Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago.
Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever.
Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed.
Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen.
A nice adorable story. Ky and Azariah have been best friends since they met and their band took off but they are both hurting after their last explosive argument. Neither want to lose the other but are afraid the truth may be worse.
After they find out about their situation, it doesn’t take much time for the truth to come out from both sides. I could see their biggest fear was losing their friendship but they found so much more together. I liked seeing them together months later much happier than at the beginning of the book.
I like the cover art by Natasha Snow is cute and one of the standard for holiday shorts this year.
ebook, 26,100 words
Published: December 3, 2018 by Nine Star Press
Edition Language: English