Series: Boston Boys 03
Author: Erica Pike
Length: Novel (271pgs)
Publisher: MLR Press (23rd August 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.
After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.
In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.
Note: Can be read as a standalone
Purchase Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=EPBLKHUR
Review: Jazz is working two jobs and the odd side job just to make ends meet, but this time the side job is one he really doesn’t want to do… take photographs of smash hit band ‘Black Hurricane’. Nine years ago, he was head over heels in love with the lead singer, Dean, but it ended badly but now at twenty-three he wants to stay clear of the boy who broke his heart. Dean is riding fame hard, but being outed hurt, now he has the opportunity to not only get back to the top but to reclaim the love he once threw away, but first he has to regain Jazz’s trust.
This is a great story of trying to regain a lost love, protecting your heart and forgiveness. Jazz was left devastated by Dean’s treatment of him in school, and he has never let go of the hurt all these years later. When he comes into contact with Dean again, he has no interest in reconnecting and makes his feelings clear, but being offered a way to make enough money to stay in his home has Jazz accepting the offer to perform with ‘Black Hurricane’ all he has to do is not fall for Dean’s apologies. But his feelings for Dean have never been simple and the attraction between them flares back to life. Jazz begins to hope that this time is different. But, overhearing a conversation between Dean and his manager splinters his world again. Can Jazz give Dean the benefit of the doubt and let him explain or will he bury his heart and turn his back on love?
Dean and Jazz are brilliant, at odds characters. The attraction between them is strong but bitter resentment is still what drives Jazz, Dean doesn’t quite see their relationship in school the same as Jazz does and he finds it hard to understand why Jazz doesn’t forgive him quicker. For Jazz, their relationship scarred him and he works hard to try to keep his distance from Dean. Working together brings them close and they begin anew until Jazz reacts badly to an overheard conversation. Both characters are great and neither is really the bad guy, both of them seeing things from their own points of view but Dean trying to make up for his callous teenage self, while Jazz tries hard to hang on to his anger and resentment.
This is a really enjoyable story where forgiveness isn’t instant and rebuilding a relationship takes time. Both characters open their souls to the other, they reexamine their old relationship from both sides, and although it isn’t easy, they begin to repair what had been shattered. The story has quite a bit of angst, some really hot moments, and some self-reflection.
I recommend this to those who love fixing mistakes, rediscovering love through forgiveness, anger and love, hot sex, and finally, an ending that is filled with love.