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- Publication Date: August 27, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0756K7CQY
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Finally, Ruebins has given up on the "prologue that's not really a prologue," just a random chapter dropped at the start of the book. There are a handful of foreshadowing paragraphs at the start of Chandler's first chapter that are totally unnecessary (I'm reading a m/m romance. I understand that they are going to get together and there will be sexytimes. I don't need to be told upfront), but at least they aren't as annoying as reading the same thing twice due to a non-prologue trying to masquerade as one.
Chandler and Ash don't act/speak like they are 38 and 29 respectively, but at least they don't seem as innappropriately young as the other MCs in her previous 5*Star books. They read as slightly more mature than the other characters we've seen, but still young. Ash still has serious parent approval issues and has to think about the guilty ramifications of masturbation. At 29? Really? Maybe 19.
There are several times where one of the MCs laughs at something the other one said that wasn't funny or amusing at all (the microbusrt and super hero name conversations were cheesy and forced). I felt like the author was trying to make us think there was humor there when really there wasn't. Several variations of "said with a laugh" are overused. Laughing or smirking or giggling at nothing made the MCs seem younger than their written ages.
If Ash was successful enough and "up and coming" enough that the record label made Chandler work with him, Ash definitely would have gotten his OWN invite to the music awards show or at the very least known when it was being held and understand that it would be important to his career to get an invite and be there. To have Ash cluelessly skip the big awards show (regardless of the 5*Star performance) was a manufactured plot point. A hot producer would be there.
No producer would take weeks to work on one song. None. Also, there is zero discussion about the MUSIC for this song. Are there session musicians? Who plays the piano they talk about? Is Ash creating the music electronically? We aren't told he plays any instruments or creates programs for instruments. In fact, he's a dancer. So, where is the music for the weeks-long-in-the-making song coming from?
After reading the four books, I feel like Ruebins likes music and wants to write about musicians, but really has no idea how the music industry works.
There was one big consistency error (better than the MANY that were in the 3rd book - Wild Star). Much is made of the fact that Chandler married his teenage sweetheart and was faithful to her the whole time he was rising and achieving success. It's mentioned several times. I think he even says he's never been with anyone else. Then, suddenly at 89%, Chandler says "I'd been with other people, of course, but no one as enthusiastic, as eager, as Ash was." When did these "other people" happen? Ugh. Does no one proofread for content/continuity?
Having said all that, I liked the book overall. The sexytimes were good. The angst was mostly believable. The characters were likable. I wouldn't put this book (or this series) on any of my "favorites" lists, but it was a pleasant way to pass the time. I've read far worse and I've read far better. So, it's a good middle of the road m/m read.
Chandler is an interesting man, 38-year-old former boy-band star who approaches business and his solo recording career from a strictly organized and structured framework. When his producers require that he work with young, touchy-feely music producer, Ash Vance, Chandler nearly blows his top. He may have to work with this ...person but he was not going to give an inch.
Ash might appear to be new at all this but he was certainly not fooled by Chandler's 'slick public persona'. He knew immediately that there was much more to this man but getting to the hidden man posed a challenge.
Chandler and Ash might have widely different backgrounds, a 10-year age difference but Ash was itching to see what Chandler might be like when he came undone. At the same time, the 'straight' Chandler was coming to realize that the only person he wanted to spend time with was Ash and doing 'normal friend stuff' seemed impossible with Chandler's high-profile persona.
Stories by Author Ruebins are always woven around complex relationships, personal growth, and deep caring relationships. The writing is almost musical in cadence and flow building a story about characters who first must come to trust and love himself in order to then be able to share that depth and passion.
As you might notice, I loved this story. Story 4.5*, Emotion 5*, Sizzle 5*. #MainelyStories
You'd think that once Chandler starts to have feelings for Ash he might freak out. He doesn't. He doesn't try to hide his sexuality, either. I loved how this relationship deepened, with little angst. What I REALLY loved was how guileless Ash was. If he was awed by something, the reader knew it! The cool pool. The fancy hotel. The amazing tailored tux. Ash didn't act spoiled by the luxuries. He acted like he was being treated well by a lover. He enjoyed it all but didn't take advantage or take it for granted. It was the perfect reaction for his character.
I'm sad that the series is over but I think this ended on a high note. Easily one of the best of the 4 books. (They were ALL good.)
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