Monday, August 25, 2014

Who I'm Becoming by Shanora Williams

Montana Delray is the most laid back of the popular rock band, FireNine. He’s goofy, charming, blatantly honest, talented, a massive flirt, and extremely handsome. The girls literally throw themselves at him, and he accepts it. He loves the attention. The fame. The parties. His single life.

With so many women to choose from, it’s not in his nature to chase after just one, but when Lauren Harkin enters his life, that all changes. 

Lauren is smart, sexy, confident, and knows exactly how to get under his skin… and although he hates to admit it, he loves it. He wants her in every way possible, but she doesn’t want anything to do with him. Famous FireNine rocker, Delray isn’t the kind of guy Lauren needs to bring into her life. After having her emotions tampered with repeatedly, she refuses to give into someone who will most likely take her for granted and make things worse.

But with much effort and some sexual manipulation, Montana and Lauren come to an agreement neither of them can resist. As their fling carries on, though, everything intensifies, and once they realize it true fear sets in. 

Soon they come to the realization that they care for one another more than intended, and they both know caring for someone other than themselves means opening their hearts. 

The reality they face with each other is totally unexpected and becomes their biggest fear… and neither of them is ready for it.
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4-4.5 smooches!

Who I'm Becoming is the fourth book in the Fire Nine series and it is MONTANA'S book!  I fell in love with him in Who He Is and couldn't wait to read his story.  Little did I know that I would have the pleasure of beta reading his book!  The one thing I felt most important was for Shanora to keep true to Montana's character.  So many readers, myself included, loved him most.  To change who he is would be a disservice to his character.  Who is Montana?  Montana is the perpetual rock star/party animal.  He is funny and brazen with a heart of gold.  And that is what you will see in Who I'm Becoming.

Lauren is a new character, however we did read a little about her in Who We Are.  Montana had a little heart to heart with Eliza about the girl he couldn't catch.  That is Lauren and she is the love interest in Montana's book.  He runs into Lauren again backstage at a show and she is obviously upset.  Montana tries to be this hard ass rock star all of the time but he really is a big ol' softie at heart and the urge to help her is overwhelming to him.  His inner turmoil is one of the best parts of this book.  It is really endearing to see him at war with his emotions regarding Lauren.

Oh Montana... a rock star through and through.  He and Lauren are a hot mess!  They are hot and cold. She has secrets and Montana is at war with himself and trying to fight his feelings for this confusing and frustrating girl.

Montana's story is different from our other Fire Nine guys. I think Shanora has done a wonderful job of staying true to Montana.  There is just enough drama and mystery to keep the reader intrigued without being over the top.  The characters from the previous books are of course back and it is always nice catching up with them. They really are a family and are there to support him and give him a swift kick in the rear when necessary. 

The only issue with Who I'm Becoming for me was connecting with Lauren.  She is such a mystery and so flighty.  I am not sure what would have made me connect with her more or even if anything else could have been done.  It was just her character.  It all comes together at the end when we learn about her big secret.  So what is Miss Lauren hiding??? Grab Montana's book and find out for yourselves!!

I pressed the button to my floor and it opened several seconds later. Silence crept between us but it wasn’t an uncomfortable one. It was sort of… nice. After taking nearly decades to find the hotel key in my pockets, I stuffed it into the lock of the door and stumbled inside, laughing at my own idiocy.
She followed in behind me, and I flipped the light switch. A dim light illuminated above her head and she smiled. “Well… you’re here,” she breathed.
“I am,” I said.
“Do you… need anything?”
“Nope…”I paused. “Well maybe just for you to stay.”
She let out a girlish giggle. “Montana, you know I can’t stay.”
“Why not?” I asked, stepping in.
She dared a step as well, angling her head and locking eyes with me. Bringing her hand up, she ran it across my cheek and a faint smile appeared on her lips. “Because it would be wrong of me to sleep with you.”
My dick pulsed. Her voice was smooth and seductive. It was sexy as hell with that accent. “Why would it be wrong?”
“It’s a long story. Just know it would be.”
“Don’t beat around the bush, Princess.”
She smirked. “I’m not. Maybe when you’re sober…”
I laughed, throwing my head back. “I guess that’s never then.”
“Well, then I guess we’ll never have that experience, huh?” She was teasing the hell out of me. Her voice. Her body... so warm and close. Fuck.
What made it worse was how she turned around and walked away, swinging her plump ass in those tight blue jeans. “I’ll see you tomorrow. Big show, right?”
“Yes,” I whispered. I couldn’t stop staring.
“Good…”She opened the door.
“Wait,” I called before she could make it out.
She lifted both brows, glancing over her shoulder. “Yeah?”
I walked towards her, licking my lips. “Tell me your name. I need to know it.”
She lowered her head, biting a smile. “If I tell you my name will you take it easy for the rest of the night?”
“I will… for you, Princess.”
She paused, batting her mascaraed eyelashes while running her eyes up and down the length of my body. Her smoky eyes then met mine, she stepped back, and a warm hand pressed against my chest. She stood on the toes of her high-heels and whispered, “Lauren Harkin. Don’t forget it,” she murmured. “Because if you do, I won’t tell you my name again… you’ll just have to suffer with not knowing the name of the woman that, in every way, intrigues you.”
My eyes stretched.
And she smirked.
And it was right there, in that moment, when she had me. It was in that moment when I realized I had to have her. I had to get her up under me. I had to dick her down at least once. She was begging for it, and my body wasn’t denying it. I wanted her and I wanted her something serious.


New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Shanora Williams considers herself a wondrous, down-to-earth author who’s all about romance, paranormal, and the historical fiction. Coffee and Oreos are her addiction. Reading is a necessity. Whenever she isn’t writing or reading, she’s most likely spending her time with family and loved ones, or watching hit TV series’ on Netflix.


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