The Duet – Release Day Blitz

Title: The Duet
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Nov 8, 2014
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When 27-year-old pop sensation Brooklyn Heart steps in front of a microphone, her love songs enchant audiences worldwide. But when it comes to her own love life, the only spell she’s under is a dry one.

So when her label slots her for a Grammy performance with the sexy and soulful Jason Monroe, she can’t help but entertain certain fantasies… those in which her G-string gets more play than her guitars'.

Only one problem. Jason is a lyrical lone wolf that isn’t happy about sharing the stage—nor his ranch — with the sassy singer. But while it may seem like a song entitled ‘Jason Monroe Is an Arrogant Ho’ basically writes itself, their label and their millions of fans are expecting recording gold…

They’re expecting The Duet.

The Duet will be priced at $2.99 for two days post-release, then the price will bump to $3.99!

The M Lounge was the hippest and most discreet club in LA. If there was any hope of me locking down a one-night stand, M Lounge was the place to go.

“I can’t drink much tonight because I have that meeting with my record label in the morning,” I warned as we passed through the back entrance to the club and headed up a set of stairs that were used exclusively for the VIP level. Fun fact: one time I was going up those stairs when P. Diddy was coming down, and he totally touched my ass. Allegedly.

“Just to clarify: if you’re begging me for tequila shots at midnight, threatening to kill my first born if I don’t give them to you, I should still tell you no?” Cammie asked, just to ensure the boundaries were set. Better safe than sorry.

“That was one time and it was in Cabo,” I protested. “What else are you supposed to do in Cabo other than challenge a mariachi band to a tequila shot contest until the lead singer passes out beside a donkey?”

Cammie held up her hands and started listing off items. “I dunno— enjoy the beach, check out the museums and the culture—”

“That was a rhetorical question,” I interrupted as we made it to the top of the stairs.

As if by magic, the black curtain in front of us swept to the side, opening up an entire room of drunken debauchery before us. In one corner, a celebrity who shall remain nameless (we’ll call her Nennifer Janiston) was sucking face with a sexy man, and across the room two of the funniest women in comedy were doing body shots off of a waiter from the club.

“Welcome to the behind the scenes of Hollywood,” I whispered to Cammie.

 

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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The Duet – Review

The DuetThe Duet by R.S. Grey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC provided by RS Grey in exchange for an honest review.

I’m kind of bummed about this one guys. I have loved every one of RS Grey’s novels, but I only kind of enjoyed this one *hides*!

Brooklyn Heart’s record label is forcing her to write a duet with Jason Monroe. So it’s off to Montana to write on Jason’s ranch. Neither Brooklyn nor Jason are super into collaborating, but Jason seems to have trouble even acting civil. Obviously, this is a romance… So you know the rest.

The novel has a lot going for it. Gorgeous cover, unique take on an old idea, hot male love interest, sassy heroine, and a generally OK plot, but there are several big issues that kept me from really enjoying it.

1. The book was boring as all get out for the first 40%. I trudged through it. Up until that point- Brooklyn had boring sex, she called her sister, she meddled, she went to a meeting, she got on a plane. That’s about it. Then, at 50-69% little more happened, but it was still kind of boring. I wasn’t even into the sex scenes. They were super flat. Where’s the sizzle the author wrote in Stealing Wilder? The sex was super vanilla. Nothing really all that interesting happened until about 70% into the novel. Additionally, I found Brooklyn’s inner-monologue to be very grating- which is OK. I don’t necessarily have to like the main character to like the book- but Brooklyn reminded me of a high school kid who thinks she’s too cool for school.

2. The whole “Brooklyn meddles in Cammie’s life by trying to get her to talk to Grayson” drove me fracking insane. It was painfully obvious that the author was trying to set up a sequel, but it was just too much. The overt hints to something going on with Cammie and Grayson became really over the top. I get it… The next book is about them.

3. Here’s the big reason why I couldn’t get into this: the characterization was non-existent. It took about 60% in until I felt like I knew Brooklyn enough to get behind her. Unfortunately, she is the only character who wasn’t written completely two dimensionally. For almost the entire book, Jason Monroe is a total mystery. We know nearly nothing about him- and it doesn’t seem like Brooklyn does either. She thinks he’s hot and talented, but he’s a total mystery. I didn’t believe in their romance because it was like Brooklyn was trying to date a cardboard cut out. At about 85% in we get this giant info dump in the form of a phone call from a supporting character (this seemed to be her only purpose in the novel) that’s supposed to make Jason relate-able, but it was too little too late. Who was Jason Monroe? I have no idea and I hate that I have no idea.

Of the supporting characters I did like Cammie and Logan. Cammie was well-written and I think her personality was well established. I’ll read the subsequent novel because Grey did do a good job of making Cammie come to life. Logan was a cute addition and I would have liked to see more of him.

LuAnn was given a brief shot of life in the beginning of the novel. The author obviously intended her to be a sassy older woman, but that sassiness was quickly lost after her introduction to Brooklyn and she became a background character who seemed to lack a purpose and a personality. Derek… What was even the point of him? At all. I have no idea why he was included in the story.

I don’t know. I wanted to like this novel because it’s such a fresh idea for a story, but the lack to depth to the characters didn’t allow me to. So I give this 2.5 stars (rounded up to 3) because of the unique story idea, the gorgeous cover, and the fact that I found it mildly enjoyable. I’ve loved all of Grey’s books up until this point, but unfortunately this one didn’t blow my skirt up.

COVER REVEAL!!

Title: The Duet
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Nov 10, 2014
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When 27-year-old pop sensation Brooklyn Heart steps in front of a microphone, her love songs enchant audiences worldwide. But when it comes to her own love life, the only spell she’s under is a dry one. 

So when her label slots her for a Grammy performance with the sexy and soulful Jason Monroe, she can’t help but entertain certain fantasies… those in which her G-string gets more play than her guitars'.

Only one problem. Jason is a lyrical lone wolf that isn’t happy about sharing the stage—nor his ranch — with the sassy singer. But while it may seem like a song entitled ‘Jason Monroe Is an Arrogant Ho’ basically writes itself, their label and their millions of fans are expecting recording gold…

They’re expecting The Duet.

          Summer Neilson BrooklynHeartAssist@gmail.com 7:00 P.M.

          Whattup Boss. Just an update about the meeting tomorrow with Global Records. It’s still at 8:00 A.M. at their downtown offices, but now Jason Monroe will be there as well. They haven’t briefed me about what they’ll be discussing with you guys, but I thought I’d give you a heads up incase you wanted to forget to wear a bra or something. I’ve attached a photo of him, just as a reminder of how seriously hot he is. (You’re welcome.)
 

          Your badass assistant,

          Summer

          PS. Let’s get lunch after your meeting so we can go over tour stuff.

I laughed and rolled my eyes. Some people might argue that my relationship with my thirty-year-old assistant crossed boundaries, but Summer had bright purple hair and usually sported black on black for all occasions. I don’t think I could have reined her in even if I tried. Not to mention, she got shit done and made me laugh while she did it, so I didn’t see any problems.

“Oh, no way. You have a meeting with Jason Monroe tomorrow? That guy can seriously rock,” the Brazilian model said over my shoulder. I hadn’t even realized he’d slid over to my bench while I was reading my email. Creepy.

I turned my phone away quickly, hoping he hadn’t had enough time to read the rest of the email where Summer had attached a shirtless photo of Jason. If so, I was going to have to find the guys from Men in Black so that I could use that pen thing to erase his memory.

“Oh um, yeah, we’re under the same music label,” I answered nonchalantly, trying to read his features for any tell of whether he read the bra-less comment.

“That guy has soul, have you seen his acoustic performances?” he asked, seemingly more interested in the idea of Jason Monroe than the idea of having sex with me. Something was wrong with this picture. “He headlined ACL and Coachella last year.”

I rolled my eyes and dropped my phone back into my purse. The rest of the ride to my condo, and even as we rode the elevator up to my floor, I wondered what the record label had up their sleeves concerning me and the seriously sexy, Jason Monroe. (Yes, of course, I went back to look at the photo Summer had sent me in the email. Here’s a hint: he was on stage at a music festival with his guitar. His eyes were closed, sweat was dripping down his neck, his brown hair was disheveled, and he was singing a song with every bit of soul he had in him. I couldn’t look away until the Brazilian model literally pried the phone out of my hand.)

 

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday. 

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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