Friday, December 15, 2017

Infamous by Jenny Holiday

All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend—and also isn’t a girl—he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.

After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.

As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This story gave me all sorts of warm fuzzies and left me smiling for the rest of the day. Several of my favourite genre tropes are here – there’s a brooding bad boy rock star, a dedicated, solitary paediatrician, and a wonderful bromance that becomes something more.

When Hunter and Jesse first meet, they get drunk on a train together. The slightly geeky doctor and the wild child rocker aren’t an obvious match, but they work – and from the start, they make each other better. I loved the friendship that builds as Jesse becomes invested in Hunter’s patients.

Both Hunter and Jesse are complicated men and I love the slow burn chemistry between them. I love the easy dialogue between these two and I also love the slightly awkward moments as they attempt to join their lives together.

As much as I love the story, I’m not sure I fully believed the conflict in the book. Jesse is closeted professionally. In Canada. In 2017. Even one of Hunter’s young patients doesn’t get it – pointing out that gay marriage was legal in Ontario in 2004. The situation does add drama and tension – if not realism.

But ultimately, this is a character and relationship driven story and I loved the characters and their relationships. Jenny Holiday is a new author to me and I really love her writing. I’m definitely going to be looking for more of her work.

4.5 stars of delicious hotness

The second book in the series, I read it as a standalone. I shall, however, be reading Famous when I get the time because Ms. Holiday's writing style is much to my liking.

This is a really well constructed story, which I have added already to my reread list. This is both because it is a super hot and cute story, but also because I know I read it at high speed, so much did I want everything to go the way I hoped.

I found the set up – with their first meeting on the train at a seminal point in both their lives – to be a really gorgeous start to a really lovely story. Whilst we know why Jesse is super cautious, we also know just how he feels, so we can only hang on and hope that the issues he finds to be difficult to address will be resolved. Even though the reason may be trite, he gave his word, and following the 'brand' advice has brought them success. I also loved that this barrier means that they become truly good friends, and that is incredibly valuable at setting up the future that they both deserve.

Some of the conversations with the bandmates, particularly early on, are very funny and seeing them away from the groupies and being decent guys is endearing in a 'bad boy' rock star novel. The hospital visits start out as a brilliant way of giving Jesse a chance to understand Hunter's world, and to make a difference without a fanfare.

Ms. Holiday does not disappoint with the way the story develops, and I urge you to add it to your reading list. I shall be looking out for future installments with great interest.

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her aging-hippie teacher, between Pete Seeger songs, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. Today she is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She lives in London, Ontario.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Infamous (Famous #2) by Jenny Holiday to read and review.

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