Thursday, August 25, 2011

Moonlight Becomes You

Title: Moonlight Becomes You
Author: M.J. O'Shea & Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-61118-544-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Starting out in the music business, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life. He allowed the other band members and his record company to force his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of the band. It didn’t matter that Jesse had a gorgeous voice; all they cared about was how his looks didn’t fit with the label. Shane loved him then and he still loves Jesse now and nothing in his wild rocker lifestyle has ever filled the void. 

Eleven years have passed and Shane’s approaching his thirty-second birthday. He’s alone and miserable and even the prospect of touring with Moonlight, Britain’s hottest band, doesn’t lift his spirits. That changes on meeting the band’s leader singer, Kayden Berlin, who sets his libido on overdrive. But something isn’t right. Despite the spark between them, Kayden’s running hot and cold and Shane doesn’t understand why. Then one night of passion leads to a painful revelation he never expected, showing him that sometimes with love, second chances do happen but it can also bring pain. 

Moonlight Becomes You is the first release in the new series, Lucky Moon, by M.J. O'Shea & Piper Vaughn, both new authors for me. I really liked this story from the beginning, despite it starting off a little slow with Shane agonizing over his life and remembering what had been. Even so, the way it began made sense with the authors giving the readers a good idea of who Shane was as a teenager, long before he became famous.  

Shane’s character has great depth. He’s also filled with simmering depression and angst over bad decisions he’s made in the past. Seeing Shane’s unhappiness is heartbreaking and his self-absorbed brother couldn’t ever be bothered to notice…the jerk. Then there’s Kayden. Most of the story the authors have him effectively yanking Shane’s chain…sending him mixed messages of hating his guts or maybe liking him just a little. You have to feel sorry for Shane and I think O’Shea and Vaughn did a great job of keeping him on the ragged edge…of never knowing where Kayden stood. It was cruel but an effective storytelling tool and they utilized it well. 

Overall I liked the characters, with the exception of Shane’s brother Nick. They all were crafted vastly different personalities…arrogant, friendly, helpful, calm and even boisterous…all of which added levels of intensity to the plot line. The story is told from Shane’s point of view and jumps periodically from the present to the past, giving the reader snippets of information about Shane and Jesse’s relationship and what it meant to him. There’s plenty of angst, well written dialogue, good story flow and an intriguing, cast of characters. The authors have taken all these pieces, juggled them together and come out with a cohesive whole I can’t recommend enough. I can’t wait to see what happens next.


MJ said...

Thank you for the review!! I'm really glad you enjoyed the book:)

Norma Nielsen said...

Sounds awesome ladies, I know I will enjoy it.