My rating: 4 of 5 stars
That was an opener and a half to this new series from Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine!
It’s the first of a trilogy so there isn’t a HEA at the conclusion of this part but there is the start of a tentative HFN and it was one which took a long, UST-filled ride to get there.
This whole first book sets up the narrative beautifully, throwing the reader right into the middle of a band in crisis following the unexpected departure of their charismatic frontman (read A Little Bit like Desire for the background to that story 🙂 )
Viper is a real spitfire of a character, still smarting over the departure of Trent Knox and completely unprepared for the arrival of Halo as a potential replacement. The sexual tension between the supposedly straight new singer and the band’s guitarist is off the charts.
I loved the slow, slow burn of this one. Halo can’t get his head round his reaction to the pretty grumpy and at times obnoxious guitarist and Viper’s still painfully hurt by his friend’s desertion of a band they’d been in for more than a decade.
There’s lots of teasing, lots of “almost” encounters but the wait is absolutely worth the payoff when it finally comes. This ends with a soft cliffhanger, the authors have said from the start this will be a trilogy, but I was happy with the place Halo and Viper were left in.
Book two is out in a month and book three, the following month, so for those who don’t like to leave things hanging, there’s not that long a wait until the whole romance will be out.
Personally, I was very happy with this introduction to a spectacular pair of characters who are full of charisma and quite clearly dealing with something special.
#ARC kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review