Review: M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn – Moonstruck (Lucky Moon Book 3)

16317377Author: M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre:M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781611189735

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Surya Patel is the drummer for the massively popular band, Moonlight. When his label suggests a collaboration with Luck, the band Moonlight toured with the year before, he should be all for it. Except for one thing—he slept with Luck’s manager during the tour, and then bolted in the dead of night. He’s regretted it ever since, but he knows being around Emmanuel will only lead to disaster. Unfortunately for Surya, the person the label sends to sweet talk him into joining the collaboration is none other than Em himself.

Emmanuel Cortez has spent months trying to forget about the hottest night of his life—the night he slept with Surya. It’s been a year, but not even the death of his beloved grandmother and the subsequent drama with his family could keep the memories away. Now it’s time to be professional. His job is to convince Surya to collaborate with Luck, nothing more, but a day spent together leads to yet another passionate night. This time Em is the one to leave.

But unexpectedly Surya has a change of heart. He isn’t satisfied with just one night anymore. He wants forever.

I initially read this story, book three in the Lucky Moon series, three years ago. The series was among the first I read when I was getting into reading M/M romance, and now that I’ve reread it, I can say it remains one of my favorite series of all time. From the reunited love of Shane and Jesse in Moonlight Becomes You to Nick’s heartbreaking spiral into addiction and ultimate recovery in The Luckiest to this story that brings a thought-to-be straight Surya, Luck’s drummer, to a romantic entanglement with Moonlight’s manager, Emmanuel Cortez.

After their attraction spirals into a smoking hot night together in Barcelona, Surya runs away the next morning, scared to death that he may be gay, scared that he may develop feelings for Em, and doubly scared of what his parents’ reactions might be. Nearly a year later, he and Em find themselves alone again in London with their heat and chemistry spiraling out of control once more. This time, Surya is ready to see where they might go together, but Em, afraid of being hurt again, puts on a happy face in the morning and rushes off to head back to the States.

When Surya arrives in the US to represent Luck, along with Jesse, in a musical collaboration with Shane and Nick from Moonlight, he and Em are constantly thrown together and eventually decide that they will try to be friends. That lasts a while, but considering the way they look at each other incinerates the area around them, they finally give in to their passion and admit that friendship isn’t going to cut it. Surya asks, however, that they keep it a secret in public so his parents won’t find out before he’s ready to tell them. The secrecy puts a strain on Em that he finds hard to bear since he’s also undergoing personal issues with relatives in Texas who are trying to cut him out of his grandmother’s will. When Surya’s family show up at his apartment uninvited, with a surprise guest no less, an astounded Em opens the door and the world comes crashing down around them.

There is a ton of angst in this story—first it’s Em, then Surya, then Em, etc. These guys know how to break each other’s heart, and their families sure know how to do them in as well. I wanted to smack each of them a few times as they fumbled their way through this relationship. Thankfully, the story ends on a happy note, but not until each man has gone through the wringer. I am very happy to recommend this book and the entire series to all fans of MM romance, and more so to those who enjoy rock musicians, angst, interfering families, and a sweetheart of an MC, or two!



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