My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m conflicted with this one, parts of it I really loved, other bits irritated the heck out of me but, on balance, more of it was positive than negative.
Pros: The two MCs are wonderful constructs. Rand is fearless in both his desire for his band to be the best and in his convictions that he wants to do things right. He’s egotistical and a whirlwind of nature but, at the heart of him, it’s for the right reasons and when he falls for Will, he falls hard, with all the confusion of a young man in his 20s.
Will was an utter delight, a contrast of shy musical genius geek and sexy hot cross-dresser who really found his confidence in the cloak of a wig and some make-up.
Cons: Leah, sorry but she didn’t work for me at all as the protagonist, she felt contrived and irritating as Hell, simply there to provide the dramatic roadblock/angsty moment that the big HEA could hang off. It would have worked far more had it been spurned guitarist Terry who had been the villain of the piece.
Will’s parents – again just a little under developed and all on the surface, not enough was given to his relationship with them other than through the eyes of Rand. A little bit more conversation with Will about them would have helped.
Overall though, a great start to a new series with some really beautifully expressed relationship aspirations.