Bassist with Benefits by Jenna Galicki


Title: Bassist with Benefits
Series: Bulletproof #3
Author: Jenna Galicki
Genre: Standalone Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017


A friends to lovers rock star romance. This book is a stand-alone novel.
Bandmates and best friends since they were teens, Jeremy Kagan and Alan Delgado share
everything – including men. But their brotherly bond was shattered during one
incident of mistaken identity in a darkened bedroom when a line was crossed.
With boundaries broken and the line of friendship blurred, they struggle to
move forward.
For Jeremy, that night was a dream come true. He had been in love with Alan for a decade
but had been too afraid to bear his heart and reveal his true feelings. Now
that the opportunity has presented itself, he’s ready to seize the moment. This
is his one chance to be with the only man he’s ever loved.
Alan, on the other hand, isn’t dealing with the incident so well. A lot of monumental
achievements have occurred in his life, but none were as life altering as a
single erotic encounter with his best friend. The usual fun-loving camaraderie
he and Jeremy had always shared is now awkward and uncomfortable.
Unable to
shed the memory of their rendezvous, Alan starts to look at Jeremy in a new
light. Transitioning from bromance to romance isn’t as easy as expected,
especially since Alan isn’t ready to share their newfound bond with anyone
else. Stress from keeping their relationship a secret turns explosive as these
two battle their passion in private. Now they need to figure out if it’s worth
risking everything, including their friendship, in order to pursue a future
together as a couple.

Bassist With Benefits by Jenna Galicki
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Friends-to-lovers is my absolute jam, so I was quick to jump on this book when I saw it. While this is the third book in a series, it can be read as a standalone. This is my first book in the series as well as my first book by the author, and it can definitely be read by itself.

Jeremy and Alan have been best friends since they were teenagers. They share everything from their band to the guys they hook up with. Jeremy’s been nursing a secret love for his friend since they were 18, and it finally comes to a head after a case of mistaken identity during an orgy in a dark room. For a book that kicks off with the sex scene in question in the first 10% of the book, this was a remarkably slow burn. I liked that the author took the time to show the characters as individuals and show us their friendship before thrusting them into a committed relationship.

This book was super fast-paced – there’s a lot of sex and drugs and more sex and nudity and more drugs and lots of drinking and drunk sex and high sex and…. you get the picture. It was like everything was cranked up to 11. All the emotions and partying and music and sex. The author did a great job of showing the reader the band’s hectic lifestyle. I don’t really have a lot of experience with reading rockstar books, so maybe this is just a part of the trope. But for me, it was quite the experience.

However, there was something that rankled me enough to stick with me after finishing the book. There’s a side character/groupie we meet when he joins Alan and Jeremy after a concert for a hookup. Afterwards, the guy is inadvertently outed, and later Jeremy and Alan are talking about it and Jeremy says, “You probably did him a favor. It’s hard to imagine a grown man still in the closet in the 21st century.” In a different conversation, he says, “He probably wants to thank you for letting the cat out of the bag so he can live his life like a regular person. I don’t know how anyone can live in the closet at his age.” That really rubbed me the wrong way. There’s no age that one “must” come out. There’s no “doing someone a favor” when you have a hand in outing them – intentional or not. And someone isn’t living life as a not-regular person just because they decide not to come out. People have their reasons for staying closeted if that’s what they choose and no one else has the right to judge them for that. I know this is fiction, but IMO it’s a toxic selection of words and could’ve been left out altogether and the other things that happen later (no spoilers) still would’ve made sense.

Other small things that detracted from the book for me was the use of “pussy” as an insult (i.e. “don’t be a pussy”) – this is a huge pet peeve of mine. There was also some serious purple prose that seemed a tad out of character (“Did you know I would crave your kiss and your lips on my flesh? Did you know that every time you touched me my whole body would tingle and I would quiver?”). None of these particularly huge deals but they did detract from my being fully immersed in the story.

Bottom line, the action was nonstop from page one and a total page turner. If you like rock star romance, this book is right up your alley.

A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed for OMGReads.
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Jeremy started to laugh. Softly at first, then so hard he doubled over and tears seeped from the corners of his eyes. He needed to hang onto Alan’s arm, as hard as Alan was hanging on to him, so they didn’t fall over. Their laughter slowed, with intermitted bouts of cackling. They glanced at one another and it suddenly turned serious. Their lips straightened, no longer curled into even the tiniest of smiles, and their posture stiffened. Their eyes bore into one another, each reading so much more than friendship. It was there. That little spark they shared was as bright as the blazing sun. Jeremy had longed to see it for so many years. He often imagined it. He swore once or twice that he saw a shadow of a glimmer in those beautiful silver eyes, but not today. The spark they shared right at this moment could have started a forest fire. It was finally real, and it made the hair on Jeremy’s arms stand on end. A flutter rose from his belly and danced around his chest. His breath caught. He was frozen in place. The only thing he could do was stare back at the man he loved and wanted . . . for so God damn long.



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Author Bio
Jenna Galicki writes in multiple genres including m/m/f, m/f, and m/m.  She is predominantly known for her Radical Rock Stars Series.  The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book 1) was a finalist in the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards.
A native New Yorker, she now resides in Southern California.  She’s a Rottweiler enthusiast and an avid
music buff.  When she’s not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.


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