Dana reviews Tied Together (The Dark Angels, Book 2) by Z. Allora (Published by Rocky Ridge Books, November 26, 2014, 257 pages)
Blurb: Josh has loved Robin since the day they met, although he never dared to follow his heart. After the two are kicked out of their house, a night of despair turns into a night of discovery, forever changing them both. One taste of his dream leaves Josh hungry for more, but Robin’s fear of abandonment forces him to pull back, denying them both.
Their fortunes changed. Josh and Robin are now in the limelight with legendary megaband The Dark Angels, but Robin is still the scared little boy inside the rock star who isn’t convinced he won’t be left behind. He clings tightly to the word “brother” because stepbrothers can’t leave, right?
There’s only one way for Josh to prove to Robin, now and forever, that the love tying them together can never be broken.
My thoughts: After meeting Robin and Josh in With Wings, I was very excited to read and review Tied Together. The first thing I want to mention is how much I enjoy the way the author describes the band’s performances, especially Angel’s introductions to the members. The sexy way he slinked across stage enticing the crowd and the reader.
In the previous book, Robin and Josh were supportive friends, but you could see the chemistry between them. The two have a push and pull relationship. One moment they are in each other’s arms, unable to resist their attraction, the next pulling away as if burned. It made me frustrated with them, but at the same time I could feel for them and their worries about giving into their forbidden romance.
I am a fan of taboo books, having read and enjoyed books with brothers in love, and even a father and son. So for me stepbrothers doesn’t seem that taboo or forbidden, with no blood being shared between the two characters. Still the two boys were raised together and Robin at least was worried about the “rightness” of their relationship. It didn’t help that the media was always trying to play up their familial relationship, calling them twins. Both men worried about how they would be perceived if they decided to really be with each other, and not just in moments of weakness.
Robin is the more sensitive of the two men, and it really weighed on him more. I could feel for him and his doubts but my real sympathy was with Josh whose heart broke every time Robin pulled away. When the boys join two other members of the band for a night, things begin to get easier but there are a few more trials for them to get past, an accident and accusations. There were definitely angsty moments and I like that even though I hurt for Josh, I could never hate Robin and the decisions he made. It was a great story in the series and makes me wish these guys were a real band so I could get a ticket to their show. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and definitely recommend the first two.
See my review for With Wings (Dark Angels book 1) here.
9/10 pots of gold