Waiting in the Wings (Jia’s review)

Title: Waiting in the Wings (Upstaged #2)
Author: S.L. Danielson & Cheryl Headford
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: June 1st 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Length: 62,790 words/188 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


The Von are on their way.

With a recording contract under their belt and a tour opening for a popular band, the world is at their feet. For those left behind prospects are not so bright, especially with someone trying so hard to break them apart.

With the spotlight on The Von, no one sees the evil waiting in the wings until it’s too late.

With The Von taking off, their college activities need to be paused and Asher reacts negatively at first, feeling as if Erik is rejecting him and their relationship. Of course the first thing Erik does is lie to him, because he doesn’t want Asher to worry unnecessarily.
While touring a couple of things happen and I seriously question Erik’s devotion and love, it’s not until much much later in the book that we get to understand as to why. Well, we all make mistakes at one time or another and Erik certainly does his share and he’s not the only one. The tour turns into a disaster and this story definitely qualifies as an emotional rollercoaster just like its predecessor Opening Act.

To be honest I can see a lot of readers loving this story, relishing in the sweet moments, the hurt and comfort with all the angst and love. However I can also imagine some readers will feel like the sweet moments are too sweet, and just overly emotional at certain points considering how Erik and Asher acted a bit later on in the story – Erik’s and Asher’s reactions a little too accepting of the situation before Erik gets kidnapped? Which if there had been more of an insight into Erik’s and Asher’s thought process I’d have bought it more easiy. Erik keeps true to himself from the first time we met him in Opening Act and can’t avoid behaving like a jerk until he gets a wake up call.

The characters are fallible, they make mistakes and they learn, which too me has a charm of it’s own adding dimension to the story. Although I would like to have had more insight this time into Erik’s and Asher’s minds to better understand them at one point in the story. I don’t want to say too much so I’ll leave it at that. I also wonder how the company they signed with reacted to Erik’s kidnapping and what happened with the tour? Did they finish it before? I don’t think so considering the conversation shared between the band members before Erik got kidnapped.

There’s never a dull moment and my favorite part was Billy’s devotion toward Vince, the fact they let the other two explain and gave benefit before the doubt and Erik’s and Asher’s… alright so I really liked most of the book, it definitely was an intriguing read with emotions running high.
I think the tour should have been mentioned somewhere and not left me wondering and I do feel there should have been something written, even if it was merely a mention from the band, on how their agent and company reacted.

If you read the first book, you really need to read Waiting in the wings and be prepared of stupid actions and an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Upstaged series

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Galley copy of Waiting in the Wings provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.


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