Hair and Heart
My life is like a prison.
I may be one of the world’s biggest popstars, but I live no fairy tale.
Everything I do is controlled by my manager. It’s the only way I don’t hurt anyone again.
The only way to be free.
Until I meet him.
He comes into my life full of color, passion and snark, and despite irritating me to no end, he makes me believe in happy ever
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Hair and Heart is a modern retelling of Rapunzel. This Rhys Everly book captured my attention immediately with a rock star with a tough past.
Ohhh...I just love this story. Making the trapped character a famous rock star works for me on multiple levels. It's great because it's unfortunately all too realistic to have a controlling manager. As well, it's over the top fun the way Val is controlled. It's seriously crazy, yet perfectly fitting of the Rapunzel theme.
Val is perfectly lovable, ...more
From the moment that Val and Sandy meet, there is such a great level of banter back and forth between them that verges on insults but in a friendly way, eventually, and then in a loving way. Val seems so innocent and vulnerable and my heart went out to him as he fights to stand for himself after a long history of mental health problems. San ...more
Oh boy, I really struggled with this one. I'm not sure what I was expecting but what I got wasn't at all what I thought it might be given it's supposed to be a retelling of Rapunzel. My first thought as I started reading was this was a retelling of Britney Spears life, not a bad thing just not what I was hoping for.
There is a lot of potential here but too much sex and the guys falling in love so soon after meeting didn't give me a chance to fall in love with them. I really felt for Val but I ju ...more
This book is supposed to be a Rapunzel retelling, but I couldn't find it in the story. But it wasn't a problem for me becasue I really enjoyed reading this book, Rapunzel or not.
The characters were sweet, and I loved their connection. The stylist/popstar theme is so good, and I loved everything about Val and his fame.
I love books with charasters who have DID, and at some point I thought this book is that too, but no... anyway, it was interesting nonetheless.
Val and Sandy were lovely toget ...more
Omg I have never loved the sassy and snarky banter between 2 characters more than I did in this book. This book is different the others that came before that I've read so far but if you need some laughs THIS is the one to grab. ...more
"Hair and Heart" by Rhys Everly is the next installment in a series of novels retelling the stories known from the most popular fairy tales. The inspiration for "Hair and Heart" was "Rapunzel", and its new, contemporary version, which the author presents to us, is really interesting, similar and at the same time different from the original, and most importantly, in terms of history and the emotions, needs, desires and problems that drive the characters it is 100% a contemporary story. ...more
I think the issue was the dialogue between the characters - other people have admitted it feels immature, but were able to look past it. I couldn't - how quickly they fell in love, and the love conquers all vibe felt cheap and poorly composed to me, and ...more
I found this story to be engaging, and easy to get lost in. The banter between Val and Sandy was fun. Wit, sarcasm, and humor is such a personal thing. What some find funny, others might not. For me, it was delightful. What wasn’t delightful ...more
Rhys Everly has written a fabulous book, which to me takes in a few things from the real world including the life and times of Britney Spears. He has weaved a tale of suspicion, angst and mental health issues for our Rapunzel before introducing his knight in shining glas ...more
This was a bit disappointing for me. Still a good book, but just not my favorite of the MM fairy tale retellings. My main niggle with it is that nothing felt real for a long time. And maybe that was purely amazing writing as to what was going on, but like I just felt like everything was glazed over in a way. Maybe I felt like I was colorblind reading it. So, you have Val this repressed and sheltered pop star then you have Sandy who is loud an ...more
I enjoyed the storyline of the pop star, Val, kept away from the public and his every move controlled. His mental illness appeared to need to be kept under control.
Recently fired stylist, Sandy, gets a shot at being Vals stylist which would be amazing for him.
Val and Sandy at first seemed to give each other a hard time and it was funny, then it got old. Its difficult to read conversations of people who don't ever seem to turn off the snarky persona. It wasn't funny as ...more
It was an interesting approach and I totally loved the pink hair, the plot was unexpected with a little mystery and the characters were so artfully made that you had the impression you live their story.
The cat was a nice touch and I really loved it's personality. Val and Sandy are so adorable together and I loved how Sandy pr ...more
Secondly... I will say that if nothing else, I am much better educated in the area of color blindness thanks to this author!
And, thirdly... well, I can't tell you my "thirdly" or it would give the whole story plot away... grr
But, I will say that it broke my heart to see how horrible Val's life had been up until Sandy stepped in to save the day, and, of course, show him how love REALLY wor ...more
Which would explain why he loves writing them.
When he's not passionately typing out his next book, you can find him cuddling his dog, feeding his husband, or taking long walks letting those plot bunnies breed ferociously in his head.
He writes contemporary gay romances as Rhys Everly and LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal rom ...more