Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Dissonance by Drew Elyse

Dissonance by Drew Elyse
Published August 25, 2014

The first time Logan ever saw Charlotte, she was staring up into the rain.
Logan is searching for direction when his new roommate makes that entrance. With a body of pure sin, giant bright eyes, and the voice of an angel, she has his attention immediately. But everything about Charlotte is also screaming "hands off."
Charlotte is hiding. She made a life of pretending, and she is happy to keep it that way. Physically and emotionally scarred by the secrets of her past, the last thing she needs is a gorgeous roommate asking all the wrong questions. Their mutual attraction and devotion to music may be too strong to keep him at arms length, though.
Can they find a way to resolve the dissonance between them?

“Dance with me,” he repeated.
I nearly dropped when he asked. Even following him through the crowd, I was unsure if it was a good idea to dance with someone who turned my heart into a jackhammer. But, with my hand secured in his and determination radiating off of him, there was no going back.
When we made it onto the dance floor, the crowd had thickened and Eli and Alex were no longer in our sights. A stranger bumped into me, sending me staggering backward a few steps and tugging my hand free from Logan’s. He was on me again almost instantaneously, pulling me to his chest to steady me. I looked up at him, breathless from the proximity of our bodies, feeling his toned chest and abdomen beneath his t-shirt. They were even more alluring pressed against me than they had been that afternoon in the living room.
“You okay?” he asked, leaning in close so that I could hear. Chills shot down my exposed arms and neck from the warmth of his breath. I couldn’t form words. I could only nod and try to keep my face from looking like a deer about to be struck by an 18-wheeler.
Pulling back just enough so that he could see my face, he smiled. It was the same knowing smile that I’d seen from him before, the one that seemed at once charming and almost disgustingly cocky. If there was one thing I did not want, it was for the arrogant man with his arms around me to know the effect he was having on me. Silently coaching myself, I regulated my breathing and turned around. With my back pressed against his front, I began to move to the pulsing rhythm echoing through the club.
If Logan was at all surprised by my sudden command of the situation, he managed to not let on. His hands immediately went to my hips and pulled me tightly against him. Even once I was pressed so close that I could feel every muscle of his toned core move and flex behind me, the pressure of his fingertips against my gyrating hips did not let up. He was holding me there, giving me no room to pull myself away.
There was no need to hold me. When Logan began to move, his pelvis rocking sensually against my backside, I was so enthralled that I doubt I could have gotten my body to pull away from his. I never would have expected Logan to be able to dance the way he did, with a sensual power over me that was far more intoxicating than the rum we’d been shooting.
Song after song bled together but neither of us made any move to pull away. The thought never even crossed my mind until the music slowed. The constant pressure of his hands had never let up – although it had traveled around the curves of my hips and waist – until that moment. When those deft hands slackened their grip, I assumed he wanted to stop, so I started to pull away.
I was wrong.
He caught my hand and turned me back to face him. I expected to see the same arrogantly dashing smile, but instead his face looked serious and pleading. I allowed him to pull me into his arms again. I placed my right hand against his chest, which was overly warm, and I felt the fluttering heartbeat under my palm that matched my own. He took my left hand up to his neck. The thin layer of sweat on his skin made me want to run my tongue along his neck. The sensual response my body had to him was wholly unnerving. I had never felt such raw desire for anyone. Given my history, I could hardly ignore the way that Logan ignited my blood, even if I wanted to.
This was no middle school, arm length slow dance. Moving with the deep beat, Logan let his body, which was touching mine from chest to knee, lead. His eyes were locked on mine, his irises reflecting back the colors of the changing lights around us. His hands moved from resting on my hips and slowly skimmed up my back. When his rough fingertips touched the slightly damp skin of my arms, a shock ran through me, just as it had when he touched my hand in the car. He continued a soft, tickling path up the length of my arms, pushing my right hand up to encircle his neck.
As distracted as I was by his hypnotic touch, I did not realize that his hand had reached my wrist until I felt his thumb graze the scar. I froze. I kept the raised, red line hidden beneath a thick layer of make-up, but there was no disguising the raised edge from his touch. I never let anyone get close to the spot, let alone actually touch it as Logan had. How it slipped my mind, I didn’t know. It was impossible to forget it now, as his fingers traced the line down the center of my arm.
I couldn’t look up at Logan, couldn’t stand to see the confusion, or pity, or judgment that would have settled into his expression. I had to get away from him. Yanking my arm from his hold, I muttered a feeble apology as I rushed away.

"Most people hated Seattle because of the constant wet weather, but it was what I looked forward to the most.  I loved the rain."
Dissonance is the debut novel by Drew Elyse and I have to say she knocked it out of the park as a brand new author.  This book was gritty, heartfelt, extremely emotional and heartwarming all at the same time.  The emotions of each character could be felt through the words on the page and they gripped me in a way that made me often feel like I was in the room with them.  I give this book 4.5 rainy stars and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

Charlotte moves from Chicago to Seattle to be closer to her brother Eli and her best friend Alex after an unfortunate situation that left her in emotional turmoil.  In order to try and alleviate her brother from incessantly worrying, she agrees to move in with his best friend Logan and start a life in Seattle.  Closed off from the world Charlotte has a love of music that the reader finds out only rivals the one that Logan has.  Logan is a hot tattoo heir to a lucrative business by day and a musician by night.  He hasn't had a relationship as long as Eli has known him, preferring to have girls on speed dial for "booty-calls".  Logan doesn't understand the pull that he has toward Charlotte from the moment he sees her standing in the rain and Charlotte has a level of comfort and ease with Logan that an extreme few people ever see from her.  A match made in heaven?? 

Logan slowly begins to change his womanizing ways for Charlotte, knowing that he has to tread lightly and slowly into a relationship with her because she appears so fragile.  Her panic attacks and the way she is closed off at someone uttering a single word, leads Logan to believe that there something pretty significant happened to her that Eli hasn't divulged to him.  Charlotte slowly opens up to Logan, much to the surprise of Alex, who has lived through a similar circumstance and was only saved by the love she found with Eli.  The small tidbits of information that Charlotte reveal to Logan throughout the beginning of the book has the reader entertaining all sorts of possibilities as to what happened that made her so introverted.

"Charlotte, I know you're self conscious about your scar, but I wouldn't judge you for it.  I hate that you have had to suffer like that, but I am not going to throw meaningless pity at you.  You are still the same in my eyes."

The love the blossoms between Charlotte and Logan is beautiful to see, because she deserves happiness more than any character I have encountered in a book in a very long time.  And the 360 degree change that Logan makes in order to prove his love to Charlotte gives a girl hope that some of the book boyfriends we love and adore could maybe just be real after all.  Although this book had a happy ending, it wasn't gift wrapped and unrealistic, but instead was heartfelt and gave the reader a sense that there was more for them in the future and they would work to get there.  This book is an absolute MUST READ for all. 

Can they find a way to resolve 
the Dissonance between them?

Dissonance was a fantastic story, and I would give it a solid 5 stars!  It is told in dual POV's of Charlotte and Logan.  The sexy scenes were off the charts hot... and just the writing and the story itself were so well thought out that I couldn't help but give this a 5 star.  This is the authors debut novel and you wouldn't know it by how well put together it is.. so I have to give Drew Elyse a big high five for an amazing story.  You will get tons of emotions reading this book, and yes sadness is a big part of it.  But Char and Logan have a electric chemistry and at times you wanna say "kiss her already" but damn if its not worth the wait!

Char aka Charlotte has just made a huge decision in her life to move from Chicago to Seattle to be closer to her brother Eli and her best friend Alex.  Eli has taken care of Char for a longtime and a very tragic episode will give her no choice but to take this leap of faith and move away from everything she has ever known.  Her brother sets up everything for her, he has an apartment for her to stay in but it comes with a roommate Eli's best friend Logan.  Char isn't to hip on having a roommate but she knows its Eli's way of knowing she isn't alone and that she is safe.  She has troubled past and because of this she is very quiet and keeps to her self and her music.  When she realizes that music is a big part of Logan's life as well they start to form a bond... but she can only be friends.. she has built up to many walls and no one can ever break them down.  Or will Logan be the first to shatter those walls into tiny pieces?  She can only resist his charm for so long before the pull and the chemistry they have will ignite.

To say his grin was heart stopping would not do it justice.  It made him nearly irresistible, and I had the impression that he used that to his advantage frequently enough.  Already sensing that in him made it just possible for me to resist.--CHAR

Logan is a hardworking business man by day, but a tattooed Musician by night.  He isn't a playboy per say but he doesn't do relationships because they just turn out bad for him.. he has his few flings and normal hookups but he puts all his energy into his band and his family business.  But the day Char will come into his life will jolt things inside him like a lightning bolt.  

Seeing her in person, it was obvious from the first glance that she was a hell of a lot better than cute.  She stopped me in my tracks, and I'm certain that has never happened before.  I'm not sure what it was about her that I found so arresting, but I couldn't look away, much less get my feet to move. -- LOGAN

When the chemistry between them just can't be put to the side anymore it will be explosive.  They will learn more about eachother and also learn to change things about them selves to make a relationship with eachother work.  But when past secrets and present existence collide... there HEA will be hard to come by... but can they make it happen?  Will Logan be strong enough to take the blow of Char's past and will Char be able to let her walls down and finally feel what love is supposed to feel like?

God, this girl has no idea how damn hot she is.  I could barely keep myself under control while we had been dancing.  The way her skin glistened with a thin layer of sweat I imagined causing in much dirtier ways, the sweet floral scent of her that made me ache to know how she would taste, the way her body fit so perfectly against mine as though she was meant to be there, it all had me at the very brink of losing it.   I would not, could not be the one to break her. -- LOGAN

Logan's arms wrapped around me from behind, pulling me against him and kissing my cheek.  Contentment wasn't something I was all that used to, but in that moment, it consumed me.-- CHAR

I loved everything about his story..and I am so happy that we get Eli's and Alex's story next!  I just want to thank Drew Elyse for a perfect romance story and look forward to so much more from this author!

Drew graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in English. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and still lives there with her boyfriend, a rabbit named Lola, and a bird named... birdie.

Besides writing, she loves reading, music, and crafting. She has a slightly-less-than-healthy obession with all things Disney, and is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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