Love’s Last Call by Beth Matthews
(Ladies of Jezebel’s #1)
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Lucy York is an aspiring mechanical engineer working as a shot girl serving watered-down drinks to drunken frat boys at Jezebel’s Bar & Lounge. The job isn’t so bad—it pays her bills, and she’s managed to make a surrogate family for herself at the bar. But now, at 24, she’s ready to spread her wings and fly north to attend UC Berkeley and, maybe, distance herself a little from the all-consuming social scene at Jezebel’s.
Then her boss hires a new bouncer, Norm, a literature dork who seems like everything a bouncer shouldn’t be: tall, gangly, sweet (and, you know, named Norman). But as she gets to know him, ol’ Norm turns out to be everything Lucy never knew she wanted and the best friend she’s ever had. He’s not a bad bouncer either.
One obstacle to their happily ever after: the owner has a strict no-dating rule for employees. If anyone at Jezebel’s finds out she’s dating a bouncer, Lucy will lose her job, her surrogate family, and the money she needs to go to Berkeley.
But, if she loses Norm, is she losing her best chance at happiness?
Link to the playlist on YouTube:
"My Sharona"--The Knack
I love the beat on this song, it's one of those can't skip on the iPod songs. It's also the song that's playing in the bar during the opening chapters of the book.
"There She Goes"--The Las
This is the song for when the hero first sees the heroine. He falls hard. And it only gets better once he gets to know her. This is a song that is perfect, I think, for total infatuation.
The bar setting in my book has a piano player who sings covers of old rock tunes so there's a LOT of Journey songs on my mental playlist. This song is playing in the car when the hero and heroine are first alone together and it becomes "their" song.
"Under Pressure"--Queen and David Bowie
The heroine is trying to balance a stressful waitressing job with college classes and a secret romance. She feels a little "under pressure" most of the time. ;P
"Waking Up in Vegas"--Katy Perry
This was my personal "theme song" for the book. I would play it before I started writing everyday. I wanted something chaotic but also fun and tender.
Can never have too much Journey. Also, this is about the two leads getting over their problems to try and be together.
"Good Old-Fashioned Loverboy"--Queen
Tongue in cheek song for the first love scene. ^_^
"Same Changes"--The Weepies
The heroine is falling hard for the hero…
"Even Angels Fall"--Jessica Riddle
The "dark moment" song.
"Blackbird"--Evan Rachel Wood cover
The heroine finally telling herself she can do it. She can fix things.
"Better Together"--Jack Johnson
The "Happily Ever After" song. This would play over the end credits of the movie version.
Beth Matthews is a California girl, born and raised. She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. She lives in sunny SoCal with her boyfriend and two of the neediest housecats on the planet.