Reviewed by Susan Lee
TITLE: Catch My Breath
AUTHOR: M.J. O’shea
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
BLURB: Danny Bright was born to entertain. He just needs his big break. So when he hears that Blue Horizon Records is holding auditions looking for the next big thing, Danny jumps at the chance. It doesn’t turn out exactly as he imagined, though. Instead of getting solo contracts, Danny and four other guys are put into a boy band.
Innocent, idealistic Elliot Price thinks he’s headed for college. An impulsive decision to sing in the local talent search changes all that. A bigwig producer happens to see him, hands him a business card, and turns Elliot’s life upside down.
Elliot and Danny are close from the beginning. They love all the guys, but it’s different with each other. Soon their friendship turns into feelings more intense than either of them can ignore. The other three boys only want Danny and Elliot to be happy, but when their management team and record label discover two of their biggest tween heartthrobs are in a relationship, they’re less than pleased. Danny and Elliot find themselves in the middle of a circle of lies and cover-ups, all with one bottom line—money. They have to stay strong and stick together if they don’t want to lose themselves… and each other.
I am officially a Static #Clinger and totally #TeamDelly!
“Catch My Breath” is the uber-charming story of five boys brought together to make up a boy band, Static. They’re put through auditions, getting to know one another, a reality competition show, recording, touring, fake-girlfriends, hidden love, crazy fangirls…and they remain some of the sweetest, most likable characters across the board!
Danny & Elliot, 2 of the bandmates, quickly become best friends and soon thereafter realize they’ve fallen in love with one another. Their friendship, adoration, affection, devotion to each other, and to the band, is ADORABLE. M.J. O’Shea is really the princess of writing sweet, young love and she mastered it again with Danny & Elliot (their fans title their bromance “Delly”)
Every single page, without fail, even in some of the harder times for the boys, I was smiling. I loved the characters. I loved the story. I loved the warm-fuzzies I felt. I loved the tweets and the fangirls. I loved the drama. I loved the emotion. I loved it all.
The book is LONG for M/M (350+ pgs) and on the tame side when it comes to onpage sex (though not quite fade-to-black, and possibly more descriptive than some YA’ers might like). BUT, gosh, it was just so satisfying. Maybe the preteen, young girl in me needed some attention…maybe the youthful side of me needed awakening. Who knows? I just can’t stop smiling. And I think, if I weren’t such an old bat, I might have “squee’d” over this book if I allowed myself.
Elliot & Danny are the hug-worthiest characters I’ve read about in a long time. (Danny sings Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” for his audition…how precious is he???!!!). And though it’s technically GFY, the author didn’t make it into some big deal internal crisis about being gay…but rather just went with the flow of 2 boys, best friends, finding themselves falling in love with each other.
So happy with this book!!!
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