Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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 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.
This story has it all. A rocker, a small town guy, a big city, food, love, and a mystery. Isaac is our narrator through third person and takes us on a journey through his world. At first he comes off as a typical diva rock star, but later we find out he’s a regular guy with regular reactions to situations. I loved how the author described Isaac’s love for music and how it was almost a visual experience for him when he played.
Adam seems a bit over the top to me, as in he’s a bit too perfect, but since we are looking at this from Isaac’s point of view, I understand why Adam is on a pedestal. Adam was Isaac’s high school crush and just happens to be his best friend’s brother to boot. Isaac idolized Adam as a teen and now as an early thirty something man, the crush turns to serious attraction. Of course there’s the typical internal fight of not letting things go past attraction, but it’s a battle soon lost.
I really liked the story and the realness of it. This could happen to anyone famous and it also shows that those celebrities have feelings and emotions just like the rest of us. How they cope with them is another story. Lane did an excellent job of keeping my attention and I had a really difficult time putting this one down. Even though this is the fourth book in the series, I was able to read it without issues and now want to read the others. She did wrap up the plot nicely and the ending was very sweet.
I highly recommend this book if you want a glimpse of a rock star’s life and a romance that takes work by both people.