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Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life. Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin distances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life. Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin distances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In a search for a second career, he finds himself at university with a bunch of kids young enough to be… his kids. His sexy archeology professor, however, makes Devlin think about life beyond his grief…. Dr. Jack Johnson does not appreciate Devlin’s lack of respect, his inability to be serious, or his chronic lateness. Worse, he hates that he’s attracted to a student. When he realizes Devlin is the rock star he crushed on in his youth, he drops his guard—against his better judgment. Before they can move forward together, Jack must admit to Devlin that he’s not only an admirer, but he also sings in a cover band. How will Devlin react to his ultimate fanboy when his own music has died?


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Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life. Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin distances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In Punk’s not dead, but it’s time to redefine life. Devlin Waters thought he’d have music forever. But the tragic death of his best friend ended the twenty-year run of his punk band, Negative Impression. Unable to process the loss, Devlin distances himself from everyone and everything that reminds him of the band. But forty-one is too young to curl up and wait for the end. In a search for a second career, he finds himself at university with a bunch of kids young enough to be… his kids. His sexy archeology professor, however, makes Devlin think about life beyond his grief…. Dr. Jack Johnson does not appreciate Devlin’s lack of respect, his inability to be serious, or his chronic lateness. Worse, he hates that he’s attracted to a student. When he realizes Devlin is the rock star he crushed on in his youth, he drops his guard—against his better judgment. Before they can move forward together, Jack must admit to Devlin that he’s not only an admirer, but he also sings in a cover band. How will Devlin react to his ultimate fanboy when his own music has died?

30 review for Banded Together

  1. 4 out of 5

    ReadingAllNite

    3.5 Stars. I was very intrigued by the description of this life-after-the rock-star-career story. At my age, I also prefer reading about men in more mature phases of their lives. Devlin is searching for a new interest and escape from the isolation he’s created for himself, after the tragic loss of his best friend and band member. Attending his archaeology class, he finds the professor surprisingly attractive and enjoys discombobulating “Dr. Jack” during classes. He doesn’t know the real reasons 3.5 Stars. I was very intrigued by the description of this life-after-the rock-star-career story. At my age, I also prefer reading about men in more mature phases of their lives. Devlin is searching for a new interest and escape from the isolation he’s created for himself, after the tragic loss of his best friend and band member. Attending his archaeology class, he finds the professor surprisingly attractive and enjoys discombobulating “Dr. Jack” during classes. He doesn’t know the real reasons Jack gets so flustered. I do know getting them to where they find common ground felt like a laborious process. For half the book, it was such slow going, Jack questioning his every interaction with Devlin, Devlin being stuck in place, feeling sorry for himself. There were dual POV’s but Devlin’s internal dialogue was circular, repeating thoughts without finding much incentive to change things. Devlin has his mom to talk to, but he doesn’t listen to her advice, and Jack agonizes over everything with his friend Stephanie, so there were a couple of interesting side characters. A few exchanges occur between the couple early on, mostly by accident, before they move into friendship. That would create a solid basis for a relationship I guess but much of it occurred off-page. After 60%, they finally do the deed before the proverbial feces hit the fan. That made me like Devlin even less. The only way he finally came around was by virtue of someone else’s efforts. Jack and the mother did all the heavy lifting, as he lacked both initiative and empathy. I prefer a romance with more equal effort and understanding from both characters. I don’t care that Devlin was supposed to be grieving, he was a jerk. Nevertheless, the narrative involved me enough to be annoyed with him and I really liked Jack’s character. I was entertained enough to read steadily, wanting to see Jack get his happy, even when I didn’t feel much emotional involvement. The epilogue was pretty lame, since it simply emphasized how Devlin still hadn’t put much effort into reconnecting with his past. It was at Christmas but not particularly evocative of the season. It was a likable story and had a lot of believability, it just may not be one I’ll reread. *An ARC was provided by the author or publisher and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review for Hearts On Fire Reviews blog*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Location, location, location... While 'Banded Together' isn't part of K.C. Burns 'Toronto Tales' happily it's set in and around this city...Oakville!!! With a lot of events actually taking place in the city of Oakville which is one of several cities that share boundaries with the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and admittedly one of the most desirable ones to live in. Ok, so much for geography class...sorry about this but Toronto is just under 2 hours from where I grew up and just 2 hours from wher Location, location, location... While 'Banded Together' isn't part of K.C. Burns 'Toronto Tales' happily it's set in and around this city...Oakville!!! With a lot of events actually taking place in the city of Oakville which is one of several cities that share boundaries with the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and admittedly one of the most desirable ones to live in. Ok, so much for geography class...sorry about this but Toronto is just under 2 hours from where I grew up and just 2 hours from where I live now. While I love reading books that are set in places I've never been sometimes it's nice to read stories set in places that I know. So there's reason 1 why I liked this story and yes, it's very subjective. Now as for the story...if the location was something I like and part of what got me interested in this story...the story itself was what kept me reading. I liked the pacing in this one. It's a bit of slow burn but for so many reasons...slow burn was the perfect pace for this one. After a 20 year run as the lead singer for a rock band that ended with the unexpected death of Devlin's bandmate and best friend, it's time for Devlin to find a way to move on and returning to school and beginning again as a student studying archaeology now that he's lost the music in his life is the path that Devlin plants his feet on. Needless to say Devlin finds himself surrounded by a group of students who for the most part are young enough to be his kids but what truly surprises him is the hotter than hell Dr. Jack Johnson who catches his eye gives him more than an interest in archaeology that brings him to class. When Jack realizes who Devlin is, he's determined to keep his distance but being in constant contact with the man who has fueled Jack's fantasies as well as inspiring him to be the lead singer in a cover band does nothing for his ability to resist the temptation that is Devlin Waters. There's a definite age gap between the MCs but because of where they each were in their lives, I didn't feel the power imbalance that can occur with age gap stories and I really liked the interaction between these two. While Devlin was at times a bit self absorbed it wasn't unrealistic to me as he was dealing with his grief over the loss of his friend and let's face it we all deal with grief in our own way and our own time so that Devlin struggled with it to the point of it being debilitating emotionally for him for me this only added a touch of realism to the story. I've been finding lately that I have a bit of a newfound appreciation for a 'slow burn' story, not that I want them all to be slow burns but once in a while it's nice to feel like there's a little more or at least as much development given to the emotional development of a story as the physical aspect. 'Banded Together' was a really enjoyable chance to revisit the writings of K. C. Burn and on audio it was also an opportunity to once again listen to the narration of Darcy Stark. This is only my second time listening to this narrator and like the first time I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the audio...my 'basic list' for audio books was easily ticked of and I'm going to try and explain this but one of my peeves about audio books is when voices don't sound appropriate to who the person is. Things like younger children don't really sound like small children or they have a perpetually annoying, obnoxious or whiny sound to their voice or women's voices sound more like a man trying to do a woman's voice than simply a woman talking or sometimes when the voice doesn't match the physical image of a man...don't get me wrong I know these things can happen in real life but when it's an audio book the character representation is based strictly on the image created by the words in the story and the voice. Truthfully in real life I don't care how a person's voice sounds because in general I also get the physical representation of the person to create the image but in an audio book those voices need to work overtime to create a physical image as well as the vocal one so yeah, sorry to say but when it comes to an audio books sometimes a little stereo typing needs to occur unless a story tells me that the character looks one way and sounds another than I need my macho men to have macho voices, my children to have children's voices and my women to sound like women and while I'm not sure about the children (because there weren't any in either book that I've listened to)...Darcy Stark definitely nailed it for me with the voices in this one and I thoroughly enjoyed his narrations. I'm actually hoping to listen to a book narrated by him that has at least one child in it just to see how he does because so far I have not been disappointed by this narrator. I'm not a big fan of 'rock star' MCs but the author's definitely created a character that I enjoyed in the form of Devlin Waters and while archaeology isn't really my thing I think I could enjoy watching Dr. Jack Johnson teach a class or two. ************************* An audio book of 'Banded Together' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    3.75 stars rounded up After his best friend died, one he considered as brother, Devlin Waters is unable to get back to music and his punk band, Negative Impression. Devlin distances himself from everyone, and instead decides to look for ‘second career’ by going back to university. And his sexy archeology professor, Jack Johnson, may be the key for Devlin to find happiness again. Unfortunately for Dr. Jack Johnson, Devlin Waters is his student… relationship with him is definitely not one that he ca 3.75 stars rounded up After his best friend died, one he considered as brother, Devlin Waters is unable to get back to music and his punk band, Negative Impression. Devlin distances himself from everyone, and instead decides to look for ‘second career’ by going back to university. And his sexy archeology professor, Jack Johnson, may be the key for Devlin to find happiness again. Unfortunately for Dr. Jack Johnson, Devlin Waters is his student… relationship with him is definitely not one that he can pursue. On top that, Jack hides something from Devlin, and he is unsure if Devlin can take him when the secret is out in the open. Misunderstanding / misjudgment aside, I enjoyed this story VERY much. It is a case of “don’t judge the book by its cover”, most definitely. Both men have initial perceptions of the other … maybe Jack more so than Devlin – because Devlin is the musician, because Devlin is the rich one, and because Devlin is the one acting like he’s not taking Jack’s class seriously – but then they learn about each other’s life and grief and regret. I wholeheartedly savored their relationship progress – and this one was pretty slow burn which fulfilled my heart’s content. There is a couple of secrets that Jack hides from Devlin – one has something to do with a night four years back, and one is more current, related to Jack’s love towards Devlin’s music and band – and I know this will serve as climax of the story. I was quite satisfied with the confrontation and of course how it was solved. It was quite satisfying for me. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was that sometimes I thought Devlin was acting a bit younger than his forty-one years of age. But then again, I admit I judged him by his interaction with his mother – and well, after thinking about it, I sometimes acted the same with my own Mom (and I’m closer to Devlin’s age than Jack’s). So maybe it’s not really fair *laugh* A Guest Review for The Blogger Girls The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

    3.75 Stars After the death of his best-friend and bandmate, Trent, Devlin can’t bring himself to play anymore, but he also doesn’t want to just waste away in his home alone, so he decides, at the age of 41, to go back college. There he meets his professor, Jack Johnson. Jack doesn’t particularly like his new student, Devlin, but when he realizes the two have met in the past, a meeting that ended badly for him, his dislike for Devlin grows. They begin to warm up to one another and finally give int 3.75 Stars After the death of his best-friend and bandmate, Trent, Devlin can’t bring himself to play anymore, but he also doesn’t want to just waste away in his home alone, so he decides, at the age of 41, to go back college. There he meets his professor, Jack Johnson. Jack doesn’t particularly like his new student, Devlin, but when he realizes the two have met in the past, a meeting that ended badly for him, his dislike for Devlin grows. They begin to warm up to one another and finally give into the attraction, but Jack is keeping a secret that could derail their relationship before it even starts. I liked the story and I liked Jack and Devlin, but something was missing for me. I wanted the story to move along and I continually found myself skimming ahead to get to some character interaction and dialogue. There was a lot of inner-dialogue and character thought. The characters spent a lot of time in their heads throughout the story, time that could have better been spent getting to know each other. I loved the storyline and I thought Delvin and Jack had good chemistry, but I wish the author had given them more page time as a couple. All in all, the story was enjoyable, I just wanted more. Still, recommendable! *copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Banded Together was exceptionally well done and stands out for its excellent character development, particularly Devlin’s. His grief throughout the book is real and visceral and reads as devastatingly believable. He has lost not only a friend, but also his livelihood and the music he loves. In the midst of this grief he has also effectively pushed away everyone but his mother and withdrawn from the world. His decision to return to school is far from easy, but I ap A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Banded Together was exceptionally well done and stands out for its excellent character development, particularly Devlin’s. His grief throughout the book is real and visceral and reads as devastatingly believable. He has lost not only a friend, but also his livelihood and the music he loves. In the midst of this grief he has also effectively pushed away everyone but his mother and withdrawn from the world. His decision to return to school is far from easy, but I appreciated the courage and strength it takes to move forward when falling apart would be so much easier. Jack is a somewhat more difficult character with whom to connect and part of that stems from his seemingly double persona. It’s hard to reconcile the punk rocker with the staid archaeologist and I think part of this stems from the fact we have less information about Jack. He isn’t as well developed as Devlin. This is not to say he’s one dimensional or flat, only that Devlin is portrayed more completely and thoroughly. And while I would have liked more information about Jack, Banded Together is really about Devlin and his journey to find peace. The book has a wonderful pacing until the last few chapters. Then things take on a hurried, almost frantic pace. There is an abrupt shift in the action and while the scenes are important, they lack the measured, even pacing that made the majority of the book such a pleasure to read. The plot tends to stretch the limits of incredulity at times and normally this would be an issue for me. But Banded Together is engrossing and reads so smoothly (save the aforementioned pacing issue) that I was able to just go with the flow regarding the plot. It’s one of those things that just didn’t irritate me too much. Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. What happens to a rock star when the music stops? Devlin Waters takes himself back to university to finish his degree - and finds himself falling for his sexy professor. I loved the premise of this story and I love that it was inspired by by the Offspring’s Dexter Holland’s real life experience. There are some very funny moments as the celebrity rocker attempts to become just another anonymous student. His peers are young enough I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. What happens to a rock star when the music stops? Devlin Waters takes himself back to university to finish his degree - and finds himself falling for his sexy professor. I loved the premise of this story and I love that it was inspired by by the Offspring’s Dexter Holland’s real life experience. There are some very funny moments as the celebrity rocker attempts to become just another anonymous student. His peers are young enough to be his children and his flippant banter doesn’t win him any respect from his teacher. Jack is an interesting character. He’s a buttoned up professor who also moonlights in a tribute band - as Devlin. I liked Jack but the fanboy ick factor was unnerving. I was never absolutely certain that his relationship with Devlin was because of the man, not the rockstar. There is great chemistry between Jack and Devlin, fabulous flirtation and a few steamy moments. I liked these two together but I think I responded more to Devlin’s grief and his midlife crisis than I did to the romance in the novel. Parts of this story didn’t quite work for me. For slightly older characters, there is too much miscommunication and there are too many moments where Devlin feels more like a sulky, cocky twenty year old than a confident 40 year old. Maybe it’s a rockstar stunted development thing but it really wasn’t sexy. I also felt like too much of this story is spent with side characters and as a result there aren’t enough moments where we actually see Jack and Devlin building a relationship together.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    Wow! This was a fantastic story that caught my attention early and then hogtied me to my e-book reader by the 50% mark so that I couldn’t escape until I read to the end. I love, love, loved it. Devlin Waters, 41-year-old returning college student, makes an immediate impression on archeology college prof, Dr. Jack Johnson. Not necessarily a good one at the beginning, but one that grows and evolves to something intriguing. There’s just something about the sexy guy who keeps slouching in his chair Wow! This was a fantastic story that caught my attention early and then hogtied me to my e-book reader by the 50% mark so that I couldn’t escape until I read to the end. I love, love, loved it. Devlin Waters, 41-year-old returning college student, makes an immediate impression on archeology college prof, Dr. Jack Johnson. Not necessarily a good one at the beginning, but one that grows and evolves to something intriguing. There’s just something about the sexy guy who keeps slouching in his chair and showing his package to best advantage that haunts Jack, and it isn’t until he learns the guy’s name that he makes a connection to a punk rocker named Blade who was the lead singer in the band that Jack grew up worshipping—and with whom Jack had a one-night stand that didn’t end so well. Still, he discounts the name until he happens to notice the tattoo near Devlin’s navel when Devlin is scratching his abs absentmindedly in lab. But rather than being pleased that his hero is in his class, Jack wants to strike out at the man who called him by the wrong name and threw money at him after their night of sex. It was both the hottest and most humiliating night of Jack’s life and the resentment is still burning strong. But he’s the guy’s professor so he has to bite his lip. Devlin, in the meantime, is totally clueless to Jack’s identity. All he knows is that he wants the hot professor any way he can get him—preferably over his desk—and eventually, after haunting the man during office hours and lunch breaks, he convinces him to at least try friendship. Devlin isn’t one to talk about it, but he’s totally devastated and in deep grief over the loss of his best friend and fellow band member, Trent. The two were friends from early grade school and when Trent died suddenly, Devlin didn’t know how to deal with his grief so he kept it inside and turned away from the other band members and from anyone who would dare to bring up the subject of his music or band. This sets the stage for much of the misunderstanding that occurs in this story. Usually I’m not a fan of angst and confusion and one character inadvertently hurting another, but in this case, the author cleverly wove a tale that simply captivated me. Both POVs made sense. Both characters were engaging and endearing, and I was rooting for them to finally reach a point where they could clear the air and get on with their undeniable attraction. It was quite evident to readers at that point that they not only cared about each other but they would be good for each other. The author gave us a character devastated by grief and another who was able to relate to those emotions and provide the perfect balance. And the good news? Sex didn’t happen until after the 70% mark, except for a brief flashback of their infamous one-night stand. I love a slow burn, and I loved these characters so much. As I said, I couldn’t put the book down. Honestly, this is a wonderful romance and those who enjoy older characters or stories of musicians or both are sure to enjoy this one. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    Narration Rating: 4 Stars Devlin Waters was a rock star. Was. When his best friend and bandmate died tragically, Devlin went into hiding. He stopped the music that had meant so much to him. He cut off his remaining bandmates and changed his life by going back to college and finding a new career. Dr. Jack Johnson teaches archeology. He’s the first professor that Devlin meets as an adult student. Devlin seems to have a bad attitude: he arrives late, he draws attention to himself, and Jack finds him, Narration Rating: 4 Stars Devlin Waters was a rock star. Was. When his best friend and bandmate died tragically, Devlin went into hiding. He stopped the music that had meant so much to him. He cut off his remaining bandmates and changed his life by going back to college and finding a new career. Dr. Jack Johnson teaches archeology. He’s the first professor that Devlin meets as an adult student. Devlin seems to have a bad attitude: he arrives late, he draws attention to himself, and Jack finds him, attractive and infuriating. But, Jack has a secret. He’s the lead singer in a tribute band that does all of Devlin’s music. Darcy Stark does a very fine job with a book that has a thin plot at times, but his work elevates the words to something nice. This book is a romance and the plot is predictable in places, but Stark makes it work well. Devlin’s mom is treated really well. She helps drive the plot, and Stark gives her all the attention she deserves. When the fight between the two main characters comes, Stark gives a brilliant reading of a situation that could have been cliché. When Devlin’s mom and Jack’s friend step in to push them back in the direction they need to go, Stark gives them equal weight and makes them fully a part of the book. Banded Together is a good book with really good narration. Buy the book if you are a KC Burn fan. Buy it if you enjoy romance. Buy it for the work Darcy Stark puts into making this an enjoyable listen for lovers of romance. Reviewed by Mike for The Novel Approach

  9. 5 out of 5

    JenMcJ

    I like rockstar books. This one was intriguing but it was a little flat in places. I'm not a fan of coincidences and this one had two huge ones that set up the premise when they meet that I just struggled with. The basic idea, going back to school after a successful first career is good but I don't think it was served well this way. Devlin was also a bit problematic for me. I really didn't warm up to him and partly that's because the author wasn't really good at making his grief real for me. I d I like rockstar books. This one was intriguing but it was a little flat in places. I'm not a fan of coincidences and this one had two huge ones that set up the premise when they meet that I just struggled with. The basic idea, going back to school after a successful first career is good but I don't think it was served well this way. Devlin was also a bit problematic for me. I really didn't warm up to him and partly that's because the author wasn't really good at making his grief real for me. I did love Jack and how he kept realizing how one dimensional his fanboy vision of Blade was. Everytime he grasped that Devlin is a real person and that he really doesn't know him at all no matter how big of a fan he is was well done and touching. All in all, a bit slow in places, rushed in others, cliched in all the righteous anger but still holding out interesting characters with a shot at HEA.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lada

    All the characters in this book were likeable, and I especially liked Devlin's relationship with his mom. The romance was well-paced and believable, and although the chemistry between the MCs was off the charts, they took their time to have sex. Overall, the story was a pleasant read with minimal dramatization, but it's not really gripping or had something magical in it. All the characters in this book were likeable, and I especially liked Devlin's relationship with his mom. The romance was well-paced and believable, and although the chemistry between the MCs was off the charts, they took their time to have sex. Overall, the story was a pleasant read with minimal dramatization, but it's not really gripping or had something magical in it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    The struggle of the main characters was real. I was in tears. The author pulled me deep into the story. A must read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I’ve always been drawn to books that feature characters who are looking to turn their lives in a completely different direction. Obviously this blurb – rock star to student – was destined to catch my eye. Six months ago Devlin’s best friend and band mate died. Since then he’s been existing in a kind of daze, sleeping on his mother’s couch and avoiding anything to do with his old band. He decides to go back to university, but doesn’t really have much direction career wise. So he takes a few random I’ve always been drawn to books that feature characters who are looking to turn their lives in a completely different direction. Obviously this blurb – rock star to student – was destined to catch my eye. Six months ago Devlin’s best friend and band mate died. Since then he’s been existing in a kind of daze, sleeping on his mother’s couch and avoiding anything to do with his old band. He decides to go back to university, but doesn’t really have much direction career wise. So he takes a few random classes hoping to find inspiration. Archeology is one of those classes, and his sexy-nerd professor, Jack Johnson is just the distraction he needs to avoid dealing with his grief. Trouble is, Jack is such a fan of Devlin’s band that he sings in a cover band. Jack finds himself falling for the ex-rocker who likes to needle him in class, but Devlin has been clear that he wants nothing to do with any mention of his old life. And so the foundation for our “misunderstanding” is created. I absolutely loved the character of Professor Jack Johnson. He was such an unexpected mash of personalities that I’m impressed the author made it work. He was the hot nerd, the asshole professor, the punkrock singer and the mad fanboy. And every one of those personas somehow melded seamlessly. Unfortunately, Devlin didn’t really work for me, and I think that that’s probably a personal thing. His grief felt overdone, or over the top. I’ve never lost anyone close enough to me that I’d grieve to that extent so I just couldn’t understand his reactions. Which, you know, that’s a good thing for me obviously, but while other readers might really feel for him and sympathize, I struggled not to see him as a drama queen. That’s not to say that I disliked Devlin, I just found it difficult to understand him. His mother, however, was a kickass secondary character that I loved instantly. I enjoyed this story, but it lacked something to make me say I loved it. I think in the end it was all just too predicable. Which, let’s face it, the majority of romance books are, but this one lacked any deviation from the predictable route at all. It was good, I’m sure I’ll read it again, but it needed something more to make it memorable. Reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/12/2...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diverse

    Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ KC Burn wrote such a great book about, heartbreak, love, and finding your way again. Banded Together is my new favorite KC book! Devlin Waters has been in his band, Negative Impression for over 20 years. When his best friend and band co-founder, Trent dies...so does the music for Devlin. He is a man drowning in grief and in desperate need to shake up his life. Knowing it would please his deceased father, Devlin heads back to college. Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ KC Burn wrote such a great book about, heartbreak, love, and finding your way again. Banded Together is my new favorite KC book! Devlin Waters has been in his band, Negative Impression for over 20 years. When his best friend and band co-founder, Trent dies...so does the music for Devlin. He is a man drowning in grief and in desperate need to shake up his life. Knowing it would please his deceased father, Devlin heads back to college. Enter Dr. Jack Johnson, a professor filling in for Devlin’s intro to Archeology class. Devlin is immediately drawn to “Dr. Jack” Jack is immediately annoyed by Devlin. Jack is also attracted to his 41 year old student. Having no idea that Devlin Waters is really Blade from Jack’s favorite band, he is in for quite a shock. Unbeknownst to Devlin, he and Jack share a history and Jack soon realizes just who his annoying, attractive student is. Through a series of run ins, some planned, some not, they become friends. While Devlin is still running from the pain of losing his best friend, he doesn’t want to discuss the band or the music. This leaves Jack in a very precarious position that eventually comes back to haunt him. Now Devlin needs to find the strength to stop running and find something real...maybe even find music again. This story puts a really interesting twist on second chances. I really loved where the author goes with the story and the characters reactions, it’s very believable. Pain and loss are present, but so is self discovery and joy! Such a good read and one I’d really recommend!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Smut Librarian

    Banded Together by KC Burn is a vibrant story of love, loss and music. Due to various commitments, I had to pick this book up between other readings and thanks to Burns’ quality writing I had no difficulty in remembering where I left off. In my mind, that’s a good sign of strong characterizations and a solid story line. Devlin is the lead singer of Negative Impression a punk rock band with moderate success in the scene. However, when Devlin‘s best friend and fellow band member dies suddenly, he qu Banded Together by KC Burn is a vibrant story of love, loss and music. Due to various commitments, I had to pick this book up between other readings and thanks to Burns’ quality writing I had no difficulty in remembering where I left off. In my mind, that’s a good sign of strong characterizations and a solid story line. Devlin is the lead singer of Negative Impression a punk rock band with moderate success in the scene. However, when Devlin‘s best friend and fellow band member dies suddenly, he quits music altogether deciding to head back to University studies to get the degree his late father always wanted him to achieve. As an adult student, Devlin is older than the rest of his class and in fact even slightly older than Jack, his decidedly hot instructor for his Intro to Archaeology class. Little does Devlin know that Jack is a huge fan of Negative Impression and even fronts a cover band in homage. And Jack is fueling some very inappropriate fantasies for Devlin about indulging in a little roleplay as the naughty student…However due to a past interaction which left a very bitter taste in Jack’s mouth, he is not interested in giving Devlin any room to hurt him again. But life often has other ideas and it seems these two men are thrown together for a reason. I thoroughly enjoyed the depth of feeling in this book and found myself being moved to tears (not a common event!) during the conclusion. If you enjoy witty banter, big-hearted guys and being taken on a journey, then Banded Together by KC Burn could just be for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Brockman

    Devlin has lost his bandmate and best friend and is still mourning the loss. He has quit the band, and ignores his bandmates calls, refusing to see them. He wants nothing more to do with music and is looking for a new career by going back to school and studying archaeology. He finds his professor the most fun thing about the class and loves getting under his skin though he would like to get the man under the covers. Jack is surprised annoyed but intrigued by the new older student until he catches Devlin has lost his bandmate and best friend and is still mourning the loss. He has quit the band, and ignores his bandmates calls, refusing to see them. He wants nothing more to do with music and is looking for a new career by going back to school and studying archaeology. He finds his professor the most fun thing about the class and loves getting under his skin though he would like to get the man under the covers. Jack is surprised annoyed but intrigued by the new older student until he catches a glimpse of skin and knows right away who the man is. Lead singer of Negative Impressions, one of his favorite bands. Fight it as he may they become friends since Jack refuses to get involved with a student. Plus Jack has a couple of secrets. Banded together is beautifully written story of two men both with regrets. There is some angst and sadness as Devlin mourns his loss. The story is interesting and the buildup between the men slow. Its a story of life, change as they mature, loss and love. If you love professors, punk band singers, more mature men, a little May/December (Devlin is older than Jack) a slow build with a tiny twist you will like this.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    Another sweet read from KC that has famous musician, Devlin, and Jack, who is a professor and plays in a band on the weekend and what he plays is Devlin's music. There is a lot of miscommunication, hot sex, anger, hurt, and a closeted musician Devlin, and you have a blow up waiting to happen. Of course, they get their hea and i might have gotten a bit emotional when Devlin finally hears Jack sing his music. Another sweet read from KC that has famous musician, Devlin, and Jack, who is a professor and plays in a band on the weekend and what he plays is Devlin's music. There is a lot of miscommunication, hot sex, anger, hurt, and a closeted musician Devlin, and you have a blow up waiting to happen. Of course, they get their hea and i might have gotten a bit emotional when Devlin finally hears Jack sing his music.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Completely irresistible book about friendship, heartbreak, loss, forgiveness, moving forward and finding love. So many emotions, perfect for each other MCs and an interesting storyline – completely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I’ll be reading this again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    measure twice

    4.5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bookivore

    3 and a half stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Probably my favorite KC Burn’s book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Skye

    There was a lot of potential in this story. I loved the idea of an old rocker going back to school. The fact that his professor is a fan is awesome. The juxtaposition of rocker and professor – also awesome. What didn’t work for me was the fact that I never liked Devlin. He was a bit too whiny and though he had a lot to be upset about, I just never warmed to him. As a result I found it hard to care about his relationship. There was a bit too much drama and the ending didn’t nearly satisfy. Though th There was a lot of potential in this story. I loved the idea of an old rocker going back to school. The fact that his professor is a fan is awesome. The juxtaposition of rocker and professor – also awesome. What didn’t work for me was the fact that I never liked Devlin. He was a bit too whiny and though he had a lot to be upset about, I just never warmed to him. As a result I found it hard to care about his relationship. There was a bit too much drama and the ending didn’t nearly satisfy. Though the writing was nice and the story idea intriguing, I wasn’t bowled over by this story. 3.25 (rounded to 3.5) of 5 stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    MzBond

    Second book I've read by K.C. Burn and I not only enjoy the storytelling, but I enjoy the dialogue as well. I anticipate dialogue with characters in the book and I'm never disappointed by Darcy Stark's interpretation and delivery. This book follows Devlin, an aging former punk rock (semi) star and his desire to start a new chapter in his life after his best friend and bandmate dies suddenly. By embarking on the pursuit of a new career he meets Jack, his Intro to Archaeology professor who he does Second book I've read by K.C. Burn and I not only enjoy the storytelling, but I enjoy the dialogue as well. I anticipate dialogue with characters in the book and I'm never disappointed by Darcy Stark's interpretation and delivery. This book follows Devlin, an aging former punk rock (semi) star and his desire to start a new chapter in his life after his best friend and bandmate dies suddenly. By embarking on the pursuit of a new career he meets Jack, his Intro to Archaeology professor who he doesn't know performs in a tribute band dedicated to Devlin's former band. The attraction between the two is instant but poses a challenge for Jack as he sees himself losing a bit of his control in front of his class. I found myself laughing out loud many times during the book while watching these two get closer. Also, throughout the book, Devlin is plagued by grief. Burn does an effective job of describing feelings of platonic love and loss without making it trite, corny or too angsty.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andyy the Bookworm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a nice low-angst read that tells the story of Devlin, and ex punk band member and Jack an archeology professor. The build-up and the tentative friendship they formed was great at rebuilding the trust Jack needed and at exploring a well built background for both main characters, although it was pretty funny and feel-good too. Unfortunately towards the end of the novel things felt a little rushed. I felt that the story could've done with a more thorough description of Devlin going to see J This was a nice low-angst read that tells the story of Devlin, and ex punk band member and Jack an archeology professor. The build-up and the tentative friendship they formed was great at rebuilding the trust Jack needed and at exploring a well built background for both main characters, although it was pretty funny and feel-good too. Unfortunately towards the end of the novel things felt a little rushed. I felt that the story could've done with a more thorough description of Devlin going to see Jack perform and the emotions he went through, and the same could be said for his reunion with the other band members. Also, at times the plot felt a bit abrupt and the change of scenes didn't flow as well as they could've. Aside from that, this was a very nice stress free novel recommended to anyone willing to indulge in a sweet story, that, while it won't change your life, it'll make you smile for a while.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The cover doesn't do the book justice. Still a bit frustrated with the ending but I love both of the guys. Some more interaction with the dad could have been interesting, even to know what Devlin is up to later on. The cover doesn't do the book justice. Still a bit frustrated with the ending but I love both of the guys. Some more interaction with the dad could have been interesting, even to know what Devlin is up to later on.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marge

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruqayyah

  27. 4 out of 5

    M

  28. 5 out of 5

    Theodora IK

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa S.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bess Korey

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