Sunday, November 10, 2019

ARC Review: Starting from Scratch by Lane Hayes

From the Blurb:
Charlie Rourke is an ultra fabulous human whirlwind on a mission to launch the next biggest band in the world. However, he might have taken on more than he could handle when he signed on to manage Zero. Promoting a rock band and finding gigs shouldn’t be hard. They’re a talented group with a ton of star power. If Charlie can find the right record label, he’s sure he can help them get to the next level. The only problem is the skater boy slash bassist with a quirky sense of humor. He’s annoying and silly, and he’s exactly Charlie’s type. Except he’s straight. 
Ky Baldwin isn’t afraid to switch things up. He loves a challenge as much as anyone, but Charlie doesn’t make things easy. Zero’s manager is a force of nature with a razor sharp tongue, a quick wit, and a no-nonsense attitude. Ky can’t stop thinking about him. Winning over Charlie becomes Ky’s pet project. But when the ice between them thaws, neither is prepared for the intensity of going from enemies to lovers. They’ll have to decide if they’re willing to start from scratch and take a chance on the unexpected.

Ky's rating:

When I read the first book I wasn't sure if I liked Charlie or not. He was pretty chaotic and he talked non-stop about everything and nothing. I thought it would be exhausting to read a whole book with him as a main character. But.... I was so so wrong about him!

Charlie is a sweet person with a huge personality and a heart of gold. He is strong and loyal. It turns out that he only talks a mile a minute when he's nervous or he wants to divert the attention somewhere else. The rest of the time he talks at a regular speed and it's easy to follow his thought process.

Ky, the drummer of Zero, is an enigma at the beginning. At first, he gives the impression that he's this laid back type that's always looking for a good time and never takes anything seriously. As the story progressed though, a whole new layer of Ky was revealed. He's actually suffered a lot in his life and had to depend on himself for many years. He was family issues that go way back and have played a big part in who he is today.

Charlie and Ky start as antagonists. Their attraction and chemistry is obvious but in trying to stay away they end up bitching at each other and constantly getting in each other's face. Charlie's little brother helps bring them closer together and as they spend more and more time in each other's company they stop resisting what they want.

The band keeps making it's way to stardom slowly but steadily and they're in the process of getting a deal from a label. They're just looking for the right fit, but it turns out that's more difficult to find than they thought.

I liked Charlie and Ky as a couple, they balanced each other out. I liked how Charlie was there to support Ky when he needed it and be strong for him. Ky on the other hand is able to keep Charlie on the more mellow side of his character.

The story had some strong scenes and a bit of family drama. Ky's father confused me and I never understood what really happened with him and what was a lie. He was a weird character, bitter and a little unstable.

I'm liking this new series by Lane Hayes and I'm excited to see whose story will be next and to find out what the future holds for Zero and each one of it's members.

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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