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- File Size: 4267 KB
- Print Length: 143 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (10 Sept. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075469B7Y
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Manic Pixie Dream Boy (gay rockstar romance) (The Underdogs Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I tend to give both rock-star and instalove romances a wide berth tbh, as I just really dislike them, but hey, it’s K&A, and I’ll happily read anything they pen. However, the leads are so edgy and larger than life [Lolly, obviously so], paired with the instalust [which I’m a mahoosive fan of and can totally relate to] which crackles between them from the second they meet prompting them to engage in some frantic, no-frills bathroom sex ;P, which all helped counteract the almost too-sweet instalove element perfectly, giving the tale a balanced feel.
These guys are another great example of KAMs polar opposite pairings. On the surface Lolly’s a kaleidoscope of sugar and colour combined, with a strong case of raging wanderlust all stemming from a rootless childhood, but underneath there’s a desire for so much more, personally and professionally. Dusk on the other hand is a swarthy and imposing figure, who’s never given much thought to settling down with one person, until he meets Lolly, and knows almost instantly he’s the one. And whereas Lolly took some time for me to fully understand and completely warm to, I loved Dusk from the get-go, with his cut to the chase attitude and how strongly he verbalised his desire and love for [and jealousy over] Lolly. Naturally there’s the requisite failure to communicate which leads to momentary heartbreak, but the two come to their senses and reunite fairly quickly.
Of course my heart lies with the authors’ trademark darker stuff, but I also enjoy their lighter tales, and this was no different. Interested to see who the remainder of the series'll focus on...Sid and Stan's a given surely, and should make a great little enemies to lovers, but Dawn and Mage seem close too, huh?
It's a rare occasion when this writing duo lets us see their softer, sweeter style of writing. But when they do, it's a confectioners delight. All sugar and spice and all things nice and to get your taste buds sizzling, a great big fat dollop of dirty talking and filthy sex! (I really think they have cornered the market on that one).
The Underdogs (love that name by the way and the inspiration it inspires) are struggling to make headway in the Music Industry, they just need that one big break. On one of their on-the-road pit stops for refreshments, Dust spies the unique and colourful, Lolly (Abe). His whole somewhat ethereal demeanour calls to him like no other has ever done before. And what started off as a one-off quickie in a petrol,station, becomes so much more -
"Abe was like glitter. No matter how hard Dusk were to try,
he'd never be able to shake all of Abe off"
This book sang to me. How the authors pieced together their storyline, their characterisation of all the Band Members was perfect, I couldn't fault it.
But what's with that title? Is it just me that doesn't get it? And let's not get started on that ending. WTH!!!
I seriously need Book 2. Like now.
LOVED IT. LOVED IT. LOVED IT.
This novella is the equivalent of pink cotton candy - super sweet and fluffy. As a fun read for the evening it was fine, but I did feel that there were lots of elements that could have been more, and kept waiting. I enjoyed some of the twists, but rarely were we given the why. (Bracelet being an immediate example). It was an easy read, and I did get a good image of both the leads in my head.
There was, again like candy floss, no structure or backbone on which I could fix the characters; just who was Stan? Why did Dawn go with Dusk if he was so uncomfortable? How did Dusk fall so quickly when he really didn't know anything about Abe? How could he not see that his actions were so thoughtless?
I have read a lot of rock star romance novels, and so I could see where this was trying to go, but it just didn't quite make it for me. Perhaps a longer format would have given the extra depth that I would have liked.
~~ Wicked Reads Review Team~~
The Underdogs are rattling around from cheap gig to gig when Dusk spots Lolly at a gas station and can't resist a quickie, unfortunately Dusk is pretty selfish and not what Lolly really needs although he's happy to take a lift to L.A. Luckily they manage to deal with their conflicting needs and some intrusive fans and we're set up for another ride with the band (I hope).
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