Rating: 4 stars out of 5
—Years of loving in secret. Now the secret’s out.—
Mage. Reasonable. Mature. In love with his best friend’s little brother.
Dawn. Painfully shy. Crazy talented. An anxious cinnamon roll in need of protection.
Mage has always been Dawn’s hero. He’s been there for him when Dawn was bullied, when Dawn came out, and when he joined The Underdogs. He’s also been Dawn’s first and only love—painfully unrequited, since Mage is straight. But that’s only for the better, because they’re bandmates, and Dawn’s brother is Mage’s best friend.
It would all be too intense, too complicated, too real.
But then one drunken kiss proves Mage might not be as straight as he seemed, and their whole world turns upside down. Even though Dawn craves Mage’s love so much his heart could burst, his shyness stands in the way of any future they could share.
While they have to keep their budding relationship under wraps and they prepare to sign a major record deal, Dawn’s anxiety gets out of control. Mage will have to choose between the success he’s always craved and the love of his life.
I have been looking forward to this book since I read the others last year but it didn’t work for me as the others did. I found myself not liking the characters from the previous books when seeing their antics from a different perspective.
Dawn and Mage have known each other forever and don’t want to risk their friendship either. Once the stress of admitting how they felt was passed most things seemed to fall into place and felt that the couple complications were pretty quickly resolved.
I felt for Dawn, Dusk and Mage would do their best to protect him but it seemed that much of his anxiety was swept under the rug and it took him actually passing out to get him the help he needs the most. Mage seems like the most cautious person and is very caring. I liked seeing him caring for Dawn but felt a lot of their relationship was skipped over. I also wish that there would have been more of an ending showing the other couples too.
The cover art by Natasha Snow is nice and is similar in style to the others in the series.
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 144 pages
Published: December 29, 2018 by K.A. Merikan
Edition Language: English
Series: The Underdogs #3