Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Double Takes
Author: K. Vale
Series: Shooting Stars #2
Heroes: Giovanni “Gio” Savale and Lance Garrett
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 174 Pages
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Available at: Liquid Silver Books, Amazon & All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Sex, drugs, rock and roll … and now reality TV! As the lead singer in a nineties-era band, Giovanni Savale is used to seeing his name in the headlines, but now, as the star of a new reality TV show, his life is on display for all to see. From the custody battle for his son to a “made for TV” romance to the possibility of a future with the sexy owner of the local antique store, Giovanni’s life has just gotten complicated in ways he had never imagined. You’ll love Double Takes, the hot new romance from author K. Vale.
Ah, the life of a rock star. Everyone thinks it’s nothing but sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
Not for Giovanni Savale.
For the lead singer of Three Deaf Mice, a band that reached its pinnacle in the late nineties, it’s nothing but an ugly divorce with a custody battle, money trouble, and now the nightmare exposure of starring in a reality television show. When his producer decides to cash in on an infamous interview Gio did years ago, and give the self-confessed bisexual rocker an onscreen boyfriend, things really hit the fan. Gio is certain his sexual experimentation back in his drug-abusing days meant nothing — after all he’s been married for nine years, clean and sober for nearly as long, and he has a son. And Gio is not remotely attracted to Kyrie, the funny, flamboyant actor they choose for his love interest. Of course, Lance Garrett, the mysterious and sexy owner of the local antique shop, Double Takes, is a whole different story. The guy has Gio planning out a future he never imagined. With the threat of losing all custody of his ten-year-old son, ghosts from the past returning for revenge, and the cameras rolling, can Gio keep his head above water and his heart from getting broken?
First off…LOVE that cover. Grabbed me right from the start and I found myself referring back to it throughout my reading. I think we can all relate to a cover that either drew us in or pushed us away from a book, but this one was spot on.
Poor Gio, this “just about” washed up rock and roller finds himself pushing middle age, in the middle of what looks to be a costly and nasty divorce, fighting for custody of his son, struggling for cash, and forced into a reality TV show that promises to humiliate him. What’s a poor guy to do?
Lance owns the shop that offers to help Gio sell off a few of his ex-wife’s extravagant, but left behind items so that he can get a handle on the mounting debt that threatens to destroy him. He is also completely drawn to Lance himself. The man is beautiful and wants no part of the celebrity limelight, going so far as to ban any reality TV cameras from following Gio into his shop. That’s very refreshing for Gio because this double life he is leading is starting to get to him, and Lance becomes the friend he can run to when he needs a bit of a break.
Lance and Gio start a friendship that quickly grows into a “behind closed doors” romance. Lance knows all about Gio’s reality TV “boyfriend” Kyrie but is fine as long as the cameras are not focused on him. Of course that can only last for so long, until the guys find a way to buy Gio’s way out of his contract and launch a real relationship sans cameras…or so they think.
Unfortunately, Lance has a big secret; that secret is why he didn’t want his face on TV, and now that he’s been “caught” on film, he takes off and leaves Gio stunned and confused. Can’t really go into details without spoilers but it was not something that I saw coming, that’s for sure. The washed up rock and roller story flips and becomes a mystery slash race to save Lance. Nope, didn’t expect that one.
So all in all, if you love rocker stories with a twist than I would highly recommend K Vales “Double Takes”. It’s sexy, funny, a little sad, a little surprising, a lot sexy, and a unique story. Loved the fake boyfriend, he was divine and fabulous; loved the twist at the end with Lance; and loved that the ex-wife and Gio were able to settle without destroying their son.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*