Title: Pillow Talk
Author: Pandora Pine
Release: 23rd August 2016
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
Seduced by his voice…
Devastated by a cheating scandal that ended his marriage and nearly ruined his online dating service, PillowTalk.com, Logan Reid is a man on the verge of ending it all. A phone call out of the blue from the program manager of PRIDE XM Radio pulls Logan back from the brink. A job offer to host a late night call-in show for the lovelorn called Pillow Talk is a last shot for Logan, who is struggling to find a way to start over.
Bostonian Greyson Montgomery is dealing with a personal scandal of his own. Homeless and jobless after a disastrous relationship, he's forced to move back in with his parents and rebuild his shattered life. Alone and miserable, he tunes in to the debut of Pillow Talk and decides to call the dulcet-toned host with his own tale of heartbreak.
Ratings at PRIDE XM soar after Greyson's call to Logan, triggering the program manager to invite Grey to co-host Pillow Talk for a few weeks. This doesn't sit well with Logan, who thinks Grey is trying to steal his job.
Are these two broken hearted men too damaged to trust again, or will they take the opportunity to share some Pillow Talk of their own?
I must admit that I’m ever so happy I picked this book up. Going by the blurb it wouldn’t have necessarily been something that automatically would have drawn me in, the subject of radio doesn’t really interest me that much. Anyway, having said that I liked the surmise of what the book is about and gave it a go. I’m so delighted that I did.
The story starts off with a bang with the MC Logan, who is successful and has star status, ripped out of his dream in the worst way possible. He goes from riches to rags in a matter of weeks. I could so feel for Logan, not a bad person despite all his success, someone living his dream and to have that pulled away from you in the most horrific way by the person you love and trust, it is a tragedy. Obviously the hurt involved is excruciating and it seems there is just no way out.
Just when Logan is about to end it all he gets a call with a curious job offer which he decides to take. I suppose when you have nothing to lose then what the hell, go for it. Little does Logan know that this will be the turning point in a long haul to get himself back on his feet. He is asked by Rhett to host a phone in talk show on a gay radio station. Rhett is trying to save his flailing station too, so what better person to host this show than a public figure whose life has been destroyed.
I loved the way that this was all laid out. People calling in with their problems where parallels could be drawn with Logan’s situation. But I could feel the bitterness in Logan and the advice he was giving was a little acidic and cynical to say the least. Do people want to hear sarcastic and cynical when they are hurting? Well, Logan gets a caller who challenges his advice after ringing in himself and even on the air waves you could feel the sexual tension and bond between these two. So much so that Rhett invites Shades to co-host the show with Logan.
OMG! Listening (or reading) to these two host the show was brilliant. Although the distrust is there on Logan's behalf thinking that his boss wants to hand over his job, the banter from these two while talking to callers-in was very different. Logan still giving his somewhat direct and acidic advice but Shades is steadier, listens more and complements Logan by his more patient and grounded ways. Although Shades himself has been through a horrendous relationship himself. It was great to see how two guys with their own emotional baggage give advice to others, but in that advice find some the answers to their own problems.
It’s not long before the attraction starts but there are a lot of hurdles to overcome first. As much as Logan has fallen for Shades he still has trust issues. I could understand this perfectly. Anyone who has been cheated on will understand this. It happened to me too! You have fallen in love again and although your head says that this is a different person to your ex, your heart still finds it hard. First of all you don’t want to go through that hurt again which means falling in love again opens you up to that danger. Also you have to learn to trust all over again, not an easy thing to do. However, like Logan I was lucky enough to find the one person that at the beginning put up with my ways until I learnt to trust again. I could so relate to Logan’s situation and feelings it was uncanny.
The whole idea of this book kept me invested all the way through. A flailing radio station, a bunch of broken characters with different emotional baggage weighing at their hearts are brought together, and by concentrating on a common project find support, friendship and love. As for how things work out for the other members in the team, I think we will find out how their stories develop in the next book. I just loved Sam’s sayings from the south, they were absolutely hilarious at times if you never heard them before.
After Logan’s initial and epic fall I did feel the book lost pace a little. You start with a bang and then after that the pace for me did become a little pedestrian for a while. I was wondering where is the author going with Logan as a character. Well, everything picked up again and by the end of the book I was delighted in how everything panned out. There are a lot of hurt issues going on in this book but I just wasn’t getting the feelz like I should have to be able to give it 5 stars. But I thoroughly enjoyed the book and therefore a solid four stars for me personally does this book fair justice.
A wonderful read with a myriad of emotional issues from all characters to overcome. If you can imagine hearing sexy and husky radio voices while reading this book then I’m sure you’ll love it.
Connect with Pandora Pine
Sick of the slogging rat-race of her 9-5 job, Pandora Pine put pen to paper (literally!) to make her ambition of becoming a romance novelist a reality. She cut her teeth in the dog-eat-dog world of fanfiction, still dreaming of the day when she would be a published author. She lives in Massachusetts with her blabbermouth muse and their fictional black kitten, Jack.
She is forever grateful to her writer friends who brainstorm with her and help her corral all her plot tribbles. They can also be relied upon to delete her eclectic internet browsing history in the event of her sudden death. Said browsing history is filled with erotic research (Read: porn!) for her next novel.
In her spare time, Pandora fancies herself an amateur nature photographer. She enjoys mucking around in swamps, hiking through the woods and crawling around on her hands and knees in her backyard seeking out the perfect shot.
Pandora is a fan of roadside seafood shacks and always thinks Mexican food is a good idea at the time.
Some of Pandora’s favorite things are chocolate, writing longhand with purple pens and handsome men falling in love with each other.