Friday, December 29, 2017

Release Day Review: Banded Together by KC Burn

Title: Banded Together
Author: KC Burn
Release Date: December 29, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 200

Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life.

Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin distances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In a search for a second career, he finds himself at university with a bunch of kids young enough to be… his kids. His sexy archeology professor, however, makes Devlin think about life beyond his grief….

Dr. Jack Johnson does not appreciate Devlin’s lack of respect, his inability to be serious, or his chronic lateness. Worse, he hates that he’s attracted to a student. When he realizes Devlin is the rock star he crushed on in his youth, he drops his guard—against his better judgment.

Before they can move forward together, Jack must admit to Devlin that he’s not only an admirer, but he also sings in a cover band. How will Devlin react to his ultimate fanboy when his own music has died?

3.75 Stars

After the death of his best-friend and bandmate, Trent, Devlin can’t bring himself to play anymore, but he also doesn’t want to just waste away in his home alone, so he decides, at the age of 41, to go back college. There he meets his professor, Jack Johnson. Jack doesn’t particularly like his new student, Devlin, but when he realizes the two have met in the past, a meeting that ended badly for him, his dislike for Devlin grows. They begin to warm up to one another and finally give into the attraction, but Jack is keeping a secret that could derail their relationship before it even starts.

I liked the story and I liked Jack and Devlin, but something was missing for me. I wanted the story to move along and I continually found myself skimming ahead to get to some character interaction and dialogue. There was a lot of inner-dialogue and character thought. The characters spent a lot of time in their heads throughout the story, time that could have better been spent getting to know each other.

I loved the storyline and I thought Delvin and Jack had good chemistry, but I wish the author had given them more page time as a couple. All in all, the story was enjoyable, I just wanted more. Still, recommendable!

*copy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review*

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