Blog Tour: Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix #2) by Lisa Swallow +ARC Review & Giveaway

Book title: Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix, #2)

Author: Lisa Swallow

Genre: Contemporary romance

Release date: 10th June 2014

Cover designed by Najla Qamber Designs

Photo by Lindee Robinson Photography

Models: Madison Wayne & Chad Feyrer
This book is the second in the Blue Phoenix series, and is the continuation of the story told in Summer Sky.

The Blue Phoenix books are a series of contemporary romance novels and novellas centred on the fictional rock band Blue Phoenix.

Synopsis

Skys world turned upside down when she met rock star Dylan Morgan, and exploded when she discovered his hidden past.

Four months after Sky learns Dylans devastating secret, shes trying to piece her life back together. Without an explanation from Dylan, Sky has no choice but to try and forget him.

Dragged back into the life he ran from, Dylan continues to spiral downwards as he copes with his fame the only way he knows how. Shattered by the revelation Sky knows his darker past, he forces himself to return to England and explain.

Sky and Dylan reconnect, attempting to build on the shaky foundations of their summer. But the outside world continues to conspire against them.

Taking place in the epicentre of the Blue Phoenix world, Sky and Dylans story continues amongst the chaos surrounding the band and its members.

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Excerpt
The snow drifts down heavier than recently and by the time we get to my place, the dark clouds bring the winter’s night on early. Dylan parks behind my snow-covered car.
“If we’re going back to the start, I should really rear-end that car?” He looks at me sideways with a grin.
I’m busy calculating my next move and trying to anticipate his because he’s turned the engine off. The snow settles on the windscreen.
“White Christmas, do you think?” I ask.
“A few days to go yet but maybe.”
“I’d better get inside before…”
“Before what?” He turns in the seat and I stiffen. If I kiss Dylan, that’s it. Over. I’m lost again.
“Before the roads get bad for you,” I say the words but I’m unaware of anything but Dylan, the leather scent of his jacket is different to the summer Dylan, a new flavour mingling with the familiar.
“I’ll be okay,” he says, his gaze on my mouth.
I lick my dry lips and his pupils dilate, even without his hands on me, Dylan’s stirring arousal. He reaches out a hand, pushing a strand of hair behind my ear the way he always used to, his fingertips grazing my cheek with heat. Hesitantly, he moves his face closer, reminding me of the first time he kissed me. I tense as his warm breath strokes my face, dragged into the charged moment before his lips touch mine.
Dylan softly presses his mouth to mine. Then waits. I push my lips to his and our mouths move together, the hesitant kiss of those just met, not of reuniting lovers. I fall into space, past the stars into his universe, pulled to the man who has never let me go. The world outside of the heating space of the car doesn't exist, our bubble transplanted to here and now. I grip the growing curls of his hair and hold his neck and he leans across the middle of the car, pulls me close and lets go of his gentleness. Dylan holds both of my cheeks, the way he did on the beach in the rain, and kisses me like a drowning man desperate for air only I can give him.
My winter coat and his jacket prevent complete closeness and I fight the urge to slip my hands inside his jacket and feel his warmth and strength. If I do that, I know he’ll reciprocate and in a car, in the street, isn’t the right place to start.
Slowly, Dylan unwinds my fingers from his neck and shifts his head away. We breathe in sync, rapidly, reflecting the desire to reunite that we both have. But not now, not yet.
“I’ve missed you, Sky,” he whispers, cupping my cheek.
“Life lost a lot of colour without you,” I say. “And not just the tattoos.”
“Will you see me again?”
“Yes.” I softly brush his lips and draw away. Dylan’s lips part and I place a finger on them. “But I’m not ready for the intensity again this soon.”
“I get that.”
“Which is why I’m going inside alone.”
“Unfortunately, I thought you’d say that.” He kisses my forehead and sits back.
As I open the car door, Dylan catches my hand. “Tomorrow?”
There’s a hint of the old Dylan, reaching out to the old Sky he’s just resurrected. “It’s always tomorrow with you, isn’t it?” I ask, echoing the words from the summer.
Review:
“I remember a conversation we had—how we’d help each other toward a new future. In the past few months, I’ve gone backwards and so has he. I’ve returned to safe and boring and he’s returned to the life suffocating him. Dylan’s touring the States, has been for four months. I’m disappointed he didn’t stand up for what he wanted, but then neither did I.”

Months later, Sky is still reeling from the break up from Dylan Morgan. He’s gone back to his rockstar bubble and she’s left to live her quiet life in Bristol. Dylan left so many questions unanswered and she’s not sure if she even knows what kind of person he is. She doesn’t know if the man she’s in love with is a monster or a victim of revenge. 
“I meant what I said, Sky. Whatever happens between us, I’ll always be here for you. However far you fall, I’ll catch you.”
Dylan and Sky had their fair share of ups and downs in the first book, but this second installment takes the cake!
It was so easy to feel all the emotions they were going through. I was questioning everything that Dylan did and was on the edge of my seat as I waited for Dylan and Jem to reveal the truth about their past. 
Dylan and Sky just couldn’t catch a break. This isn’t your average romance at all. You’re not going to get hearts and flowers right away. Dylan and Sky have to jump through hoops and banish his demons in order to get their happy ever after. 

“You are in my world and that’s how life is. I’m not going through the amount of crap we’ve been through in the last few months, for nothing. You don’t get to walk away again, Dylan Morgan.”
What I love about Sky is that she’s strong and independent. She’s not afraid to voice her opinions and just tell it like it is. She doesn’t treat Dylan like a rock god, which is a good thing, because there aren’t many people who are honest with him because of his profession. Most people don’t have Dylan’s best interest at heart and Sky makes sure that it’s always made a priority. She doesn’t want him to quit doing what he loves, but she does want him to be healthy and his rock star lifestyle is anything but. Without her, Dylan would probably be another Jem. 
“Does he realise what a cliché he is?” I ask. “I don’t think he realises who he is at all.”
Speaking of Jem… I’ve had a love/hate relationship with him since Summer Sky, but he shows another side in Falling Skythat makes me sympathize with him so much. It’s easy to assume that something in his past has caused him to spiral out of control, but hearing him actually express himself grips your heart and tears you up inside. Even after finishing this book, there is so much more to this tortured soul and I can’t wait for his story and for him to find true happiness. 
Another character that stole my attention and heart was Liam. He stole the spotlight for me about halfway through this book. He’s getting married to a ditzy, gold digger and I’m not sure why he’s agreeing to it. Then all of a sudden, a secret of his is revealed… well, sort of. It’s never fully explained, but I’ve certainly made my assumptions. Liam ends the story with a bang, and I desperately want his book to come out now!

“The day I kissed you was the day I came back to life. You breathed a new energy into me and as soon as I had one taste, I wanted more. All of you.”
Secrets, revenge, and intense passion. This is not an easy love story, it’s one that the characters work hard for and the reader feels the struggles they have to endure. Your heart will be tugged at and squeezed, but once you get to the end of the book, it’ll be the best feeling ever. 
Dylan and Sky’s story has come to an end for us, but I look forward to seeing them pop up in the upcoming Blue Phoenix books!

“Sky is the song I never knew I could write, and her love the music I always wanted to hear. From now on, my past is a story in a closed book.”
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5 Kisses

Summer Sky (Blue Phoenix #1)

Author: Lisa Swallow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis
Sky changed her life for a man once, and she has no intention of doing it again - even if he is a six-foot, tattooed rock god who makes a mean bacon sandwich.


Sky Davis is fed up with boyfriend Grant taking her for granted, and when she comes home to find him wearing a girl, Sky suspects the relationship is over. She takes an unscheduled holiday and leaves the life (and guy) she hates behind.


Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with fame and infamy, sick of his life being controlled by other people. Dylan cuts his hair and walks away from his role as lead singer of Blue Phoenix, leaving behind chaos and speculation.


Outside the English seaside town of Broadbeach, their cars and worlds collide.


Sky decides Dylan is an arrogant guy with too many tattoos, and Dylan is amused by the smart-mouthed girl with no idea who he is. Dylan and Sky soon discover theyve travelled to Broadbeach for the same reason - to escape from reality and head back to a place with happy childhood memories. Losing themselves in a world where they know nothing about each other, Sky and Dylan begin a summer romance that soon heats up their rainy English summer.


Fantasies cant last forever, and when reality crashes the party, Sky isnt sure she wants to be more than his summer Skybut Dylan doesnt want to let her go.


Returning to the real world, public scrutiny isnt their only problem. Blue Phoenix lead guitar player, Jem Jones, has a reason for wanting Sky out of Dylans life, and is determined to come between them. Some things wont stay hidden, even when theyre paid to go away.


Summer Sky is a contemporary romance where occasionally more than the bacon sizzles. It is the first in the Blue Phoenix series.


The Blue Phoenix books are a series of contemporary romance novels and novellas centred on the fictional rock band Blue Phoenix.
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Author Bio

Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark.


In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. She even leaves the house occasionally.


Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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