The Boston Boys series
- A Life Without You (book #1) – this was a 5 star read!
- Absolutely Eric (book #2) – this was 5 stars too!
- Black Hurricane (book #3) – in this review
Check out the YouTube links at the bottom of the review for some of the songs mentioned in the book!
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.
After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.
In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.
Note: Can be read as a standalone
So what did I think?
“Dean fucking McQueen. Formerly Dean Summerfield. He was not only my first crush, he was the only guy I ever allowed to get close enough to break my heart. He did a thorough job of it, too.”
Jasper is fourteen when he falls in lust/love with sixteen year old Dean. They have an intense but complicated relationship plagued with emotional issues associated with youth and their new found sexuality.
Jasper (who adopts the nickname Jazz) is scarred by the fallout and unable to form long term relationships. He has a deep seated fear of being hurt again and doesn’t trust anybody, let alone Dean when they meet again years later. Dean is desperate to convince Jazz that he is a changed man and does everything in his power to lure him back.
The story is full of mistrust, miscommunication and well deserved doubts. I loved the rock band setting with the performances, groupies and the media. I adored Jazz’s protective and supportive friends and I really liked the bikies at the bar where Jazz worked. And the sex! The sex in this book is fabulous and steamy. The scene where Jazz and Dean make out against the back wall of the stage is so hot and they only hump against each other!
The only part of the book I found that was a slight let down was the relatively rapid resolution of issues. After spending most of the book with Jazz swinging back and forth with his feelings (which is understandable), he accepts Dean’s final admissions of how he ‘used’ Jazz when he found him again relatively easily.
The only other concern I had was a bit spoilerish and I have no idea how to put in spoilers in WordPress. So if you want to check it out, see my review on Goodread by clicking here.
So in conclusion, this gets 4.5 stars because it was totally engaging, I liked the heat level and it is about a rock band!
Here are a few songs mentioned in the book….
“I’ve got Chad Kroeger’s “Hero” stuck in my head since I watched Spiderman with Cal-Al this afternoon, but it’s a song Dean and I used to sing together.”
“I can’t hold back the bitter-sweet memory when Yin starts stringing to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”. Dean and I used to sing that a lot and perfected the duet part.”
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