Author: Piper Vaughn MJ O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Lucky Moon: Book Two
Rock star Nick Ventura has finally hit rock bottom. Jealous of his brother’s new love, he overindulges in his usual vices and winds up crashing his car into a department store in a drunken haze. Publicly humiliated and on the verge of jail time, he enters into a court-ordered rehabilitation program.
Nutritionist Luka Novak is flamboyant, effeminate, and the type of gay man bisexual Nick would normally sneer at. But his sunny nature hides a deep hurt caused by an unfaithful ex-boyfriend. As much as Luka knows he should be wary of Nick’s reputation, he’s drawn to Nick despite himself. Their tentative friendship turns into romance, but Luka soon comes to realize Nick’s fear of losing his bad boy reputation means he’ll probably never go public with their relationship.
Nick never needed anyone until Luka came into his life. Now he has to reconcile his carefree past with the future he suddenly wants more than anything. And the first lesson he must learn is how to become the man both he and Luka need him to be, rather than stay the boy he always was. Alone.
1st Edition published by Loose Id LLC, March 2012
I loved this book the first time round and if possible I loved it even more the second time round. It is a book filled with emotion and angst.
Nick didn’t have a great childhood. With fame and fortune came access to drugs and a crazy party life. When his brother married his childhood sweetheart and started concentrating on his own life Nick felt deserted, left behind, abandoned and the crazy that was his life spiralled out of control.
After a car accident leaves him sentenced to three months in a rehab centre he has no choice but to start facing his demons. Whilst in rehab in meets nutritionist Luka who initially is someone just to be angry with but soon becomes a friend. When his three months are up the one solid person in his life is Luka and it isn’t long before he is relying on him whilst trying to get back to living a normal life.
His friendship with Luka soon becomes much more and it isn’t long before the two men spending most of their time together. Sadly Nick believes that he has a public persona to keep up, that the public are expecting bad boy Nick Ventura and not him being sober and boring. His behaviour is less than desirable in these situations and although he knows he is hurting Luka it seems like a vicious circle that he is unable to step away from.
I loved that a 3 month stint in rehab wasn’t the immediate fixer in this book. Nick may have come out clean and sober but the rest of his problems were still lurking and in need of fixing. His attitude and treatment of Luka wasn’t always great and he got it wrong on a number of occasions but he never did it out of spite or to hurt him. These were all facets of his character that made him miserable and that were partly responsible for his slow breakdown. He had to face everything, not just the addiction, before he could live the life he wanted to.
Luka is beautiful. He is compassionate and encourages Nick in his recovery but you can only hurt someone so many times before they call time and walk away. He loves Nick passionately but can’t bear the thought of spending his life hiding his relationship. Something will have to give if the two men are to stand any chance at all. Nick will have to face his fears and fight for the man that he finally realises he has fallen in love with.
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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