book blast + guest post - Forbidden Song by Brooklyn Ann

Forbidden Song
by Brooklyn Ann


GENRE:   Romance



After having one of the worst experiences as a teenager at the hand of the cruel musicians, Christine Mayne's rock star brother tried to lock her away from the world. She had to fight to live her life, go to college, get her Master's and enter her phD program. Now she's determined to complete her research on group dynamics by touring with Bleeding Vengeance, even if it means deceiving her brother and lying to the band's fabulous lead singer, Cliff Tracey.

Cliff Tracey hates being manipulated, lied to and deceived. He'd know, having gone through a string of exes who had done just that. When he thinks he'd found a kindred spirit, and a beautiful babe to boot, imagine his surprised - and disappointment - when she played him so she can tour with his band to complete her phD. When he finds out why, he know he's in double trouble because Quinn Mayne will kill anyone who touches his sister, and Cliff Tracey has all sort of plans for Christine Mayne that involves more than either of them expected.

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Cliff turned back to Brand. “I heard Kat and Kinley brought on a new blogger for Metalness. Is she here?”
Brand chuckled and nodded. “Yeah, but I’d stay away from her if I were you.” And with that, the bassist toasted him with his beer and walked off.

Cliff shook his head. What the hell did Brand mean? Was he dating her? Kat hadn’t said anything about that. And, nah. If that gorgeous princess was Brand’s, he wouldn’t have laughed when Cliff asked about her.
Then the meaning behind Brand’s warning to stay away from the woman became clear: Since both Kat and Kinley had ended up joining their bands, Brand probably thought Metalness came with some sort of curse. Or, maybe the bloggers were witches who enchanted musicians. But unless the new chick was a drummer or something, Cliff didn’t have anything to worry about.
Maybe he should find out.
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Guest Post

How the #MeToo movement impacted Forbidden Song

by Brooklyn Ann
Even though Christine’s character had been established long before the #MeToo movement took the world by storm, the fact that this character was a victim of a sexual assault brought real life concerns and discussions into the forefront as I wrote her story.

Despite Christine’s tragic past, I’d intended for Forbidden Song to be a funny, cute play on the “Off-limits little sister” trope. After all, readers familiar with the series know that the womanizing lead singer of Bleeding Vengeance is the last guy that Quinn Mayne (of Kissing Viciöus) wants to see anywhere near Christine.

However, as I wrote the story, I saw many echoes of the #MeToo movement come forth, mainly in how everyone who knew about Christine’s being sexual assaulted and presumed to think they could dictate how she should think, feel, and behave. Especially her brother.

And when I wrote about Quinn being overprotective of women in Kissing Viciöus, I knew it was because he was emotionally scarred from his sister’s incident for which he blamed himself. But it wasn’t until Forbidden Song that I discovered how dark that mentality went. His reaction to the attack on his sister was so extreme that he became the bad guy in this book. The personification of society’s attempts to control female sexuality.

But Christine does prevail in the end and reclaims her sexuality, independence, and social life. Cliff grows up and learns the value of seeing women as people rather than toys. (Okay, honestly, he was never THAT bad, but still.)

And despite these dark and serious topics, the story DOES still have some funny and touching moments. I hope my readers enjoy Forbidden Song.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing Romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romances and urban fantasies, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music— a difficult world to find love in.

Brooklyn Ann lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.

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