Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Banded Together
Author: KC Burn
Narrator: Darcy Stark
Heroes: Devlin & Jack
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & Audible
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?
Darcy Stark is a new narrator for me, but I wanted to give him a shot since the blurb for Banded Together was so intriguing. I regret nothing. He does a great job creating the world that belongs to Jack and Devlin…and all their secrets, regrets, and heartache. Jack and Devlin were seriously hot together. They have a history, though only one remembers it, they have music, though only one knows it, and they share so much, but again, only one knows the whole story…or at least, most of it.
Devlin is the grieving rocker who quit his band after the unfortunate death of his bandmate and best friend. Darcy Stark does an incredible job bringing the grief to life. Devlin and his best friend created their band together and Devlin just could not go back to music without him. So, after much pushing from his mother, he chooses at forty-one to go back to school, and finds out that he is now hot for his teacher, Dr. Jack.
Jack is not the friendliest of teachers and the narrator performed his character so well, I almost didn’t like Jack either. Jack is taking over a class for a fellow teacher and does his best to get rid of the students who are in it for the easy A. He immediately lumps bad boy Devlin into that category. He is attracted, but not interested. What he doesn’t know is Devlin is the same man he has a history with, and when he does, he goes off the deep end. The performance of both Devlin and Jack was very realistic. I had no trouble believing the issues haunting both of these guys.
Sometimes you just have to take a chance. Jack and Devlin take a chance on love, and I took a chance on the new-to-me narrator and I am glad I did. If you like rockers, heartbreak, and naughty teachers than you should give this audio a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*