Reviewed by Ami
Title: Banded Together
Author: K.C. Burn
Heroes: Devlin & Jack
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 29, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life.
Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin distances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In a search for a second career, he finds himself at university with a bunch of kids young enough to be… his kids. His sexy archeology professor, however, makes Devlin think about life beyond his grief….
Dr. Jack Johnson does not appreciate Devlin’s lack of respect, his inability to be serious, or his chronic lateness. Worse, he hates that he’s attracted to a student. When he realizes Devlin is the rock star he crushed on in his youth, he drops his guard—against his better judgment.
Before they can move forward together, Jack must admit to Devlin that he’s not only an admirer, but he also sings in a cover band. How will Devlin react to his ultimate fanboy when his own music has died?
After his best friend died, one he considered as brother, Devlin Waters is unable to get back to music and his punk band, Negative Impression. Devlin distances himself from everyone, and instead decides to look for ‘second career’ by going back to university. And his sexy archeology professor, Jack Johnson, may be the key for Devlin to find happiness again.
Unfortunately for Dr. Jack Johnson, Devlin Waters is his student… relationship with him is definitely not one that he can pursue. On top that, Jack hides something from Devlin, and he is unsure if Devlin can take him when the secret is out in the open.
Misunderstanding / misjudgment aside, I enjoyed this story VERY much. It is a case of “don’t judge the book by its cover”, most definitely. Both men have initial perceptions of the other … maybe Jack more so than Devlin – because Devlin is the musician, because Devlin is the rich one, and because Devlin is the one acting like he’s not taking Jack’s class seriously – but then they learn about each other’s life and grief and regret. I wholeheartedly savored their relationship progress – and this one was pretty slow burn which fulfilled my heart’s content.
There is a couple of secrets that Jack hides from Devlin – one has something to do with a night four years back, and one is more current, related to Jack’s love towards Devlin’s music and band – and I know this will serve as climax of the story. I was quite satisfied with the confrontation and of course how it was solved. It was quite satisfying for me.
The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was that sometimes I thought Devlin was acting a bit younger than his forty-one years of age. But then again, I admit I judged him by his interaction with his mother – and well, after thinking about it, I sometimes acted the same with my own Mom (and I’m closer to Devlin’s age than Jack’s). So maybe it’s not really fair *laugh*
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*