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
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 ...more
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 ...more
I liked this one better than book two but still less than book one.
-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.
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I went into this book not knowing much at all about Felix or Max--though they are present in the earlier boo ...more
I am voluntarily leaving a review form an ARC that I received. My reviews are solely based on my th ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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! ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Felix is ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more