Come to me,Trust in a dream, Come on and rescue me
Yes i know i can be wrong,Maybe i'm too headstrong
Our love is...Madness.. --- Muse
The Devil's Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor
(18+ due to adult themes, sex scenes
and coarse language)
Release date: 1st September 2013
Zoe Granger picked up her first guitar the day her heart
was smashed into a billion pieces. It was a way to keep
her mind off her inevitable downward spiral, but music
soon became her escape. She's been burned too many times
to tell and is just happy to coast through life, never
putting herself out there. That's until her best friend
Dee suggests they start a band and suddenly she finds
herself not just a part of it,but fronting the whole
outfit. They call themselves The Devil's Tattoo and when they release their debut
EP, it rockets to the top of the charts and it's like an overnight fairytale.
Contracts, photo shoots,royalties and interviews are heaped onto the shy Zoe and
it's like she's finally found her place. Then comes the phone call that changes
everything. They've been asked to co-headline a tour with one of the hottest
bands of the moment,The Stabs and Zoe will never be the same again.
Will Strickland is one fourth of the hottest indie rock band to ever grace the
airwaves.He's the bass player in The Stabs, hot as hell and could have his pick
of any girl that flings herself at him. But he's only got eyes for Zoe and she
has no idea why he'd bother.She's got one hell of a trust issue and an attitude
to boot and Will seems to be the one who wants to tame her, but is he game enough?
The Devil's Tattoo and The Stabs go on the road and it's either going to be a
highway to hell or a stairway to heaven. Only time will tell who will come out
on top and Zoe's determined to do it without getting her heart broken… again.
Excerpt from The Devil’s Tattoo
How the band gets its name
Dee pulled out another notebook from his bag and tossed it to me. "Write the lyrics."
I look at the empty notebook and Dee's tattered one that's full of ideas and marks and don't know where to start. I try not to think about it too much as I grab a pen and write out the music best I can. It's already there, I just have to translate it into something coherent. But, when it comes to the words, I see what Dee's written and it could be a song for me. No wonder he wants me to change it. He wants the song to be from me, instead. My side of the story.
The couch dipped next to me and Dee stuck his head over my shoulder to see what I'm writing. I pressed the notebook into my chest and he tried to snatch it away.
"Hey," I cried. "I like you and all Dee, but stop trying to feel me up."
His lips curved into a sly smile and he knew that I was onto him and for once I don't argue.
"What are we gunna call ourselves?" Frank asked. Before Chris could open his mouth he added, "No ideas accepted form Chris."
"Why not?” he grumbled.
"We're not into Morrissey," Dee laughed.
"I think Empty Hands is a good name for an indie band," I said kindly.
"Thanks, Zoe," Chris smiled and tapped his bottle against mine.
"We're not a pansy mopey indie band," Frank said and beat on his chest. "I want to beat the shit outta those skins, for one. I'm too manly to get in touch with my feminine side."
Dee's watching me with a frown and I realize I've been running a finger along the scar on my arm.
"Tattoo," he said, his eyes meeting mine.
"What?" I jumped and tucked my hands under my legs.
"Tattoo," he said again and I could almost see the light bulb over his head. "The Devil's Tattoo."
As soon as he says it, I knew he wanted to name the band after me. I can't help but wonder who the devil is meant to be. The devil scarred my arm and I covered it with a tattoo.
"Dee," I began to scold him.
"Bloody LOVE IT," Frank shouted, on his feet.
"It's not like that, Zoe," Dee whispered in my ear. "You're my phoenix from the ashes. You're my version of the devil, babe."
It sounded like he was declaring his love for me and in a way he was, but not like that. Dee's my brother. Dee's my family.
I smiled at him. "The Devil's Tattoo."
"All in favor?" Dee asked, but it's already been decided.
"Hell yeah!" everyone shouted, and it's done.
*** REVIEW ***
Some try to tell me,Thoughts they cannot defend
Just what you want to be,You will be in the end
And I love you,Yes, I love you -- The Moody blues.
-ARC kindly provided by an author in exchange for honest review -
Someone once said that music is the life that once we lived, that we are living and we want to live. Someone more said than the direction of our dreams match that of our nightmares and It will make us wonder where were those magical days and that maybe this is our last goodbye. But life always put us in front of two roads, which would you choose for wager? the highway to hell or a stairway to heaven?
How would you describe the book? : great! Its content shows the soul of rock n roll : music, sex and the most powerful drug in the universe: love.
When I first saw the title of the new book by Nicole R. Taylor, I had some curiosity to know of it was going to to treat. Later I read the synopsis and just by reading the word music had me trapped.
In this book, We will know to Zoe Granger and Will Strickland (Ok, agree! Will is one of my new favorite male characters, is so hot and tender at the same time ...). Ok, ok reconnect again, Well as I said these guys take us to the backstage of his fears and to the concert of their lives. And end of the tour, they show us, which way they decided choose, which leads to the road to hell or heaven stairs.
The characters are varied, and in this the author does not stop surprising me, She know how to define and how to transmit that character very well. In the main characters this: Zoé Greanger, that through music and thanks to his friend Dee goes ahead after a chaotic breakup. If you're a girl, you can log in fine with her and there is something in their history that for me is a great lesson at the end of the book. The Girl Power is present with this girl. On the male side, we have to the sexy Will Strickland .... He ... I told you he is Hot? ... And He is a musician ...? Mix the tender and sexy Wao, very well. He show us that having a supposed "bad reputation" does not mean you will not suffer , or he to act so. And of course, I do not forget to Dee, Zoe's best friend, is one of those characters that relax a little the story with his jokes or sarcasm or whatever thing, when you're on the edge of the seat. As he says: I leave descubirir the mystery of the soul of this character.
As I said is a great book, really enjoyed it, has that rich mix of music, a story, has a touch Hot, and not bad, goes according with the story. Although maybe a little bit is his Achilles heel, by the books with erotic themes that have come out, but outside it is G-R-E-A-T.
One of the things that pleased me the book is that not only know the version of Zoe, it also the version of Will is here. Thanks Nicole for making this happen!
Another thing that won me: music, The Kills! One of my favorite rock bands! present, and not only that, put the musical compositions of the main characters added an extra point. I had not seen this in any current book.
I hope to read soon another book of this type Nicole Taylor, and if dear readers at the end of The Devil's Tattoo can find a synopsis of a new project this author.
Do not forget to visit the website of Nicole, She is putting recently (as I say) a Backstage of the book, I mean additional data, the trailerbook, playlist and others. If you want to visit, you click on the logo image of The Devil's Tattoo,in the section with name: EVENTS on the right side of this page.
From my part is all, To enjoy the music and life and books, Thanks Nicole R. Taylor for this book! See you in your next story :-) !