Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust Isaac, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that he travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. Adam is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.
Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in uncharted and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.
Review: Anybody who knows me knows I am a HUGE fan of Lane Hayes. I read everything she writes. I’ve been loving this series. I think this one can be read as a stand alone. Just know there are cameos from previous characters but I think there’s enough backstory to follow along without issue. I didn’t love this one as much as the others. It pains me to type that! I had a few issues with it that overshadowed the overall reading experience. The stalker aspect isn’t a favorite of mine because it’s been done so much. Isaac is frustrating. He doesn’t take the threat seriously at times. Other times he freaks out. He’s childish about his safety. Keeping things secrets from the band. Being oblivious to danger. Furthering the plot by way of petulance doesn’t endear me to the character or the story. I saw the ending coming a mile away. Too predictable.
I did like the couple in this book. Adam gave some levity to the story and Issac’s life in general. Isaac doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t even sleep with the same guy twice. He’s got a busy life and enjoys his solitude. Having Adam stay with him was kind of an un-welcomed blessing. He likes things the way he likes them. Adam and Isaac grew up together so there is some history between them. Without this it could have felt like insta love and lust but it all worked. A little angst while they get it all together. Isaac always had a crush on Adam who he thought was straight. I do like the second chance trope and I thought their issues lent to a good amount of tension. Adam has his moments of stupidity as well but he’s working through some stuff. To sum it up I liked the couple but the rest of the book was a bit disappointing for what I’m used to from this writer. I’m still looking forward to devouring whatever she writes next.