Monday, December 17, 2018

Dedicated by Neve Wilder Blog Tour

“Our greatest hit is a love song I wrote for my bandmate. And he has no idea.”

Messy-haired, soulful-eyed, off-kilter lyricist Les Graves holds tight to the hedonist’s credo of consumption in every avenue of life. He has trouble staying still, trouble staying sober, trouble turning down a good time—but put a pen in his hand, and he’ll set a page on fire.

Music was Evan Porter’s ticket out of the backwater mud puddle he was born in, the passion keeping him warm as he busked on street corners, fueling him through a dead-end bartending job. Every chord, every song, every ounce of sweat has been devoted to making Porter & Graves a success. He’s the level-head, the quiet maestro, the seatbelt that keeps Les from flying too far out of control. And he’s getting pretty tired of playing savior.

Their onstage chemistry is electric, offstage it's… complicated.

After Porter & Graves’s third album bombs, the pressure is on for the duo to redeem themselves with their fourth. While sequestered in an East Tennessee cabin to compose, things take a turn for the worse when an event from their past comes back to haunt them in an embarrassingly public fashion and forces them into an unusual position that tests a partnership already hanging by its bloody roots.

Can Evan and Les find harmony or will they—and their music career—go down in flames?

Dedicated, the first standalone in the Rhythm of Love series, is a steamy bisexual friends-to-lovers romance featuring semi-kinda forced proximity, a fake relationship, angst, snark, a cock-blocking greenhouse, really poor decisions involving social media, and a HEA guarantee.

*Please note: This book contains reference to and depiction of a MMF scene*

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 Angsty Stars.

Neve Wilder is a new-to-me author, after reading Dedicated, I'm curious to read novels from the author's backlist, as well as future releases.

Dedicated is a mix of celebrity, rock star yumminess, mixed with the slow-burn of friends-to-lovers romance, all wrapped up in a double unrequited romance featuring a fake relationship that shows them how much they truly mean to one another.

Evan and Les make amazing music together in more ways than one. At the end of their third tour, days before locking themselves in a cabin to bang out their next album, Dedicated takes us on a slow-burn bromance journey.

Les is notorious for drugs, drinking, sex, and rock and roll, putting it all out there for the public at large. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, not caring what others think. Whereas Evan is the complete opposite. He's reserved, introverted, and beyond private. It's a delicate balance that somehow works.

Sparks fly, banter is slung, gut-punch moments had me sucking in a deep breath as the emotions resonated within me, and the sexual tension was off-the-charts smoking hot. Their relationship was real and raw, even with all the duplicity surrounding them.

Not going to lie, I spent the entire day with my nose buried in my Kindle, eagerly tapping the pages and ignoring life, from page one until the end. The only reason I'm passing out 4 instead of 5 stars is simply pacing, as the book felt a bit longer, causing some scenes to feel redundant.

There's a disclaimer at the start of the book about a not too in-depth MFM scene that was pivotal to the plot and character building. While I don't need such a warning, some might. There are mentions and brief showings of MF interactions, but the scene in question was built up over a large portion of the novel, and the payoff was well worth the wait. It was actually my favorite scene in the entire novel, Les and Evan completely overshadowing the woman in their threesome. I may or may not had a palm hiding my face, since my family kept coming in and out of the living room when I was reading the scene in question, and I was a bit hot and bothered and highly entertained.

Both Les and Evan identify with being bisexual, but I do need add that Evan comes off as more of a demisexual, since he can't wrap his mind around lust when it isn't with someone he is emotionally connected with.

Highly recommend to those who enjoy the plot devices I listed above, and I cannot wait to check out what else the author has published.

Neve Wilder lives in the dirty South, where the summers are hot and the winters are... sometimes cold. She is a mom to three rambunctious weebeasts who have joined forces in a mission to carpet the family home with toys and small items that really suck to step on at six in the morning.

She reads promiscuously, across multiple genres, but her favorite stories always contain an element of romance. Incidentally, this is also what she likes to write. Slow-burners with delicious tension? Yes. Whiplash-inducing page-turners, also yes. Down and dirty scorchers? Yes. And every flavor in between.

She believes David Bowie was the sexiest musician to ever live, and she's always game to nerd out on anything from music to writing.

And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dedicated (Rhythm of Love #1) by Neve Wilder to read and review for this tour.

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