Claiming Addison by Zoey Derrick
Series: 69 Bottles #1
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by the Author
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
For Addison Beltrand, PR rep for Bold International, Inc. climbing the corporate ladder is all that matters in life. Her hard work is finally rewarded with the promotion she’s worked her ass off to earn—but the gig comes at a price. She leaves in two days for a twelve-week tour with America’s hottest alternative rock band, 69 Bottles.
Talon Carver, lead singer of 69 Bottles, has no problem with women–as long as they’re gone by morning. When Addison shakes up his world, it’s a huge problem—compounded by the fact that Addison’s not the only one he wants.
Kyle Black, manager of 69 Bottles, has a secret. He and Addison are closer than she thinks, but telling her could keep her away. When Talon sets his sights on Addison, Kyle uses his secret to push her into Talon’s arms, only to discover she isn’t the only one he needs.
Two men. One dilemma.
Talon is wild, reckless and loves control.
Kyle is calm, collected and loves passion.
The perfect balance…or Addison’s ultimate undoing?
Talon and Kyle push their boundaries and Addison’s, but can they throw their reservations to the wind and claim her together?
Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…
Buy This Book:
Attention: I fucking LOVED this book!
One of them wouldn’t be enough for me, but the two of them just might be too much to handle.
& an awesome Female MC…
I think this book was written just for me… My adoration of MMF Romances is well documented, but there was so much more that this book had to offer! Everything flowed easily, from the dialogue to the character development. There was plenty of rock-star related tomfoolery and humor which consistently kept a smile on my face.
I suppose it goes without saying that a rocker MMF sexual situation means the heat factor in this book is almost fatal.
Do. Not. Attempt. To. Read. This. In. Public.
You’ve officially been warned 😉
In addition to the sexy-times (which get an A++ in my book) the characters themselves made this a Five-Star read for me. Addison was especially delightful and the book is dominated by her POV. Even though Kyle and Talon each have several sections to tell their point of view, Addison was the star.
I fell in love with her character instantly. The way she narrates with humor and quirkiness had me grinning from ear-to-ear. She tells her story in a way that is almost conspiratorial… Like she’s your girlfriend spilling this naughty story over cocktails at your local hangout.
“…I’m here. I’m yours and nothing can take that away from me. I need you more than I need oxygen in my lungs or blood in my veins. Take me […] mark me. Make me yours.”
Addison works her ass off for Bold – a firm which handles public relations for the upper echelon of celebrities. She is on-call 24/7 to put out fires and assist her clients when the spotlight gets them in trouble.
It wasn’t much of a surprise when her boss Cami (Finding Love’s Wings) pulls her into her office and tells her that she has to cancel her vacation and hop on a 12-week nation-wide tour with a rock band. What does surprise Addison is learning that the band she’ll be touring with is 69 Bottles – she actually had tickets to see the tour’s kickoff in LA while on vacation…
“…Let us take care of you,” Talon whispers in my ear and my head falls back to his shoulder as the pleasure rocks through me. “This is not about us. This is about us taking care of our girl.”
Talon is the front-man and lead singer for 69 Bottles. He’s living the dream – his band is growing in popularity, and he’s about to go on the biggest tour of his life. Women throw themselves at him constantly – the only challenge is getting them out of his bed the next morning.
As soon as he hops on the tour bus, Talon is drawn to this professional ball-busting new PR Agent (as is the rest of the band) but when she sheds the business suit and reveals the tattooed rocker chick underneath, he’s rendered speechless… And helplessly horny…
…there’s a look in his eyes; a look that says that there is nothing he won’t do to have me. It takes everything I have not to grab him and drag him back to the bus. Just get it out of our system so we can work on this tour, but I have a feeling that won’t be enough, for me, for Kyle, and it just might make Talon jealous.
Kyle is the band’s manager and is more than pleased to be working with a competent PR Agent. He quickly realizes that he and Addison share a link from the past, but he’s in no hurry to divulge that bit of information to her.
Kyle is not immune to Addison’s charms, and he sees the way she and Talon look at each other. Thing is, that look doesn’t make him jealous… The idea of Talon and Addison together hits all his buttons.
Addison doesn’t date clients. Or, um, anyone for that matter. She’s been celibate for years, throwing herself into her work in the wake of a personal tragedy. These two men, however, stir her more than anyone she’s ever met.
Addison can’t possibly choose between the Kyle and Talon.
Lucky for her, they aren’t asking her to.
I could go on and on about this book, but I’ll leave you here… and the fact that buying a copy of this book should come with a complimentary change of panties…
This is the first book in a three part series and I’m counting the days until Craving Talon releases in February! Rest assured, Claiming Addison doesn’t leave off on a cliffhanger or anything like that… But I promise, as soon as you meet these characters, you’ll be begging for more!
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“Here we go,” Kyle whispers in my ear and the butterflies start kicking up. “Are you excited?”
“I’m stoked,” I say to him as I watch the band walk through the hallway toward the stage. It’s like watching a slow motion movie, the only thing missing is the fog. Dex is in the lead, followed by Peacock and then I’m assuming Mouse because there’s too big of a gap between him and Talon.
Dex saunters right up to me and tries to wrap his arms around me. “What are you doing?” I squeak.
“I need a good luck kiss.”
“Pfft.” Before I can protest he lands a big wet sloppy kiss on my lips.
“That’s what I’m talking about.” He laughs as he pulls back and I want to gag.
“Seriously, Dex.” I wipe the slobber off my lips.
“Thanks, love, that’s what I needed.” Just as quick as it came on, he walks away and on stage.
Peacock and Mouse look at me as if they want to do the same thing. “What am I, the good luck charm?”
“Yes,” They say in unison.
“Oh, for crying out loud. Come here.” I spread my arms wide and they both come in, wrapping their arms around me and in unison they both plant a kiss on my cheeks. “Break a leg, boys,” I say when they let me go, though Mouse lingers a little longer and I can hear Dex laughing from the stage. I look at him, point my finger and mouth, “This is your fault.” He busts out laughing again and takes his seat behind his drum set.
Kyle comes up behind me, wrapping his arms around my waist. It feels comforting and just like that my butterflies are gone. Now Talon is standing before me. “You need one too?”
“Of course.” He smiles. I open my arms and he steps forward. Kyle doesn’t release my waist, but Talon doesn’t seem bothered by what Kyle’s doing.
Talon surprises the shit out of me when he takes my face between his hands. His fingers dig into my hair and I can feel Kyle stand a little straighter, his erection pressing into my backside. Talon slides himself closer, pressing his own erection into me from the front and just like that, his lips slant against mine.
My heart skips and my breathing stutters. My entire body goes limp in their embrace. I’m thankful for Kyle behind me, holding me. That is until I feel his lips press against the hollow of my neck and everything else in the world fades away. My lips go slack and Talon steals his chance, sliding his tongue along mine.
I’m melted butter in his hands and I pray this kiss doesn’t end; I don’t want it to end, ever. My nipples are hard peaks against my bra, my pussy is dripping with desperate need, and my clit feels like it’s going to explode. I want to grind my hips against the two men who’ve captured me in their grasp. But before I can savor every touch, Talon pulls back. “That was, wow,” I say breathless from his kiss and their joint hold on me.
He steps back, watching me closely. Then he steps back again and again, finally turning around for the stage as Dex strikes his drums and the crowd goes wild the moment Talon steps onto the stage and the lights explode.
“Where’s my kiss?” Kyle murmurs in my ear.
Interview with Zoey Derrick:
If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?
Smokinghot! Yes it counts as one word because I wrote it as one **giggles**
What would you say inspired you to write it?
69 Bottles was inspired by Finding Love’s Wings and Cami (the heroine from that story). Cami is the owner/CEO of Bold International where Addison works. She came to me and said she had a story for me. Then Talon showed up, naked as can be, and said “I have a story for you.” So Addison was born.
What was the source of inspiration for Addison?
Addison is a combination of a few people actually. Both pros and non-pros. Angelina Jolie, for example, inspired a good deal of Addison’s features. But I think that Addison embodies a lot of my own personal feelings and a good part of me as a person, or at least if nothing else, my ultimate fantasy come to life.
Talon Carver, lead singer of 69 Bottles, is a total heartthrob, what was your inspiration for him?
**swoons** yes, Talon is like the ultimate heartthrob and I found inspiration for him after binge watching 4 seasons of Lost Girl. Kris Holden Reid is the ultimate inspiration of Talon. This picture specifically caught my attention – The scruffy beard, the hair and well if you’ve ever watched the show – Kris shirtless is beyond droolworthy.
And of course we can’t forget Kyle Black, the band’s manager. What was your inspiration for his character?
MMMM Kyle – Kyle was inspired by the sexy jock persona from High School. The one with the perfectly trimmed jaw beard, sexy as hell, elusive type. Though Justin Timberlake had quite the influence on his features.
Do you have any experience in the music industry? What kind of research did you do to prepare for writing this book?
Music industry – no. Music Lover? Hell yes. When I came up with their tour/tour schedule for the story itself, I wanted the feel of “small time”. The intimacy of their shows, the fan interaction, and the humbleness of most of the band members. 69 Bottles became an overnight sensation and because the venues and dates had already been established before they blew up, they didn’t want to change the way things were done because of that intimacy. I didn’t want characters with that elusive, untouchable pigheadedness. I wanted humble and honest and I knew in order to do that, I had to relay through the writing that they’d kind of exploded on the scene.
What is your all time favorite book?
Not book – series – The Twilight Saga
What made you pick that one above all others?
Because it is the one series of books that made me fall in love with reading all over again. I’d lost my way for a long time until I found Twilight, then it opened the flood gate and I’ve been a reading maniac ever since.
What made you decide to become an Author?
I’m a reader – like you and your fans. I love to read, I love to get lost in the fantasy spelled out with words. So with that, I decided that I wanted my own books, wanted to tell my own stories. So many times I would find myself re-writing endings in my mind after I read the book. One of the biggest reasons was the fact that I read way to many first person heroine point of view books and I was dying to know what the hero was thinking. So Finding Love’s Wings was born with a duel point of view.
Though I’d been writing stories for years, mainly for myself, and well, I finally just decided to do it for real.
Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I appreciate things more. I work very hard for what I do. I spend a solid 8 to 12 hours a day working on Author stuff and the little things that happen, like amazing reviews, make me appreciate and understand why I work so hard.
I don’t think that I was unappreciative before I became a full-time author, just simply that I appreciate the little things I didn’t always notice before.
What would you say was the toughest part?
The whole “starving artist” thing. Believe it or not, it’s real and it’s a struggle from one day to the next sometimes. Which is why I support indie authors. I understand their struggles and what it takes to put out a book and the sacrifices that are made on a daily basis to produce that book.
Then there are the times of self-imposed deadlines that keep me tied to my chair instead of being with my kiddo, those days are the hardest.
Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Writer’s block for me comes in the form of new stories. When I get stuck on a book, some way, some how, I always end up with a new story. This story will either be “all-consuming” or it will be enough to jog the creative juices out of me to finish the previous work.
69 Bottles is a “writer’s block” story – derived from being stumped on one story, then consumed by the new story enough to have it take over everything.
Was there ever a time, during your work for this book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
With this book – no. I wrote the entire Trilogy from beginning to end, most than 240,000 words because the story took over my life. It’s like reading a good book that you cant put down. That’s exactly what happened with 69 Bottles, except I was writing it instead. When I finished with the first draft, because so much stuff had happened, I started right back at the beginning on editing again and again. I love this story so much that I actually pains me to walk away from it for sanity sake. It’s like reading the ultimate book that you cant help reading over and over again.
What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside from writing?
I don’t do much else outside of writing/promoting/author related goodness. I spend my days in front of my computer either writing, working on promotions, formatting my own work or for other authors, working on my website, etcetera. Then when that day is done, I’m mom to a fabulous 9 year old.
How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
This is actually a great question, thank you for asking it Shurrn. Believe it or not, I LOVE bad reviews (well okay maybe not initially) so long as they’re written well. Meaning, if you don’t like my book, do not be afraid to tell me you don’t like it, but tell me why you don’t like it. One thing I learned early on is that I cant become a better writer if I don’t know what I’m doing wrong and in order for me to know that, I have to be told.
Acid filled reviews are harder to stomach because they usually attack me as a person and not the book itself. But I have this funny way of over analyzing bad reviews. I fight to find something funny, or something untrue about it to put a smile on my face.
The only reviews that drive me bonkers are reviews that criticize editing, grammar, and punctuation. These crawl under my skin because while I know my books are not perfect, they are edited. Sometimes little errors occur, but to start your review off with “The grammar is atrocious” drives me nuts because I know its not and I can think of 100 different books with worse grammar than my own that they’ve probably given glowing reviews too regardless of grammar. Sometimes I think people just need a reason to not like a book and grammar is the only thing they can find.
My advice to other authors is this: You cannot please everyone. Not everyone is going to like your work. It is just the way that it is. Even some of the best books (in your opinion) have bad reviews and even some of the worst books (in your opinion) have good reviews. It’s just the way that it goes. But take advice from your readers. Use those reviews to fuel the things you need to change or do better at with your next book. For every 10 good reviews you’re going to have at least one bad review.
Without giving us spoilers (of course), what can we expect next from this series?
Craving Talon is up next. The journey continues, pretty much from where Claiming Addison leaves off. Craving Talon is jam packed with a lot of different things going on with Addison, Talon and Kyle. As well as the band and the tour. You’ll start to see more of the other band members and learn more about them throughout Craving Talon.
The story will also be heating up. If you think book 1 is HOT! You might want to buy stock in ice for book 2.
Their story will conclude with Book #3. But there are no spoilers from my mouth on Redeeming Kyle.
Craving Talon will release 2/17/2015
Redeeming Kyle will release 3/31/2015
What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next? Aside from this series?
OOOH I have all kinds of stuff in store – right now I am working on a companion novella to the 69 Bottles Trilogy that will feature one of the other band members.
After 69 Bottles – I hope to return back to a story that I should of published this year called Without Regret. This story is very complex when compared to my other stories and it is taking me much longer to hash out. Then again, I think that my drive for perfection with Without Regret is slowing me down some.
Beyond that, I have an entire notebook filled with ideas, so ultimately it will be up to my brain and my muses for what will come after that.
How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to when you hit “Publish”?
I wrote 240,000 words on the initial draft of 69 Bottles in 16 days – about 110 hours total time writing. That is the most I’ve ever written on a single story and in the shortest amount of time. After that it became about editing and perfecting. Technically – Claiming Addison is ready to publish now and total time on all three books, to date, is roughly 6 weeks.
What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Right now it’s Without Regret. I started writing this story back in June – it’s still not finished yet. Though Finding Love’s Wings took me 9 months between writing, editing, and publishing.
Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Absolutely! Editing for Claiming Addison and the entire 69 Bottles series is being edited by Raw Books Editing.
Graphics, including cover design are all completed by Parajunkee.
I handle my own formatting.
How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
Their portfolio (such as graphics) and then finally how well we mesh together. What our visions are for what’s being laid out in front of us. With graphics especially, Parajunkee does an amazing job at visualizing what it is I see and tell her about the work.
For editing – again it’s overall vision plus most editors are readers too, so I hope to provide an editor with something they will enjoy reading and working on as much as I do.
Where is your work being distributed? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
I distribute my work to Amazon, B&N, iTunes/iBooks, Kobo and ARe (all romance ebook). Though you can find some of my work on Smashwords, I no longer distribute through them, at least for the time being.
If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
More wishes! There’s too many things to narrow it down to just one.
If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one item you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
My Kindle with an unlimited power supply.
Since this book is about touring with a rock band, we have to ask. What was your first Rock concert?
Iron Maiden ( good ole 80’s hair metal )
Name your favorite fruit.
Spring/Fall (toss up) Living in the desert (Phoenix, Arizona) I loath summers, but spring and fall are AWESOME times of the year and great weather.
How about favorite time of the day?
Were you a Girl Scout?
Nope – I wanted to be in 4H growing up, but where I lived it wasn’t very common.
Favorite food for breakfast?
What is the latest book you’ve bought and read?
The last book I bought and read… I bought Jacked by Tina Reber and am currently reading it. Last book purchased and read (immediately) Captivated By You by Sylvia Day.
What was the last book you absolutely fell in love with?
Embracing My Submission by Jenna Jacob – I’ve read it a couple of times now.
Is there a book you keep meaning to read, but haven’t gotten around to it? Don’t worry, we all have ridiculously long TBRs!
The rest of Olivia Cunning’s Soul Regret Series. I read book 1 while waiting for Claiming Addison’s beta reader feedback, I’d love to finish the series.
Do you recall the first piece of Erotica you ever read?
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (this book is responsible for SOOO much! **grins**
Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
Purses/Bags – I’m the bag lady. I love purses and bags, they are my ultimate weakness.
Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Ahh if you read all my books I am sure you can figure it out… but it rhymes with burple… LOL!
Coffee or tea?
Coffee is a MUST!!
Sweet or salty?
Drama or comedy?
Depends on my mood… but usually funny.
Cats or dogs?
Cats –though I have 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto?
“when your heart is open, love will always find its way in” – Jane Seymour.
Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Candlelight – I’m a homebody.
Do you have a favorite Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend?
There are tooooo many to list and a total toss up!
Boyfriend: Gabriel Emerson – Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel Series.
Christian Grey – Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James.
Jeremiah Hamilton – Anything He Wants Series by Sara Fawkes.
Micah LaBroche – Embracing My Submission by Jenna Jacob
Girlfriend: Eva Trammell – Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series.
Caroline – Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Reading past my bedtime, or all night, or any chance I get. It’s guilty because I always feel like I should be doing something else.
Favorite Swear Word?
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About the Author:
It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.
The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.