Author: Erica Kudisch
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/25/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
I’m supposed to be better than this. I’m supposed to have a tenure-track job teaching music history to undergrads, writing papers about Bach, and proving to kids like me that you can work your way out of Harlem. I’m not supposed to be following a rock star around the country, fetching his mail, making sure his groupies are of age.
I’m definitely not supposed to be sleeping with said rock star, who claims to be the Greek God Dionysus. At first I thought it was a load of crap. Nik’s fans might think his music captures their hearts—and souls—but I knew better. Until one of Nik’s orgiastic concerts gets out of hand and I don’t know which is worse: that he might be a god after all, or that he has a body count.
Nik doesn’t care what I want or what I should be. He wants to tear down the world I’ve built, warping all I am, until his music is all that’s left of me. I can’t let him do that. I shouldn’t believe in him. I’ve seen what happens to the people who believe in him.
But I can’t get his song out of my head.
So, I had a really hard time with The Backup. Some of it was my fault – I didn’t read the publishers genres (it is one of Riptide’s new Anglerfish Press Imprint titles) and went by Goodreads’ shelving. This is not a romance in the least and I kept waiting for a connection between Nik and Anthony. Some of it was just the overall confusion of twists and turns that were obscured by musical references that I didn’t get. Some of it was just the plain assholish-ness of the main characters.
Anthony is snobby about music and proud of it. Recent recipient of his Musicologist PhD and looking for work, his uncle hooks him up with Nik, a notorious rock musician, as his handler to make ends meet. Nik is rumoured to be the God Dionysus and his concerts always get out of control and often ends with mysterious deaths. Nik himself doesn’t seem to see much in Anthony, dismissing his type of music as “math” and treats him poorly. Anthony sees Nik as a fraud and has equal loathing for Nik. The sex between them is angry, hateful and borders non-con (and is low on the explicit meter).
Details are doled out sparingly and I didn’t always get the references. Music is used as a frame work for everything, and while I love music, I hadn’t even heard of some of the composers or understood what was being talked about.
The writing did have a good flow and a lyrical quality to it. I can see how some people would really enjoy it. If I wasn’t expecting a romance to somehow develop, I might have been able to let go and enjoy the ride a bit more – except for not understanding some key details still. So don’t let my experience dissuade you. However, if you find yourself still going “wtf?” after 20%, it may not be the book for you.
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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