Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Escaping Indigo
Author: Eli Lang
Series: Escaping Indigo #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 253 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.
In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.
Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.
Review: I love rock star main characters, especially those who are passionate on the stage, but full of humility when off. Bellamy is such a rock star, but he is also suffering from internal strife. Micah was a drummer in his own band, but is now a roadie for Bellamy’s band, Escaping Indigo. These two guys are so weighted down in melancholy that I never thought the story was going to give them, and the reader, some peace. I understand that life doesn’t always have a full course happy ending, but this one was kind of depressing me. I think it may have been better for me if there was more dialogue and less descriptive details that took pages before getting to another word spoken between the characters. The writing is beautiful, but I am more a fan of letting the dialogue tell the story kind of reader.
Don’t get me wrong, the guys do end up with a happy-for-now, and hopefully in the upcoming books we get some Bellamy and Micah sightings that will lead them to a full on Happy-ever-after. It just was too heavy a topic to end that way in this first book. This story reminded me, in a way, of maybe what Chester Bennington of Linkin Park may have been dealing with. Bellamy is famous, and popular, and seems to have everything going for him, but in his own head he gets lost and struggles to enjoy what he’s been successful at doing. Micah is a fan and grieving over the loss of his band-mate/best friend. I understand losing someone so close to you, but it seemed that Eric was more a lost lover than a best friend. I am still a little depressed writing this review, so I think I may take a little break and read something sunshiny before continuing this series.
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*