Contemporary Romance

Review: Manipulated

Manipulated by Cari Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sexy hot and sweet.

Irish rock star Owen Blackwell is trying to get over the one he thought got away. After many years creating music with Hammered he thought he had fallen for his lovely band mate Keys, who only ever saw him as a good friend and big brother. But one look at a gorgeous woman at a Halloween party, an impromptu photography session and some seriously steamy make out session had him believing he just might be able to get over his heartache. There was only one problem, his mystery photographer left him before giving him any way of contacting her.

“I think you’re going to have to either have a drink with me, dance with me or marry me and have my babies.” His heavily rimmed, seductive blue eyes simmered into mine as I turned back to stare. “Your pick, love.”

Calliope Templeton has just gotten out of a bad marriage and is trying to pick up the pieces of her life and her long forgotten passion for photography, especially of the boudoir variety. She isn’t looking for anything that doesn’t relate to her career, not even the very determined super sexy Irishman. A man she’ll be cohabitating with in close quarters on a daily basis due to the incredible job offer Hammered’s label offered her. Can she keep herself from crossing the line and risking her heart?

“Play with me, Calliope. Be my muse for as long as you’ll allow.”

Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott brilliantly accomplished at writing rock star romances with a perfect balance between steamy hot chemistry, fun and charming characters, heartwarming connections and amazing concert portrayals that make me feel as if I were right there listening to these great performers.

I got hooked on this great writing duo through their Oblivion series and now have them on my default want to read list. Of course this series has quirks all its own, starting with the interesting book titles. I mean, Manaconda? The book practically begged to be read! And the band dynamics are also pretty interesting, like Owen’s unrequited love towards Keys.

We got a little bit of Owen in book #2 and I automatically wanted him to find his happy. He’s so easygoing and loveable, not to mention sexy as all get out with that Irish brogue and take charge charm. It was so fun how he was relentless in pursuing Callie and even though he’s a successful rock star who could maintain his single status and shy away from anything serious, he’s completely unafraid of the possessive feeling Callie awakens in him nor at wanting so much more than just fun with the beautiful shutterbug.

Callie was on the other side of the relationship spectrum due to her failed marriage and deep seated insecurities even though she has a great personality and sense of fashion. Completely afraid of anything profound and lasting which made the chase between the two all the more fun. Sure they have an incredible attraction and smoldering hot chemistry which ignites practically from the get go, but Owen had a hard time convincing Callie of taking a chance on them. He eventually did though in a spectacular way only a rock star could.

“I was too many things. Too ungainly, except when a camera was in my hands. Too snarky, too apt to say the worst thing at the worst time. Too thoughtless, too self-conscious.”

Manipulated is book #3 in the Hammered series by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliot. It’s written from both points of view with a happy ending.

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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