Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review: Boy in a Band (A Morgan Mallory Story) by Lisa Loomis

Publisher: Lisa Loomis
Pub. Date: April 10, 2010
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Bought
Rating: 5



MATURE CONTENT language, sex, drugs, rock and roll

Morgan Mallory meets beautiful, sexy, blond haired, blue eyed, Mathew O'Conner, a singer in a rock band, when she's just a teen. Her instant physical attraction to him completely unnerves her. Their convoluted relationship transcends years, and even when she knows it would be best to stay away from him she can't seem to stop herself. What is it about the bad boy she seems to love?

An edgy coming of age novel that is erotic, entertaining, and deeply moving. The characters will seize you and stay with you long after the read is finished. Not your predictable Cinderella story.

I'm fifty percent into the book and damn I love it. I just have one tiny problem...WHY THE HELL IS THIS GIRL SUCH A DOORMAT!

*sometime later*

“You start, you stop. You love, he doesn’t; you hate, he wants; you give in to him. Morgan, it’s crazy.”
I wish I never read this book again. Don't be confused, I fucking loved the crap out this story. It had been in my kindle library for quite sometime and I was looking for a good rocker book after finishing Deep by Kylie Scott. I saw Boy in a Band and thought hm...let's try this one. Upon starting, well I couldn't stop and I quickly realized that maybe this wasn't going to be the story I expected to read.

I thought it would be a light-hearted, fun read. Instead I went on an emotional rollercoaster that still has yet to let me off. Am I still crying? You bet.

The relationship between the two main characters was toxic and plays out through a long ass love affair. Oh and Mathew was a plain old dick. But like Morgan, I saw the pull he had over her. She couldn't ever say no to him and for most of the book he took advantage. I hated that. And I hated him. But most of all I hated how I couldn't hate him as much as I should. Actually I didn't even hate him at all.

He treated Morgan bad. He played with her feelings. He was hot and cold. It was okay for him to act like a man-slut yet when Morgan so much as looks at a guy - all of a sudden he goes all Neanderthal on her. Yeah, I don't think so buddy.

But damn, this book made me feel. It made me feel so much... Anger, heartbreak, desperation, anxiety, dare I say love? Call me a sadist but I had a love/hate relationship with all the back and forth. Okay, I lied. I loved it. When I'd be screaming at my iPad for something Morgan did, I couldn't help my giddy face when it involved angsty good stuff with Mathew.

Plus at times I thought it was highly unrealistic that the kids have sex, drugs, and drank so easily without consequences. I wasn't born in the seventies but I can't imagine parents being THAT relaxed. Like for real, they would do drugs and I would totally forget that they were still teenagers!

The sex scenes were plain hot. I may just go back and re-read those. I liked how passionate Morgan and Mathew were; despite the fact that he pretty much fucked anything with a vagina. I wouldn't have been able to put up with that. But there was something intriguing about him that I couldn't help but fall a little bit in love with him.

*sometime way later*

It's been days since I finished the book, and I still can't stop thinking about it. I'm not joking when I say I cried for about thirty minutes. I kept going back to the beginning and understanding what was going on and then I would start the crying process all over again. What am I to do now that the book is over? It's hard to even look at the cover without getting sad again.

"I finally came to the conclusion there were two Mathews: one I liked, the other I didn't."

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About the Author:
Lisa Loomis writes because she loves to. Her stories are about the human condition: love, life, and everything in between (including sex, drugs, alcohol, and things just crazy enough to be true). Her stories are not predictable, conventional, or lacking in the messiness of life. She tries to extract the real emotion in any given situation in her characters, with a touch of humor.

Lisa Loomis was born in Oakland California and raised in San Jose until she was a sophomore in high school. Her father then took a job in the San Diego area where he moved the family to Escondido, California (or hickville as she called it). She finished high school at San Pasqual High then went to junior college at Palomar JC, ultimately graduating from San Diego State University with a BS in Finance.

Finding more BS than Finance with the financial meltdown in 2008 she went back to her passion of writing. See all her books on Amazon, and coming to Barnes & Noble and Smashwords in April 2014.

She now lives and writes in Park City, Utah.

Visit her at,, or on Facebook LisaLoomisBooks


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