Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, for example that he should keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.
Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.
Review: When I saw Lane Hayes was doing a rocker book I pretty much screamed GIMME! As usual with her books I loved this one. I adored the couple! The guys were very different but they had a common love of music. Neither was looking for a relationship. Both have reasons to stay in the closet. But neither could ignore what there was between them. I fell in love with them. This is another to add to my favorites list. It was so so good.
Rand’s band Spiral just moved to New York because Rand is determined to make it big. Their guitarist went to rehab and the new guy isn’t up to Rand’s standards, so he decides to take guitar lessons and just do it himself. His new teacher is Will a shy preppy student and a protege of all things music. Will is stiff and Rand likes pushing his buttons. Rand is intrigued by Will. A few chance meetings have Rand obsessing over Will. He’s never reacted to a guy like this before. Despite promising the one other band mate who knows he likes guys that he’ll keep his bisexuality hidden until they make, he can’t deny the attraction between them. Will has promised his family to stay in the closet so they agree to a secret sex only relationship. Of course feelings develop and the guys find it harder to keep things a secret.
Rand was such a fun character to read about. He’s like a bulldozer when he wants to know something. He’s so determined to pull the secrets out of Will who is obviously thrown off by Rand. Then it was fun when Will sometimes throws Rand off his game. Their back and forth was so damn good. I’m pretty sure I smiled most of the book. I loved Rand and Will together. The guys were so different but their love of music brings them together. They were super sexy together. Will hasn’t had much experience with men. He’s a virgin. Will quickly decides he wants Rand to be his first. Which was another fun aspect because Rand wanted to make everything special for him. Something he’s never done before. The sex scenes were super hot because of the way they’re written with so much emotion. You can tell the guys are falling for each other. They’re totally consumed by what they’re feeling. Which is probably how they managed to ignore the impending problems that were to come later.
I think the only thing that frustrated me about this book was Rand not putting a Leah in her place. It was obvious to everyone she was up to no good. I also can’t imagine her being that upset she was rejected that she’d risk her new career as a PR rep with a label as soon as it got started over some guy. Or maybe that’s just me. It worked given Rand was trying to keep the peace while the band got going with the label but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Rand never gave into her advances or anything. He really only wanted Will.
Another thing that made this book super sexy was that Will liked to dress up in make-up, glitter, wigs and fish nets! Rand totally got off on it. I admit that I find this kink pretty sexy. Rand’s reaction to Will was so good. He helps Will accept these parts about himself that his family has essentially taught him to be ashamed of. Their relationship is really an awakening for Will. For both men really since Rand thinks a relationship with a man isn’t something he wants at this point in his life given his drive to make it as a big time rock star. I loved the focus on their music and how it meant so much to Rand and Will. The love story was so beautiful and their connection was amazing. I loved this book. I absolutely recommend it.