Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Joel Ricki has decided he’s had enough of being in foster homes. A few weeks before his eighteenth birthday, he plans to grab a bus to anywhere. Before he does, he has only one desire, to see The rock group Unhinged in concert. He doesn’t have a ticket but he’s not going to let that stop him. In fact nothing will stop him from seeing the band that saved him.
Stone Lewis is the frontman for Unhinged. He is gorgeous, and talented. It appears he has everything. Yet he can’t sleep at night and he drinks too much. Consumed by guilt and grief, the nightmares remind him of the brother he lost in a horrific car accident two years ago. Then Joel Ricki shows up on their tour bus and everything changes
This was an alright story but there were just a few things that couldn’t redeem it for me. Joel successfully gets into the concert but hides out on the wrong bus. Stone takes Joel under his wing and helps him build a life now that he is free to make those decisions.
Joel has had to do a lot of things to survive the times he has been on the street and wants to escape the endless circle he has been in and we see him get the chance to do this with the help of all the members of Unhinged. He is very emotionally open and innocent and wears his feelings on his sleeve. Stone feels responsible for Joel but not just in the older brother sort of way. Stone hides his feelings behind booze and what his record label wants him to do. I can’t forgive him for using and hurting Joel the way he did throughout the book though, I just feel that he dug the knife a little too deep before he finally opened his eyes.
The cover art by Martine Jardin is okay gives a nice visual of Stone.
ebook, 195 pages
Published: April 27, 2018 by Extasy Books
Edition Language: English