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Black Velvet and Lace

(Empire Records #2)

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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Bad Boy Meets Shy Girl
Contemporary Rock Star Romance

Shy wallflower Charlie James has secrets, one of which is her talent. With a dark past, she lacks the confidence to strike out on her own so she sticks to writing the hit songs for other artists. When devilishly sexy rocker Hudson Smith crashes into her world he offers to give her unique lessons to push her out of her com
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Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published March 27th 2021 by Amazon
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Doris
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Great Rock Romance

A band on the verge of making it to the big times and a quiet song writer who doesn’t have the self-confidence to sing her own songs is exactly what this book is about. Hudson is the lead singer of Headspace and has been recording their band’s first big album at the same studio that Charlie works at. They hit off with songs they have worked on together and even though there are other feelings coming from this they both know that as soon as the album is done Hudson will hit th
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Kelchickbooklover
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Black Velvet and Lace is a gripping rock star romance that pulls at your heartstrings.

Charlie (Charlotte) is a shy person that works in the music industry. She writes songs but only for her. She wants be a more confident person that can sing in front of crowds. In comes, the hot rock star Hudson Smith and her world turns upside down.
Hudson meets Charlie at a masquerade party and things get hot fast. They meet the next day as his band is working with the company Charlie works for.
What happens ne
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Rebekah
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Catching feelings is inevitable

Charlie and Hudson are a dream couple. Both tormented by pasts hurts, both living with fears they don't know how to handle. What's supposed to be an easy arrangement quickly spirals.
Charlie is such a relatable character. She decides to fight the fears she has been living with so long. Hudson thinks he's in control as he always was. But not with Charlie, he is powerless to her.
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BikiReads
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
“𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙧𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙄 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙄 𝙙𝙤 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄’𝙢 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙠𝙚.”

Up-and-coming rockstar meet reserved songwriter.
It was lust at first sight for Charlie and Hudson. But then it became more. After what they thought would be a one night stand, Charlie and Hudson end up having to work together on his band’s album. Their friendship grows but they inevitably cannot escape their attraction to each other.
I really liked seeing their friendship build and how Hudson helped
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bookjunkiejane
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finally.. Finally.. I got to read a rock star romance where the hero wasn't a manwhore and the storyline was different from the usual music train... This didn't have the drama of groupies and it was so refreshing to see a great story of a couple who shone throughout the book... I was pleasantly shocked to see how the book turned out.. Didn't expect it which made it even sweeter.. I loved how Charlotte became an entirely different person with Hudson and her journey to come out of her shell was be ...more
Urvi
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my new favorite music-related romances of all time!

Hudson is the lead singer of Headspace and Charlie is a quiet and shy song writer. They meet at a studio, where Charlie works and Headspace will record their first big album. There's obvious chemistry there but it's inevitable that eventually Hudson's going to leave with the band, on tour and all, and leave Charlie behind. What Charlie asks him for though is his help to get her out of her shell and he willingly complies.

I loved the char
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Jennifer Pierson
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm very impressed with Heather Lauren's writing talent, as Black Velvet and Lace was an amazing rock star romance. Charlie is a shy girl because of a past that was brutal, and her self confidence level is non existent even though she's so very talented but she sticks to writing music for other artists behind the scenes. Hudson also has a dark past that he's doing his best to run from so it tends to manifest itself into being a player, and his career as a musician is the perfect hunting ground s ...more
Elsie Pitt
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wonderful
This was a book that I pick up when I am just looking to get out of the genres I read most of. I consider it a filler book for myself. It is a book that should be read! This was the typical story line where Boy meets Girl .They like each other and partake in each other, and then meet later, things progress! It could go either way left or right! You hope it goes right cuz then everything is locked up tight. Or left and well that leads to many issues and not sure if you are going to get your happy ...more
Heather,
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing

What a book!! I was enthralled and hypnotized by this story. This is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Ms Lauren, and it definitely won’t be my last.

Charlie and Hudson meet not in the most traditional way, but it was hot as hell. Not knowing who each other were was freeing until they meet again. This time it’s for business. Charlie is a songwriter and Hudson is the singer for the band Headspace that she will be writing songs for. Hudson writes songs himself, so they end
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Wendy Livingstone
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd in this awesome series and is Charlie and Hudson’s story. Charlie is a shy wallflower, who lacks self-confidence due to her dark past, and she keeps her talent a secret. Hudson is the lead singer, and sexy, tattooed Rockstar, who is broken and running from his past. When these two have a one-night stand, it was only meant to be that, but they end up working together on his band’s album. I loved how these two developed a friendship before moving on to more, and Charlie ask for Hud ...more
Madhur Mehta
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is not your usual rockstar romance. It's one that will pull at your heart strings and leave you with a beautiful experience. It's one where the male protagonist is not shitty, but is supportive. That's exactly what makes this story special.

Charlie and hudson have an amazing relationship. Both tormented by their past. Both have their own set of fears.

I loved how this story was not fast paced. It gave the characters enough time to build a relationship. The writing is great.

In conclusio
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Lindsay
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
4
Charlie and Hudson have their work cut out for them, yet they work and are meant for each other!
This was a roller coaster of emotion to read and a book that I didn’t want to put down.
I love that Charlie and Hudson became friends before progressing into a natural romantic relationship without even knowing it.
There were times I wanted to shake both characters and tell them to get their act together, but it fit with the storyline.
I’d recommend this HEA romance.

Music, rockstar, working relatio
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Stephanie
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙧𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙄 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙄 𝙙𝙤 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄’𝙢 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙠𝙚.”

These words are spoken by Charlotte, aka Charlie, who has a very low opinion of herself. She writes music and meets Headspace, an up and coming rock band. Hudson is the lead singer and when these two meet, it was lust at first, but then soon developed into more.

Charlotte asks Hudson to help her with her confidence level. It was nice to watch their friendship blossom into more. Some things were frustr
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Pauline
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it
This was the first book by this author I have read. The storyline was good with some very steamy scenes and cool rock n roll characters. A nice diversion from my 2.4 kid married mum life. I found myself hoping the main characters would end up together and read on to see what it would take before they realised the same thing. The writing was good and easy to read but in some places it felt a bit short or stunted 🤷‍♀️ . However could have been an exterior voice asking for dinner.
Overall a great s
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Samantha
I received an ARC from the author thru Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving my review. Charlie is a singer and song writer but has chosen to just write because of her lack of self confidence. Hudson is a rising rockstar who has his own personal baggage. These two have a one night stand then end up working together. Friendship and stronger feelings develop quickly. This was a rockstar romance without guy being a major player that has to change for the right woman. This love story is about growth ...more
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
"4
Charlie and Hudson have their work cut out for them, yet they work and are meant for each other!
This was a roller coaster of emotion to read and a book that I didn’t want to put down.
I love that Charlie and Hudson became friends before progressing into a natural romantic relationship without even knowing it.
There were times I wanted to shake both characters and tell them to get their act together, but it fit with the storyline.
I’d recommend this HEA romance.

Music, rockstar, working relati
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Tracy
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I have not read a Heather Lauren book before and I was so pleasantly surprised. I loved the characters. You could identify with both of them and I thought Hudson was perfect with his understanding of Charlotte and her shyness. I understood his fears, but so happy his friends got involved. I am definitely going to read more books from this author. I really enjoyed the storyline and everyone involved. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily ...more
Melissa
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksprout
They met at a masquerade thinking it would be a one-time thing now they are thrown together to work on his album.
Hudson is a rock star running from his past, Charlie is shy and crazy talented with a dark past.
The story was well-written, the roller coaster of emotions it had, and the chemistry they had. Swoon.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kendall
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to reading Charlie’s story after a bit of mystery was created around her in the first book, and I was not disappointed. I kind of expected her past to have been more of a thing/brought up more, and for it to be harder for her to get out of her comfort zone. Even still I love this kind of trope, where a shy girl pushes herself so she can live the life she’s always wanted.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Julie
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, booksprout, arc
Insecurities, shameful pasts, but blessed with talent, Charlie and Hudson complete each other. Together as songwriters in public, but more in private. Can Hudson help with Charlie's confidence and bring her out of her shell? Can Charlie fix Hudson to see the past is not his future? Will the two admit they caught feelings?

Thank you to Booksprout and the Author for the advanced copy; this is my voluntary review.
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Nancy Hardin
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hudson and. Charlie fell for each other in the very beginning
A real steamy scene. The dating was a mixture of I don't know how to react to each other. And. I hope they feel the same way I do a good read. Good storyline and likeable characters. I received a copy of this book from varacious reader. I voluntarily leave a review.
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Comfy Couch Book Reviews
After an incredibly hot encounter between to masked people at an industry event, both are shocked to find out that they are both involved with Empire 39 studios. Hudson is the lead singer of Headspace at the studio with his band to record their new album before going on tour. Charlotte is the quiet shy extremely talented songwriter brought in to help them with their songwriting.

Charlie is immediately drawn to the sexy British rocker but knows that he will be leaving soon and she does not want hi
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Kimberly
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
The book is a good, and enjoyable emotional roller coaster ride romance read. The story has a good story line, and well written read. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Addison Paige
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a great pick me up and make you feel good book, this is it! Shy girl meets lead singer and asks him to help her bust out of her shell. This book draws you and makes you want to keep reading. I can’t wait to see where the next book will take us!
Jill Gill
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this book and yes I will read more by this author
Spunky N Sassy
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Great Book
This book was a great afternoon read. I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down.
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GA Bookaholics
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I was given the opportunity to read this book before the release date and I am so glad I could! This was a fun read. Heather Lauren, the author of Black Velvet and Lace, is a new author to me and she will be an author I follow moving forward! Her writing is easy to read and easy to follow. Her characters’ conversations are conversations you’ve likely had with your friends and family. She makes musicians, songwriters and record compa
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Michelle Griffith
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Meet Hudson and Charlotte, Charlie for short. Loved this rockstar book, he is the rockstar and she is a writer of songs and very shy. Working together on songs for the band they become very close, the sexual chemistry is hot. Knowing it can't go anywhere because he is on the road all the time and nothing will derail the bands future, even love won't. They both have hard pasts that they need to overcome to move forward, with the help of Hudson, Charlie overcomes her shyness about performing. I re ...more
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