Published by Riptide Publishing Running with Scissors on August 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Eighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.
Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.
Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?
Reviewed by: MinnChica
How I got this book: NetGalley
Jude left his band on a whim and has been living a miserable life ever since. His desk job sucks, he hates not being with his band and friends, and he wants nothing more than to fix his mistake. When the band manager calls to tell him that they need him to come back and play bass, Jude jumps at the chance. The only condition: no sex with fellow bandmates. That’s what caused him to leave in the first place.
AJ has been the band drummer for over a year, and he loves the music, the people, and the lifestyle. Having Jude come back as bass player gives AJ a bit of a complex, especially when everything about Jude takes AJ’s breath away. The attraction between them is undeniable, but romance within band mates has already proven to be disastrous. Can they keep their hands to themselves, despite the intense pull between them?
I really enjoyed this book. I’m on a big rock star kick right now, so I was loving everything that AJ and Jude had going on. They were sexy and hard core and so freakin’ great!
I really had a hard time picking my favorite hero between AJ and Jude. They were such great guys. They were alike in so many ways, and yet so different too. Witt did an amazing job with this book, and I loved both heroes so much. AJ was more laid-back, he was the one that could smooth talk all the hot headed band mates into calming down and taking a step back. He didn’t always like that role, but he was damn good at it! I have to say though, when he finally stood up for himself… wowza! So awesome.
Jude was a bit of a hothead, although he was trying so hard to not be. He wanted to give this second chance everything he had, so he really did make every effort to take a step back, go for a walk, just get away when things got too crazy. I loved that about him. 🙂 His growth as a character was so evident, and not from his own actions, but by how his fellow childhood friends perceived him. It was so neat to read.
The romance between these two guys was super sexy as well. I loved that they let the sexual tension simmer between them for a LONG TIME before finally acting on it. Their dedication to the band was everything, but the chemistry was too much. And when they finally succumbed to their desires. HOT HOT HOT!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I was looking for: hot rock stars, sexy times, and a wonderful cast of characters that I hope we get to see more of in the future. I loved Jude and AJ, and contemporary m/m fans should definitely go pick this one up!
I give Running with Scissors a B+