Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: Groupie by Ginger Voight


Into any girl's life a star could fall, but there's a thin line between love and obsession.

Andy Foster never expected lightning to strike when she met the enigmatic front man of an up-and-coming rock band, but Giovanni Carnevale left her thunderstruck. At first it is easy to use her freelance writing career as an excuse to indulge the steamy flirtation from city to city. As she gets ever closer to making her lascivious fantasies a reality, however, she finds herself entangled in the fake and sometimes dangerous world of celebrity where nothing is as it seems, including the celebrities themselves.

She hangs on to find something real amidst the illusion, while Giovanni balances what he wants against what he fears most. Over three years they come together and blow apart with the same kind of combustible passion. This keeps them orbiting in the others' stratosphere despite new relationships and bitter betrayals. They are bound together by something they can't fight, something that draws the ire of another fan determined to claim Vanni all to herself. 

Unknowingly they all race toward a dramatic moment of truth that will leave two people injured, and one dead, with a twist of an ending you may never see coming.

Stalkers, and Rockers and Sex OH MY! So this book starts off with a bang. No. Seriously someone gets pap papped right from get go but you aren't sure who it is so you have to read on to find out. That was a clever way to hook you right from the start. This was a book that I wasn't sure I was 100% into until I got to the end and realized that I was totally invested into this world. It centers on Andy Foster a young writer from Tennessee who goes along with her friend Iris to see an up and coming new band that Iris is trying to promote and further her career. Andy isn't your typical slender young woman, no Andy is a voluptuous woman and her curves are what usually attract men to her. When Andy sees the front man Giovanni "Vanni" Carnevale up close a connection is instantly formed and neither of them can forget the other one. After some heavy flirting and dancing after the show Andy leaves Vanni wanting more. They ended up keeping in touch by emails, texts and phone calls and Vanni made it seem like he was interested then Fast Forward 8 months and Andy finds herself in New York volunteering to write for the band as they continue to climb the charts. They share a hot kiss that almost leads to some "Body Rockin' Knockin' Tha Boots" but they are interrupted by his live in girlfriend Lourdes. Vanni tries to explain it's just for the public eye but Andy is heart broken and makes him leave. She has to do a band interview with him and his fake girlfriend which they play up as he wrote the bands hit song for her. Poor Andy, she was so sure she and Vanni had connected when they first met and ends up heading back home to lick her wounds after watching him flounce around with a model. At yet another event for the band some time later Andy inadvertently dances with an older gentleman named Graham who she finds out later is the owner of a very successful record label. When she starts to uncover a secret about Vanni's current label she approaches Graham about helping the band out of their current contract in hopes she and Vanni can be together. The whole situation blows up in her face during a drunken night of licking her wounds after Vanni yet again breaks her heart. I swear I have never been so frustrated with a character before! This book takes you through 3 fucking years of ups and downs with these two characters and every time you think it is about to work out something else happens to piss you off!

During one of the many times Vanni disappoints Andy she starts to become close with Graham. He was into her from the first meeting and they develop a friendship. Not all of the book follows Andy alone, about halfway through you are introduced to a really psycho chick named Talia who turns out to be one of Vanni's stalkers. You get into this chicks head and see that she is total bat shit. She starts believing her and Vanni are communicating on a spiritual plane or some shit. Andy figures out this girl is not well and talks Vanni into setting her up while on a fan Cruise. Everybody knows that you can't just whisk away crazy because Talia ends up finding herself at a fan event where Vanni is set to make a big announcement but before he can everything changes with the pull of a trigger. With that the author leaves you to find out what happens in the next book!

I was halfway through book 2 when I started this review and I had to save it for later and finish the entire series to find out what happens! This book will piss you off, make you swoon and fall in love several times. I swear Vanni made me love him, hate him and love him again only to hate him once more! I love when an author can make me do that throughout a book with a character. Vanni is very flaky due to his childhood. He doesn't want anyone else to leave him like his father did so he makes no promises to anyone and feels like that is safe, but when he met Andy she shook up his entire existence. I really hate that he was such a man whore though. You never get to see things from his perspective in this book so I kept hoping that while he was with Andy he was staying faithful but men are stupid fuck holes and they always cheat! Vanni was sweet sometimes and other times he was a total asshole. I can guarantee that when you read this you will want to throw whatever device you are reading with across the room and scream obscenities until your throat bleeds! Despite the fact that this book pissed me off I found myself drawn into this rock world and captivated by the characters and what crazy shit they would pull next. This is definitely worth the time it takes to read it , because it is a long read so be prepared to be in it for a while. I could have used a little more heat during the sex scenes but other than that I did like this book. I blame Ginger for the new grey hairs I just found the other day LOL! 

When I returned to the hotel I opened my computer and immediately downloaded “Wanting Her.” I needed to hear it again, this time armed with the knowledge that it actually wasn't about a hot alien from the Planet Boobjob. Loc. 1129

“Thank you for one of the best nights of my life,” he said. “No matter what happens today I want you to know that being with you kept me sane when the whole world was falling apart.” Loc. 1619

“It seems to me you think you can just keep me on the chain whenever it"s convenient and I"m supposed to dump everything and everyone whenever you decide to crook your little finger. You really are an arrogant son of a bitch sometimes.” Loc. 4443

 Groupie is on sale for only .99 Cents!

About The Author:
Ginger Voight is a prolific author, freelance writer and optioned screenwriter. Her fiction is diverse, with novels like the edgy, coming-of-age drama DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, and the fun family adventure for kids of all ages, COMIC SQUAD.
Having grown up reading different authors like Danielle Steel and Stephen King, Ginger has always been drawn more to story than to genre. This shows up in her various stories. Titles such as MY IMMORTAL and TASTE OF BLOOD are a delicious, heady mix of horror, suspense, and romance.

Genre romance, however, has held a special place in her heart, ever since she read her first Harlequin novel when she was only eleven. As a result, Ginger is making a name for herself writing romances of her own, starring women who look more like the average American woman rather than those traditionally represented in the size-biased American media. Her Rubenesque romances were created especially for those heroines with fuller figures, who can still get the man of their dreams if only they believe they can. Such titles include UNDER TEXAS SKIES, LOVE PLUS ONE, GROUPIE and PICTURE POSTCARDS. Her contemporary, Rubenesque titles have even won her category best-selling distinctions on the All Romance e-Books website.

Ginger was included in the best-selling book by Smith Magazine NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING, featuring her six-word memoir. Additionally you can read her essay KISSED BY A MUSE published on the website for Smith Magazine's 2011 project THE MOMENT. It demonstrates how an influential teacher and a spark of creative thinking changed an 11-year-old's perspective in an instant and gave her a passion for a lifetime.


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