The Green Eyed Monster
Title : The Green Eyed Monster
Series : Crucifox, Book 1
Author : Melanie Tushmore
Publisher : Storm Moon Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, Rock Star
Length : 241 pages (e-book)
Published : March 1, 2013
Sky Somers is an ex-traveller; the son of a folk musician and a new age hippy. Sky’s form of rebellion is electric guitars, and he wants his own band. His desire is to set the world to rights through music. Brandon Cruikshank is new to London, recently arrived from Glasgow. Charismatic, charming; a natural born performer. Brandon is openly bisexual, with a penchant for dressing in women’s clothes. His desire is to be adored.
From the moment Sky meets Brandon, he knows he has to have him. Brandon, in turn, wants Sky. But that’s when it becomes clear they both have very different desires in mind. Brandon wants Sky as a lover, yet Sky only wants Brandon as a singer in his band. Misunderstanding set aside—or apparently so—Brandon and Sky become firm friends. To escape equally troubled pasts and families, they change their names. Now, Brandon Fox and Sky St. Clair are ready to take over the world.
As the years roll on, Brandon’s desire for Sky still simmers, waiting. Then a chance night sharing a hotel room sparks the desire between them, and this time, Brandon wants it all. Sky has never explored his desires before. Now, the passion and jealousy Brandon has unleashed in him threatens to shake the whole band apart.
Holy crap that book was sooooo frustrating! I’m absolutely having a love/hate thing going with these characters. The tension in this book is thick but in the best way. I didn’t want to put this book down for minute because every damn time I thought this is it, they are going to get their shit together and then BAM…..nope. I wanted to scream at them! Apparently I love to be teased because this I loved – every minute of it.
The story follows a group of friends in a band and takes us through the years of them trying to make it on the music scene. Most of the group have been friends for a while before adopting the gorgeous Scot Brandon into their. Sky sees him and knows he’s front man material and luckily the guy can sing. Brandon tries to come onto Sky the first night but Sky isn’t into guys so he brushes it off as no big deal. They start doing some gigs and Jaime, the drummer and Brandon, singer, don’t have any problem partying like rock stars and picking up groupies. It’s what they do and everyone comes to expect it from them. One night Brandon and Jaime bring a groupie back to the room they are supposed to be sharing with Sky. Sky wakes up to them having sex and freaks out. The confrontation kind of smacks them both in the face. Brandon doesn’t like Sky being mad at him and Sky doesn’t understand why he’s jealous. Brandon sees an in with Sky one night and finds a willing girl to take up to their room. Everything goes like you’d think but it’s pretty obvious the guys really want each other. Sky’s afraid to admit it. I’m pretty sure Brandon did it to get off but in a roundabout way with Sky. This leads to some confusion the next day as it’s Sky’s first time with a man and he struggles with if it means anything since Brandon is kind of a slut. The next night they start talking but end up drinking which makes it easier to focus on the desire to have each other and not think so hard about the repercussions of after. The sex is explosive and hot and unlike anything Sky has ever felt before. They spend the next night together since they’re sharing a room it seems so easy and right. The next morning they are busted by the road manager and it messes up the dynamic they found in that hotel room. Sky freaks out a little and so Brandon tries to make light of it saying, “It’s just sex” and it hurts Sky. Both guys are prideful and they let it get in the way of what they want. Things kind of spiral out of control from there basically because touring puts them in such close proximity while fighting their feelings and keeping everything a secret.
Sky was a piece of work. He’s angry, stubborn and judgmental. Always thinks he’s right. He would be the type that you’d have to really love him to appreciate him. He was rather harsh and jumped to conclusions too often but it fit his manic thought process. I feel like I should totally dislike him but I can’t. I loved the story being told from his POV. I would have liked to know what Brandon was thinking throughout the book but don’t know that it would have had the same effect on me or if all the misses in the relationship would have seemed plausible.
Brandon was very likable. He’s quick to joke and easy going. He did do some shitty things but it’s understandable considering how confusing Sky’s reactions to him were. He always wanted Sky and admitted his feelings but the tone set after their second night in that hotel room set of a series of misunderstandings. Brandon was a rock god of this book and played the part but what he seemed to want most is Sky. Who of course screws it up at every turn. Seriously, the guy made me nuts. The guys together were HOT! It’s insane that Sky could resist their chemistry. So good!
The secondary characters were great. I feel like I know them all pretty well after the book and hopefully we find out more about Pepper in the next book. The story moves at a realistic pace and the guys don’t magically get discovered in one night. They struggle a bit and work their way up. I laughed plenty in this book and enjoyed the voices of the characters. The ending was evil! I guess it could have been worse but now I’m left salivating for the next book. 😦 This was a new to me author that I took a chance on and would recommend anyone who likes some seriously delicious tension and rockers to check this out. I recommend it.
Rated 5 stars by Whit