Title: Purple Method
Author: Victoria Milne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 254 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
An up-and-coming heavy metal singer and a martial artist desperate to join a top MMA gym must decide how hard they’re willing to fight—for their dreams and each other.
Max Diaz is firmly in the closet, and as unbearable as that’s becoming, he can’t risk his only remaining family—his brother, Tony—or his band Purple Method’s chance to make it big.
Rick Bernstein dreams of rising in the ranks of the MMA circuit and securing a training career at a top gym, but with rejections coming thick and fast and his financial future in dire jeopardy, starting a relationship is the last thing on his mind—especially with someone who isn’t out.
But when Purple Method returns to Elfinbrook after a six-month tour, one kiss changes everything. Now Max and Rick face decisions that will change both of their lives forever.
This was a pretty good read about a closeted singer of a heavy metal group and an out and proud up-and-coming MMA Fighter/Trainer. Trigger Warnings: drug use, unintentional self harm, excessive drinking. I liked this read but I will say one of the lead characters really made me want to shake him to wake him up to reality instead of living by what everyone else’s standards are.
Max is the lead singer for the group Purple Method. They are a heavy metal band that started out with just a group of friends. But recently they have been getting a lot of attention. Max is good at faking who he truly is on the outside by avoiding any chance whatsoever of it coming to light that he is gay. He fears his brother’s reaction and since he is the only family he has, plus also a member of the band, Max knows he cannot let him down. So he keeps it locked away hoping that part of him will stay hidden.
That is well and good until he meets a new guy in town, Rick. Rick is an up-and-coming MMA Trainer/Fighter, or so he hopes. This is more than a hobby to Rick, this is his passion and he trains others in town that want to learn as well. After meeting Max, Rick knows he has to know him better.
After a fluke chance of getting to kiss Max when the rules for a game of spin the bottle are changed to whoever it lands on, man or woman, is to kiss…Rick knows even though Max is not letting that side of him out, that Max is definitely gay.
These two start hanging out more and try to keep everything on the down low until Max is ready to tell his brother about himself. As their relationship goes with each passing day it gets harder and harder for Max to not speak up. When Rick helps Purple Method land a very good gig, Max knows it is time to tell his band mates the truth.
But Rick has some secrets of his own as well. And when the truth comes out, the consequences are not worth the secret. How will Max handle the secret that Rick has been hiding from him for so long? Will this be the end of them or will they figure out a way to make things work between them?
This was a great read. I am not really sure if this is meant to be a series or not but I would not mind having more from these two men in the future. The only thing I really did not like about this book is the way it was left up in the air for the band. I would like to know if they do succeed in the end or not. Other than that it was a good read with lots of passion.
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