Phoenix by Melanie Tushmore ~ Book Review by Caroline

22692929 Title: Phoenix

Author: Melanie Tushmore

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Young painter Alex Tatton has always loved music. When a tragic accident takes away his parents, he turns to a darker style of music and discovers the rock band, Death Rose. Feeling isolated from his own life, Alex develops a crush on guitarist Danny Death who, despite the name, is vivacious, full of life, and has a reputation for being ‘the nicest guy in rock n’ roll’.

After a gig, Alex finds Danny to give him a signed painting. Danny is everything a star should be: charming, sexy, a beacon of light in Alex’s otherwise dark life, and after meeting him Alex is determined to see him again—and this time he wants more than just an autograph.

Caroline’s View:

To anyone who lived through the 80’s this will bring a smile to your face as you take a trip down memory lane.

Recording TV programmes on video, playing music on tapes and some of the god awful clothes that were around.
This is very different from your usual rocker story as it is told from the fans point of view rather than from the rock star. It was interesting to see it from the other side, the trepidation in meeting your hero, the constant second guessing of yourself and the constant feeling that you are not good enough or it can’t be happening to you.

I’m sure most of us have had a crush on a pop star at some point in our life.

Alex Tatton lost his parents suddenly and his life was thrown into disarray. Living with his aunt and uncle he indulges in his love of art by withdrawing to paint whilst listening to classical music. He has moved school to repeat a year and when 2 new friends suggest he listens to a rock band Death Rose his life is never the same.

Alex is a young and inexperienced teenager damaged from events from the last few months and without giving it much thought and with no idea about labels or sexuality he develops a huge crush on Danny Death the bands lead guitarist. He buys all the magazines, he goes to concerts, he listens nonstop to their music and it becomes a slight obsession with him. His artwork features Danny in striking poses when on stage and when he gifts Danny with one of these paintings after a concert his determination to somehow get to know his idol increases.

We follow Alex for a couple of years and see this quiet young man come out of his shell as he works out who exactly he wants to be. He moves into his own home, makes new friends, changes his look and never stops trying to meet or find out more about his crush. He actually gets to meet him a few times over the years but the timing never seems to be right until the day it is.

Danny Death is not like your normal pop star. He doesn’t indulge in the booze and after parties preferring solitude and calm. When he finally gets together with Alex they seem like a perfect couple but neither is big in the self confidence stakes and this causes Alex to run after a night spent together at a festival. The poor boy is exhausting with his constant second guessing of the situation!

Out of all the men in the world why would a famous pop star want boring old Alex Tatton?

These two boys seem very ‘grown up’ for their ages but that could be to do with the personal tragedy they have both lived through. Great start to what promises to be a great new series and I am looking forward to the next one.

Buy Links

Less Than Three Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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