MMF romance with a punk rock vibe …
We have 12 reviewers here on Prism Book Alliance, so sometimes I will give an ARC to more than one reviewers so we can see how the same book can impact people differently. I find it interesting to see both side. I hope you do as well.
Author: Jenna Galicki
Publisher: Beau Publishing
Leisa’a Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Adriana’s Rating: 4.5 or 5 stars
From the Publisher:
I love her, but I also love him. She’s everything to me. He sets my world on fire. It’s our dirty little secret, and it’s about to blow our record deal sky high. I’m Tommy Blade, the Prince of Punk Rock, and this is our story. Warning: This book is for mature audiences only. Tommy Blade is a man with a secret. It’s a secret he only shares with one person, Jessi Blade, and the men he surrenders to in the bedroom. Jessi’s only condition to their tumultuous sex life is that the men are one night stands. But when Angel Garcia enters his life, it’s like a match to gasoline. Mega-talented punk rock singer Angel Garcia, with his smoldering ebony eyes, tight leather pants and unstoppable stage presence, is a man who’s used to getting what he wants. He has his eyes set on Tommy Blade as his new lead guitarist, and as his life partner. Jessi Blade, sympathetic to her husband’s bisexual needs, loves him enough to share him, but she never counted on Angel Garcia to test the threshold of her marriage. He makes her life hell . . . and heaven. He’s her damnation and her salvation. She wants to hate him. She wants to despise him. But his charm and raw sex appeal are impossible to resist. Without warning, she finds herself falling in love with her husband’s gay lover. At the height of it all, their punk rock band catapults to stardom. Their lives are marred by secrecy, deception and sacrifice. Feelings of betrayal, backlash from the sensationalistic media and threats of blackmail send them down a hard road filled with tough decisions. They aren’t your ordinary rock stars. They’re radical rock stars. And they have a big story to tell.
In general, I just love stories about nontraditional relationships. They often include diverse characters who are strong enough to acknowledge that they may need the support and love of more than one person in order to obtain fulfillment. These stories also present characters with great capacities to love and accept others, without being fettered by petty jealousy. Add in hot multi-partner sex and you usually have the recipe for hours of great reading.
In the case of The Prince of Punk Rock, I was left with the feeling that there wasn’t truly a polyamorous relationship present. There are two men and one woman, but they aren’t in relationship in which they are equally committed each other. Neither Angel nor Jessi seem interested in having a polyamorous relationship because they love and need two other people – they both simply want to be with Tommy bad enough to accept each other as a “necessary evil.” Angel is gay, not bi-sexual, and even though he grows to care for Jenna and is affectionate toward her, he simply is not sexually attracted to her. He’s turned off by even seeing girly parts, and doesn’t change his mind after engaging in one unfulfilling sexual encounter with Jessi. He’s in love with Tommy, and Tommy returns this love. Tommy and Angel work beautifully together as a couple – they complement each other, and their sexual attraction to each other is adventurous, loving, and overwhelming. Although Tommy also loves his wife, his relationship with Angel is deeper and more honest. While Jessi says she loves Angel in addition to loving Tommy, and Angel’s repeated rejection hurts her, she is frequently jealous of Tommy’s attention to Angel. Jessi is also incredibly angry upon learning that Tommy and Angel have sexual adventures without her, and she’s constantly afraid Tommy is going to leave her for Angel.
Galicki’s descriptive writing style is ideal for the concert scenes, that are among the best in the book. Also, the sex scenes, particularly the interactions between Tommy and Angel, are emotional and passionate. However, elaborate descriptions of the characters’ feelings and actions may cross that fine line where the author’s voice overwhelms the characters’ voices.
I feel that if focused on Angel and Tommy’s relationship, maybe even including Tommy’s marriage to Jessi as an emotional and practical road block to Tommy and Angel being together, the story could perhaps be richer and more real. This would also give the author, who demonstrates an aptitude for writing in an elaborately descriptive style, the foundation for a truly unique and emotionally charged story. Since this is the first in a series involving this trio, I would enjoy seeing the author more fully explore the chemistry between Tommy and Angel without the unnecessary added distraction of Jessi within their relationship.
This is the story of Tommy and Jessi Blade. Living the Rock ‘n roll life playing in bars, partying and getting by. When Tommy gets his big break and meets Angel Garcia his career and private life will never be the same. Can Tommy and Jessi’s marriage survive it and how does Angel factor into their relationship and will this destroy their band?
What I liked about the book was the dynamic between Tommy, Jessi, and Angel. I felt as though their relationship was well written. Jessi and Tommy living the rock ‘n roll life. With Jesse willing to do anything to make her husband happy, and what will make him happy is Angel. The chemistry between them is off the charts. With that said I did enjoy the overall story. It was hot, steamy, funny and quirky. The author drew me in, and I couldn’t put it down. I for one can’t wait for the next installment for another peek into the lives of this intriguing trio.
I would like to thank Jenna Galicki for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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