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Monday, June 2, 2014

GHBT- Captivating Bridge by Michelle Mankin- Review

Book Info-
Captivating Bridge
Tempest Series # 3
By Michelle Mankin
Genre- New Adult
Publication Date- May 22nd, 2014


Warren “War” Jinkins is that guy.

The bad one.

Tempest’s ex front man, an arrogant rock god.

The only thing larger than his ego is his capacity for self-destruction.

His bad attitude has cost him. His woman. His best friend. His band. Everything.

Shaina Bentley is that girl.

The good one.

Hollywood’s pink candy-coated sweetheart.

The star of Pinky Swear, television’s top rated teen show.

She’s been practically perfect since that horrible day. But she’s starting to crack under the strain of being everything to everyone.

He’s a one man island. She’s a fragile captive soul.

Is love a current too dangerous to cross or will it be the bridge that brings them together?


Captivating Bridge is the third book in the Tempest Series by Michelle Mankin. While the series does center around the members of the band Tempest, the series does NOT have to be read in order, and each novel can be read as a stand-alone. From what I've heard, past issues with War (*pants*) were addressed in previous books, but Mankin doesn't leave you questioning and wondering just what the hell happened to him. She answers all the questions, so even though I hadn't read the first two books yet (which, uh, I really have to, now), I knew exactly who I was looking at and what was going on.

Captivating Bridge is the story of War, a heartbroken, far-too-attractive semi-a$$hat that has written off women forever (for damn good reason, I might add. *glaring at previous books*) and Shaina, the goodie-goodie TV star who wears...a lot of pink. The two meet under some dark circumstances, and somehow manage to keep stumbling into each other's business.

I am genuinely shocked by the depth of the characters and the story here. While it might come across as another one of those books with a subplot that mainly centers around the sex scenes, it's SO much more than that. And yes, there ARE some very good steamy scenes in here, but they're not so in-your-face that you can't see past them (not that you'd want to...they're done very well. *drooling*) Ahem...

This is my favorite kind of story. It's dark and dirty, with deep characters and plot lines that weave throughout the book and still come to a perfect ending! I'm very impressed with this novel and I can't wait to read more from Mankin.

My Rating:

About the Author-

Michelle Mankin
is the author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.

Romance with subtext.

Reimagining classic stories with sexy rock stars and thought provoking issues.

For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn't kill her but the hours and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.

Black Cat Records in Vancouver provides the central backdrop for all of Michelle’s current novels. Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a Brutal Strength centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.

Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the Tempest series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.

When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.

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