Sunday, October 19, 2014

Unplugged by Lisa Swallow ~ New Review

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Title: Unplugged (Blue Phoenix, #3)

Author: Lisa Swallow

Genre: Rock Star Romance

Release Date: September 16 2014


4 stars

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♥ Synopsis ♥

"A rock star doesn't return to his humble beginnings and whisk away the girl he kissed once. Especially if she has a four year old and her relationship status is 'it's complicated'."
Blue Phoenix bass player, Liam Oliver discovers pictures of his fiancée with another man and his world crashes around him. He packs up his humiliation and hurt and flies back to his Welsh family home for Christmas.
Cerys Edwards once had pictures of Liam Oliver covering her bedroom wall. Her best friend’s big brother never gave her the time of day when they were growing up. When she was fifteen, he left town leaving Cerys with her fantasies. Now he’s back. The problem is, she has a daughter and a broken relationship of her own.
In the world of his Christmas past, Cerys and Liam reconnect. Are they two hurt people looking for comfort in a time of heartbreak or does Cerys have a place in Liam’s future too?
Months later and unplugged from his Blue Phoenix lifestyle, Liam reconnects with Cerys. He discovers Cerys’s world is full of complications he never expected – including Ella’s father who isn’t happy about being replaced by a rock star.
Unplugged is more than a rock star romance. Liam isn’t dark and brooding like Dylan, or a bad boy like Jem but a fiercely loyal man with a big heart. This is a story of love, family and unexpected bonds made that can’t be broken.
This is book three of the Blue Phoenix series. It can be read as a standalone but has minor spoilers for books one and two.

♥ Lorie’s Review ♥



(Technically, Unplugged can be read as a standalone in the Blue Phoenix series; but, I would recommend meeting Liam and the other guys of Blue Phoenix first in Summer Sky and Falling Sky. I just think you’ll have a better appreciation for Liam’s story if you do.)


Now it all makes sense!!!

Liam, Liam, Liam… I definitely would have had posters of you plastered to my wall as a teenager! I almost hate to say it, but I really think Liam has replaced Dylan as my favorite rocker from Blue Phoenix. Liam is nothing what I imagined him to be. We only had a small peek at him in the previous Blue Phoenix books, and that small peek doesn’t do the man justice. Liam turns out to be an intoxicating mix of sweet and controlling with a heart as big as the sky. He will literally melt your heart.

“Let's just say I know when to hold a girl's hand, but I also know when to pull her hair.”

With a line like that how could you not fall head-over-heels for Liam???? Just sayin’……..

Liam finds himself back at his parents’ house for Christmas after discovering his fiancĂ© with another man. Expecting a quiet holiday with his family, Liam is surprised to find his room being occupied by his younger sister’s childhood friend, Cerys. Cerys isn’t the same girl from childhood, no, she’s all grown up and gorgeous. And, she just happens to have a little 4 year old in tow.

“Some soul mates never meet, or their paths cross at the wrong time, and those people will always have an emptiness they’ll never understand.”

Cerys proves to be the flame to Liam’s moth. Liam is absolutely smitten with Cerys. She makes Liam realize what he really wants and what’s been missing for a long time. Cerys’s current relationship status of ‘complicated’ and a 4 year old are no deterrent for Liam. He knows what he wants, but how does he convince Cerys he’s for real? As much as she’s attracted to Liam, Cerys is not certain how she and her daughter could ever possibly fit into the chaotic and crazy world of Blue Phoenix. Liam sets out to capture the girl’s heart who has captured his, but that may be easier said than done.

This was such a great read for me. Lisa Swallow had me crying almost right from the beginning. My heart broke for both Liam and Cerys. It was truly difficult to put this one down. I couldn’t help but get caught up in the lives of these two characters.

Unplugged is a great addition to the Blue Phoenix series. It’s sexy, sweet, and utterly heartwarming. If you’re searching for a rock star series that isn’t too light but isn’t hard core sex and drugs, the Blue Phoenix series is calling your name.

(Oh, and make sure you’re on the lookout for the bacon sandwich! It can’t possibly be a Blue Phoenix book without a little bacon. )


♥ Blue Phoenix Series Reading Order ♥




Summer Sky

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Falling Sky

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Rising – due in December

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♥ Author Bio ♥

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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