Title: Running With Scissors
Author: L.A. Witt
Synopsis: Eighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.
Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.
Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?
Rating : 4 and a half stars
Review: First of all, thank you to Riptide Publishing for providing me with this e-ARC via Netgalley!
Ok, so where do I even begin to review this? This book is definitely for more mature readers – there’s some explicit content, but it’s so well written that it’s erotic and sexy, but also romantic.
Basically Jude made a huge mistake with his ex, and he left the band they had founded with their childhood friends. However, he’s pulled back in on a semi-permanent basis when the band’s bassist quits. It’s difficult enough as it is to be around his bandmates again, but now there’s a hot new drummer in the band who happens to be an animal in the sheets. Now Jude has a whole new set of problems to work through, alongside the ones he already has.
I particularly liked how the author slipped in an asexual character into the story – Jude’s bandmate Richie. It’s very rare to find an asexual character in literature – I don’t think I’ve ever read about one, so props to the author for that, and the cool way it was slipped in. There was no fuss made about it.
Also, some of the lines in the book are awesome:
‘Jude was like walking, talking catnip.’
‘The “call this thing off” ship sailed away, sank, and was never heard from again.’
‘Six feet of temptation in a ripped Pink Floyd tank top. And he was coming right this way.’
Even I fancy A.J after that last quote. Basically I recommend this to anyone who liked my review of Not My Boyfriend, or anyone who likes hot guy-on-guy romances.
Running With Scissors is published on 31st August 2015.