Blog Tour, My Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Beat by Vi Keeland

Blog Tour, My Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway:  Beat by Vi KeelandBeat by Vi Keeland
Publication Date: June 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Rockers, Romance
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Dimpled smile of a boy

Hard body of a man

Sings like an angel

Fucks like the devil

I was stuck between a rock(star) and a hard place.

At fifteen, his poster hung on my bedroom wall.  At twenty-five his body hovered over mine.  Every girl’s fantasy became my reality.  I was dating a rockstar.  Yet I was slowly falling for another man.  The problem was—the two men—they shared a tour bus.

Flynn Beckham was the opening act.

Dylan Ryder was the headliner.

What happens when the opening act begins to shine so bright, it seems to dim everything else in its wake?

I’ll tell you what happens.  Things get ugly.

My Review

“Funny. I was just thinking you’re all I really need.”

This was my first Vi Keeland book.  THIS WAS MY FIRST VI KEELAND BOOK! I can’t believe I have missed out on books from this author, but have already added her to my must-read list for past and future releases.  I was fortunate to be allowed the opportunity to review Beat.  This was a story of healing and love. A story of burying old dreams and living new ones. 

“I should walk away, not even go near the temptation.  But, living life without temptation is like having a heart that doesn’t beat.  And I’m a musician. I need a good strong beat.”

Flynn Beckham, leader of the band In Like Flynn, has had one dream his whole life, to make it big in the music industry, and have fun doing it.  He has been doing a heck of  a job at that until a chance meeting and intervention for some vocal issues. 

“A man with good rhythm has always been my weakness.  Musicians have always been my kryptonite.”

I think if you were to ask Lucky Valentine, she would say that her name is not really how she feels. Having allowed a major life occurrence to shape her present decisions and dreams, she now hides behind a bar with memories and a man she lusted for since she was young.

“I want you. I keep trying to distance myself, but it’s impossible. I wake up with your name on my lips every morning. I want you next to me during the day and beneath me at night.”

We enter the story in a relaxed party atmosphere, rather unaware of any events that are about to take place. It is evident, and we know from the synopsis, that a love triangle is inevitable. But, for it to be a love triangle, you need three participating sides to make this formation. We become aware that for Dylan, actions speak louder than words, and his aren’t always with the best intentions for others, mostly for himself. But, Flynn makes us sit up and take notice, as he lays aside his own needs for that of another, allowing a transformation to take place with one “Lucky” lady. She has the ability to make or break them both, and establish a lifetime of love and living or existing and being. We can only wish on a star that her eyes become open and focused for her to see the best possible future.

“You’ve been inside me since the day we met.  It’s time I return the favor.  Only I’m going to be much more literal.”

Beat was a wonderful read told in dual points of view from Flynn and Lucky.  There were so many heart-warming and toe-curling moments in Beat.  Uncle Sinn…yes…he was exactly that.  Flynn made me melt every time he entered the picture. It was his wit, his sexual nature, kindness, and compassion. He never failed to surprise and amaze me, not only with Lucky, but with his family and friends.  Lucky was another creature altogether. The reason for her anxieties was heartbreaking, and although I never actually “saw” her dad, I could visualize every moment she had with him through her words.  There were many moments when I wanted to scream and shake her. But, in the end, she didn’t disappoint, and made what was one of the wisest decisions of her life; leaving the past and looking forward. The side characters in the story complemented the main narration. Lane, aka the cutest kid in the world, brought out sides of both of our main characters that would not have been seen or felt in any other way.  Other band and family members revealed more complex sides of the main characters that made them feel beyond just names and pages in a book.  Important things I learned from Beat…Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is a sexy children’s song, feet can cause the world to sing, and breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. 

Vi Keeland has me hooked. I can’t wait for more from this author.

“When I close my eyes, I see your face right here.”



Getting through Flynn singing is incredibly hard.  The way his throat moves, the way his mouth caresses each syllable of the low, raspy sound that falls from his lips.  I should be watching his posture, his breathing, the way his larynx forces out the words—but instead I’m focused on the beauty of his mouth and how the sound of his voice glides over my body, making it feel both warm and tingly at the same time.  I’m lost when the song finishes, yet I haven’t really observed him yet.

“So.  Give it to me straight.  What am I doing wrong?”

Ummm…absolutely nothing from what I can see.  Everything was perfect.  Don’t change a thing.  Shit.  “Could you do it again?  Maybe a different song, one you haven’t sung in a while.  So the sounds are less familiar to your body.  Sometimes that can give me a different view.”  At least I make it sound like a real thing when the words come out.

He sings again, and this time I force myself to observe.  “Hmm…your posture is great.  Most people have a tendency to favor one side of their neck, which makes them tilt a bit when they speak, and it becomes magnified when they sing, which puts strain on the muscles around the vocal cords.  Your alignment is perfect.”

“Thank you, it goes with the rest of my perfectness,” he says with a teasing arrogance that, from the little I know about him, I know isn’t real.

“You didn’t let me finish.”

“You can’t now tell me I’m not perfect.  I was already basking in the glow.”

“Actually, it was perfect…but almost a little too perfect.  Which makes me think you don’t usually stand this way when you sing.”

“It isn’t the way I normally sing.  On stage, I usually have a guitar over my shoulder.  Even if I’m not playing it, it’s there.”

“Well, I need to see you holding your instrument to assess you fully, then.”

Flynn’s eyebrows quirk up and the dirty grin on his face is unmistakable.

“The guitar.  I’d need to see you holding the guitar.

“That’s a shame.”  He shrugs, the playful smile still on his face.  “But okay.  It’s your call.  Whatever instrument you want to see me hold is fine with me.”

“How big of you.”

“So now we’re talking about the other instrument again?”

I roll my eyes, although this conversation is having more of an effect on me than I let on.


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5 Stars

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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