Every time Linda Kage releases another book in this series, I get a huge smile on my face because I feel like I have lived in these characters lives for so long now, and I love each new character as much as the last.
This is Asher Hart’s story and it’s been a long time coming. Asher is the lead singer of band Non Castrato, who play at their regular Friday night spot at Forbidden nightclub. He also works as a bartender there and if you are familiar with this series you will know that he loves to banter with the other guys about their women, and although he is known to enjoy his own woman every now and again, he is looking for the special someone that he can connect with on a deeper level.
Remy Curran is a drummer and loves everything about the band, from the beautiful lyrics and rocking music, to the sexy lead singer who is not only good to look at but incredibly intelligent and witty.
When she is turned down by arrogant band member Galloway, at an audition to become Non Castrato’s new drummer because she is a woman, she plans revenge by dressing up as guy and auditioning again the next day as her new alter ego, Sticks.
Her plan to reveal herself is quite quickly scuppered when she realises how much she loves being up on that stage, and the lies escalate from there, with Remy and Asher becoming BFF’s and Remy feeling guilty that she is falling for him.
I have to admit, this was not my favourite of the series, and I think the reason is because for most of the book Remy and Asher were guy friends, and the connection that I was yearning for was not reaching me through the pages. During Remy’s point of view, we felt her all of her emotions and yearning for Asher, but because Asher thought Sticks was a gay male, we never felt any chemistry from his perspective because as far as he was concerned he was just a great friend.
Thankfully, we did have some scenes between Asher and the ‘real’ Remy, aka gorgeous latina Elisa, unbeknownst to him. She was his dream woman from the karaoke in the previous book, and when he finally found her after months of searching, he was going to try and make sure he didn’t lose her again. The only problem, she is ‘Sticks’ cousin.
“It had nothing to do with looks, though she was gorgeous.
This was more like a feeling. A warmth.
Like right there, watching her sing, was where I belonged in the universe.
Like I’d just found my place. Everything fit.”
As always, it was great to catch up on the rest of the gang, especially Pick who is such an awesome guy, I am so glad that he was there for Asher when he was struggling with his past.
Overall, it was a great addition to the series, but lacking in the usual Linda Kage magic for me.
Told in dual POV, this is the sixth book in the Forbidden Men series, but can be read as a standalone.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review