Author: M.J. O'Shea
Pages: 350 (Kindle)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 21, 2013
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.
Catch My Breath was super cute! I’m a total sucker for reality TV plots, and this one is made even better because it’s about boybands! Well, there’s a girl band, and other musicians, but it follows Danny and Elliot’s group primarily. Danny is auditioning for what he thinks is a solo gig, and it was at first. But then they decide a boyband would be even better! Elliot auditions at the encouragement of a friend, and he’s exactly what the industry is looking for. Neither guy is expecting to find love when they sign on.
I had a huge smile plastered on my face from the very beginning, because Danny and Elliot’s interactions are so freaking adorable! Fans of the show pretty quickly pick up on their bromance, and then start assuming that they are in a real relationship. But the heartthrobs have to hide their feelings, because their record label wants to promote the dream of them being straight and single for their female fans. This was the main source of drama. It was believable, but frustrating! I want my boys to be happy!
The one thing that kept me from loving Catch My Breath was that it felt really long. Not that it took me a long time to read, but everything is so dragged out. There’s a very long timeline as we see the band go from each member getting discovered and the band actually forming. We see the entire run of the TV show and the aftermath. The band releases two albums! Danny and Elliot are sneaking around for the majority of it, before finally standing up to their manager. It was kind of fun to see the entire music process, but I was here for the cute romance which took way too long to reach its happy ending.