L.A. Witt is a new author to me, and I absolutely loved everything about her new MM romance RUNNING WITH SCISSORS. I loved her relatable writing style, both moody and upbeat, and tantalizingly erotic. The novel’s interesting and page-turning plot. The sexy, adorable, and well-developed main characters, Jude and A.J. And their wonderfully complicated, emotionally satisfying romance.
Running with Scissors is the name of the rock group Jude, a musical prodigy, formed with his childhood friends and ex-lover Connor. After Jude and Connor broke up, Jude quit the band, began a tedious 9 to 5 desk job, and picked up a nervous smoking habit. Though the band feels betrayed by him for walking out on them, their manager invites him to fill in for the bassist, who had also walked out on the band following a bad breakup with Connor.
Because the band doesn’t want a repeat of the past, Jude rejoins the band on the condition that he doesn’t sleep with any of the band members. But when Jude meets their new drummer, A.J, he can’t keeps his eyes and mind, and eventually his hands, mouth, and chest, off the gorgeous rocker. The chemistry between them is off the charts, from their spontaneous and in-studio jam sessions to their fervent, forbidden kisses.
They do their best to keep their affair on the downlow, and treasure each and every one of their stolen, private moments. The secret sleepovers, quickies, and snatched kisses, and the equally special, postcoital quietness and togetherness. But it’s not until Connor catches Jude and A.J. in a comforting embrace and Jude is forced to end their relationship that they realize the sex was more than sex.
I loved how their relationship developed, how they tried so hard at first not to rock the boat and get involved but couldn’t deny their longing for each other, because when they finally slept together it was so worth the wait and anticipation.
The guys were so damn hot. With their lean muscularity and complex emotions. Jude with his clean-cut black hair, full-sleeve tattoos, and nipple piercings. And A.J. with his bad boy eyeliner, spiky bleached-blond hair, and intense blue eyes.
I loved how they made music together in and out of bed with rock star aggression and alternatively the tenderness of a love song.
I’ve no doubt I’ll read this novel again. I look forward to reading more MM romances by L.A. Witt.
*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.