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Hazardous Things

(Star Shadow #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  62 reviews

Felix Humphries can’t even remember the first time he crushed on Star Shadow’s drummer, Max McCloud.

It’s been an embarrassingly long time, but he’s still never acted on his feelings. One, because Max is his older brother’s best friend. Two, because Max is also his friend. Three, Max is technically his boss. And four, worst of all, Max is straight.

But when Max unexpectedly

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Published May 29th 2020 (first published May 26th 2020)
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Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Disclaimer: I beta read this for Beth so I am perhaps a wee bit biased but, even so, my review will be as honest as they always are and gives my true feelings for this book.

Book three in the Star Shadow book could be read as a standalone, but I honestly wouldn't recommend it because you'd be missing out on a lot of background and the nuances which come from seeing Max and Felix interact before this story.

I loved this one, it's missing most of the angst that marked the first two books in the seri
True Loveislovereview
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020
3.5 - 4 stars This story is about Max, drummer of Star Shadow and Felix who works for and is friends and family with some of the members of the band.
Felix will take care of Max after a knee surgery.
A lot of inner conflicts going through Felix’s head. His deep feelings for Max can never see the daylight. Max is straight and they are best friends. It’s getting harder until Max makes a proposition, to hook up. They are attracted to each other so they could hook up. Max doesn’t want more. It’s killi
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars

I liked this one better than book two but still less than book one.

What worked?
-Felix and Max. 🥰
-Low angst bisexual awakening.
-Friends to lovers is my jam and this was a sweet one.

What didn’t work?
-The 85% conflict reared it’s ugly head. I found it to be something that could have easily been worked out with a little communication.
-A lot of repetitive internal monologues.
-I wanted more zing or electricity.

Still a fun addition to the series.
Emily Seelye
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc, musicians
I really enjoyed this friends to lovers story. It’s also the third book, and I wouldn’t suggest starting here.

Max and Felix have been best friends since Star Shadow first broke up five years ago. Felix has crushed on the man the whole time, hoping the feeling was mutual.

Finally when he’d just about given up, Max starts seeing him in a new light. Things aren’t quite smooth sailing, and both men make mistakes, but in the end everything comes together beautifully.

*I read an ARC
*Received A Copy To Review From The Author*

This one was a tougher read. I think it was more confrontational in a way. Sometimes it felt like Felix hated Max because he loved him so much and for so long. I struggled with liking both Max and Felix at different times. I got frustrated with Felix's refusal to say what he wanted. I got frustrated with Max's obliviousness. I felt for Felix and his years long pain. But part of that he made a choice to experience so it was also like he brought it on him
Kelsie ♡
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: like-not-love
This didn’t work for me as well as I’d hoped it would. It seems like maybe the first book is the only hit for me out of this series.

What I liked:
- Max - he was so sweet and persistent
- Bisexual awakening
- Friends to lovers

What I didn’t:
- repeated identical internal monologues
- lack of communication even though that was an explicit rule for them
- the end conflict was OTT and avoidable
- Felix was generally just a jerk at the end
- a repeated theme throughout the book was just a set up for Leo an
Ruthie Taylor
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the third book in the series, and would be best read in order. Star Shadow is finally off tour and in fact taking a break ... not that these men all understand what a break really means. For Felix, the band's manager/PA it means going with his brother Leo, and Caleb, to relax, but to ensure that they keep talking to each other. For Max things are a little more complicated as he needs ACL surgery. Suddenly Felix
Emily Hernandez
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Felix and Max were all the oblivious, best friends to lovers magic I could have hoped for. Initially, I was worried this story would be too similar to Benji and Diego's: two very close friends, in denial about their feelings for years and years, finally coming together after a grand epiphany. But even though the concept is similar, everything about Felix and Max felt so different and new. 

I went into this book not knowing much at all about Felix or Max--though they are present in the earlier boo
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Felix has been in love with Max for years and has tried taking a step back to protect his own heart but when he finds out Max is undergoing surgery when the band is on a break, he's there to help with recovery. Max doesn't know why Felix has become distant recently but finds himself attracted to his best friend or more accurately, paying attention to his thoughts and feelings. An accidental walk in on a private moment brings things to a head as they think about having a physical relationship. Th ...more
Janet Hunt
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Max is the drummer for Star Shadow, Felix is their PA and Leo’s brother. Felix has been in love with Max for 10 long years but has decided that he must get over his unrequited love. When Max has surgery, Felix decides to help him to recover. Max has always been in love with Felix but never realized it until forced to… This story gave me those dang ugly tears, it was so good. Definitely recommend…..
I am voluntarily leaving a review form an ARC that I received. My reviews are solely based on my th
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about this but I feel as if I'm writing the same review for Felix and Max's story as I did for Benji and Diego's:
- I love friends to lovers trope.
- Both MCs are likeable on many levels: both care openly for each other as friends way before their relationship develops; I like that Max is happy with his lot in his professional life inside and outside of the band; I love Felix's snark, etc.
- They're also extremely frustrating on other levels; both are stubborn at times and
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

Hazardous Things, the third book in Beth Bolden's Star Shadow series, is a wonderful friends to lovers book.

This is the story of Max and Felix. I am excited to finally get their story and it certainly doesn't disappoint. It's a story of secret crushes and a story of an evolving relationship. Their story is one of confusion and doubts. A mix of forced proximity and slow burn, it's a frustrating journey for these two men to admit their feelings.

I love friends to lovers stories, and this one is c
Samantha Tucker
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Felix and Max!

Wow! The chemistry between Felix and Max was off the charts! I love a good GFY and Beth really delivered. It was great getting back to the guys of Starshadow and seeing Felix finally get all the happiness he's deserved. The HEA in this book was hard won but definitely worth it. I can't wait to read the next book and figure out what the heck Caleb and Leo are doing with their lives!
Ana  Nimity
Let me make one thing clear first - I enjoyed the heck out of this book. It's well written with a plot that drew me in and kept me reading. It does feature appearances from the other band members in this rock star romance, so while you could probably read this as a standalone, you'll need to read the first book before book No. 4 comes out because it's back to Leo and Caleb.

If I hadn't been emotionally invested in these characters, I'd have never made it to the third book in the series because t
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was amazing.. slow burn.. angst.. love.. sexiness... fun.. bantar... friends... it was all together just an amazing read. so much fun and it made me happy. i cant wait for the next one.
Lena Grey
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
... as long as nothing happens between them, the memory is cursed with what hasn’t happened.” ~ Marguerite Duras, Blue Eyes, Black Hair

For years, Felix Humphries, of ‘Hazardous Things' by Beth Bolden, has lived under the illusion that something will miraculously happen and his straight friend, Max McCloud, and drummer of the band he works for, will suddenly acknowledge his love for him. He decided that being Max’s best friend is better than nothing, but finally, after hoping for years, Felix has
Deanna Murphy
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, I'm a huge fan of MM, and really like the straight to gay stories. I loved Max, this man has a kind, soft heart. He loves his friends and band mates, would do anything for them, especially Felix. Felix is in love with Max, has been for years, but knows that Max is straight. These two have been best friends, always there for the other, so when Felix pulls away Max is confused. This is where communication is definitely needed, and horribly lacking. When Max has surgery ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just to reiterate one point from the synopsis—you will want to make sure you’ve at least read the first book in this series before starting Hazardous Things otherwise you might find yourself a bit lost with who all of the characters are and the backstory that has brought them all to this point. While this book is primarily focused on Max and Felix, there will be some things that come up with Leo and Caleb that won’t be as meaningful (and worrisome) if you don’t know their story as well.

Felix is
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series and a very enjoyable friends to lovers story! This book is about Felix and Max and a continuation in the Star Shadow series. Max is the drummer for Star Shadow and Felix is the band’s PA and also Leo’s brother. Felix has been in love with Max for pretty much forever, but he’s also his best friend and straight so it’s nothing Felix has ever acted on. When Max has knee surgery and needs someone to help him, Felix, of course steps in to help and things between ...more
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a best friends to lover and unrequited love story, and I love those tropes dearly. I like the balance of an already existing friendship that builds into a more intimate relationship. It makes one appreciate the slow burn and the "I love him more than friend" moment gives me that warm butterfly feeling in my stomach.

Felix has been crushing on his older brother's best friend, Max, for some quite some time. Just when Felix lost hope in Max every being able to return Felix's feelings, a shi
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Hazardous Things” by Beth Bolden is the third book in the ‘Star Shadow’ series and centers around Felix Humphries and the drummer for his brother’s band, Max McCloud. Felix decides to support Max during the band’s hiatus, and maybe he’ll find a way to cope with the hopeless situation he’s struggled against for years.

This adult contemporary gay romance follows another of the complicated relationship that plagues the band. The painful history that ties all of these men together makes it even more
Roberta Blablanski
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Max and Felix! Felix and Max!

My anticipation for their story was off the charts! Max has the laid back vibe and Felix is the confident, sassy, go-getter. They were bound to make a great pair.

And they do; however, I felt the coupling was anti-climatic. For me, I wanted more awkwardness, more angst, to go along with the incident that leads to Max and Felix discussing hooking up. It felt more like "yeah, whatever" rather than "oh wow, what do I do". I expected more uncertai
Amy Stauffer

I’ve been waiting for this book because it combines two of my favorite tropes, GFY/Bi/Gay Awakening and Friends to Lovers. It did NOT disappoint. Thank you, Beth Bolden. Leo being supportive took out the forbidden best friend and little brother aspect, though. Leo is such a party pooper!

I sat down ‪at about 5 p.m.‬, and started the book. I read it straight through ‪until 1:20 a.m.‬ I couldn’t put it down. Max and Felix‘s story was just too delicious.

This was book three in the series. It conti
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
🎼Why can't they be frank: Felix with Max and Max with himself?!

If you like your MM romance angstful with steam and tons of feelings bottled up and left unsaid, this rock band romance should hit the mark. Felix has known for ages that he is in love with his brother's fellow band member (and so does almost everyone but Max, the object of his affection). Max is pretty clueless and, when his operation and recuperation has Felix living in his pocket to watch over his recovery, the stage is set for ch
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Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Felix works as a PA for his older brother’s very famous band Star Shadow. He’s a very clever and capable man and he’s best friends with the drummer of the band, Max. He’s also been in love with Max for years. But Max is straight and Felix decides to put some distance between them and try to get over him. When Max has knee surgery and needs someone to help him recover Felix is the only one that can do it. So they get stuck together in a house and things between them start changing. Maybe Max isn’ ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is another great addition to the Star Shadow series and I am so happy to read Felix's story as he has intrigued me from the beginning. Hazardous Things is well written, engaging, emotional, sweet, angsty, fun and the characters are amazing. I love Max and Felix together as they have a strong connection and great chemistry. Their lack of communication and fear of rejection has both of them floundering as neither of them is sure of the others feelings. Max is the only person who is unaware of ...more
mrs sarah frost
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Max, drummer for Star Shadow has always been in love with his best friend Felix even though he doesn’t quiet see it. When he has knee surgery and Felix comes to stay to look after him he finally starts to see that he loves him more than a best friend.

There was no chance that Felix was gonna let Max recover from knee surgery on his own. He’s secretly loved Max for 10 years but as Max is Leo’s (Felix’s brother) best friend, his boss and most importantly straight he’s had to bury his feelings. When
Elle Kay
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought Diego and Benji were the most adorable friends-to-lovers couple I’d read about this week (See Book #2 in the series if you’re unsure who I’m talking about). Then there was Max and (Leo’s brother) Felix.

A little bisexual awakening (though super low-angst), a hint of best friend’s brother (although really Felix and Max are the best friends) and a whole lot of fun. Felix is drama and snark while Max is brilliantly clueless, even about his own feelings. Together they are too cute for word
Philip Cowsill
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I have read and enjoyed a number of books by Beth Bolden so when I got Hazardous Things I failed to notice it was Book 3 in the Star Shadow series. So imagine my confusion when confronted in the first chapter with the names of all the band members! Fortunately, chapter2 reduced the MCs to two, Max, the drummer and Felix, the manager in a story of longing.

Max the drummer and supposedly the only straight member of the group has a knee operation and Felix moves in to help him during recovery. Felix
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pining with sides of sass and steam :)
I read this without having read the first 2 books - I enjoyed it a lot :) It totally works as a standalone - you get glimpses of the lives of the other band members through Felix's and Max's ruminations.
I don't think I've ever enjoyed 2 people pining away for each other as much these 2 did. Felix, despite his long standing crush on Max, still manages to be pert and bossy with Max. And Max, once he discovers that he's always had feelings for Felix, goes all i
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A lifelong Oregonian, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband and their sweet kitten, Earl Grey. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestse

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