Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
In a nutshell: superlative writing, hotter than sin main characters: a tattooed Korean good boy and a bisexual rocker (swoon! my favorite), and a fast-paced, high octane plot that will leave you wishing this was way longer than 78 pages.
Plot: There’s more than one way to be a rock star.
Evan Pak is a card-carrying geek (he even has the job to prove it), but when his photographer brother invites him to tag along on a photo shoot with rock star Riley Flood, he figures it will be two days of ogling and eye-rolling and nothing more. But the reckless bad boy is nothing like he expected, and Evan is mesmerized by the mix of cocky and sweet he sees in Riley. When a spontaneous idea ends with Evan stripping down under the hot lights for an intimate portrait for Riley’s next album cover, Evan is absolutely sure their connection won’t end when the lights are turned off. Especially since Riley can’t seem to keep his hands off the tattoos Evan hides under his clothes.
Even a spoiled rock star wants to give up control sometimes, if only for a weekend. The world is full of people who want things from Riley and the demands on him never stop. Evan knows exactly how to turn off the noise in Riley’s head and it starts by putting him on his knees.
Together, they will push each other higher and farther than either one of them have ever gone before. It’s easy to take risks when there’s a time limit on the game. But when their time is up, what comes next if they don’t want the game to end?
Review: WOW! I know, I know: I’ve said it time and again but I have to keep saying it. Amy Jo Cousins? She can write! No, really. REALLY. She can write so well I’m in awe of her talent. I don’t know how she does it, but no matter the story, Amy Jo consistently gives us characters that are so very real and genuine. The characters read as honest to god real people with questions and problems and worries and dreams. Evan and Riley are two awesome examples of this. They are two guys – one gay, one bisexual – who aren’t looking for love. They aren’t even looking for a hook up. But after a chance meeting during a photo shoot, they realize that they don’t want their time together to end. So they try it out for a weekend to see what happens…and over the course of that weekend we get to see them unguarded and open. Two people discovering each other through talk, sex, laughter, and tears. It’s a fun ride with a lot of unexpected depth and some seriously (smoking!) hot scenes. This is one you will devour in a day but it will stick with you for longer. Get it, read it, love it, fan yourself.
Things you may not like: TOO SHORT. Waaaay too short. I need more words, lots more; there’s a shift from past to present tense about mid-way that some might not appreciate; if you don’t like rockers or tattooed guys, this is definitely not for you (and also, what?!)
Things you will love: mild mannered, quiet, and tattooed Korean MC is a breath of fresh air in a niche overly saturated with protags of the same sort; ROCKER BAD BOY (again, a personal favorite!); fully realized main characters and secondary characters; outrageously good writing; currently FREE on Amazon.