~IRRESISTIBLE REFRAIN by Michelle Mankin~ Blog Tour and Review

tempestHey crew we are today’s stop on one of my most favourite author’s blog tour. Michelle Mankin’s IRRESISITBLE REFRAIN has just released. This is a fantastic read and a definite one click for the weekend. Check out my review and some details about the book. You’ll love this book!!! Be sure to enter the giveaway too!!!


Book Title: Irresistible Refrain – Tempest Series (Book #1)

Author:  Michelle Mankin

Release date: October 3, 2013

Genre: New Adult


Two years ago everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest.

Two years is a long time.

Too long to keep on remembering.

Not nearly long enough to forget.

In trouble with nowhere else to go songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City. It’s a risky move for her because they are both there, two impossibly good looking men whose lives are inseparably entwined with hers. One who bruised her heart and one who smashed it into pieces.

Warren “War” Jinkins, the mercurial lead singer of Tempest, has always had a thing for Lace. But then again so does his best friend and band mate.

Bryan “Bullet” Jackson, the sinfully handsome tat-sleeved lead guitarist, has a bad boy reputation befitting his nickname. For the past two years Bullet’s had a rule with the groupies: one time, never twice, leave ‘em satisfied, but always leave ‘em.

Two guys, one woman, and a host of dark secrets all together within the tight confines of a tour bus as the group travels cross country.

Can the past be forgotten and buried?

Will friendships prevail?

Or will the three of them succumb to seductive impulses too addictive to resist?

** Irresistible Refrain is a gritty rock and roll tale intended for mature readers seventeen and up. Contains sexual situations, strong language, and drug use. **



I seriously contemplated telling her right then and there that she was the only woman that had ever been important to me when I heard the door slide open behind us.

“Guys it’s four fucking a.m.” Voice gruff with disapproval, War’s appearance brought our intimate predawn reunion to an end. Looking wan and strung out, the lead singer of Tempest shuffled into view wearing a pair of red boxers and scratched his bare chest. “Come on back to bed, babe.” He held out his hand to her while shooting me an irritated glance.

She patted my knee and I took the cue to scoot out of the booth ahead of her so she could exit.

War threw a proprietary arm around her shoulders as soon as her bare feet hit the floor. “Night, Loser.”

“Night, Asshole.”

War gave me the finger before he closed the door.

I stared at it for a long time. Nothing had fucking changed. Twenty thousand people screaming my name during my guitar solo at the Garden, plus two twins, but none of that mattered to me. Not when my best friend had the woman I’d always wanted.


In music a refrain has two parts: the lyrics of the song, and the melody. It is also a part of the song that is often repeated.

n. re·frain: To hold oneself back; forbear: refrained, to restrain

n. re·frain 2  (r-frn)


a. A phrase, verse, or group of verses repeated at intervals throughout a song or poem, especially at the end of each stanza.

b. Music for the refrain of a poem.

2. A song or melody.

3. A repeated utterance or theme.

Michelle Mankin’s Irresistible Refrain was just that a song, melodic in it’s delivery of an irresistible love and attraction by two gorgeous and intense rockers to one fragile and lost woman. Both men love her in their own way and for different reasons. She, Lace, feels the love of both men but is drawn to the affections one over the other.

Mankin did not refrain from writing an absolutely fabulous story filled with lyrics of love, angst, friendship, vulnerability, and learning to stand on one’s own feet. This isn’t just a rock story. It’s a story with the musical refrain, the repeated notion of loyalty to family whether blood or circumstance. A loyalty that is a constant beat of the bass to balance out the harmonies of a love that will never fade into the background even when another love song is trying to climb to the top. Because a love as strong as these two (you’ll have to read to figure out who) is not a one hit wonder. It’s a timeless classic.

I have to mention one thing that makes Michelle Mankin’s books so great is she does her research—research on places, ins and outs of the music industry and even the characters. Although fictional she has done her homework on what it is like to be the rock god her characters portray both the good and the ugly parts. She has done her research thoroughly to understand the complications, the feelings and the physiology of an addict.

There haven’t been many rock stories that can bring a tear to my eye but Mankin always seems to have the perfect balance of the deep soul of angst and the lighter banter between characters that pull me thorugh different emotions. Much like the perfect ballad with its heavy lyrics in the verses and the lighter prose of a chorus.

Praise to Michelle Mankin for her new rock series Tempest. Book one IRRESISTIBLE REFRAIN rocked my book world. I can’t wait for the next book. This series… we’re talking sold out concerts. Adam Levine, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake HOT! We’re talking Rolling Stone Magazine cover good. D 5/5 Get on it!!!

mmAbout Michelle:

Michelle Mankin is a young/new adult romance writer as well as a self-proclaimed giant…inside her own mind.

For many years, she toiled in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her, and the hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.

Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and the latest novel, Love Resolution are rock ‘n roll romances. The first is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the second on Much Ado About Nothing, and the third on The Tempest. The first three books in the Black Cat Records series combine the plot underpinnings of the famous playwright with the drama, excitement, and the indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.

When she is not putting her daydreams down on paper, you can find Michelle traveling the world with her family. Sometimes for real and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.

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One comment

  1. Wow! Thank Denise. Incredible Review!

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