Title: Paradise Lodge
Author: Riina YT
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: December 3rd, 2018
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago.
Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever.
Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed.
Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen.
I really liked the premise of this. Two band mates who are best friends. YES! Locked in a lodge without other people or internet access. YES! Both have unexplored feelings for each other. YES! High school level dialogue. NOOOOOOOOOO!
Azariah and Ty are bamboozled by their other two band mates and are stuck together to work out the sexual tension between them. Neither has any idea that the other has feelings of a romantic nature until they read a letter from said band mates laying it out on the table. After a brief tantrum, everything is fine and happy ever after.
I was hoping for a bit more angst. Or some sort of proverbial mountain to climb before all of the love happened, but I didn’t get that here. I just didn’t feel the relationship. I thought the four band members seemed extremely childish. This just wasn’t a great book for me.
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