Saturday, June 2, 2018

Release Blitz: All I Want by Megan Lowe (Reviews)

Title: All I Want
Series: Rocking Racers #5
Author: Megan Lowe
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Sports/MM Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2018


He’s all I ever wanted, but what I could never have

Bishop Royal is a sleaze. He’s a cheat, a copycat, a bastard. He knows what you think of him and he doesn’t care. All he cares about is his best friend, Jake.

Jake Ellis has loved Bishop Royal for sixteen years. He’s been by his side through everything: deaths, hardships, and triumphs.

When Bishop’s life is pulled out from underneath him, he figures with nothing left to lose, it’s time to tell Jake how he feels.

Under pressure to be the picture-perfect boyfriend and his father’s perfect son, will Bishop fold or go after the only thing he’s ever truly wanted?

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3.5 Stars

All I Want is book 5 in the Rocking Racers series, and it can be read as a standalone, which is handy since the other books in the series are MF.

Bishop Royal is in a bad place in his life, he lost his place in the BMX team he was on and his father keeps telling him what a disappointment he is, so he decides to finally tell his best friend, Jake, that he's in love with him. After all, it's not like he has anything else to lose, right?

This was more Bishop's story, rather than Bishop and Jake's, even if we did get Jake's POV in a few chapters.

When I started the book, I wasn't sure what to think of Bishop, the poor little rich boy who kept trying to make his father proud of him by pursuing a career in extreme sports that didn't fulfill Bishop any longer. He'd lost his way, drowning his fears and frustration in alcohol and drugs. And even after losing what he wanted the most, he had to hit rock bottom so he could start rebuilding his life. I felt bad for him. He lost his mother and his father was a right bastard. And then his BFF/boyfriend asks him to come out to his father with predictable results, and the bf steals away in the night and moves from NZ to Australia leaving Bishop with just a note asking him to fix things with his father after Bishop chose Jake over him. And that sends Bishop spiraling out of control until he ends up in jail and finally decides to start taking responsibility and make his life better.

So, yeah, I ended up liking Bishop, even if he made tons of mistakes. It really was a miracle he didn't OD at one point or that he didn't do more than just make out with strangers and have an aborted bj, which after how Jake left, in my opinion isn't really cheating. A really bad idea, yes, especially under the influence.

Then there's Jake, who I felt very blah about, really. Once he got together with Bishop, he kept pushing him to come out to his father, so they could be together in public and whatnot and when he does, he leaves him. It made no sense and it didn't help to endear him to me.

And don't get me started on Bishop's father, who not only was a homophobic twat, but insisted that Bishop had to call him by his name and just wanted Bishop to succeed in sports so he could brag about it. I didn't find anything redeemable about him and truly, with a father like that, you don't need family. Which made Jake's actions even less understandable.

Overall, while I liked some aspects of the story, as you might have realized, there were others that didn't quite work for me, and yet, I still found the book entertaining. It had a great cast of supporting characters in the second half of the story, that really contributed to Bishop's turnaround. And I really wouldn't mind reading a book with Kyle as a lead. Recommendable.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

3 Stars

What I Loved: The premise of this story is great. I was quite anxious to read it even without ever hearing of the series Rocking Racers or Megan Lowe. I’m a huge fan of OFY type Books and figured this would be right up my alley and the cover of the book just added to the attraction, I love the cover.

What I Liked: this is a relatively short and easy read. I didn’t hate the characters and I really felt for Bishop, however, he also pissed me off on more than one occasion.

What I Didn’t Like: I hate when I read a book that has all these great reviews only to find that I don’t connect with it at all. I’ll be the first to admit I’m picky but sometimes I question whether or not I’m reading the same book as everyone else.

So I’m going to be frank here and say that this story kind of pissed me off. First, I’m so sick of reading books with cheating in them and having the characters just brush it aside. I abhor cheating (my own personal opinion) so I’m not a fan of reading about it. Now I know that there were things going on but still, it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Overall, I’m just going to say, this book wasn’t for me.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

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Author Bio

Megan Lowe is a lost journalism graduate who after many painful years searching for a job in that field, decided if she couldn’t write news stories, she would start listening to the characters whispering stories to her and decided to write them down.  She writes primarily New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories with Sport and Music themes. She is based on the Gold Coast but her heart belongs to New York City. When she’s not writing she’s either curled up with a good book, travelling or screaming at the TV willing her sporting teams to pull out the win.

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