Pax Polo is the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.
Correction: Was the swashbuckling guitarist for Serenity Free.
Now he sports a black eye and his bros have kicked him out of their band—three weeks before Christmas. It’s an unfamiliar kick to his over-inflated ego, but . . . whatever.
Thanks to some stellar eavesdropping, an unexpected angel ornament, and a bribe to open for his favorite band ever, Pax will weasel his way back into his mates’ good graces.
All he has to do is friend Clifford, the neighborhood man-shrew, for the summer. Distract him a bit so Clifford’s younger sister can sneak around.
It sounds like a piece of beginners Beethoven. Jolly good fun.
Because, Pax totally knows how to friend people. He has heaps of friends. This shrew’s no match for his shrewd ways. Or is he?
I always look forward to new releases from Ms. Sunday and couldn’t contain a small whoop of joy when I saw her along the list of marvelous authors participating in this collection. Her addition is slightly different but no less enjoyable in my opinion. She excels at slow-burn and Pax and Cliff dawdle their way together magnificently. Their relationship starts out a bit rocky. In the beginning, things focus on the mysteries of both men’s lives. We…well, we get to know Pax and Cliff before they become a couple. Piece by piece and layer by layer, their secrets are revealed. Once their core is visible, they crash together in the most beautiful manner. But this is not the “first kiss or maybe more by 32%” formula. Nope. They build and grow and let each other in before any funny business begins. Well…I take that back. Of course, Anyta brings her funny game on strong early. Pax is hilarious and despite his cocky ‘tude, he’s easy to fall for. Cliff is a bit more…resilient. For all that they bicker and banter, a lovely angelic interference helps bind them together. All in all, I thought it was brilliantly executed.
Sunday specializes in fierce sexual tension with pleasing fade to black love scenes. If you’re new to her particular flavor, prepare for spice with a tender bite. They are adorable rather than sexy. They are sweet instead of sinful. They are precious and perfect for one another. And I was captivated from the start. I enjoyed the music, I loved their runs but most of all, I relished in their connection. Bianca and Henry round out the delightful main cast. The New Zealand setting was an extra bonus. Lots to like my friends.
I would have to say Pax and Cliff are quite simply the stars of the show. I enjoyed Cliff’s sister and Pax’s roommate but the heart of this story lies with our musician and his shrew. Pax is in the midst of a life crisis. His band (his life) kicked him out. Temporarily. An altercation forced drastic measures from his bandmates and he’s on a probation of sorts. Desperate to do ANYthing to slip back into their good favor, he’s searching for his golden ticket. When he finds a place to live and by default a chance at booking a gig for the band far out of their reach, he is certain he can turn his luck around. But then…there’s an obstacle. The shrew. How can he win back his band with the handsome astute neighbor blocking his every move? Simple. Win over the shrew. Ha! Easier said than done. Lucky for Cliff, Pax is tenacious. He won’t give up. And I loved bouncing along his bull-headed ride.
Long and slow. There is a plot pot that is brewing to the top and the romantic ingredients simmer for a great deal of the story. You may not sweat but I bet you will chuckle and smile.
If you’ve started this series (yay you!) I highly suggest you give this one a go too…it’s mellow but marvelous. Of course, all Sunday fans have read this beauty by now.