Paradise Lodge (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Paradise Lodge
Author: Riina Y.T.
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: December 3, 2018
Genre(s): Best friends to lovers
Page Count: 43 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

This was a decent read about two best friends that both have feelings for the other but have never admitted it. Instead they have let how they feel about one another interfere with the band that they are both in. Not to mention, if something between them does not change, their friendship may be in trouble as well.

Ky was hurt when him and Azariah left things between in such a bad way before the band went home for Christmas. Now he finds himself two weeks later about to head to a lodge with the band for rest and relaxation before the New Year. Ky is nervous about how things are going to go down between the two of them when they see each other again.

Azariah knew he hurt Ky before they went home for Christmas and that is honestly the last thing he would ever want to do to Ky. But he just could not seem to stop the words that came out of his mouth. Azariah just let his jealousy get the best of him and there was nothing he could do about it. Now it was time to face the music and see if things could be repaired between them.

What neither expected was to be set up by their band mates. Evidently they could see what the two was trying to hide from the other and knew thatbif things did not change then the band would be the one to suffer in the end. When Ky And Azariah both realize what their band mates did, they realize it is time to come clean with one another and see where the dominoes will fall in the end.

Will Azariah and Ky finally be honest with one another or will they continue down the path that they are currently on? How will things turn out in the end?

This was a good read. I enjoyed it. Not sure if this will be a series or not but would not mind more of these two in the future. Good read!!

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Galley copy of Paradise Lodge provided by NineStar Press 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.