The Lucky Moon books are centered around two main bands, Luck and Moonlight. They get together for a joint tour in book one, and from then on, their lives are intertwined. The bands are great musically, but flawed in so many ways. They need each other more than any of them could have ever guessed – as brothers and more.
Luck – They’re the Americans. Luck has a bit of glam, a bit of eyeliner, a bit of punk style. Piper and I had a blend of bands in mind when we made up Luck. Think a blend between the pop punk of Greenday and the more sophisticated sheen of The Killers or Franz Ferdinand. Luck came from Chicago and its two main members are the brother Nick and Shane Ventura.
Moonlight – These guys are the Brits. They formed in London and are glam rock to the extreme. Gorgeous ballads, shiny costumes, bright lights, classical influences and intricate guitar. Think Muse and M83. The two main members of muse are Kayden who has a very hidden past, and Surya who has some things to work through when it comes to love and acceptance.
Piper and I hope you enjoy the last of the Three Lucky Moon books, revised and revisited J And we’re both around anytime someone wants to talk books… or bands!
Moonstruck is the last of the Lucky Moon books about two bands from opposite sides of the pond who blend together professionally and in love (and lots of bumps in the road along the way of course).
Moonstruck by M.J. O’Shea and Piper Vaughn
Surya Patel is the drummer for the massively popular band, Moonlight. When his label suggests a collaboration with Luck, the band Moonlight toured with the year before, he should be all for it. Except he slept with Luck’s manager during the tour and then bolted in the dead of night. He’s regretted leaving ever since, but he knows being around Em will only lead to disaster. Unfortunately for Surya, the person the label sends to sweet-talk him into the collaboration is none other than Emmanuel himself.
Emmanuel Cortez has spent months trying to forget the hottest night of his life—the night he slept with Surya. It’s been a year, but not even the death of his beloved grandmother and the subsequent family drama could keep the memories away. Now his job is to convince Surya to collaborate with Luck, and he has to be professional. But a day spent together leads to another passionate night. This time Surya is the one to wake up alone.
It only takes Em’s departure for Surya to realize he’s had a change of heart. The heat between him and Em burns too brightly to be let go. Surya isn’t satisfied with just one night anymore. He wants forever.
Review by Cat Clontz
When Worlds Collide
This story is worlds away from the previous two. In terms of dynamics, O’Shea and Vaughn have created a trio of remarkably differing books in this series. Surya Patel is the closet-dwelling drummer of the band Moonlight, fronted by the very out and proud (and happily married) Kayden. As if that wasn’t enough of an issue, his very traditional Indian parents have decided that it’s high time he marries and settles down – and the fact that he’s 32 and fully capable of running his own life means nothing.
Emmanuel Cortez, Em to those who know and love him, manages Kayden’s husband’s band, Luck, and while the two bands were touring together, he and Surya developed feelings for each other and ended up in bed. Surya panicked and ran off the next morning, and now months have gone by and a new collaborative effort is taking place – Kayden and Surya paired with Shane and Nick from Luck – forcing Surya and Em back into close proximity.
There is a lot of angst in this book, significantly more than in the previous two, and that’s just between the two MCs. Then there is the family dynamic to consider, as Surya has very traditional Indian parents who disapprove of Kayden’s being gay and it is readily apparent from the beginning that Surya’s coming out will be a disaster. The pace and flow of this novel is good, and the situations the two MCs have to contend with are realistic, but the communication miscues seem to be extraordinarily high, to the point of rolling my eyes a bit when yet another “oops” happened. You may not agree – this is a personal pet peeve of mine, and I find that these situations stand out to me.
The writing is, as I fully expected, top notch. The colloquialisms are spot on, even in the thoughts of the characters outside of any actual dialog. The uncertainty displayed by both men as they worked to maintain a friendship tugs the heart a bit, and when they finally reach the bedroom, the emotional connection shines through. Overall, this is a solid 4.5 star read!
ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review by Divine Magazine.
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M.J. O’Shea has never met a music festival, paintbrush, or flower crown she can stay away from. She loves rainstorms and a perfect cup of tea, beach days, music, bright colors, and more than anything a cozy evening with a really great book.
She is from the Pacific Northwest. While she still lives there and loves it, M.j. has the heart of a wanderer. So she puts all her dreams of far off places and extraordinary people in her books.
Except for every once in a while when she does what all travelers have to do on occasion… come home.
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.