Opening Act (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Opening Act (Upstaged #1)
Author: S.L. Danielson, Cheryl Headford
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: April 16th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 259 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Wannabe singer and band front man Erik Von Nordgren hates snarky brit Asher Berkley with a passion. From the moment he turns up at practice with his twin sister Daisy, who is one of the band the two have hated each other.

Through a series of ‘tit for tat’ incidents they annoy, frustrate and exasperated each other. The die hard goth with purple eyes and the hard core rocker with dreams of the big time have nothing in common and no need to cross paths. Except to wind each other up.

Until the day that Erik throws Asher in the school pool, when everything begins to change. Erik is so far in closet he’s in Narnia and Asher has a dark past and trust issues that stand in the way of any relationship, let alone one with the brash American who hurts him every time they try to get together.

A relationship doomed from the start, or so you’d think.

This is a pretty decent read. I enjoyed this book. It was a good read about young love. A book about learning to trust in not only ones self but those around you. It is a book about learning to love one’s self. A book about learning to truly live and love both another person but also who we are inside.

Erik is in a band with his high school friends. He loves the way they sound and he music they create. What he does not like is his band member’s twin brother. He is quickly becoming a thorn in Erik’s side. From the moment Erik and Asher meet sparks begin to fly. The problem is, where there are sparks, there is a flame. Where there is a flame, there is usually a fire.

Asher is not one to trust easily. He has been hurt badly in the past so he is not willing to let anyone get close to him. When he feels a slight attraction to Erik, it freaks him out. He does not want anyone to get close to him. Erik feels the same.

Erik cannot let his secret get out. Only one person knows that he is gay and that is his best friend, Billy. So when Asher gets close to revealing the truth about Erik, Erik lashes out. When Erik lashes out at Asher, Asher takes revenge as well.

These two are so busy trying to one up the other that they both almost miss out on why is truly important in life. Love. Even when they do finally get their heads out of their butts, Erik still seems to find a way to mess it up.

Can Erik figure out a way to get the man he wants and keep his secret at the same time? Can Asher figure out a way to trust even though he has been hurt badly in the past?

This was a decent read. I enjoyed the constant back and forth between these two. It was a lot of push and pull and it took a lot to finally get to a good place. I think others will enjoy this read as well. It was very entertaining.

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Galley copy of Opening Act (Upstaged #1) provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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