Running with Scissors

Author: L.A. Witt

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Riptide and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Eighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.

Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.

Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?


Review:  I love rock star books. This one is about a band who is just about to make it big after paying their dues. The band named Running With Scissors is compiled of a group of lifelong friends. And AJ. Success is there within their reach if they could just stop screwing it up. And screwing each other.

Jude screwed up big time when he quit the band. He also sabotaged his relationship with their front man and best friend, Connor. Both men are to blame really. Theirs was a volatile kind of relationship. Jude is the one who ran away though. Leaving him working at a crappy desk job that’s suffocating his musical spirit. Months of what ifs are cut off when his ex-manager calls him and tells him their bassist walked out on the band and Jude is the only one with enough talent that knows all their songs who can be ready to perform them on stage at the shows scheduled that week. It’s everything he’s been wanting but going back to the group of people he bailed on isn’t an easy thing to do. However Jude knows this is last chance to make it in the music industry so he sucks it up and heads off to join the tour with a group of his ex-friends who probably hate him. Part of the deal is that he promises not to do anything that could in any way harm the band. Jude agrees and takes all the heat the band can throw at him. The thing he never thought he’d do was fall so hard for the guy who took his place. AJ.

Jude and AJ tried to resist but there was no denying what they had. I think that it being a big no no and that they had to keep their attraction secret just fanned the flames even hotter. There is some delicious sexual tension in this one. A nice build up to the guys giving into their lust and teasing us because they shouldn’t be making out or hooking up. I liked the guys as a couple. Both men were kind of on the outside of the core group of band mates which just made their friendship inevitable. The attraction was there from the beginning but both men struggled not give into it.

The band mates were kind of annoying. I get that hooking up with fellow band mates has seriously screwed them in the past. I even agreed with a lot of their anger up to a point. Eventually the constant jabbing and belittling of Jude got to be old. This was also building up for a big scene however. Connor, the front man, was incredibly unlikeable until the ending. I almost didn’t even feel bad for him when there was talk of how Jude broke his heart. He did get it together at the very end. Hopefully he’ll get a book of his own. No I wasn’t fond of him but I do love when characters are redeemed well. It has to be done well because I can hold a fictional grudge for sure.

This book was pretty angsty. It’s told from AJ and Jude’s POV which I liked. The flirty banter between the characters was good. The MCs together were super sexy in that forbidden love/lust sort of way. It makes it so much better because you know they’re going to fall for each other as soon as they can actually be together without the band finding out. I loved the anticipation! I seemed to fly through this book which means it was a pretty damn good book. This is definitely a good one to read if you like rocker books or you’re just in the mood for a good sexy read.

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