Title: Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea ( Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 7, 2014 – 200 pgs
Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust.
Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot—lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.
1st Edition published August 9, 2011 by Loose Id LLC
So…after I suspend my disbelief completely, this was a really sweet romance.
Shane’s early memories, the pre-fame part of the story take up a sizeable chunk of this book, adding a young adult/new adult feel to the early part of the story. I didn’t read the series in order, so I loved the backstory to characters I was already familiar with -and some I already loved.
Even after finishing, I’m still ambivalent about the Shane/Jesse/Kaden romance. The high school storyline is sweet until Shane is an ass. As adults, Shane and Kaden are sweet until Kaden is an ass. Without spoilers, I just struggled with the implausibility of the whole storyline. There is chemistry, romance and a little heat, but the sex is a long time coming and the central relationship is alternately too complicated and too simplistic. And none of this makes sense without spoilers…
I enjoyed this as the start to a series I was already really enjoying. I liked the origin story for the series and the introduction to characters who become central in later books. I personally prefer other stories in this series, but this is definitely worth reading.
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.