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Series: Lost in Oblivion #.5
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing on July 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Warning: get ready for a testosterone overload. The guys are in the driver's seat in Seduced - and the ride's gonna rock.
Twenty-three year old Nick Crandall has one focus in his life: Oblivion, the band he formed with his best friend Simon Kagan. With gigs coming up and the band members lacking focus after losing their drummer to rehab, they're out of ideas. Until Oblivion's bassist, Deacon McCoy, poses a surprising suggestion.
Bring in someone new. Two someones.
One You Tube video gone viral later, Oblivion is poised on the brink of stardom. With their new hot drummer chick — who comes in a package deal with a talented guitarist who happens to be head over pick in unrequited love with her - it seems like everything's falling into place. Or will the band Nick and Simon have fought to keep together disintegrate before their eyes?
Four guys & one woman + more success than they ever bargained for = trouble, of the sexiest kind.
Get Seduced by this novel-length introduction to the band Oblivion. This preview occurs before the four forthcoming books about each of the band members. Sometimes getting lost means finding yourself...
This is truly a series prequel that sets up each of the primary characters for their individual stories. It’s also a full-length novel that sets the “stage” for how the band came to be and all the dynamics that led to their current professional status.
The band is Oblivion and they live in a Los Angeles basement apartment beneath a laundromat. Nick Crandall is a guitarist, songwriter and the founder. Simon Kagan is the lead vocalist and a guitarist. Deacon McCoy is the bass guitarist and the de facto manager of the band. They’re in need of a replacement drummer now that Snake is in court-mandated rehab. Enter Jasmine (Jazz) Edwards who more than fits the bill but comes with baggage called Grayson (Gray) Duffy.
Nick’s in a writing slump, Deacon and Simon know what the band needs to do and Nick’s resistant (that’s an understatement). Each of the members have their own vulnerabilities that impact them individually and the band as a unit. They’ve been together long enough that they know each other’s hot buttons. When Jazz and Gray enter the picture, those issues become magnified and threaten to irreparably fracture the band and the relationships.
The story is told from Nick and Simon’s points of view, alternating with each chapter. At first I found this disconcerting but as things progressed, it actually became one of the strengths of the story. I was impressed with how seamlessly the chapters transitioned to each character, providing texture to the situations and band.
I wasn’t even certain I liked Nick or Simon until they started getting under my skin. Quinn and Elliott take the time to develop these characters, slowly peeling back those layers until you get to the heart of them.
I’ve never had this kind of insight into the inner workings of a struggling rock band and the minds of artists. It was a completely new, fresh experience…not always comfortable but always authentic to the characters. The writers know this world and if they didn’t, their research was exceptional.
The bottom line
I’m now dying to get into the individual stories and continue the journey of the band. It was brilliant to begin the series this way as the next books won’t need to belabor a lot of essential details about the band and the characters. This isn’t a romance…yet…but beautifully tees up those romances to come. You’d be crazy to skip this. Loved it.
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