Novel: Just Be You
Author: M.E. Parker
Released: June 15, 2018
Part of Book Series: standalone
When Scott Cohen got word that he’d been nominated for a Grammy, he wondered if the universe was playing some cruel trick on him. Of all the songs he’d written, why did it have to be that song?
Over ten years had passed since he’d written the song and even more since Scott had become obsessed with Marshall Donavan, his brother’s best friend. It didn’t matter that Scott hadn’t seen Marshall in years. Nor did it matter that Marshall never belonged to him or even that Marshall was straight. Scott never managed to stop thinking about him.
When Scott got a call from his manager asking him to submit a song for a movie and a call from his brother Abe informing him of Marshall’s engagement to Julia Sterling on the same day, Scott took it as a sign. It was time to say goodbye and forget Marshall Donavan forever.
Submitting ‘Just Be You’ to the movie executives was supposed to be Scott’s way of letting go—of forgetting, of saying goodbye. But his plan backfired when the movie became a box office success overnight and his song was nominated for a Grammy. There was no way he’d ever be able to forget. The song would follow him for the rest of his life and so would his unhealthy obsession with Marshall Donavan.
It didn’t help things when he found himself face to face again with the man who had consumed his thoughts for years. No, it didn’t help at all when he saw the still very sexy and very straight Marshall Donavan for the first time in eight years. It didn’t matter what would happen between them. As soon as he saw Marshall again, he knew that giving up his obsession wasn’t an option…
Post Author’s Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.
While the premise was very interesting, I thought that the execution was a bit lacking. The drama was unnecessary and manufactured. Lack of communication is a common reason for angst in many romance novels, but for this particular novel, it wasn’t lack of communication, but rather one character’s deliberate disregard for what the other main character says, that causes the drama. Furthermore, there were a bit too many grammatical errors in the book that kept me from fully enjoying the novel.
However, with that being said, it’s still a fairly enjoyable read. The first half of the novel – before the unnecessary drama happens – is very strong, and Marshall is a very likeable character. Even if the novel isn’t perfect by any means, it’s still a pretty good book to read during a lazy weekend afternoon.
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