Wednesday, July 23, 2014

G375 Book Review of Boy in a Band by Lisa Loomis

Name of Book: Boy in a Band

Author: Lisa Loomis

ISBN: 9781478147855

Publisher: Createspace

Type of book: sex, drugs, rock and roll, parasitic love relationship, broken heart, 1973-2000s? friendship, friendship with benefits, growing up, coming of age, worship, erotica, adult, mature, California, dreams, secret crush, broken heart

Year it was published: 2010


Excerpt My heart was racing, my body melting into his. The sound of gulls squawking overhead, the children laughing in the distance, playing in the surf all faded away as I lost myself to him. The sound of the waves crashing in time with my emotions as we stood kissing, the water lapping at our feet, ignoring the outside world, aware only of each other. His hands moved to my hips, his fingers digging slightly into my skin as he held me against him. I pressed my pelvis forward, unable to deny the desire, and could feel his hardness. "Whoa, kid," he said, pulling away slowly. I gradually opened my eyes and looked up into his face; his expression was sexy and raw. (Excerpt Boy in a Band) During a time sex, drugs, and rock and roll were abundant, Morgan Mallory falls hard for the leader of a rock band. What is it about the bad boy she seems to love? Boy in a Band, an erotic new adult/adult romance novel-not your predictable, Cinderella story.


Okay, let's have some fun. The main characters include Morgan, Matthew and Gayle. There are a few others, but they just came and went with no mention. Morgan falls very hard for Matthew and her whole life and existence seems to be wrapped around him, kind of a conjoined twin scenario, or better yet a parasitic twin scenario. Throughout the book, besides the fact she does drugs and loves Matthew, I never learned a single thing about her. Ask me about her hobbies, aside from drugs and Matthew, and I'd stand there frozen, uncertain how to answer. I also sensed she was sort of a masochist because she constantly returned to pain, even knowing how she'll be treated at the end. I sensed that Matthew never let her grow up thus she remained a teenager up until the very end, and when she does start breaking away, again, very little sense of her outside the "Mathew and Morgan" dynamic. Matthew is the leader of rock and roll who thrives on attention and drama and nothing is good enough for him. He has complex motives when it comes to Morgan, often seeing her as something "safe" and beyond sex nothing about themselves is exchanged or shared. Gayle is basically Morgan's disapproving friend and very little about her is shared or given, but she played the biggest role aside from Morgan and Matthew.


No one gets their first love


The book is written in first person narrative from Morgan's point of view and had big elements of being written for teens, sort of. I also want to think of it as a more tolerable version of Twilight (at least for me.) I did feel that there seemed to be way too much sexual scenes and there really wasn't focus on the characters growing up or showing interests outside of something, (at least when it comes to Morgan.) The plot itself is singular with no subplots to keep track of. The story is of Morgan and Matthew and their intense love, and everything in the book revolved around that.

Author Information:
(from Kit)

Lisa Loomis writes because she loves to. Her stories are about the human condition: love, life, and everything in between (including sex, drugs, alcohol, and things just crazy enough to be true). Her stories are not predictable, conventional, or lacking in the messiness of life. She tries to extract the real emotion in any given situation in her characters, with a touch of humor.

Lisa Loomis was born in Oakland California and raised in San Jose until she was a sophomore in high school. Her father then took a job in the San Diego area where he moved the family to Escondido, California (or hickville as she called it). She finished high school at San Pasqual High then went to junior college at Palomar JC, ultimately graduating from San Diego State University with a BS in Finance.

Finding more BS than Finance with the financial meltdown in 2008 she went back to her passion of writing. See all her books on Amazon, and coming to Barnes & Noble and Smashwords in April 2014.

She now lives and writes in Park City, Utah.

Her latest book is the contemporary rock star romance, Boy In a Band.
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I have no idea how to rate this book. I feel that trying to give it a definite grade is similar to trying to rate a drug of sorts; drugs have potential to be good, but only if they're not abused. I don't even know where to start. Perhaps I'll begin this way: during the first part of the book, the time Morgan and Matthew meet, in some ways I was reminded of my own past, of the guy I had a huge crush on. There seemed something familiar about that to me. Towards the end, I grew frustrated with the endless drama and same old same old being rehashed in dozen of ways. The feelings that the book inspires in me is a mixture of frustration and nostalgia.

This is for Pump Up Your Book 

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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