Monday, April 28, 2014

Review by Cam: Double Takes by Kimber Vale

Title: Double Takes (Book 2 in the Shooting Stars Series)
Author: K. Vale
Publisher:  (click to purchase from publisher) 

Rating: 4/5 Smooches


Sex, drugs, rock and roll … and now reality TV! As the lead singer in a nineties-era band, Giovanni Savale is used to seeing his name in the headlines, but now, as the star of a new reality TV show, his life is on display for all to see. From the custody battle for his son to a “made for TV” romance to the possibility of a future with the sexy owner of the local antique store, Giovanni’s life has just gotten complicated in ways he had never imagined. You’ll loveDouble Takes, the hot new romance from author K. Vale. 

Ah, the life of a rock star. Everyone thinks it’s nothing but sex, drugs, and rock and roll. 

Not for Giovanni Savale. 

For the lead singer of Three Deaf Mice, a band that reached its pinnacle in the late nineties, it’s nothing but an ugly divorce with a custody battle, money trouble, and now the nightmare exposure of starring in a reality television show. When his producer decides to cash in on an infamous interview Gio did years ago, and give the self-confessed bisexual rocker an onscreen boyfriend, things really hit the fan. Gio is certain his sexual experimentation back in his drug-abusing days meant nothing — after all he’s been married for nine years, clean and sober for nearly as long, and he has a son. And Gio is not remotely attracted to Kyrie, the funny, flamboyant actor they choose for his love interest. Of course, Lance Garrett, the mysterious and sexy owner of the local antique shop, Double Takes, is a whole different story. The guy has Gio planning out a future he never imagined. With the threat of losing all custody of his ten-year-old son, ghosts from the past returning for revenge, and the cameras rolling, can Gio keep his head above water and his heart from getting broken? 

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse, GLBT, Music, Musicians, Contemporary 


I love complicated plots, and this book certainly has that. Both main characters are deeply flawed men. Gio wears all his flaws on the outside for the world to see. From his drug and alcohol addictions to his all too public custody battle, not to mention the reality show dogging his every step, Gio has his hands full. Especially when the reality show decides to cast him a male love interest Kyrie, who he isn't attracted to at all.

Lance Garrett, on the other hand appears to have it all together on the outside, despite being somewhat reclusive. Lance has his reasons for staying out of the limelight, and when all is said and done it might prove their undoing. 

I liked the concept of this story, and I enjoyed it immensely. I think the issues of mental health, abuse, and addiction were all treated with the delicacy that they deserved, which is a big thing for me. If I have a complaint, it was that at a couple points it was a little difficult to keep up with everything that was going on, but the threads were quickly brought back in. 
Both characters were likeable. The secondary characters were well written, fleshed out and added a lot to the story. I was invested. I can't wait to read more. 

This is the second book in the series but it could read as a stand alone. Both books however are great. K. Vale is going to be an author that I'm looking out for, because she sure does know how to weave a story. 

If you like Rock Star stories, then pick this one up! 

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