With a band name like “Running with Scissors” one is already warned that these folks like to live on the edge. The angst and drama that accompanies the forced highs and lows of living with creative folks who are driven to succeed and swing between the euphoria of performance and the challenge of living together in the close confines of a tour is vividly portrayed. The intense heat that develops between the main characters inevitably leads to the situation that demonstrates the trouble that these folks have in complying with what is expected of them and one can see the trainwreck rapidly approaching. I found myself frustrated with the insecurity and lack of communication rampant among all of the members of the band, even though it made them realistic, but I was relieved to discover that at least some of them are capable of finding a way to figure out priorities and learn to behave in a mature fashion. This was a enjoyably spicy tale and I would enjoy reading more about these folks, but I suspect I would need small doses to avoid the overwhelming desire to wreak violence upon them because of their iffy choices, lol.
“Running with Scissors” by L.A. Witt is a contemporary m/m erotic romance that centers around musician Jude Colburn who is given a second chance to play in the band Running with Scissors that he helped form but walked away from after his relationship with lead singer Connor crashed and burned. The conditions of his return include no hookups with fellow band members and a change from being the drummer to playing the bass. No problem, right? The problem is nobody could predict the searing attraction Jude develops for sexy A.J. Palmer who has replaced him on drums. Will history repeat itself or has Jude learned his lesson?
Eighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.
Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.
Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?