RELEASE DATE: February 18th, 2015
BLURB: Winning the United Kingdom’s favorite singing contest is a challenge for half-Afghani Pasha Trueman. He doesn’t have the best voice, but success would be life-changing. His strategy is simple—he’ll make the British public love him.
Ed Britten is an ex-soldier with a different agenda. Winning means he’ll keep a promise made after a deadly Afghan ambush. His voice is his weapon, but he leaves his heart unguarded.
Ed and Pasha’s discovery that the contest isn’t a fair fight calls for creative tactics. Staging a fake love story could bring victory, only there’s more at stake than the prestigious first prize. If winning means surrendering each other, they could both end up losing.
Personally, I’m not a great fan of the X-factor, but I do rather like the early rounds – seeing the people who truly believe that they can sing, but can’t! Not a problem for our MC’s in this book though and I thought it rather clever of the author to base the book (ok, very loosely) on it. Pasha and Ed together were drool worthy and Pasha was one of the most selfless people that I have read, maybe a little mixed up at times – “still like boobs… but cock’s not bad either… maybe I’m a little gay”.
The secondary characters added substance and I especially liked Mandy, Ed’s mum.
The way the author handled the competitiveness of the competition and Pasha’s strategy of winning, was inspiring, if not a little unethical, whereas Ed was portrayed more on the lines of “best man wins” motto and him thinking that he was the best man, so no problem – he really didn’t have a clue!
A great read and highly recommended.