- File Size: 9862 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072MFZJCY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #384 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Bisexual Romance
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The Sweetest Star: Under the Stars Book 2 Kindle Edition
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This is a very sweet and endearing read, and the premise is fun and unique. Eric and Dash are an unlikely pair thrown together to host a cooking show. Meeting just weeks before filming is to begin, things get off to a rough start. Dash is still working through some major heartbreak and isn't about to fall for Eric's charm, good looks, and undeniable appeal. Neither understands the attraction they have towards the other and that makes for some interesting and frustrating back and forth. Are they enemies? Are they lovers? Are they friends? It's hard to tell with these 2, and when Eric propositions Dash and asks him to play his fake boyfriend, that's when things really start to get interesting.
Putting themselves out there and trusting each other took a lot for both Eric and Dash. It wasn't easy for either of them to be open and honest about their feelings, always doubting that the other could feel the same. It was an emotional and eye-opening journey for each of them, and I really enjoyed their journey.
The characters are real. They are happy, sad, confused, angry at nothing, befuddled when they should be angry and just too freaking lovable when they take the time to really see each other. All and all just an up and down ride of emotion. They both waffle back and forth about things and generally make you want to pop them upside the head and remind them that they are grown men. Lol I never knew what they were going to think or do next.
The environments and secondary characters are well placed and sufficient to the story line without being overwhelming and the premise is believable and interesting.
The passion is strong between them and the spicy scenes are well done.
I was worried about the HEA for a while, not knowing how they would get there, but the author handles it nicely and I am satisfied with the ending.
I have a few quibbles that kept this from being a 5 Star review from me (no pun intended). I don't care for MCs that get out of one relationship and immediately jump into another or go on the prowl. Eric gets dumped by his bf and mere hours (if not MINUTES) later, Eric is at a restaurant hitting on Dash. It really made Eric seem shallow and kind of skeevy. Even if Eric wasn't in loooovvvveeee with Abe, they were together 6 months. There should be some kind of relationship refractory period. Eric had to win me over from that superficial introduction.
I'm also not a fan of implausible coincidental meetings. Surprise!roommate or Surprise!coworker. In Sweetest Star, we get Surprise!coworker. Eric and Dash meet at a restaurant, and then a few days later Dash is being considered as Eric's co-host. What are the odds? I guess they are slightly better odds considering they both live in the same neighborhood. But the coincidental meeting trope IS SO OVERDONE and cliche. I'd like to see an author do something original to bring MCs together.
The biggest issue that I had with Sweetest Star (and Your Fallen Star, the first book) is that the band MCs ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY DO NOT READ AS MID 30s to me. At all. Like, nowhere close. Not their speech patterns, not their actions, not their jobs (or lack of), not where they are at in life. They read as early to mid-20s at the oldest. I know Ruebins is trying to capture the end of the boy band craze, so the guys have to be in their mid 30s now, but it just doesn't work. These are the most emotionally stunted, life on perpetual hold 30+ men I've ever seen. I tried (and tried and tried) to picture them as 36 year olds, but I couldn't. I finally gave up and just let my brain assume they were 24. It works better.
Also, the prologue (which wasn't actually a prologue - someone needs to look up the definition) was unnecessary. It was just a chapter, plucked out of the book (though in a different POV) and put at the beginning. I'm reading a romance. About two men. I expect sexytimes. I know what I'm getting into. I'm not dumb. I don't need to read a spoiler to know they get together. Just let me read their story as it naturally develops from A to Z. Don't give me J right off the bat.