- File Size: 1136 KB
- Print Length: 191 pages
- Publisher: Maria Bernard; 1 edition (May 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y7GZO3G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Falquen's Nest (These Bones Rockstar Romance Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Falquen's Nest is the first book of the These Bones series, focusing on the goth band These Bones, particularly moody bassist and dark artist Falquen. Tall, dark and handsome is an understatement, as long as your vision of TD&H includes long hair and guyliner. He's moody and sullen, and worried about making the payments on the building that houses his art supply store and his personal residence above it. He half heartedly places an ad in the newspaper for a roommate.
Janie Drago has recently graduated college with a degree in art and reuses to return to her parents home in the suburbs. She has been staying with her best friend Charlotte, and Charlotte's new husband, John, but she knows she has over stayed her welcome. After following up on several rather scary ads for rooms for rent, and with Charlotte's encouragement that the address is in the arts district, she has a good, if a bit desperate, feeling about the final ad. Love at first sight it certainly is not, but there is something very endearing about the desperation that motivates them to become roommates.
The chemistry between the two quickly becomes apparent, as does their complete misunderstanding of each other. Though Janie is 23 and a college graduate, it is quickly very apparent that she is beyond a bit naive and scared of pretty much everything even if she is loathe to admit it. Falquen has his own demons to fight, especially in the form of his absolute witch of an ex, Moira. I picture her as a much more malicious version of a combination of X rated versions of Malificient and Cruelly deVille. She seriously creeped me out more than any villainess in recent memory. And I truly don't have words for her two sidekicks. But to balance them out, we have Falquen's extremely charming twin brother, Gray, and the other band members, Jesse and Darian. Swoon. I am so looking forward to all of their stories, especially Gray's and Jesse's. Luckily, I have waited long enough that the entire series is out, as I am going to have a very hard time resisting binging on the entire series.
I have really debated my star rating on this one. Overall, I think it is obvious that I loved it, but a couple of things have nagged at me - mostly the speed of a couple of changes at the end. Perhaps I just wanted more of Falquen and Janie, but without getting into spoiler territory, a certain change of heart, though perfectly timed, seemed just a bit abrupt, which is why I finally settled on 4.5 stars. And I certainly hope that we get more of a big event teased in a future book, and I really hope we get more background on Falquen and Gray's background. Overall though, I absolutely adore all these characters and I eagerly look forward to more!
For adult audiences only for the most explicit sexual scenes I have seen in Ms. Bernard's works so far. Certainly not a complaint - she writes them very well, but, not for younger audiences. Highly recommended, as any of her books are.
Janie is awkward and clumsy and a sweet normal young woman and Falquen knows she won't fit in at all with his world. He likes his world dark and prefers to be alone and isn't even sure why he placed the ad in the first place, however something about Janie brings out his protective side and so he agrees to let her move in.
This story follows the new roommates as they work through their differences and bond over their similarities while dealing with their surprising attraction. I enjoyed this romance a lot and was pleasantly surprised at how steamy it was at times. Something I really liked was that they were attracted to each other and never tried to change the other person to fit in with them.
Janie's quarks were sometimes a little too much and I found her a little to emotionally soft at times too which made her come across as younger than she was. I have to mention Falquen's brother Grey who I thought was a great character. I looked forward to what he would do and say as he was a bit out there.
I rate this 7 out of 10 and 1 flame for heat.
Review by Brienne Dubh
The beauty of this gem of a novel is how the author captures the emotions of the characters. The characters are written in such a way that you want to be part of their world. You want to be Janie not just read about her. You want to know Falquen's back story. The author doesn't have to tell you that Falquen is sad or mad or frustrated, the reader already knows or feels it because the author developed the characters so well.
I loved it. And don't get me started on the secondary characters. I want to know every single one of their stories. And let me tell you how refreshing it is read and a real guy not some overbearing unrealistic unobtainable alpha. But don't get me wrong, Falquen has some fantastic alpha traits. All I can say is stop being so mainstream and give these Gothstars a try.