“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...more
I enjoyed the first half of the story a lot. It started engaging, great chemistry and super hot.
However, when that twist with Elle happened, (view spoiler)[selling the threesome story to a newspaper (hide spoiler)] I felt that the story lost its appeal. The drama took an OTT proportion, and it resulted in the story becoming tedious and it dragged a bit.
I'll be reading the second book for sure! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
*A Bust For Me*
This book could've been good. The problem for me, was the emotions. I felt nothing, except, perhaps, in the end. I felt no connection between the two bandmates Les Graves (26), the wild one and Evan ‘Ev’ Porter, the level-headed one. And especially not from Evan. So that took the 'fun' out of the book for me. I need a connection. Four years ago Porter & Graves released their first album, and has released two more after that. However, the third one, bombed, and the band is ...more
A bit too much back and forth for my tastes. And the MCs were never really "together" until the end of the book.
I didn't dislike it though.
Story – 3.25 stars
I started this book just knowing it was going to be a huge win only to be disappointed that it wasn’t. Strangely enough I felt the chemistry between the Evan and Les, but for the life of me, I didn’t feel the emotional connection between them until the last two chapters of the book. I found myself wishing for more steamy scenes. I wouldn’t say the author was stingy with them, but considering the length of the book, a few more would have been appreciated. ...more
UPDATE : Audio and Kindle version
I was hooked, line and sinker within the first few pages of Dedicated by Neve Wilder.
You're , mine music ; I'm , your lyrics
I stopped all adulting , sat down with a pot of tea, and listen/read the entire book in one sitting.
Angsty, layered, candid, emotionally charged comes to mind when describing Dedicated . As well as, humorous , character driven and playful.
A slow burn romance with so much sexual tension , ...more
Ms. Wilder gets deep into these characters and I enjoyed seeing them interact through the drama that comes their way. The sparks between Les and Evan are obvious from the outset, and continued to grow as they face their blooming physical attraction. Without spoiling ...more
There was SO much connection between the characters! The back and forth between Les and Evan is fabulous, full of tension, real emotions, real struggles, real love.
I just finished another book by this author which featured 90% explicit sex - that was something else. Thanks so much Starr, for the recommendation - you ...more
Les and Evan are bandmates, Les writes the lyrics and Evan writes the music, and they have had a great career over the last few years, at least until their most recent album. At the same time, emotions and feelings are changing and causing conflict between their friendship. Les's go-to is sex, drugs, and alcohol, and it makes for tense situations when Evan is trying to keep their ...more
This was a very romantic and sexy read, the main characters are two men that work together making music, Les is a writer and has a secret crush for the lead singer Evan, he's reckless and always does what he wants without thinking...
The lead singer Ev on the other hand is very reserved and rational, so when he is forced to fake a romance with Les things get interesting...
If you are looking for a great romance, then this is for you ...more
And it was great! This book was intense, emotional and yes, angsty. A total win for me!
The story of Les and Evan was well written, even though the start was a little rocky for me due to the constant jumping from present to past and vice versa. But this is a minor complaint which didn't affect my feelings towards the book. Les and Evan had ...more
Throw in a some less flattering news articles, a PR stunt that goes sideways, and exposed secrets. Will their partnership, let alone personal relationship, survive?
This book had me hooked from the start. Les was a bit of a mess, he let the fame and $ get to his head, and has made some bad choices, despite being ...more
The storytelling was fantastic... and I loved the structure of the story... the little snippets of interviews over the years to see how close and how much fun these 2 guys were having making music to the flashbacks to the "event" that caused the tension between the two in present day...
all leading up to the explosive last 1/3 of the book...
I highly recommend this story... and can't wait for more from this new to me author..
Heat Level: 4, Oh My!
Super hot rocker romance, with angst, wit, humour and soul! A great start to a new series!!
So much angst and a lot of ‘will they or won’t they’ but its a hell of a ride!! I loved the premise of this book and Neve delivers! Bisexual Les is a rocker on the rock n roll high, or so you think. Les harbours a serious crush on his fellow bandmate and best friend, Evan. I could feel Les’s struggles and avoidance strategies so help him cope. I felt his emotions, thoughts, ...more
Neve Wilder is a new to me author. Riley Hart posted on her social media how much she loved Dedicated, and I figured why not try it.
And I freaken loved it!
-Feels lots of feels
-Friends to lovers
-UST, delicious push/pull.
-Fake boyfriend trope
-Rock star romance
-Addiction, but the book never felt too heavy or depressive.
-The smexy times are haawt!
I found this book to be unputdownable. Dedicated exceeded my expectations, and I can't wait ...more
Friends-to-lovers, a fake relationship and hot musicians secretly in love with each other. This book has it all. Add in a threesome scandal and the picture is (almost) complete. On top of that (pun not intended) you have the marvellous Greg Boudreaux narrating and it’s pure magic. Before I knew it I’d listened to the whole book and that dreaded voice saying “Audible hope you’ve enjoyed this program” echoed in my ears. I mean is there something that’s more annoying – or intrusive ...more
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, rockstar 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 ...more
For this reason alone, I would've started the book at the 23% mark, which is when the whole fake relationship trope alluded to in the blurb comes into play. I understand why the first 20% was included: it gives us a glimpse into ...more
Wow! Haven't expected such an intense story.
Loved Les and Evan and would love to read more about those two. Hopefully they turn up again in the following storys!
What. A. Ride.
I should start by saying for anyone who might appreciate a warning, there is substance abuse in the book and addiction is addressed. As someone who’s experienced these things, I thought it was relatable, accurate and handled very well.
Ok, so I started on page one, excited by the banter between Evan and Les, thinking, “oh this is gonna be good.” Several chapters later I’ve been brought up to speed on all of their hang ups and I’m ...more
I enjoyed this story and the connection between the two MCs. What’s really holding back my rating was that things just felt so drug out. It took a while to really get started and also, the jumping back and forth between timelines isn’t my favorite thing. I don’t mind some history, but I’d rather just get it all upfront. That’s totally a personal quirk though as I know many aren’t bothered by it.
That being said, Les and Evan were incredibly sweet and sexy together. I believed in their ...more
She reads promiscuously, across multiple genres, but her favorite stories always contain an element of romance. ...more