I love all these books (it’s a series of three), but my favorite is The Luckiest. It’s about Nick Ventura, a troubled rocker who ends up in rehab after wrecking his car while intoxicated, and Luka Novak, a feisty nutritionist who tries to help put Nick back together again. Nick is bisexual, which I love, and Luka is such a fun and awesome character – I really love everything about their story. Nick’s a great character, imperfect and with a really believable and satisfying character arc. One thing I love about this book is that I went from laughing to crying more than once, and just. The feelings, okay? This book – this whole series – has so many, and they’re all PERFECT.
2. Stygian by Santino Hassell
A gothic romance with a rock band in New Orleans? Yes, please! I’m a sucker for southern gothic, and this book perfectly blends the atmosphere of a creepy house, mysterious neighbors, dark and strange happenings, romance and rock music. It’s a super original idea for a book, and I love how music is woven throughout the story. It’s about Jeremy, mourning the loss of his brother and nursing a case of Feelings ™ for enigmatic fellow band member Kennedy. This is a great example of Hassell’s skill at writing tension – everything builds and builds, from the strange external happenings to the band’s internal melodrama. It’s cathartic like a good horror movie, and a great romance to go along with it!