My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 24, 2015
Point of View: Third Person ( Finn and Jack
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, Contemporary, Witness Protection, LGBTQ,
A year ago Declan Jasper was entertaining sold-out arena crowds as the lead singer of Black Rainbows. But that came to an explosive end when the band got caught up in a criminal cover-up, one that ended with the entire band dead. At least that’s what everyone is supposed to think.
Now, Dex is hiding in plain sight, working as the school band director in a sleepy little mountain resort town while under the protection of a hard-nosed FBI agent. Instead of eyeliner and black leather, he now wears glasses and corduroy. Instead of having sexy coeds—both male and female—throw themselves into his bed, he’s dealing with teenage angst and grumpy parents.
At the top of his troubles list is Kelsey Walker, a junior high bundle of rare musical talent in the form of one confused, messed-up adolescent. Dex figures the problem comes from her broken home and wants to help. But when he meets her father, sexy bar-owner, Jack Walker, he realizes that instead of helping he’s probably just bringing more trouble and danger to their door.
Dex has to stay alive until the trial to bring his bandmates’ murderers to justice, but can he do that if it means sacrificing his own happily ever after?
I’ve come to realize that I have a habit of reading sequels to books that I haven’t read before. The same thing happened with Snowcroft Safehouse, so I can’t tell you if this book measures op to the first book in the series, or if it surpasses it.
This is the second book in Snowcroft series, and it follows Declan Jasper, known as Finn Alexander now in Snowcroft. About a year ago, Declan—Dex, to his bandmates—was in an explosion, at one of his band’s concert, that ended the lives of his other bandmates.
Currently, Dex is under the protection of the FBI (this is later explained, also there’s an author’s note), and with Law Alexander playing his fake brother, he makes his way to small town Snowcroft to lay low and go incognito whilst playing a band teacher.
All this can be gleaned from the synopsis, but there’s a bit more to the story or less, I’m still indecisive if it lived up to the summary of the book. Sure, a synopsis isn’t exactly the way events unfold in a book, but in this case it was a bit different to how imagined the book going. Not that it’s a bad thing, I did enjoy the book, regardless of my expectations.
I enjoyed the whole a rock star hiding behind this nerd chic persona, and I couldn’t wait to find out how Jack—the other main character—would react. Would he be all… “I can’t believe you lied to me all this time!” or would it be more like “I’m not going to talk to you for like two chapters, but I miss you too much, so come suck face with me.” That….you’ll have to find out.
There’re some quibbles that I had, but again that was because of my expectations. I wanted to have some question answered about some evidence that is introduced, and about Kelsey, and Law, of course.
Some things felt rushed, and other things didn’t have not enough closure, in my opinion.
But this is the kind of book you want for minimal angst and drama.
*ARC was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*