Title: Body Rocks
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Off Beat #1
Main Characters: Trey and Dom
Release Date: June 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Dominic Bounds’ time to make his musical dreams come true is running out. If something doesn’t happen fast, he has to head home to find a real job. This competition is his last chance, and Dom needs to come out on top – but he never expected to fall for his rival. As Dom and Trey risk everything to begin a secret affair, there’s no denying their chemistry is off the charts – but could their band rivalry turn their romance into a one-hit wonder?
There was so much I really, really loved about this book. This story is about two musicians who are right on the cusp of maybe making this music thing work. They are both members of bands.
Dom lives in Philadelphia and is in a band with his best friend. The entire band is made up of gay men. Dom is also a violin aficionado, but he never plays in public anymore. He meets Trey when the band is at the Delaware shore for a gig. Dom is taking advantage of a rare night off where no one knows him, so he goes to an open mike event to play the violin...something that's a huge step for him to do. Through a twist of fate, he ends up playing with Trey who's there working the bar that night, and they quickly discover they have amazing chemistry...both with their music and everything else.
Trey's only family is his band. His band is everything. Unfortunately part of what makes their fanbase love them is the chemistry between him and his best friend, who just happens to be female. Everyone just assumes they're dating...so he's very much in the closet. But when he meets Dom, he's willing to risk that.
There's already bad blood between the two bands, because Dom's band stole Trey's band's drummer...something neither one of them realized until after they hooked up. Then to make matters worse, they find out that they are competing against one another in a contest that could make/break their musical careers.
Trey and Dom have huge odds against them already. Their bands hate one another, they live 2 1/2 hours from one another (and Trey is terrified of traveling by car...there's a story there that is a great sub-plot), Trey is in the closet and Dom is fully out. Plus they're just trying to feel out a new relationship. They definitely have a rocky road, but it made for a great book. I loved this story so much.
I highly recommend this story especially if you like music based tropes. The musicality established an amazing setting for this book that I truly loved. I cannot wait to see where the series goes from here.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.