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Playing the Pauses

(Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Rock Star Dom + his Queen of the Spreadsheet employee = KRYPTONITE

Kate is a globe-trotting tour manager who can’t be tied down.
Danny is a Dominant rock star and tattoo artist who needs her help to explore his true kinks.

Kate just got her big break, running an international tour for a rising band. Her job is everything to her…at least until she meets the band’s enigmatic ba
ebook, 374 pages
Published March 5th 2018 by Direct 2 Digital
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hum..kind of on the fence with this one. I wanted to give it three stars but then gave it four. The story was good, but just seemed to drag at times and then sometimes it felt like the good stuff was getting skipped.

I liked that they were going to try and find out what Danny liked, but it didn’t really seemed like it happened he seemed to be doing everything she liked. The story never really got into the meat of all the kinda superficial. I liked hearing about bands on tours interesting how it
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

While there was no doubt I enjoyed Playing The Pauses, I’ll admit that this book wore on me a bit. I felt like the hero and heroine kept having the same argument over and over and never really communicating to one another what they really wanted from each other. At times I got frustrated with them, but then something great would happen and I’d get sucked back in and keep going. I’m not a lover of angst, and while the first book in this series had a bit, this book had loads making it a bit more d
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Playing the Pauses is the second book in Michelle Hazen’s Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series, although it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I read it as a standalone novel, and did not lose any of the meaning behind the story. There are scenes, however, that build heavily upon events from the first book – so for a fuller understanding of the side characters and their story, it is best to read the series in order. Not necessary, but advised. Although I understood this one perfectly, I do ...more
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
***arc received through netgalley***

4.5 stars!

Playing The Pauses by Michelle Hazen blew me away...completely!

Playing The Pauses by Michelle Hazen is a story about a musician, a quiet swoony bass player named Danny to be exact, and a tour manager named Kate.

Danny is lost sexually and looking for a way to find himself again. He's a dominant who knows how to use a riding crop. Along the lines of his life, he hasn't always had the best experiences sexually so overtime he's withdrawn and hid that sid
I read an ARC copy of this.

Overall I enjoyed it. I liked Kate and Danny. I thought that they worked good together. It was nice that they could enjoy some activities together. Especially since she had a hard time finding a guy that was into that. I did feel bad for Danny because he comes from a messed up family. Thankfully he has the band and Kate to make things better. Another thing I enjoyed was getting to see the previous couple and seeing how things are going for them. I hope that in the next
Naughty Mom Story Time
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-reviewed
Overall: 4/5
Naughty Factor: 4/5
POV: Dual/1st person

If there’s ever been a couple who could play the pauses every bit as well as the melody, it’s us.

Playing the Pauses was a perfect follow up to A Cruel Kind of Beautiful. A bit of time has passed and now the Red Letters are on the fast train to stardom. Already touring and recording their own music, they are on their way to becoming one of the biggest names in the music scene.

“I can do whatever I want, go wherever I want. But I fucking love yo
Cathy Geha
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Playing The Pauses by Michelle Hazen
Sex, Love and Rock & Roll #2

Intriguing, enticing and entertaining – three friends are on tour with their band, road crew and new tour manager. Kate Madsen is brought in at the last minute when the schedule manager needs medical care and is a firecracker with organizational skills the group desperately needs.

Little did the band know that they were given a blessing in Kate who whipped things into shape and made things flow.

Little did Kate know that she would m
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

My Review 4 STARS
Although this is book is part of a series it can totally be read as a stand alone. It is also the first time that i have read anything by this author.

A few things seem to get a little lost in this book, such as Danny wanting to find himself in his Dom ways, yet it always seems to be on Kate's pleasure, also being a Dom in bed, Danny is a bit of a push over otherwise, never really standing up for what HE wants rather than what other people want.

Other than Kate and Danny there is
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very good rock star contemporary romance. I jumped into the middle of this series. I even forgot it was part of a series. I had no trouble whatsoever following along. This story sheds new light on the abstracts and political maneuverings that go on inside a band tour.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Detailed and well-written, Playing the Pauses on the surface has everything I could want in a rock star novel yet half the way through, my attention waned mainly because of the pacing and the character of Kate who struck me as the epitome of a waffler.

For me, Kate and Danny never really clicked. From the description, I expected Kate to become Danny's sexual mentor, but that never came about. It was as if the thought had been tossed out there, maybe for titillation, but never came to fruition. Th
Heather 123
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the series that I have read and like the first it's a three star review for me.

I really enjoyed parts of this book; it was incredibly interesting to read about Kate's job and her role in helping the band on their tour. It was something that I hadn't read about in other stories about bands on the road. So this was interesting to read from that perspective.

Some parts of this book just bugged me. The first encounter between Kate and Danny just seemed to come out of no wh
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Danny O’Neil is both kinds of my kryptonite–Dominate and musician and everything I never let myself have.”

Playing the Pauses is my first book by Michelle Hazen and it certainly won’t my last. Playing the Pauses hits all the marks for a rock star romance and then some. From sex to drama to love and everything in between, Playing the Pauses is definitely worth the read.

Playing the Pauses is the second book in the Sex, Love and Rock & Roll series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone novel. Pl
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With relentless chemistry and snappy writing, it's impossible not to become a die-hard groupie for Danny and Kate and The Red Letters. The dramatic highs and lows of the backstage rock world are ruthlessly vivid. I devoured this book until the last page.
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"The road, the's where I belong. It fits my body and my brain and all my flaws."

Yeah, it was the guitar on the cover that caught my attention and convinced me to give it a try. I'm seriously addicted to rockstar romance and book covers with guitars on them. You should see my bookshelves. While this is a series, I read Playing the Pauses as a standalone. It was my introduction to Michelle Hazen's writing and I'm glad to have stumbled upon her work.

While I was sometimes frustrated w
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
1/2 Stars!

Kate has been working as a Tour Manager since she was 18 and she has just signed on last minute for the up and coming band "The Red Letters". Instantly she can feel the heat coming off the base player Danny, but all the brooding musician does is growl at her. All it takes is one night on his hotel balcony when there bodies sing to each other and the attraction begins. Danny isn't your normal Dom because all he wants is to give pleasure to woman he is with and not take any pleasure for
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I met the Cheeto-eating Danny O'Neil in Michelle Hazen's A Cruel Kind of Beautiful I actually thought he was the broody sidekick. He was sort of an afterthought for me. I'm not sure if it's because I was just so focused on Jera and Jacob or because I can be single-minded when reading, missing important cues, but he just seemed like that broody man-child that we all know. Truthfully, he starts Playing the Pauses exactly like that. Then, Kate Madsen describes his hands. His hands. Just HIS HA ...more
The Reading Realtor Michelle Diomede
Playing the Pauses by Michelle Hazen

I am voluntarily reviewing this arc.

Playing the Pauses is book 2 in this series. It’s Danny’s book. This series is about an aspiring band and the three band mates. Book 1 is Jera’s book, and if you didn’t read it...please, stop what you are doing and do so now. Jera is the drummer and song writer and starter of the band. Danny is her life long best friend. Danny is extremely, complicated. He doesn’t know what he wants other than his friendship with Jera and hi
Donna Maguire

This is the second book that I have read by Michelle and the second in this series. For me it is fine to read as a standalone but it does give details of what happened in the previous book, so if you are planning on reading the series it will be best to read book 1 before you start this one.

This book is a very easy read, it didn’t take me very long at all to read it and I flew through the pages, I was going to put it down but then read ‘just one more chapt
Ruth Newton
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
I received this book as an ARC. This is my honest, freely given review.
This is a riveting story that reaches out and pulls you into the gritty side of what touring with a rock band might be like. It revolves around a three member rock group called The Red Letters, that is on it's first tour as headliners, and a last minute replacement tour manager.
Michelle Hazen has you laughing with the brilliantly witten banter between the band and the roadies and the antics they pull. She warms your heart wit
Adele Buck
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Michelle's writing is like dark chocolate mousse-rich, intense, flavorful, with just enough air to keep things light. She doesn't just put you in the scene, you're SLAMMED into the scene. It's a visceral experience: vivid and messy and real. The entire book is told from Kate's point of view, and if you like competence porn, you'll love Kate. She's organized and on top of things, with enough creativity and experience to roll with the inevitable unexpected twists of life on the road. If
Obsessive Book Nerd Lauren
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Danny's story surprised me. I knew I would like the story, as I was already a fan of Hazen's writing style and The Red Letters. But I didn't know how much I was going to adore Danny and Kate. Since the story is told from Kate's POV, right off the bat I was a fan and connecter with her. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to fall for Danny since we don't his POV but as Kate fell, I fell. And I just absolutely love how an author can make me fall in love along with the characters in the book.

Isha Coleman
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Playing the Pauses (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll, #2) by Michelle Hazen  
They say opposites attract. Danny and Kate put that theory to the test. Playing the Pauses speaks to the idiosyncrasies that makes us human, while pushing the boundaries of what love really is. Nobody writes taboo quite like Michelle Hazen. Kate and Danny challenge each other, but they expose insecurities and heal deep seated scars with a lovers touch and a heart's kind words. It pays to be naughty when your playing for keeps
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I volunteered to review an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This is different from the usual rockstar romances I've read. The kink is well done and not sensationalised. There's solid safe-word usage and the author seems to know what she's talking about or at least done a crap tonne of research into the scene.

This was the first time this year I've stayed up until 4am to finish a book.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Danny and Kate had some serious chemistry and I loved the push and pull of the two main characters, especially Danny with his quiet intensity and strength. It was a great read and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc-review
3.5 stars
copy received for honest review
This is book 2 in the series. It can be read as a standalone but book one introduced Danny.
I started off really liking the book and the characters. Kate came off as a really together, confident woman that knew what she wanted. Danny was the quiet but intense bass player/tattoo artist of the band she has to manager through a tour. Somewhere towards the middle Kate became a little less confident. She shot holes in her relationship with Danny without any so
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow!! Kate & Danny are one hot couple! I really enjoyed reading there story. Loved the intensity they had going on. The relationship build up was greats. Hadn’t been sucked into a story in a while.

Kate is independent & strong but you see a side to her where she is soft & girly. I loved that she loved her job. I’ve never really read a story about a tour manager, this definitely shed some light on there insane job. Loved that while she enjoyed her time with Danny she didn’t want to be judge by he
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
Wow! This book was magic, ya'll! Truly blown away. I have to let my feelings sort out before I write my full review ...

Wowwwwww! This was a beautifully written, compelling, captivating read. I was completely sucked in to Kate and Danny's journey. There was an instant attraction and deep knowledge between Kate and Danny. Things happened fast with them, yet worked. Kate's job as a tour manager is to keep things running smoothly for The Red Letters. She immediately connects with Jera, but the draw
Katie Golding
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark, delicious, and dripping with voice!
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I do love a good rocker romance and BDSM themed stories are a favorite too, so when I saw the blurb for this book I had to give it a try! Playing the Pauses was a wonderfully unique story from others I have read in either of the tropes thanks to the author's way of blending both worlds.

Kate loves being a tour manager, but as a young woman just breaking into the business she has to work to get every job assignment. She loves the sound of The Red Letters and sees big things in their futur
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Playing the Pauses is the perfect combination of Hot, angst and Rock & Roll! I couldn’t putting down.

Kate is a young tour manager, she loves the music and is essential to bring it to the stages all over the world. Danny is bassist of an up coming band, with the world at his feet.

I can explain how much I loved these two from the start and what a roller coaster of a book this is.

Kate is the kind of girl I want as a BFF . Forget boy scouts, she’s ready for anything, from baby wipes to drugs, whatev
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Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. She found her voice with the support of the online fanfiction community, and once she started typing, she never looked back. She has written most of her books in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, an off-the-grid cabin in the Sawtooth Mountains, a golf c ...more

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