Thursday, February 5, 2015

Maybe by Amber L Johnson Blog Tour

Amber L. Johnson


Release Date: February 12 , 2015
Genre: FICTION / Romance / General / Contemporary / Erotica
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-371-3
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Maybe-3D-Paperback-eReader Emily Portman loves her job. A writer for Breakout! Magazine, she shadows and showcases up-and-coming bands. When her next assignment takes her to Austin, Texas, she can’t wait to add the city to her map of places she’s visited. Places she’s left without looking back. Her plan is to keep moving on, and the last thing she needs is a man holding her back. She’s not going down that road again. Tyler Macy is stuck in a rut. Despite his exceptional talent as a musician, he has chosen to take a backseat with his music and let others grab the limelight. Wounded and mistrustful, he doesn’t appreciate his friends’ efforts to bring him back to center stage. Emily comes onto the scene and sees his full potential, but he fights to stay in the shadows, shutting her out before she can add to the scars another woman gave him. For Tyler to find his music again, he needs to accept the help that Emily and their friends offer. When he discovers that his muse lies underneath Emily’s skin, it is still not enough to keep her from walking away. Neither will admit what they really want until it is too late. Emily is once again thrown in Tyler’s path when she is assigned to join them on tour. Despite the pain in his past, Tyler sees that she is worth it, even if she’s stolen both his heart and peace of mind. In order for them to be together, they both must discover whether the music and their passion are enough to overcome the obstacles that separate them. Maybe finding love is worth the risk.  

Maybe-3D-Book-Stack-1Walking toward him is like trudging through the deepest mud, but I hold my head high, my hands in my pockets and strides long. When I'm less than a foot away, his head turns toward me without lifting his chin, and he looks up from under his brows. The white smoke from his cigarette causes his eyes to nearly close before he pulls it from his lips and exhales upward into the air. I'm struck by how incredibly handsome he is in black wool and new jeans. I want to know if his skin feels hot under his clothes and if his back feels the same when I scratch fingernails across his spine. My fists clench in my coat pockets at the thought. This is going to be so much harder than I'd been prepared for.

A true child of music, Amber's parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist. Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people's lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing. A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the people who bring her inspiration.      

Be sure to look for her other book!
Praise for Maybe
"The characters are fun, likable, and well done. It's such a feel good story with a wonderful romance. Honestly, if you want a good, easy read with a cast of characters that will make you laugh and cry, and a romance that will sweep you off your feet then give this book a read. You won't regret it. " - Jennifer

~ ~REVIEW ~ ~

* * * 1/2

I enjoy musician stories, especially if the musician is a bad boy and who can resist that fantasy?

Emily arrives in Austin with her colleagues to scout for new bands to promote. She moves into an apartment building where she encounters one of her neighbours who's part handyman, part late-night owl. There's also someone who's banging on their drums at all hours of the night who Emily has yet to meet. As she states early on, she’s merely passing through Austin until the next assignment. The band that she decides to champion already has quite a buzz going on about them but it’s their drummer, Tyler Macy, who is the star attraction. Tyler also happens to be that annoying neighbor keeping her up at night. Awkward! 

So they don’t quite hit it off immediately. But Emily prides herself on compartmentalizing and is able to see that this band is destined for greatness. She'll set aside her issues with Tyler to focus on her job. Though she may be annoyed by his antics, there’s no denying that he definitely captures her attention. There’s just something magnetic about him that she can't help but be drawn to him. He can’t tear away from her either. Their unusual union is based on satisfying immediate need. Neither wants to get in too deep. The band and the music come first. However, when it comes to these two, it's a little more complicated than that.

I didn’t really take to Emily at the beginning. She’s not mean but she’s not overly warm either. Her no fuss, no nonsense demeanor makes her appear standoff-ish. Her dialogue feels more like statements which was actually a huge problem for me with a completely separate book a while ago. But somehow, Emily’s tone clicked with me here, partly because it matched the way she approached things where she tried not to get attached to people or places. But mostly because it was in contrast to Tyler’s softer personality. Emily is extremely guarded and though Tyler is somewhat like that, he also wears his heart on his sleeve. He feels intensely and for some reason, when he’s intimate with Emily, the chaotic music in his head becomes clear. Their relationship may be a little unorthodox but it suits who they are at this point in their lives. Then she leaves even after Tyler asks her to stay because falling in love with a musician is not part of her plans. By the time they meet up again a year later, they're both open to picking up where they left off. It's during this half of the book that I felt Emily became less detached and more approachable.

Maybe is told from Emily’s perspective but one thing I absolutely loved about it was the set up at the beginning of each chapter with fragments from Tyler’s personal journal. Those are some of the sweetest, most honest moments in the book that give us a brief glimpse inside his mind and heart. If anything, it just makes the reader fall harder for this shy, soulful bad boy, so full of wanting and need but also so willing to give of himself too.

I thought Maybe was a pleasant read with some intense encounters between the two, so this is definitely one for mature readers. Emily and Tyler manage to create something with a little bit work, a lot of trust and a giant leap of faith. Enjoy!

~ Bel


  1. Thank you so very much for this lovely review and for being part of my blog tour!

  2. You're welcome! Glad to have you here with us today :) ~ Bel