Title: Manic Pixie Dream Boy
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: September 10th 2017
Page Count: 143
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
You can’t hide the cracks under the spotlight
Dusk. Leader of The Underdogs. Destined for greatness. Lives in the now.
Abe. AKA Lolly. Iridescent. Unicorn.
All Dusk wants out of life is for his band to become world famous. He also wants to have a lot of fun along the way. And to get his rocks off. When he wants something, he goes for it, consequences be damned.
So when he sees a gorgeous pink-haired guy who is the human equivalent of tattooed cotton candy, he can’t help but have a taste. But it’s when Lolly ends up on their tour bus that Dusk knows their meeting was destiny.
Abe is the kind of guy who goes with the flow. He was hitchhiking anyway, so why not spend the week with a hot piece of rocker beefcake, getting smothered by his sexy long hair? And why not play the part of the supportive cutie while he’s at it? It’s not like he’d be sticking around for long anyway.
All plans hit a wall when photos of Abe and Dusk emerge online, suddenly pushing the band into the spotlight. To take advantage of the sudden popularity, the band offers Abe money for staying.
Which means money for being in a fake relationship with Dusk.
Which isn’t even fake.
Or is it?
I loved it. Loved, loved, LOVED it! Manic Pixie Dream Boy is the first installment of the Underdogs series. It’s light on the angst but has an edge too. It’s sweet, funny, sexy and it reads easily, but the ending packed a punch and made me tear up. It also includes Abe, who turned out to be one of my favorite book characters ever!
Dusk is the lead singer of The Underdogs, a rock band on their first real tour. He’s your standard long-haired, tattooed badass. The band doesn’t have a big following yet, but all they need is an opportunity for breakthrough. But first, Dusk needs to…find some peanut butter. Which is how he meets Lolly.
Abe, aka Lolly is all pastel colours, cotton candy hair, and stardust. He’s a rainbow pixie with boxer braids, denim shorts, and a septum piercing. He’s a real unicorn who set Dusk’s world on fire.
“You give me something sweet, I give you something salty.”
It was meant to be just a hook up, but Abe will be stuck with the band for a while. Fate is weird like that. So Dusk will learn that under all the glitter, Abe’s really talented and smart, and Abe will see that under Dusk’s gruff exterior, there’s a big heart.
Their connection and chemistry is off the charts! The sex scenes are scorching. There is also the hottest bunk bed sex scene EVER!
But Dusk was brought up by hippy parents and has never been in a real relationship before. He doesn’t know how to handle a real relationship, and how to put the other person first. He’s impulsive and screws things up, even though he means well and his heart is in the right place.
Abe, on the other hand, has always been on his own. And letting other people control things for him, just won’t end up well.
I absolutely adored The Underdogs, which is actually a bunch of misfits; sensitive Dawn, reasonable and organised Mage, Sid who always carries a chip on his shoulder, and of course, Dusk. I loved the dynamics among the band members, and I can’t wait for everyone’s story. I have my theories about potential couples, but we shall see…
The only reason I’m rounding down , is the somewhat abrupt ending. It’s still a swoon-worthy HFN, but I wanted something more solid. Or maybe I’m just greedy like that. There’s no doubt in my mind, though, that we ‘ll be seeing Dusk and Abe again in the future.
Highly recommended for everyone, especially for those who like the sweet side of K.A. Merikan.