Tristan is one confusing man.  His words and actions don’t always acquiesce and I found him a such contradiction at times.  This man has so much depth and so many demons, but these demons must be faced and released if Lily and Tristan are to be given a chance at a relationship.  Deep down he knows Lily is the woman for him, but is he willing to trust his own feelings and those of Lily’s and take the leap required  to move forward?

“That’s it.  You see all of me, but you finish at my eyes.  Like you know that’s where what you’re looking for will be” Tristan

Gitte: I think the past has made Tristan question everyone’s intentions albeit with some unfortunate exceptions which he seems to just accept if they are from his past. Tristan continues to intrigue me; he is so complex; shaped by his past. I absolutely love this guy but I cannot tell you all the reasons why because I don’t even know myself. Yes, we have the obvious of him being a talented, beautiful rock star. He is controlling to a point yet vulnerable, playful and questioning too. It is as if he wants to test Lily to the point that he feels he can reconcile his feelings and accept hers in return.  He made me cry, he made me laugh and he made me want to give him a good slap! Tristan and Lily will be forever chasing the happy ending unless they face their past, open up to each other and realise that both of their intentions, feelings and love is genuine and not self-serving.

“…there was something desperate in his touch. I held him as tightly as I could, until he finally, slowly let go. He looked at me, a world of emotion in his eyes..”

Jenny:  The run home in this book really sold it for me.  It broke me, it left me emotionally drained and it made me sad, but there were many moments of hope and I can’t wait for book three to see where Alice takes this story.  I’m looking forward to having questions answered, unraveling the intriguing Lily and demystifying the unique Tristan Hunter. I need to know that everything is going to be okay for them and that they can find their way.  Book three can’t come quick enough for me.

Gitte: The last half of the book saved this story for me. I could not stop reading and inhaled every word wanting them to reach each other on a level that would save them. My heart aches for them both and I want their hurting to stop and for them to find them-selves and each other.

 

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Access All Areas (Book #1) by Alice Severin

SYNOPSIS
Lily Taylor’s life has been transformed twice – once by the music she loves, and then by the chance to make a career following her passion – writing about the business. But when she gets the biggest break of her career so far, an interview with the infamous Tristan Hunter, a rock star with a talent for trouble, Lily isn’t sure what to expect. Even though she’s always admired him, Tristan has a reputation for being difficult…and demanding.

Yet Tristan turns out to be just as electrifying in person as he is on stage, and the powerful connection between them is undeniable. Now the fiercely independent Lily finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of sexual desire that forces her to question everything she believes – and she’ll have to decide just how far she is willing to go for the answers…


Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Jenny 4.5
Gitte    4.5 

Jenny:   Well, we said we needed a book to “wow” us didn’t we Gitte and boy did we stumble upon a beauty!

Gitte:   We really did Jenny. Just wow indeed!!

Jenny:  I have to say upfront though that the Prologue sort of confused me and I was wondering if I was going to get into this book but a few pages later and this book hooked us didn’t it?

Gitte:  Yeah I was a bit confused in the Prologue as well. I felt like I had missed something, I wasn’t sure what was going on, then suddenly the story grabbed me and it did not let go. Even after having finished, it still has my heart beating real fast and I still get the shivers and a tear in my eye when I think of it.

Jenny:   Yep, I had the same feelings at the end too GG.  I thought this book was so beautifully and intelligently written – at times it was like reading a journalism piece from Rolling Stone Magazine and I found prose descriptive but not annoying.  This author certainly has a way with words. The first thing I felt was an affinity with the music and how it introduced us to Lily and Tristan.  That’s what pulled me in immediately.  I loved how the author wove The Clash – (London Calling, White Riot….lord save me!) with Tristan’s band Devised, at the start of the book at the Brit Awards.  It made you feel like you were there and was pure genius!
How Lily felt about the music, how she felt watching these bands, it really spoke to me.  I could feel her connection to the music and she experienced everything I feel when I watch a live band so it wasn’t hard for me to connect to her and the story straight away.

Gitte:  The music is what got to me. I love when it’s music I have a connection to as well as in this case London and the people in the business! I heard it, I saw it; I experienced it. When a story is told as brilliantly and as vividly as this one with such apparent knowledge and intelligence I felt it and got the immediate connection with Lily and Tristan. I love live music…if I don’t go to at least 5 concerts a year as well as local gigs I feel lost, the feeling of it is like a drug. The way the Author described Lily’s reactions to the music, how much and what music means to her…I felt it, because this is me, this is how I feel!

Jenny:  We first pick up the story of Lily meeting Tristan for the first time.  All nerves and insecurities in coming face to face with her idol….not only in Tristan but Mick Jones from The Clash,  backstage after a concert to ask them a few questions for her music blog.   Have I mentioned how much I loved the meshing of reality and fiction here? haha

Gitte:  Hmm I think you did mention it.  The first meeting, yeah you just know something special happened there. We felt what it meant and did to Lily when she met Tristan for the first time. Yet Tristan’s words…I don’t know…I just felt at the time reading it that this random episode was going to mean something to him too.

Jenny:  Now Gitte, Lily isn’t our usual type of heroine is she?  We can’t say much because we wouldn’t want to give anything away but a few things she did surprise me about her and you know what?  I sort of found it quite refreshing.  What about you?

Gitte: I think we have gotten used to a certain type of heroine Jenny, hence the shock factor at some of Lily’s actions. However, I have to say what a fantastic and refreshing change Lily made. I have to say she intrigued me from the start!

Jenny:  Fast forward five years later, with Lily more established as a music journalist, more independent and about to meet Tristan, who is now a big deal in the music world, to conduct an interview.  Lily is quite intense, has put up huge barriers, she comes across as a bit of a loner, gets overwrought, has flaws, insecurities, and has had years of wandering and “not feeling”.  Seeing Tristan again ignites something in her that she can’t explain, even to herself.   Her reaction to him and his music is extreme.  He affects her in a way no one ever has.

Lily:   “I’ve just met the love of my life and lost him all in the space of an hour”

Gitte:   Aww Lily, you fell not just literally, you also fell in lust and love at the same time all those years ago.  Our Lily, who I still haven’t figured out, must have been through something in her past I am sure, resulting in her being so emotionally closed off.  She certainly is intense and seems like such a lost soul who has problems identifying her feelings for what they are or even letting herself feel them. She has convinced herself that love is not important; emotions are not important. They bring pain…and not the pain she will willingly admit to wanting. Perfection, anxiety, hurt and numbness….

“How do people deal with desire?”

Jenny:   Tristan…..what can I say about Triz?? We can’t stop talking about him can we? All Dark eyes, dark hair, beautiful, talented, deep, and over 6ft of brooding alpha, dominant, rock god who just oozes sexuality…..hmmm think it’s safe to say we bloody loved him! *wink,wink*  Tristan was such a puzzle. Just who was Tristan?  From the first time I met him I wanted to know him, know his secrets, know more about him, I wanted to know what made Tristan tick.  Oh yes, this guy had me wanting more!!!

“I let my glance drop down his body, oh my there was a lot of him.  What the hell was I going to do with all that?  He was made for sex, I’d never been this enticed by a man’s body before.”
“He was animal and beautiful, and I felt like I was looking at a work of art.  His beauty was so modern, but there was a whisper of something ancient in his proportions” 
Wow Gitte, I love this author’s writing

Gitte: Yes…sigh…Tristan. I absolutely LOVE this guy!  Hahaha Jenny, that quote is highlighted after I read it more than twice, yeah not going to lie. This Author’s words are mesmerizing at times…a lot of the time! Tristan had me right from the start with his words when he and Lily met for the first time. I immediately thought wow…who is this guy! Yes, he is not only a gorgeous Rock Star…he is intense, each word he speaks has meaning; a meaning hidden within a meaning. I was completely drawn to him, I wanted to know everything I could possible know and I wanted more too; this man is one hot enigma with a painful past!

Jenny: The sexual chemistry between these two?  Seriously, it was tangible!  Tristan and Lily are such passionate, complex and complicated people and getting to know them and experience the intensity between them just had me spellbound.  Yes, these two had me hooked!  There was just something so deep and so intense about them, I had to know more!! And this author unwrapped them so slowly and wonderfully that it was killing me (in a good way!) and I was so immersed in their story I just wanted to race to the end to see how it all unfolded.

Lily:          “My body felt like someone had held it in their hands.  ……….. satisfied and thoroughly   fucked”
Tristan:    “And you make me come insanely hard”

Gitte: Yeah the Author sure knew just how much to give away reeling us in then having us grasp at scraps here and there to satisfy our need to both know and understand. I think it’s safe to say both Lily and Tristan are emotionally messed up. Though; I’d say Lily more so than Tristan. There is no simplicity here. The connection between Tristan and Lily is intense, it is intricate and heavy and you can literally see it and feel it as a reader. What the other means to them differs to begin with. I think they each see what they want to; what they think they need and want. Confusing as it may be to Lily as she is more emotionally closed off from the world except the music. Tristan embodies music which is where he has an advantage on her.

Jenny:   What about the sex scenes??? Geez, w e nearly burnt up the phones discussing these!  They were intense, hot, descriptive and ummm yeah…hot!!  This author can certainly write a sex scene.  Ummm did you delete those texts by the way?  You delete yours and I’ll delete mine.  Deal?

Gitte:   No problem Jenny, consider them deleted! 😉  Oh for all that is HOT…the sex scenes. Shivers, tingles, heavy breathing and a racing heart…yeah that would be me, I am not talking about Lily and Tristan here hahahaha.  Possession, Obsession and control….

“I knew you’d be like this he whispered” …..sigh……

Jenny:   I absolutely loved this book and felt bereft when I got to the last page – I wanted…..no, needed more.  I will say the only thing I didn’t like was Tristan’s nickname for Lily…..that was kind of a ewwww moment for me, but I moved on from it. Have to also point for readers who may not like BDSM that there is a touch of it in this book.
Thankfully the next book will be out around December….roll on Access Restricted I say because I NEED more Tristan and Lily……but definitely MORE Tristan Hunter!    Hello new book boyfriend – we’ll have to share him though Gitte because we can’t fall out over a fictional character 😉

Gitte: You know that moment you hit 85% on your kindle and you think noooo please keep going don’t stop; I am NOT ready to end this journey, I need more…I still don’t understand everything!!  Lily and Tristan have me spellbound…I cannot let them go…I have so many unanswered questions and even though this story does not have a cliff-hanger as such, it leaves you almost grieving that it has ended. I need more Tristan and intriguingly enough I definitely need more Lily! I cannot wait for Access Restricted to land on my kindle! Oh and Jenny…I think Tristan is more than man enough for the both of us!!

THE ACCESS SERIES by ALICE SEVERIN

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