Friday, January 29, 2016

ARC Review: Moonstruck by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea

Moonstruck (Lucky Moon, #3)
From the blurb:

Surya Patel is the drummer for the massively popular band, Moonlight. When his label suggests a collaboration with Luck, the band Moonlight toured with the year before, he should be all for it. Except he slept with Luck’s manager during the tour and then bolted in the dead of night. He’s regretted leaving ever since, but he knows being around Em will only lead to disaster. Unfortunately for Surya, the person the label sends to sweet-talk him into the collaboration is none other than Emmanuel himself.

Emmanuel Cortez has spent months trying to forget the hottest night of his life—the night he slept with Surya. It’s been a year, but not even the death of his beloved grandmother and the subsequent family drama could keep the memories away. Now his job is to convince Surya to collaborate with Luck, and he has to be professional. But a day spent together leads to another passionate night. This time Surya is the one to wake up alone.

It only takes Em’s departure for Surya to realize he’s had a change of heart. The heat between him and Em burns too brightly to be let go. Surya isn’t satisfied with just one night anymore. He wants forever.

Heather's rating:

I have great love for this series. Moonlight Becomes You was one of my first 5-star M/M reads EVER, way back in 2012. *dreamy sigh* I have the fondest memories of that book. I also 5-starred The Luckiest and my review for that one is just a pile mushy, gushing fawning.

I hesitated to try this one because of the mixed reviews, but when I found out that this book was being re-released I jumped at the chance to give it a go.

I really wanted to love it, and I liked parts of it a great deal, but I grew tired of the same back and forth discussions. These guys lived in their heads SO much, going back and forth and with pros and cons. There are also miscommunications, though most aren't a big deal, but combined with one of my greatest pet peeves (the I'm breaking up with you for no reason because I know what's best for you), it all added up.

Surya and Em were each nicely developed and I liked them as a couple, but I got a little tired of their actions. I got frustrated with them, Em especially. I thought that Em's issues with his family also seemed like an afterthought to just stir up more drama in the story.

Though I'm dwelling a bit on the negatives, I really did like this story, overall. The way that Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea write as a duo is extremely appealing to me. They just write in a way that I find to be extremely entertaining and accessible. I adore the language of their books, and I always find their stuff to be easy reads.

What can I say? I wish I could 5-star this to make it a trifecta of awesomeness for the series, but no can do. An entertaining story but not quite at the same level as the first two.

**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**

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