Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Release-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: BASSIST WITH BENEFITS by Jenna Galicki

Bassist with Benefits
Series: Bulletproof #3
Author: Jenna Galicki
Genre: Standalone Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017


A friends to lovers rock star romance. This book is a stand-alone novel.

Bandmates and best friends since they were teens, Jeremy Kagan and Alan Delgado share everything – including men. But their brotherly bond was shattered during one incident of mistaken identity in a darkened bedroom when a line was crossed.

With boundaries broken and the line of friendship blurred, they struggle to move forward.

For Jeremy, that night was a dream come true. He had been in love with Alan for a decade but had been too afraid to bear his heart and reveal his true feelings. Now that the opportunity has presented itself, he’s ready to seize the moment. This is his one chance to be with the only man he’s ever loved.

Alan, on the other hand, isn’t dealing with the incident so well. A lot of monumental achievements have occurred in his life, but none were as life altering as a single erotic encounter with his best friend. The usual fun-loving camaraderie he and Jeremy had always shared is now awkward and uncomfortable.

Unable to shed the memory of their rendezvous, Alan starts to look at Jeremy in a new light. Transitioning from bromance to romance isn't as easy as expected, especially since Alan isn’t ready to share their newfound bond with anyone else. Stress from keeping their relationship a secret turns explosive as these two battle their passion in private. Now they need to figure out if it’s worth risking everything, including their friendship, in order to pursue a future together as a couple.

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Jeremy started to laugh. Softly at first, then so hard he doubled over and tears seeped from the corners of his eyes. He needed to hang onto Alan’s arm, as hard as Alan was hanging on to him, so they didn’t fall over. Their laughter slowed, with intermitted bouts of cackling. They glanced at one another and it suddenly turned serious. Their lips straightened, no longer curled into even the tiniest of smiles, and their posture stiffened. Their eyes bore into one another, each reading so much more than friendship. It was there. That little spark they shared was as bright as the blazing sun. Jeremy had longed to see it for so many years. He often imagined it. He swore once or twice that he saw a shadow of a glimmer in those beautiful silver eyes, but not today. The spark they shared right at this moment could have started a forest fire. It was finally real, and it made the hair on Jeremy’s arms stand on end. A flutter rose from his belly and danced around his chest. His breath caught. He was frozen in place. The only thing he could do was stare back at the man he loved and wanted . . . for so God damn long.

Carra's Review

Friends to lovers and a rockstar romance all wrapped up in one?  Yep, I’m right there!  The fact that this is set in the Bulletproof world, a series of which I’m already a fan…that just made me snap this one up that much quicker.  Jenna Galicki sure didn’t disappoint either—there’s heat, angst, tension, excitement and plenty of drama to be found…along with some real feelings and emotion that the characters are not sure what to do with.

I adored Jeremy.  There nothing quite like a character who has been experiencing unrequited love for his best friend since they were teens, and Jeremy is sweet and sensitive toward Alan without Alan even realizing it.  Alan on the other hand never thought about Jeremy like that—until that one night when things became…confused.  And you know how it goes once you start thinking about something in a new light that opens your eyes; that confusion leading to uncertainty, tripped up with anger and emotion while coming to terms with new feelings.  It certainly ramps up the tension between the two men—which also spills over into their professional lives.

There’s a lot of description of their lives on the road and the shows they play.  It was almost a little too much for me, but it did illustrate how the band and their lives are irrevocably intertwined, which in turn makes things between them that much more complicated—or at least Alan makes it that way.  He frustrated me a bit with his hesitancy to let the others know what was going on.  There’s also a bit of extra drama near the end with a groupie from earlier in the story, and personally I thought that was almost a bit over the top, but in the end I was still very happy with the overall story.

I loved getting more of Cam and Brandon, Cam was already a favorite of mine from the other two books in the series.  Brandy was great for some additional smiles as well. And of course Derek and his wild ways, which I can’t wait to see tamed when he gets his own story.

Bassist with Benefits is a wonderful addition to the series, and can definitely be read as a standalone.  I would recommend if you do read it on its own that you do go back and read the other books in the series, The Undercover Rock Star and Branded, as Brandon and Cam’s story is one you won’t want to miss (you’ll probably figure that out as you read Bassist).  This one gets 4.5 stars from me, and my strong recommendation for any M/M romance fan.  If you’re a fan of friends to lovers or rockstar romance, this one is definitely a must-read…and if you’re a fan of both, you’re going to get the best of both worlds.  This book is for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content, as well as scenes that include casual drug use (which I’m not a fan of but can’t really be avoided given the setting of the series).

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Author Bio

Jenna Galicki writes in multiple genres including m/m/f, m/f, and m/m. She is predominantly known for her Radical Rock Stars Series. The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book 1) was a finalist in the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards.

A native New Yorker, she now resides in Southern California. She's a Rottweiler enthusiast and an avid music buff. When she's not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.


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