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Monday, April 27, 2009

Adder by Ally Blue

Adder by Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (128 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Cactus

Music. Sex. Fame. What’s missing? Surely not the “L” word…

Adder has a plan for his life: play his music for millions of adoring fans, who will reward him with money, fame and as much sex as he can handle. It’s a goal he’s been working toward since his teens and is on the cusp of achieving. The idea of a relationship never entered his mind—until a new drummer joins his band. One taste of Kalil, and all he wants is more.

For Kalil, playing drums for Adder is a dream come true, the creative connection he’s always wanted. What he never reckoned on is the deeper connection he finds with Adder. Kalil would rather avoid sexual involvement with a bandmate, but Adder seems just as determined to break through his resistance.

Attraction aside, music and sex are about the only things the hedonistic Adder and the increasingly jealous Kalil can agree on. Still, before they know it they’re on the brink of something deeper, something lasting.

And it scares the hell out of both of them.

Warning: This book contains adult language, hot gay sex, weird bands, colorful prophylactics and unforgivable fashion crimes.

A jealous drummer and a slutty lead singer create sparks within a rock band in this funny and enjoyable romance. From the first moment Adder meets Kalil, he wants the talented but shy drummer. Used to getting his way, the sexy tattooed singer starts a full out courtship of Kalil – only they’re both surprised and a little shocked when their sexual antics slowly become a serious relationship. With pressure to make a big break and the endless offers thrown Adder’s way, Kalil and Adder struggle with fears and a burgeoning love that may be too fragile to survive.

Multicolored condoms and irrepressible flirting typify Adder as does his spiky green hair color and the matching snake tattoo over his groin and thigh. His natural outgoing manner seems to hide a maturity that comes shinning through in his relationship with Kalil. Although quite the man-whore by his own admission, Adder almost too easily settles into a monogamous relationship with Kalil with only a few twinges of doubt. Surprising himself and others with the depth of his feelings for the younger man, Adder openly reassures his lover at every turn of his affection and devotion. Unfortunately the attention and adoration given to the flamboyant singer still causes problems with the jealous and possessive Kalil.

Kalil is younger and more immature than Adder as he struggles with a slow to change personality and an inherent jealousy. Although the last thing you’d think someone like him would want to end up with is a flirty, outrageous sexy swinger – Kalil falls in love with Adder against his better judgment. However, even the blossoming feelings of love can’t force Kalil to admit his feelings and step beyond the irrational jealousy he can’t help feeling. This inability to communicate causes numerous problems between Kalil and Adder and furthermore within the band as well.

Band members Vi and Harpo were wonderful additions as was the band’s manager. Each was fully developed and important to the band and story without taking focus away from the adorable couple of Kalil and Adder. All combined to add a great moving plot and interesting setting with some smoking hot sex scenes. One thing these two had right, even when fighting, was the sizzling chemistry between them and their high sex drive. The easy and quick writing style keeps this as a fast read and the drama was mixed with humor to keep this from tipping too far into overly emotional territory. Although the ending was rushed into a HEA and felt somewhat forced considering Kalil’s jealousy issues, I was happy these two got their happy ending after everything. Easily recommended for romance fans, Ally Blue has delivered a great story wonderful characters that will be sure to satisfy.

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