At least that’s what I tell myself while packing up and hitting the road with America’s newest and most popular rock band, The Oppressors. The lanky tattooed men are suspicious. Before I stepped on the bus with them, they’ve always made me nervous. Something’s not adding up, though. There are strange events I’m noticing like…
the hazy, vacant stare of the woman in their dressing room… the blood on her shirt… or the lack of a heartbeat when I lay my head on Liam’s chest.
I don’t think it’s safe to be close with the band, and most certainly not fall in love with a member. So why do they make me feel like I’m a part of them? Their close-knitted trio. What happens when I figure out what I’m dying to know?
This is a dual POV steamy vampire romance standalone that centers around bonds of love and friendship. 18+ dark, explicit sexual scenes, and lots of blood. Although it is a standalone, characters from Soul Food are mentioned.
Michelle is from a small town in Eastern Kentucky where possums try to blend in with the cats on the porch and bears are likely to chase your pets—this is very true, it happened with her sister’s dog. Despite the extra needed protection for your pets, she loves the mountains she calls home. She has a man and twin girls who are the light of her life and the reason she’s slightly crazy. As a kid, she was that cousin, that friend, that sister and daughter, the talker who could spin a tale and make-believe into any little thing so it was no surprise when she found love in reading, and figured all these characters inside her head needed an outlet. They wanted to be heard, so she wrote. The voices keep growing faster than she gets the time to write. The stories are never going to end. That’s perfectly okay, though. We never want to stop an adventure. She writes and loves many different genres so sign up to her mailing list to keep updated on her releases!
Wow! What a delightful, passionate book. Liam Croaker is one of the most romantic hero I’ve ever read. His POV is deeply romantic. His devotion, insatiable need, desperate yearning and constant battle with himself where Jayne is concerned- ufffff 🔥. Cherry on top is his possessiveness
If you want to enjoy this to fullest, then you’ve to read the other book ‘Soul Food’ first, as these characters are first introduced in that book and the hero-heroine of ‘Soul Food’ is heavily mentioned in this one.
First of all, that prologue came as a total surprise. I never expected such a dark and helpless past to these charming trio of vampires who loves to sing and perform. Liam, Steve and Pete are brothers by circumstance (and choice) and I loved their dynamics. They came as easygoing, charming, not a care in the world kinda rock band in previous book- boy, how wrong I was. They felt too much, endured too much. Throughout it all like a beacon of light, Liam senses/ hears a heartbeat… Jayne’s. This she becomes his heartbeat girl. They had combustible chemistry. Ughh, the love scenes were lit. Liam and Jayne both had hidden layers and I loved Jayne’s growth, loyalty and personality. Like hero, I also adored her possessiveness towards Liam.
When Villain made her dreaded comeback, my heart literally skipped a beat.
The lyrics Liam sang were a dead giveaway for who he truly was. All smiles and sweetness toward everyone, but a darkness lurked inside him. And that blackness had been the only thing I’d been able to see from the very beginning. My fear wouldn’t keep me away anymore, though. That terror beckoned me. And it wasn’t just seeing his demons. I felt them slowly seeping out of him and digging into my bone marrow. A sickness that spread the longer I stayed around him. Liam’s stare alone touched places inside me no one should dare touch. I didn’t even know what his demons were yet. And that scared me most.
I wasn't sure how this would go for me, but it kept me turning pages. The connection and past between Liam and Jayne enthralled me (or maybe it was his eyes, ha ha). Even through Jayne feared Liam and the Oppressors, she stood her ground more often than not. She was stronger than she thought, and I loved her need to be organized. Liam was a torn soul, drawn to his deepest desire. As I turned pages, I wanted to know more about the past and held my breath with each emotion, challenge, and more.
I received a copy of this story through Enticing Journey Book Promotions and Xpresso Tours, and this is my unsolicited review.
I loved this book and I love Liam. You will not regret reading this story. I loved how she was a bit scared, but could feel a connection. The writing was easy to read and the story flows smoothly from beginning to end. I just couldn't stop reading once I started.
I'm someone who can be very particular about paranormal romances in contemporary settings. This isn't to say there's anything wrong with the concept, just that it can be exceptionally difficult to perfect. I always go into any book I read with cautious optimism, even if a particular genre or storyline has burned me in the past. And that is how I approached Heartbeat Girl. Ready and willing to be blown away.
Heartbeat Girl is how you do a contemporary, paranormal romance right. I should have known that a conventional rockstar romance with swoon-worthy vampires couldn't go wrong. It was my mistake to ever doubt the author's capabilities.
The book is the perfect marriage between contemporary and paranormal tropes that can be, at times, unharmonious in other, less well-written, stories. It took all the best aspects of both and delivered a steamy, blush-inducing book that sweeps the reader off their feet. Heartbeat Girl not only gives the reader crush-inspiring leading men, but crush-inspiring leading men who are vampires that moonlight as rockstars. A mashup I wasn't aware I desperately needed until I read this book.
The core of the story lies in the dynamics between our leading trio of men and Jayne as they carry the story. Who knew famous, undead rockstars and frazzled PA's made such great companions? I certainly didn't. Heartbeat Girl doesn't even necessarily rely on the most romantic relationship in the group between Liam and Jayne. While their romance rivals any of the better romances released in recent years, the book wouldn't be complete without the group of Liam, Jayne, and the two other bandmates, Pete and Steve.
It's like watching a more adult version of all the sitcoms about a group of mismatched friends from the 90s with hints of an underlying darkness. Because it wouldn't be a vampire book without a bit of edge that TV shows wish they could capture.
I received a copy of this book via Xpresso Tours in exchange for an honest review
Actual rating of 2.5
When Jane's good friend and boss disappears after a gig, she's left shell shocked and alone...again. So when the three smoking hot members of The Opressors - her boss's opening act - approach her to be their manager on their upcoming tour, she almost says no...almost. But desperate times call for desperate measures, so packing up and hitting the road happens against her better judgement. The Opressors always made her nervous and spending so much time with them in close quarters is raising more questions than giving answers. Jane doesn't feel like it's safe to be this close to these men and she definitely thinks falling in love with one of them is a terrible idea, but if she did...what would happen? She's dying to know.
I was in the mood for a good old fashioned vampire romance story, so when I saw this one and noticed it was based around a rock band of vampires, I couldn't say no. However, it did fall a little bit short for me, and I just don't know why.
The characters were well writte, all of them had their own distinct personalities and voices which is great. I did have a bit of a problem with the love interest - Liam - though. I really wanted to like him, he sounded attractive and his heart was in the right place, I just feel like he was written more like an obsessive, overbearing ex-boyfriend which was a major turn off and I found myself severely disliking his character, which was a shame. I understand that he was trying to look after Jane and he had other things that he was worrying about - cue his sire Marilyn - but he was just possessive, and not in a hot alphahole kind of way, more in a oh-my-god-can-you-please-just-back-off-for-a-bit way. I'm not sure even why this was, that's just how he read to me. Busting down the door and invading Jane's personal space when she's trying to deal with something was one of the key moments that sticks in my mind. And don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against a possessive alphahole, I'm quite fond of them, this character just didn't sit right with me. As I said earlier, he came across more like an obsessive, possessive ex-boyfriend than a hot, caring, protective lover. Jane also bugged me a little at times because she came across as a bit of a push over at times, I understand that her back story means that of course she's going to come across as docile and agreeing but at times she felt like a very weak character which didn't really work for me.
The story itself was well thought out though it did give me Queen of the Damned vibes, purely in the whole sire sleeping while the vampires form a band and sing songs that blatantly tell the audience what they truly are, even though they'd never pick up on the hints thrown their way. The interactions between the characters and the reasons behind the vampires striking out on their own trying to stay away from their sire was well thought out and I feel executed good. The story is very character driven which is great, and I did enjoy the characters of Liam's friends and bandmates, and I feel that Gross did an amazing job at really cementing Marilyn as a terrifying being that you don't want to cross or meet in a dark alley. This can be hard to do when we don't actually meet this character until much later, so I applaud her for her ability in her craft to write a villian character so well through second hand information from other characters.
I did feel that the big climax showdown at the end was over pretty quick, which was a shame. And I could see the twist coming from virtually the beginning of the story. I feel like this story could have really shone for me had it been given a bit more of a chance to develop. I think it would have worked great as even a duology, giving the characters and events time to really be fleshed out and hit harder.
All in all there's not too much I can say about the story without given too much away. Even though this book didn't hit right for me, it was not a bad book, I'm in the minority with my views, and for that I'm glad. The story was intriguing even though at times predictable, and the characters were developed decently enough. I just feel like this story would have been so much better if it was given more pages to develop. If you're in the mood for a quick, easy read about vampires, give this one a go, you just might love it.
“The way my body pulled to him like a magnet was electrifying.”
Where do i begin with this book!!! This book was phenomenal, pure freaking beautiful. I loved every word, every scene, every reaction from all the characters.
I looovedddd the plot it was so unique and I’ve never read anything like it before. A rock star vampire who falls in love with his personal assistant but trust me it’s a lot more than that.
From the moment I met Liam i loved him he was such a great character/ Vampire and i loved how utterly obsessed he is with Jayne. He’d rather die before something bad happens to her and he’d move mountains just to see her smile. I loved his relationship with Pete and Steve his best friends/ brothers.
Steve and Pete are my all time favorite side characters. They’re so fun to hang out with and honestly if they weren’t in the book it would feel so empty. I loved their relationship with Jayne it’s sort of like family/ friends but when you read the book it’s a lot deeper than that. And i demand a book about each them please dear author write a book about them😭😭
Jayne is one of my favorite FMCs. I loved how she eased her way into the group until she felt comfortable around them. And her reaction to what them being Vampires was very funny. Though she was a bit self conscious i loved how she loved herself and the way she looked. And i loooveddd her relationship with Liam and his band mates it was wholesome. And the spicy scenes were freaking fiiireeeeeee🔥🔥 especially the hotel bedroom scene🤤🤤
Overall this book was amazing and it was a funny , cute and a wonderful read. If you like vampire romances you should definitely give it a try.
“I hated her fear because it stole her away from me.”
✨My Rating✨ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
✨Tropes✨ - Paranormal Romance🔥 - Vampire Romance🔥 - Possessive MMC🔥 - Obsessed with her🔥 - Spice🔥 - Touch her and you die🔥 - Fated Mates🔥 - Singer X PA🔥 - Tattooed MMC🔥 - S€xual Tension🔥 - Forced Proximity🔥 - Found Family🔥
✨Trigger Warnings✨ - Mention of cheating⚠️ - Abusive Relationship⚠️
This was my first read by Michelle, I was intrigued by the concept of the vampires hiding behind their rockstar alias! This is a standalone read with some cross over to other books, easily read on its own but I did feel like I was missing out on some background.
Jayne is a PA for a rap artist and has the the band The Oppressors before, the three boys were always a little playful with her, but she was uncomfortable and fearful around them, Liam in particular brought out a mixture of emotions in her! When the rap artist disappears the band step up and get Jayne to be their own PA, which means travelling on the tour bus with them.
Liam is obsessed with Jayne, he is fighting his instincts to show her what he is against keeping her safe. The other two band members, Pete and Steve, are also attracted to Jayne but in a different way. They have a bad connection with the vampire that sired them and they have put her to sleep in a way of hopefully finding a way to get rid of her once and for all...
Lots of twists and turns in this as you learn the backstory to the band and to Jayne. Jayne appears quite a frightened and weak character, but she is anything but, she takes the band in hand and tries her best to manage and organise them, even when she finds out just what they are. Her feelings for Liam creeps her out, she can't understand her depth of emotion for someone she doesn't know and who scares her!
I enjoyed this, the twists in the plot and the backstory, the connection between Jayne and all the band, with her and Liam it gets a bit steamy. I would definitely read more from Michelle. A good vampire read, well worth it.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
I had so much fun reading this book! We meet Jayne a PA for a famous rap artist. Over time working together they have become best friends which makes it that much more difficult when she disappears without a trace. Jayne is frantic but does what she has to in order to survive without giving up hope. While working as PA she also met, and had to work with sometimes, another famous group of singers who just happen to all carry the secret that they are vampires. Liam is obsessed with Jayne no matter how hard he tries to fight it in an effort to keep her safe. The other two members also feel drawn to her but in a different way. Once she starts working for them things really get intriguing as they all try to fight the forming bond. Especially Liam as they are essentially mates. This creates a really hot and steamy vampire romance that will keep you hooked until the very end making it the perfect choice for fans of the genre. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
☆☆☆☆☆ Wow! Heartbeat Girl consumed me. Can I please change places with the heroine? Jayne is traveling with the rock band. Liam, Pete and Steve are The Oppressors. Some weird things are happening. She has so many questions and the buzz of fear is always present within her. The members of the band are vampires with Liam really struggling with the darkness rising to the surface of his existence. The more time she spends with them, she feels like a part of them. Maybe they’re a family? When she’s with Liam, does the absence of a heartbeat going to stop the love that is starting to engulf them? This was definitely a page turner. My heart is still flying. I loved the author’s creative touches. It was like she took the dedication and sexiness from Damon, Stefan, Klaus, and his brother from The Vampire Diaries & The Originals. It added more life and intrigue. I stayed perched on the edge of my seat. I really hope we get more from this world. I highly recommend. This is my honest opinion, freely given.
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarain, I was gifted my copy of this book.
When Jayne's boss disappears, the band she was working with hires her as their PA. But something is off about The Oppressors and Jayne can't figure it out. She also can't keep her attraction to one of them hidden if she's sharing their bus.
It's been a while since I had a good vampire read, and I have to say, this proper hit the spot!
I loved that there was history between Jayne and Liam, but we don't get the full story till much later in the story. And indeed, that it was well past half way before they give into their desires for each other. Loved the sire aspect of this vampire lore.
Liam knew all that time ago, that Jayne was special to him, but it wasn't til he fully opened his soul to her, that he realised just HOW special she was.
I loved all the guys, but now I think Pete has a place in my heart. He does something here that was incredibly brave, and could have cost him his life, but his love for Jayne, even if she wasn't his, pulled him through. Steve too, but to a lesser extent. I want them both to have a story, they need one!
There's a bit on the blurb that says this can be read as a standalone, but that characters from Soul Food are mentioned. And it can, it is totally stand alone, BUT now I WANT to go back and read that book, I really do. Ruth is Jayne's boss and where she ends up? I need to know what happened to her.
The Oppressors are a popular rock band with tattooed member, who have an alure of mystery and darkness surrounding them. Jayne is drawn to Lian the lead singer, but her senses are on high alert, and she is hired as the bands new PA. Liam and Jayne are drawn to each other, but will she be able to unveil the enigma that is the band, and the mystery, darkness, and strange happening which surround them? This is a well written story which is filled with mystery, suspense, twists, friendships, and love, which leads to an entertaining and vampire romance storyline. I look forward to reading more from this talented author whose work I highly recommend.
Jayne is a PA that starts travelling with the band The Oppressors. Little does she know that they are vampires. She doesn't understand why she feels what she feels around them, especially Liam.
I loved this story!! This was my first book by Michelle Gross and now I really want to read Soul Food. The twists and turns in this story kept me on my toes! The chemistry was 🔥🔥! Would definitely recommend this book!
❝You found her again. You’ve gotten this close to her. Now what?❞ I hummed before answering him. ❝Eventually, I’m going to have to tell her I do bite.❞
here i am, once again, feeling conflicted as fuck 🙃
on the one hand, this book was a fun ass time. the vampiric lore in this ❛Heartbeat Girl❜ was top notch. plus, i really liked how Michelle Gross loosely connected ❛Soul Food❜ and ❛HG.❜ also, how can i dislike a book that has Pete and Steve?
Reading this book made me understand why soulfood ended the way it did. You dont have to read soulfood (its awesome so you should read it) to read heartbeat girl. I love the slow build of the story it never lags but leaves you satisfied and wanting more. I want pete, steve and larissa story next.
Liam is such a sexy undead hero. Love to this book loved all of the characters only bad thing I have to say is Are Pete and Steve gonna get their HEA?!?! because they deserve it!!! Both of them were a big part of saving Jayne and deserve supreme happiness as well. Buy Jayne and Liam? Ridiculously hot and completely NSFW!!!!!
Heartbeat Girl is the first book that I’ve read by Michelle Gross and wow! I’m definitely hooked!
To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how this book would play out but then it really got going and I got so into it that I was on the edge of my seat in the end.
I love that this book combines two of my favourite genres of romance, PNR and rockstar romance.
Heartbeat Girl is the story of a rock band, The Oppressors who happen to be a little different than your average rockstars, they’re vampires! The story behind this band was amazing from start to finish! When The Oppressors take Jayne under their wings, it becomes a bit harder to hide their alternative life styles.
Liam, the lead singer of The Oppressors, becomes truly captivated with Jayne while she is on tour with them. I truly loved reading this book and can’t wait to read more books in this series!
Jayne is a PA for Ruth, a famous rapper currently on the tour with The Oppressors, a trio rock band, who love to tease her. Their presence always scared the crap out of her. :)
When Ruth suddenly vanished, Jayne is lost. Especially after Ruth leaves her enough money, that she can cover her debt and live carefree.
She accepts a job as PA for The Oppressors. She thinks that they know something about Ruth's disappearance and if she is close enough, she might hear something. But being in their presence constantly is unsettling her. Some things just don't add up. Like vacant stares of women, that she finds in the dressing room, the fact that they never sleep or eat.
There is more to the story and she is determined to figure out what is their deal. :)
Noone unsettles her as much as Liam. There is something deeper brewing between them, that Jayne isn't ready for. :)
An addicting book, that you can't put down! Highly recommend it! <3