BLOG TOUR: Review – “Candace” by Lisa Swallow

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Tegan Hughes joins Blue Phoenix and Ruby Riot on tour, and drummer Bryn isn’t the only one who notices his little sister isn’t a kid anymore.

Jax Lewis is the guitarist for Ruby Riot and the band are rising to success. He’s hot property and loving every minute of his new found fame. Now, he’s on tour supporting Blue Phoenix and living his rock star life to the full. Until Tegan walks into his world and puts the brakes on.

Tegan Hughes is taking a year out and has her sights set on touring Europe with her big brother’s band. Blue Phoenix drummer, Bryn isn’t happy when his sister arrives unannounced at his hotel in Lisbon, but Tegan isn’t the type of person to take no as an answer.

With her big brother breathing down their necks, Jax and Tegan attempt to keep a handle on their growing attraction but that proves harder than they thought. Jax is used to getting whoever and whatever he wants and after kissing Tegan once, he knows one thing…he wants more.

The problem is, Tegan isn’t rock star girlfriend material. She has ambitions of her own and refuses to let anything stand in the way of her plans. But when Jax and Tegan’s relationship becomes public knowledge life becomes a hell of a lot more complicated.

Cadence is the first standalone book in a new rock romance series, Ruby Riot. The series is a spin-off from the Blue Phoenix books but you do not need to read the Blue Phoenix series first.


andra's reviewMy first book by Lisa Swallow and I really enjoyed it. It was everything I hoped a rock-star romance would be like and more. Engaging writing, lovable characters and an interesting plot made the book a great one.

I have to mention that I haven’t read the author’s previous series Blue Phoenix that this new series is a spin-off of, but I didn’t feel lost at any point; more than anything I made me want to go and pick up book 1 in that series.

Told in dual POV, Cadence follows Tegan, Bryn’s younger sister and her ‘forbidden’ (***by her brother) romance with Ruby Riot’s guitarist, Jax.  An enthusiastic travel blogger Tegan finally gets her brother to reluctantly allow her to  to join Blue Phoenix on their headlining tour. The very first moment she sets her eyes on Jax sparks fly and you can tell that you’re in for a treat. They’re romance isn’t easy and they have to fight more than one battle to make it to their happily ever after. Jax isn’t the regular rock-star; although a man-whore on the outside, he has a heart of gold, but it’s only in the rare moments with Tegan or Ruby that you get to see that. He got caught up in this over night sensation rock-star fame, that he is doing everything he can to stay true to what that entails. But for Tegan, he’ll do anything. 

As I said before, I really enjoyed this book. My only problem with it was that I felt it was a bit slow at times, but overall it’s a great read. The characters were pretty interesting and unique and the author’s writing style reminded me of Kylie Scott, without copying it. I’m definitely going to start her Blue Phoenix series and see where it all began for these guys. 

***ARC received in exchange for an honest review. 

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meet the author

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.

She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.



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