Title: Rock'n Tapestries by Shari Copell
Series: Rock'n Tapestries, #1
Release Date: September 22, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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WARNING: It goes without saying that this book has sexual content and adult language. However, if you like your books to have a neat and tidy happy ending, you probably won't enjoy this one. Life is messy sometimes. This story reflects that.
“Asher Pratt had been a drug for me, and I wasn’t sure I wasn’t still addicted.”
Chelsea Whitaker works as a waitress at Tapestries, a trendy Pittsburgh bar. She’s doing her best to avoid Asher Pratt, the Pittsburgh rock legend who shattered her heart years ago.
When he takes a job at Tapestries just to be near her, Chelsea has some decisions to make.
She soon discovers that some things never change. It’s all she can do to keep a tight hold on her heart as Asher takes her for another wild ride.
As she struggles to gain some perspective on their relationship, she learns that he’s never needed her more. She must put the past aside for the sake of the future.
★★ I received this book for free from either the author, publisher or tour coordinator in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ★★
I had read one Shari Copell book prior to Rock’n Tapestries. It was one short book and the only book under her Shari Copell name and it made such an impression on me. So when I found Shari online on Facebook and found out she was going to write another book under this name I was absolutely intrigued. The cover and synopsis sold me and I was so excited about getting my hands on it. Her previous work, although short had me trusting her enough and wanting to read more of her work. I’ve been bugging Shari for more so I knew if she could capture me with just that short of a book, I couldn’t wait to see what she could produce with a longer book.
Chelsea Whitaker is a waitress at Rock’n Tapestries. A bar that has live bands playing there each night and is the place for any talented band that hasn’t been discovered yet, to be seen. Chelsea was in love and had her heart broken by Asher Pratt. Chelsea loved Asher Pratt with all her heart but Asher could not committ or stay faithful. She hadn’t seen Asher in 5 years but that boy still lives in her heart and hasn’t let go of it. She’s angry and holds a lot of anger towards Asher still. And just her luck his band will be playing at her Rock’n Tapestries. Asher is the lead guitarist for the popular local band The Dirty Turtles. Neither was expecting to see each other again. Chelsea did everything she could to not see him but sometimes fate is a bitch and an unexpected life threatening situation throws them together again. Next thing she knows, Asher is now an employee and bartender at Rock’n Tapestries. Now with Asher in her life again will Chelsea open her heart back up and let him back in or will she keep him away?
Chelsea was definitely the star of this book. This was her story and she took center stage. I loved her witty, sarcastic and take no crap self. She gave it to Asher and didn’t let him walk all over her. I loved that she held to her guns and stuck to it. She did all this without coming off as bitchy or annoying. I loved her character and so I hurt with her. I felt all her emotions. We’ve all had that one boy, you know the one that you know is toxic but you still want them anyway. I could so relate to her anger and then her heartbreak. Her story with Asher was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. She’s a heroine that made an impression on me. I love Chelsea.
Asher! Sigh…you broke my heart. You really did. As I’m writing this I’m getting teary eyed again. I liked Asher. The glimpses we get of him, you can’t help falling for him and wanting him to step up and work it out with Chelsea. For me I wish his character had been fleshed out more. I wanted more of him. I wanted more time to understand what made him tick and why he made the decisions he did. It made me angry and sad that he kept so much from Chelsea. Regret…Asher made me regret so much and I wasn’t even his heroine. Just a big heartfelt blubbering sigh.
I cried. I cried big sobbing tears. The kind where the lips quiver and everything. I was not expecting this story to go where it went. I didn’t expect Shari to take it there. After I closed the last pages on this book I sat there feeling regret. That’s probably the best way to describe it. Not regret that I read this book because I really enjoyed the heck out of Rock’n Tapestries. But regret for the characters in this book. I wanted to shake my fist in the air and go “WHY“? I won’t go into what happens because this is one you’ll have to read for yourself and make your own decisions. People will either love or hate it. There is an HEA, but not your traditional HEA. I wanted more from this book as much as I enjoyed it. More time to get to know the characters that come in later into the story. More time to flesh out and know Asher a bit more. So I can’t wait for book #2. I can’t wait to see where Shari takes things. I can’t wait to know more and see more of Chelsea and her HEA. I recommend Rock’n Tapestries. It’s a beautiful story and it was a beautiful ugly real.
★★ Book was read in November 2013. I own my own personal paperback and eBook copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
✾ Rock’n Tapestries ~ Excerpt ✾
Swept away by the emotion of the moment, I threw my arms around Asher’s neck and gave him a big squeeze. Almost immediately, I realized I was in trouble. I tried to step back, but one arm went around me, locking me solidly against his body as he stared into my eyes.
I blew out a breath mingled with a tiny, pathetic squeak as I was absorbed into those damned orbs of his. Asher’s lean body pressed the entire length of mine was causing fireworks to shoot off inside my skull.
Still, I might’ve been okay if he hadn’t dropped one hand to cup my ass, pulling it against the raging hard-on he had. My mind automatically pictured him naked, thought of what he’d done to me with that cock. And those hands and that mouth…
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