“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ― Alexander Pope
Author: M.J. O’Shea & Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: 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.
Review: I don’t think it is a real big secret that one of my favorite stories in this genre is any one that features rockers. I read this book the first time around, and I was thenm and always will be, a Luck fan. When I heard that the books were going to be reworked and re-released I caught myself doing the Snoopy dance around my living room (for real). Although my favorite book of the series is Nicky’s story, I still have plenty of love for Shane.
All of us have made mistakes in our past, especially when we were young. Shane Ventura met the boy of his dreams in his senior year of high school. Over the next couple years not only did Jesse join Shane’s band, but he stole his heart at the same time. When the two boys realized that there was more than friendship between them, they were torn apart by the record label that wanted to sign their band. A much younger Shane was given a terrible choice: he had to choose between young love and family. As it usually does, family won out in the end, and Shane lost the only man he had ever loved.
Over a decade later, Shane and Luck have become big names in the music industry, but lately the drugs, alcohol and nameless, faceless one night stands are growing tedious. When Luck teams up with the band Moonlight for a world tour, Shane finds himself in a situation that he hasn’t been in since he was in love with Jesse. Lead singer of Moonlight, Kayden Berlin, is the walking, talking embodiment of Shane’s dream guy.
Unfortunately for Shane, Kayden seems to like everyone except Shane and his brother Nicky. There are no warm smiles or nice words for either man, and Shane just can’t figure out what he did to warrant the treatment. It seems no matter how hard Shane tries, he can’t gain an inch with Kayden. One night, while on tour in Europe, the two men share a meal and have an actual conversation. Shane is sure he is on the right track with Kayden, and in his own way he begins a courtship of sorts.
Over time, and a few drinks, they grow closer and once they spend the night together, Shane believes he has finally broken through Kayden’s walls and they may have a chance to make it work. Right up until he wakes up alone and then gets thrown away like a one night stand.
Not only is Shane devastated by the love ‘em and leave ‘em treatment, but a much more harsh truth is revealed to Shane, and he realizes that can’t be around Kayden or anyone else at the moment.
After running home to lick his wounds and try to repair his broken heart, Shane gets a visit from someone, which makes him realize he can’t give up on true love because that is what he has with Kayden. After getting his collective shit together, Shane sets out to win the man who holds his heart. Knowing he could fail, Shane goes ahead with his plan to win Kayden. With a little honesty, a song from his past and maybe even a little luck, Shane could have it all or end up alone once again.
Moonlight Becomes You is a story of young love gone wrong, making up for childish mistakes, and the growth of a man. Shane not only revisits the mistakes of his past, but he does his best to correct the ones he is still making as an adult.
Now, I obviously can’t tell you how the story ends, but I will say that there is a big twist that turns the story on its ear and will leave you picking your chin up off the floor. I would highly recommend this book and the others to come in the series.