Title: Love Like Vampires
Author: Karenna Colcroft
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars
All Thaniel Robichaud has ever wanted is for his band to hit the big-time. All Shane McCarthy has ever wanted is Thaniel.
Friends since childhood, Thaniel and Shane started making music together while still in junior high school. In the ten years since, they’ve taken their band, Love Like Vampires, from struggling over chords in Thaniel’s basement to headlining at clubs, and recently they opened for one of rock’s biggest names. Along the way, Shane stunned Thaniel with a proclamation of love, and when Thaniel returned his feelings, their relationship gave them the strength to weather the rough patches. But with the band about to break apart, it may not be enough to hold everything together. Their dream is slipping through their fingers just as they’re perched on the cusp of success.
This book should have been an easy one for me to review as it was full of things that push my buttons. A little GFY, Musicians aka sexy rockers and a lot of angst as the two MC’s worked things out.
Right from the start the band is arguing. They continue to argue throughout the book with it sometimes becoming violent. There is so much arguing that I began to dislike them as a group of people and couldn’t find very much to redeem them.
Than is the one who put the band together many years ago with his best friend Shane. Than is a straight man who smokes weed a lot of the time, has a poor temper and is generally quite sullen. He wants to make the band successful but has no idea how to do it and seems to thwart Shane at every turn. His usual answer is to smoke some weed to keep his temper and emotions in check.
Shane is out and proud. He is trying to juggle his job, his position in the band and running the band and he is wearing thin. He also has a massive crush on his best friend and hates watching him go off with random hook ups after every gig. When he stupidly blurts out his feelings towards his best friend one evening things are irreversibly changed.Than has always known how his best friend felt but until he actually hears him say it he has been ignoring it. He has also been ignoring his own feelings. When they get together and try to give a relationship a go Than is all over the place. One minute telling people and almost daring them to object, the next minute trying to hide it as though it is the biggest secret in the world.
Understandably, Shane is both upset and confused a lot of the time.I just couldn’t feel anything about the budding romance. It had more to do with Than than Shane. He just wasn’t likeable in my opinion and did very little to endear himself to Shane or the reader.The ending sees them getting along a little better but there was really no conclusion. We don’t know how the band fares, the other band members had a lot of unresolved problems and Than had still not embraced being in a relationship with Shane.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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