Monday 30 November 2020

Black Hearts Still Beat Series by L. A. Cotton #Blitz #Review


Title: Rush: Eva & Rafe Book 1
Series: Black Hearts Still Beat #1
Author: L. A. Cotton
Genre: Angsty Rock Star Romance


Evangeline Walker knows how quickly everything can change.

But nothing can prepare her for the moment she meets Rafe Hunter.

Intense gray eyes.
Wicked smile.
Tattoos inked on his skin just begging to be touched. 

Those aren’t the reasons Eva should stay away from him though.

The fact he’s the bassist for America’s hottest rock band is the reason she should run and never look back.

Everyone knows the greatest love stories all start somewhere.

... this is their beginning.

My Review
Audiobook read.

I’ve been wanting to read an L.A. Cotton book for a while and I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint. Evangeline is a cancer survivor, only she doesn’t know how to start living again. When a talent contest offers hope to making money for her family she takes a chance. What she didn’t expect was to meet Rafe Hunter.

This is the first book in a series. There is some beautiful singing in the audiobook and the romance is a slow burn.

No obligation to review however copy was free from the author. My review is honest and my own opinion.



Title: Rise: Eva & Rafe Book 2
Series: Black Hearts Still Beat #2
Author: L. A. Cotton
Genre: Angsty Rock Star Romance


Eighteen-year-old Eva Walker knew going on tour with Black Hearts Still Beat would be complicated.

She didn’t expect to find herself torn between two brothers.

One wants her but he walked away before.

The other needs her but she doesn’t understand why.

It’s only time before the truth comes out, and when it does, nothing will be the same for Country’s newest sweetheart and the black-hearted boys of Rock. 

My Review
Rise continues Eva and Rafe's story. The quiet girl from Tennessee is going on tour with Black Hearts Still Beat. After the Jamesboro County Talent Show, we left Eva and Rafe in a good place, but a quick fling is completely different from being on the road with someone. Both have their demons to battle. Both avoiding the truth.

Eva is a cancer survivor and in Rise we see her coming out of her shell and finding a way to start living again.

Rafe always puts his brother first. He doesn't need Eva clouding his thoughts.

Maybe Country can be good for rock. Maybe Eva can mend more than one heart?

I really enjoyed this. It has rock star quality and a good backstory. The chemistry between Eva and Rafe is what drives the story, but their relationship with his brother is what keeps you guessing.

The first instalment I listened to the audiobook but this was equally as good to read the words.

*I've joined the Blog Tour for book four. My words are my opinion.



Title: Rule: Eva & Rafe Book 3
Series: Black Hearts Still Beat #3
Author: L. A. Cotton
Genre: Angsty Rock Star Romance


Rafe Hunter thought he was destined for two things in life: playing guitar, and keeping his brother on the straight and narrow.

Until Eva.

She makes him want to be better. Makes him dream of life after the band. But Black Hearts Still Beat is all he’s ever known.

Rafe wants a future with Eva but when you’re choosing between your heart and head, fame or the future, nothing is ever simple.

Music saved them, but is it finally time for Rafe to let his heart rule? Or will love be the ultimate downfall of Eva and her Black Hearted boys? 

My Review
I love the Black Heart Still Beat world. Rule is the third book in the series and it’s continuous so you have to read the other two books first.

Rafe is really to take a leap of faith. It’s all for her. Eva is different and worth risking everything. Can he convince her to re join the tour and can they convince his brother that this can work?

This isn’t a love triangle book in the sense there is a choice but it’s a messy family relationship. Levi is out of control. Rafe has always put him first but now Eva is more important. Can she keep the boys together?

There is another book after this and Rule will leave you wanting more.

The couple are strong but this is still an emotional read. Can they have it all or will Levi ruin everything.

This is a great rockstar world to get lost in.



Title: Ruin: Levi Hunter's Story
Series: Black Hearts Still Beat #4
Author: L. A. Cotton
Genre: New Adult Rock Star Romance


Working for America’s hottest rock band should be a dream come true for Phoebe Halstead. 
And it would be, if it wasn’t for lead singer, Levi Hunter. 
Tortured... Brooding... Broken. He’s everything she should stay away from. 
Unfortunately for Phoebe, she’s exactly the kind of girl Levi needs. The light to his dark. The calm to his storm. 
He wants to be worthy of her; she knows he’ll never change. 
Everyone knows the greatest love stories end one of two ways: 
... with a happily-ever-after or in heartache and ruin.

My Review
Levi Is the bad boy you shouldn’t fall for. After scandal breaks out about his latest behaviour, Levi does what he does best. Losing himself in drugs and booze is his way of coping. The band needs him and not the bad press he brings them. When a new intern offers him a new kind of addiction can Levi finally start living for the future instead of dwelling in the past?

Phoebe needs the intern job and knows she should keep it professional. She knows the stories and is aware Levi is self destructive. When she rejects him, she see the mess it causes, but that isn’t a reason to say yes to Levi.

This is book four in the Black Heart still beats series. The first three books are focused on Rafe, Levi’s brother. We know Levi is in a bad place, but can Phoebe finally pull him out or is she destined for heartache?

Awesome series. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I’ve listened to most of the books on audio but happy to get my fix anyway I can.




Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns. 

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.


No comments:

Post a Comment