I am thrilled to be presenting The Story of Lansing Lotte, Second Book in L B Dunbar’s Legendary Rock Star Series. Those of you who know me, know I have a big weakness for the rockstar romances, and LB’s intriguing twist updating the King Arthur tales is simply brilliant. I will include my reviews of both this new release, and the first in the series, The Legend of Arturo King, at the end of this posting.
Title: The Story Of Lansing Lotte (Legendary Rockstars #2)
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2015
I get it. I’ve heard the jokes. My name sounds like some medieval character who was a hero. Hell, my best friend’s named Arturo King. Ring any medieval bells? But this is my story and I’m no hero. I also get the jokes. Lancelot is a play on the words lance and lot, and a lance refers to a sword, which is a euphemism for dick. What does a man do with his dick? He fucks. A lot. So if my name is Lansing Lotte, I must be “fucking lot.” Get it? Fucking a lot? Which I’m not saying I don’t, that’s not the point. Another reference to something sexual. Get my point? Huh, I made a punny. But again this is my story, and I haven’t done anything funny. In fact, I’ve killed three women, and only one of them I loved. Yeah, that’s right? Not laughing now. It’s not funny. And I’m definitely no fucking hero.
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Character Introduction: Lansing Lotte
Paisley Belle reporting for Guitar Central. Today’s interview is with Lansing Lotte, guitar hero for the award winning rock band, The Nights. Despite the recent tragedy for The Nights, I was able to sit down with Mr. Lotte in a small coffee shop down the street from his historical home in New York City. Perkins Vale, drummer, and Tristan Lyons, bass guitarist, will be joining us soon, but with the few private minutes alone, I begin my inquiry.
Let’s start with how you got into music?
L: My mother was the most instrumental in my introduction to the guitar. Pardon the pun. She was what you’d call laid back, a naturalist, almost hippy-like. Music surrounded us and she eventually taught me to play on a 1931 Gibson L-I Flattop. I still have that guitar all these years later.
Speaking of family, we understand you’ve had a rather unusual upbringing.
L: (growing fidgety) I don’t typically talk about it, but yes, Vivian DuLac is not my natural mother. Yes, I did inherit Logres Construction.
Lansing remains silent for a moment, reflective, and I decide to move on.
Tell me about your nickname: The Lady Killer.
L: (flinches at first, but then relaxes, pushing his longer bangs off his forehead) Yeah, well, I’m okay with the ladies (a sly crooked smile begins and those blue eyes sparkle), but I’ve been known to make a few mistakes, break a few hearts. Maybe one too many. (sighs).
Broken hearts, what about being a hero?
L: (sitting up straighter and continuing to fidget with the coffee cup in front of him) I wouldn’t say I’m a hero. I did what anyone would do. I have…a connection…to the little girl. I needed to get to her.
(Raising my eyebrow) A connection, how?
L: (smiling deeper) It’s a long story (laughs).
Well, tell me the story of the band. How did you all come together?
L: I met Arturo when we were teenagers; he’s two years older than me. It was a fight over a girl (he looks away for a moment). Anyway, met Perkins in the woods one summer. We just sort of clicked. He’s a natural on the drums. Met Tristan after Arturo went to college. We just gel, a band of brothers.
(I soften my tone) And speaking of brothers, how are you all holding up with the news of Arturo?
L: What news?
Well, the recent events surrounding Arturo and his…
L: There is no news. All we know is Arturo was in an accident. I’m sure you’ve seen the images. Graphic. Disturbing. But we are still hoping for the best. He’s been spotted sporadically, but we don’t have any definite leads. What we do know, is if Arturo King were dead, we would all feel it. Our connection is that strong. If one goes, we would know it.
In an attempt to change directions, I ask: How is Guinevere DeGrance?
I’m taken aback for a moment and then he continues.
L: I apologize. Guinevere is holding up the best she can. Obviously this has all been quite a blow to her. She’s been through a lot, but she’s a strong woman. She’ll make it through this. She has me. She has the band. We are all there for one another.
There for each other, but who is there for you, specifically? (winking)
L: (seeming to relax). Someone amazing is there for me. I didn’t see her coming, but she means everything to me. She’s changed my life, literally. It’s a new chapter for me, and I’m looking forward to where this will lead (smiles deeply).
I can feel the exciting energy for his unspoken new love interest, but I decide not to pry further.
Okay, can you comment on your world tour being cancelled?
L: We had to cancel. We won’t continue without Arturo, so we decided to wait. The fans have been understanding. We are still working on finishing the album, and looking forward to a release tentatively in August. We appreciate everyone’s support for Arturo and we are certain he feels the love they keep sending out to him.
Anything you want to say to your fans?
L: We love you. Thanks for your support. We’re sticking together, no worries. You can keep up to date with all things The Nights on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/737318906359166/
At that point, a beautiful blonde woman and a little girl dressed in a ladybug costume enter the coffee shop. Lansing’s attention shifts immediately and the little girl waves to him. He winks at her and she giggles in response. I don’t miss that his eyes wander up to the woman who waits patiently in line for coffee, not acknowledging him. The weight of the Lady Killer’s attention must be too much, because she turns toward us, and slowly smiles at Mr. Lotte. I’ve seen that look before on a few ladies of society. This one definitely has more-than-a-crush on the rock star sitting before me, but I can tell by the look on his face, he feels the same way about her.
There’s no sign of Perkins Vale or Tristan Lyons, but I can’t wait to get the nitty-gritty on the quiet member of the band, Perkins. That giant drummer has some secrets, and I can’t wait to learn them next.
Paisley Bell, Guitar Central. 2015
About The Author
L.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction. The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances. A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing. Author of the Sensations Collection, Sound Advice, Taste Test, Fragrance Free, Touch Screen, and the upcoming Sight Words, she is also author of the Legendary Rock Star series, beginning with The Legend of Arturo King. She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and four children.
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My Reviews and Notes
Since Lansing is the second in the series, I will include first my review of Arturo. I suppose it is possible to read Lansing as a stand alone, but would be much more fun as part of the series.
The Legend of Arturo King
It’s no secret that I am a complete sucker for a good rockstar romance. I have been hearing about this one for some time, and have “met” the author at a number of Facebook events. I read the synopsis and teasers numerous times and said “That one HAS to go on my to be read list.” Somewhere along the line I got my blog signed up for the cover reveal event for the second book in L B Dunbar’s Legendary Rock Stars series, The Story of Lansing Lotte. That fully caught my attention and I realized I could not wait another day to start reading this one.
In some ways I am glad I put it off, because I can honestly say that I can hardly wait for the release of The Story of Lansing Lotte now that I have finished The Legend of Arturo King. I am completely on edge with the cliff hanger this ends on! It borders on cruel an unusual punishment to have to wait another month! I have plenty of other books waiting to be read, but this story will be haunting me until I can find out what comes next.
The author has done extensive research on King Arthur and the Knights of The Roundtable for this modern day spin on the legend of yore. I am almost embarrassed to admit how little I remember of the classic tales, but in the larger picture it doesn’t matter because this book is devastatingly enchanting. I do recall enough to agree with her assessment that they would be rockstars in today’s world, and her spin is nothing short of genius.
So, yes, rockstars are my thing, and rockstar romances have become one of my favorite genres in recent years. It seems that there would be a limited number of directions an author could take the concept, which was the attitude I had in the back of my mind as I started reading. Leave any preconceived notions behind before you pick this one up. This one is refreshingly unique. Arturo is most definitely flawed, and honestly Guinie has her share of human flaws as well, but what they build together in this book is so pure it can soften the most jaded of hearts. There are plenty of adversaries and adversities facing them, but the organic heart of their feelings toward each other is portrayed with such intensity that it flows off the pages and into your soul.
The writing is top notch, the story is exciting, action packed, full of twists and turns, and the romance is beautiful. For mature audiences only for rather explicit sex scenes, but very highly recommended.
The Story of Lansing Lotte
Admittedly, I had been anxiously awaiting the release of this one after being sucked in by The Legend of Arturo King. I very happily signed up for the blog tour to get the ARC even though I had already preordered it – I was that anxious to get to see where the story would go next.
Another 5 star read without a doubt, though I will warn readers that you won’t get all your questions answered from the end of Arturo. I saw the author mention that we will return to Arturo and Guinie in the 5th book of the series, though there are some sightings within this one, and I imagine there will be in Perkins’ and Tristan’s tales. At first this may seem slightly disappointing, put that aside and get lost in Lansing. I think you will find, as I did, that you will find every bit as in love with him as you did with Arturo.
Lansing is known as “The Lady Killer”, and it is easy to see how that happened as we journey into his heart and soul. Maybe all his kindred spirits are simply biding time until “the one” crosses his path. And just maybe “the one” could be someone other that who he has convinced himself was “the one.” Get swept up in his discoveries about himself and the women in his life and all the messes he gets himself into over them.
Again, LB brings the King Arthur story seamlessly into the present. There is so much going on here, and I always try to avoid spoilers, but sink into this one when you don’t have to be up the next morning, I found it impossible to put down and am already greedily awaiting the next release on June 26 (which happens to be my birthday – happy birthday to me!)
Again, for mature audiences only, for sexual situations. If you liked Arturo, you will love Lansing every bit as much.