The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie
by Nancee Cain
Series: Pine Bluff, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Shannon Lumetta
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Hosted by: Book Partners In Crime Promotions
I'm incredibly excited to be a part of Nancee Cain's release tour for her fantastic contemporary romance novel: The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie... so much so, I had to pinch one of my Mum's Tena Ladies (sorry Mum)... anyway, enough about my excitable bladder, back to the reason I'm writing this: if you love your contemporary romances to contain lashings of laugh out loud hilarity intersected with hair-pulling drama and face-fanning moments then read on...
At seventeen, music legend Dylan McAthie ran away from his Alabama home to chase his dreams. Years later, he’s forced to return—coming full circle to escape the nightmare his life has become. Hounded by paparazzi and plagued by the aftermath of personal and professional loss, Dylan craves some quiet anonymity so he can regroup and sort out what lies ahead.
Hired by his estranged brother, Jennifer Adams knows exactly who Dylan is. She grew up next door to his family and has followed his career. But the surly, overbearing man she’s caring for as a private-duty nurse is far from the charming boy she remembers. Nevertheless, she’s determined to be professional, do a good job—and not fail at her first time getting away from home.
As her patient heals, his demeanor softens, and their interactions grow less antagonistic. Soon their chemistry is undeniable—and inappropriate—leaving the inexperienced Jennifer thoroughly confused. Adding to the turmoil, scandal finds Dylan once again, threatening all the progress he’s made and putting Jennifer at risk as collateral damage.
It’s up to Dylan to fix what his fame has so easily broken and find a way to move forward with his life. But will his resurrection mean the death of any relationship with Jennifer?
Fancy reading it? Of course you do! Only Tax Collectors with a nightly routine of plaid pyjamas, decaffeinated Kopi Luwak Coffee, and a copy of The Financial Times would say no.
And you're not one of those broadsheet boring-baldies, are you?
I didn't think so.
However, just in case you're still stuck on the fence with change jangling in your pocket, let me grab you a stepladder and offer you my personal opinion on why your spare coins might be wisely invested in the purchase of this book...
First things first: This review won’t contain any spoilers. Because I’m nice like that… contrary to what my husband might say.
I was gifted a digital copy and, after reading it, I ordered a hardcopy (get building more shelves, Husband). If a book’s good I like to own a real version… one that I can sniff when the mood takes me (ever tried sniffing a Kindle? It’s very disappointing and people look at you like you’re crazy).
I have to admit, I dip in and out of contemporary romance because I get a teeny-weeny bit tired of certain character traits and predictabilities that seem to be synonymous with many contemporary romance stories. You know the ones… a testy Alpha male starts off broken and troubled, only he meets a girl and ‘BAM’ (through the use of unrealistic feminine powers none of us mere mortals can ever attain) she changes him into a perfect, poetic Adonis who is unrecognisable from the man he was at the beginning of the story. Please, don’t shout at me for saying this. I will cry. And it won’t be pleasant. Sure, books with idealistic perfection will always have a place (and rightly so). But there are so many to choose from. The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie takes that trope and gives it a good pounding (like tenderising a tasty steak or, for the vegetarians reading this, pestle and mortaring an incredible flavour into a piece of soy).
Dylan’s life is a bit of a car crash; he’s been through the mill (and then some). But. I don’t think I have ever read a more realistic, funny, flawed, endearing and (at times) enraging character as Dylan within the contemporary romance genre.
Yes, we read for escapism from this horribly hectic world. And let’s face it, no one wants to read about ‘real men’— they fart, they constantly fiddle with their balls, and they forget important dates… like your ANNIVERSARY. But. I have to say the bar for fictional male leads (in my humble opinion) is often set so unrealistically high, I can’t always immerse myself fully in the story world (call me cynical and unimaginative). That didn’t happen with The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie. The author clearly knows her men and knows how far she can push realism without stepping over into the unappealing. And that was so much fun to read. Dylan has the perfect amount of charm, flaws and sex-appeal; he is one of my top ten book boyfriends to date (shhh… don’t tell my husband).
"I know that you don't care if you get cancer, but haven't you heard of second hand smoke?"
"Misery loves company, angel. You can join me in an early grave."
Jennifer Adams is relatable, and a girl you’d happily have as a best friend. She might be sweet, kind and a naïve preacher’s daughter, but she’s by no means a fool (sure, she might not always make the most sensible decisions, but there is always a plausible and justifiable reason behind them). She has just the right balance of vulnerability and sass.
"He's not that bad, Daddy. He even has a Bible verse tattooed on his ribcage."
"I hardly think that makes him a Bible scholar, Jennifer."
The combination of the two characters makes for the most hilarious, sexually-charged and interesting journey. I read this in two sittings. It was fast-paced and had twists and turns I did not see coming or anticipate the outcome of. The ending left me settled, satisfied and complete.
"You're supposedly the world's sex-uh, I mean, talented lead guitarist. But I've yet to hear you play." She could feel herself blushing.
"I'm a sex-talented lead guitarist? Do you think I play with my damn dick?"
"Don't most men?"
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Still not sure? Still balancing on the fence with indecision? That's okay. I have a solution! In celebration of her new release Nancee is running a rafflecopter giveaway for all you beautiful people (no purchase necessary). To be in with a chance to win $50 of Amazon vouchers all you have to do is click here.
A little bit about Nancee:
During the day, Nancee Cain works as a nurse/counselor in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge.
Authors are her rock stars, and she’s been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder.
Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film, or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.)
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