tops, partying too hard and possessing a never-ending thirst for excitement.
With his bandmates now settled in committed relationships, he’s the last man
standing. The only problem is that he wants to party all night long, but his
best friends are content to stay at home. Enter Travis Fontana, a bad boy with
a reputation for trouble, and Derek has his partner in crime.
the nation’s top heavy metal band. He’s a rebel who thrives on pushing the
limits of a good time, and Bulletproof’s sexy, long-haired guitarist, Derek
MacAlister, is right by his side to share the fun. Together, they’re double
and carefree exterior that Travis shows the world lies a tortured soul with a
dark past. Little by little, Travis lets Derek see a side of him that no one
else knows. Derek, unused to the unfiltered raw honesty that Travis shares,
finds that he wants to take care of this troubled, vulnerable man and turns out
to be Travis’ rock in times of crisis.
Travis, he quickly starts to unravel. Pushed to the breaking point, it becomes
clear that even Derek can’t save him. Travis needs to save himself.
A rock star romance with M/M pairing. I loved the idea and had high expectations for the story of Derek and Travis. I haven’t read the previous books in the series, and it didn’t bother me, Bulletproof can be read as standalone.
As a whole, Bulletproof was well written. The comparison between lives of Derek and Travis was one of my favorite parts of the book. I liked how Jenna Galicki portraits two rockstars; the other in the top of his fame and the other just getting his first taste of success.
Travis’ struggle felt real, his hell of a childhood threatening to shatter him. Travis’ downward spiral was an adept depiction of his inner inferno and conflict between wanting to hide from the world and yearning to stand in the spotlight.
What reduced the stars of this review were couple of things. First, I couldn’t get past the fact that in the the nation’s number one rock band everyone is gay. It isn’t plausible, and in my opinion, even fiction needs elements that could be true in real life. And the fact that all members of Bulletproof were gay diminished Derek’s and Travis’ story. The other thing I wished for was a tighter storyline; I felt like at times there was too much explanation and repetition – like there were sudden leaps from the fast line to the pedestrian walkway.
ever needed a fucking hug, it was Travis right now, and it made Derek’s heart
ache. He took a step forward, wanting to embrace the lost soul in front of him.
He longed to feel this man in his arms again and wanted another gentle kiss. He
hesitated only because Travis made no move to bridge the space between them,
and because of the remark earlier about people only wanting sex from him. Derek
decided he was going to dispel that myth, and wrapped his arms around Travis.
The guy clung to him. Travis dug his fingers into Derek’s shoulder, pulling
Derek’s T-shirt into his fists and burying his face into Derek’s neck. The
intensity took Derek by surprise and overwhelmed him with compassion and
empathy. He held Travis tighter, melding their bodies together and shouldering
whatever burdens lurked inside this passionate man.