Moonstruck, by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn
Series: Lucky Moon, Book 3 (Stand Alone)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
This is an emotions-driven romance that will hit you like a punch to the gut. I’m not kidding… be ready for some serious feels.
Moonstruck comes at you from all angles: family drama, coming out, miscommunication, betrayals… fear and love and heartbreak. It might seem like a lot, but M.J. and Piper layer everything perfectly, pacing the story so you never feel overwhelmed.
What sets this novel apart is the way that Surya handles his anxiety about coming out. There are a lot of novels that do the “coming out” trope against the backdrop of “conservative family”, but Moonstruck really handled it very well in my opinion. Surya’s emotions are organic and realistic, so I could understand exactly where he was coming from.
This is the third book in a series, but you don’t need to read the first two to understand it. That said, you definitely should, because these ladies really know how to write!
And of course, it’s a novel about music. So here’s a little Moonstruck playlist for ya!
Playlist for Moonstruck:
1. “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy: Come on, come on and let me in / The bruises on your thighs like my fingerprints / And this is for tonight
2. “Cold” by Crossfade: What I really meant to say / Is I’m sorry for the way I am / I never meant to be so cold
3. “Secrets” by One Republic: This time, don’t need another perfect lie / Don’t care if critics ever jump in line
4. “Hello” by Adele: I must have called a thousand times / To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done / But when I call you never seem to be home
5. “I Belong to You” by Muse: How much pain has cracked your soul? / How much love would make you whole? / You’re my guiding lightning strike
And don’t forget to stop by the Moonlight blog tour stop from M.J. and Piper, talking about the music that influenced their series!
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.