Monday, May 26, 2014


For the Love of a Lush (Lush No. 2)
by Selena Laurence
Genre: Edgy Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  May 29, 2014
Hosted by:  The REAL Housewives of Romance

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Six months ago, Walsh Clark was the drummer of America’s hottest rock sensation, Lush. Now he’s living at the Double A Ranch in north Texas, home to cows, cowboys, and lushes—like him. He’s survived alcoholism, rehab, and the breakup of his band. But the one thing Walsh might not survive is the return of his ex fiancée Tammy DiLorenzo.

Tammy and Walsh met at fourteen, and she was with him on every step to fame and fortune—until one fateful night when she betrayed him. Now she’s back, begging for forgiveness and ready to fight for her man. But some betrayals are too painful to forget, some mistakes can’t be repaired, and Walsh is certain that he and Tammy can’t ever be together again.

But DiLorenzo women don’t back down, and Tammy always gets what she wants. In the wake of the lies and losses, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes for a second chance. She’ll give it all—for the love of a lush.

A Lush Betrayal
(Lush No. 1)

Joss Jamison has it all. He's the lead singer for the world's hottest rock band, Lush. He's wealthy, sexy, talented...and miserable. Twelve months ago, Joss lost his finely honed control and made a mistake he can't undo. A mistake that could end up costing him his best friend, his band, and maybe his heart.

Mel DiLorenzo has it all. She's been hired to document the world tour of her sister's fiance's rock band. She's gorgeous, talented, loved...and sick of being the little sister. When she agrees to the summer job, Mel has no idea she's walking into a minefield of friendships lost and hearts destroyed. She also has no idea what it means to be the object of Joss Jamison's affections.

One hot rock star plus one life-altering mistake, add a dash of sexy younger sister and a handful of broken hearts, and you've got a recipe for fire. Life on the road can be hot, but for the boys of Lush, it's about to get a whole hell of a lot hotter.

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Heather's Review

5 "I just wish you could have forgiven me..." smooches!

Selena has done it again. I don’t know how she is not better known because her writing is AMAZING. From the first book I’ve read by her, I have loved them all. Selena writes some of the most realistic and swoon-worthy BBFs out there! If you haven’t read her books yet… there is no better time than the present. You won’t be sorry you did!

For the Love of a Lush is book 2 in the Lush series. Yes, it is a series but each book can be read as a stand-alone novel as they each follow a different band member. Selena gave just enough background information not to make the book feel like rereading book 1 but so that you understand the roles the characters from Lush 1 played in Walsh and Tammy’s story.

I get so emotionally involved in these books. In For the Love of a Lush I questioned my own beliefs. You always think you know for certain how you personally would react in certain situations. I’ve always said NO WAY would I ever forgive a cheater. In A Lush Betrayal(bk 1). I HATED Tammy. That lying cheating skank… no way did I expect to fall in love with her in this book and to even *gasp* like her MORE than Walsh. She just kinda snuck up on me. Her love for Walsh was unwavering no matter how badly he treated her or how hard he tried to push her away. She was strong and determined. She was truly sorry and I wanted Walsh to forgive her so badly.

Walsh was not only betrayed by the woman he has loved since he was 14 years old but also by his best friend. He is an absolute mess. He is a recovering alcoholic and when his world fell apart ended up at a AA ranch with no other focus than to keep busy and keep sober. So, when Tammy shows up trying to win him back, he has every right to be angry, hurt, confused… and a bit of an asshole!

“I could tell her how much I still love her…say I don’t want her to go. I could promise to be what she needs. But I don’t… I step back, and let her walk out of my life.” ~Walsh
“I saw a …boy when I was fourteen years old and I knew that I was his and he was mine. But love is more complicated than knowing. More complicated than wanting. Sometimes love, even in its purest, most vital form still isn’t enough to overcome the circumstances of our lives…” ~Tammy
AGHH queue music “sometimes loooooooove just ain’t enough.” But, I wanted it to be. Poor Tammy reaches her breaking point. One person can only fight so much… can only handle so much rejection. Has Walsh finally pushed her away for good? Can he find it in his heart to forgive the ultimate betrayal?

Selena writes realistic stories. Stories that suck you in and make you feel like you are living these characters lives. Their feelings and reactions are so raw. Life isn’t black and white. Good people can be pushed to do really stupid things. Sometimes the obvious victim isn’t completely blameless.

“Sometimes I think loving Walsh Clark might have ruined me forever.”

Selene's Review


For the Love of a Lush is the second book in the Lush series and focuses on the band’s drummer, Walsh. The book can be read as a standalone but I strongly encourage reading the first book beforehand not only to be more in tune with Tammy and Walsh but because you really don’t want to miss lead singer Joss and Melanie’s story!

This book did a number on me … but not in the way I was expecting. I was expecting for Walsh’s alcoholism to be a focal point of the story and, honestly, I wasn’t excited to read a book about an alcoholic. Thankfully I didn’t have to. I read a book about two people trying to forgive each other as well as themselves as they attempt to salvage a once cherished relationship. Oh, and one of them happens to be an alcoholic.

For Walsh and Tammy, it was love at first sight. They were high school sweethearts who spent fourteen years together until one tragic betrayal destroyed not only their relationship but also the band and friendships within it. Going into this book, I wasn’t a fan of Tammy’s but somewhere along the way, she gained my respect and forgiveness. Now Walsh …. Well, I’ve loved him from day one so it was difficult for me to have moments of dislike for him throughout the book. Trust me though, he earned them.

One of the things I like most about Selena’s writing is that it’s real. You can relate, sympathize and often times empathize with the characters in this story. Her plots are not far-fetched and ridiculous … she hunkers down on her characters and you live and breathe every up and down with them. I especially felt that way with Walsh and Tammy. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted two people to find their way back together more.

The Lush series is quickly becoming one of my favorites … gorgeous men, sexy relationships, top-notch writing, and some emotional carnage here and there … all make for an amazing read! I LOVED Tammy and Walsh’s journey and the way Selena ended this story was perfection!

Now, BRING ON MIKE in Lowdown and Lush!!!!

Selena Laurence lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She is a full-time romance author who loves nothing more than a good love story, whether it be about rock stars or college kids. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Colorado Romance Writers. Her books have been on Amazon Topselling lists in Military Romance, Contemporary Romance, Hispanic fiction and Multicultural Romance. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she knows what to do with.

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