From my hot rock star romance- What Happens in Bangkok - Darien just woke up and a terrifying day. Two men are standing in front of him.
Warning - a bit of adult language.
Darien pushed himself to sit. Then the hangover hit. His stomach flipped while a nuclear bomb exploded inside his head. "Oh fuck."
"Pul-lease." Sandee's grin broadened as he waggled his eyebrows.
The other man held out a tall glass. "Brian said you'd probably need this."
Darien took the offered glass, peered in, sniffed and said, "His hangover cure? Well, it'll either kill me or cure me." He swallowed a mouthful and gagged.
To save Darien's life his brother asks, "Can you walk in high heels?"
Erika Bailey, owner/manager of a drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand has happily settled into all aspects of her new life, except for her lack of a love life. When a new diva auditions, Erika is bewildered over her instant attraction to the blond God, Apollo.
Darien Scott is on vacation after a world tour and mistakenly figures the safest place to be is at The Black Dragon with the head of a Triad. When the club is hit, Darien is the only person to get out alive. Now he's running from the police and a Triad. Mistake number 1.
Disguised as a drag queen, he's hired by Erika, but falls hard for his new boss, then struggles with not coming clean with her. Mistake number 2.
Can he fix his mistakes and find a life filled with love or is he headed straight for mistake number 3?
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I picked up this book because the premise sounded unique. A drag club owner and her employee falling in love? Sounded like a new one to me. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading. What I got pleasantly surprised me.
Darien is about as alpha as you can get. A Grammy winning rock star who just finished a tour and is looking to blow of some steam partying in Thailand. Unfortunately, some gangsters come calling, at the club he is at and kills everyone in the place. He miraculously escapes the club, but the gangsters (who think he can identify them) relentlessly hunt him, leaving a trail of dead bodies behind. In his time of need, Darien calls on his brother Brian for help. Brian works at a drag club, and comes up with the idea of hiding Darien at work. After a “makeover,” broody dark-haired Darien becomes the blond god Apollo, newest member of the Pink Peacock’s cast.
Erika never imagined she would be managing a drag club in Bangkok, but here she is. She likes her new life, even though she doesn’t meet many eligible candidates in her line of work. Apollo seems different, though. She doesn’t want to be attracted to the drag queen, thinking she has no chance. Little does she know what he is as attracted to her as she is to him.
This book somehow reminded me a bit of the opening scene of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” mixed with “the Birdcage”. Darien was hilarious trying to fit into a world so different from what he was used to. Erika was smart and sassy. I loved Brian, Darien’s brother and fairy godmother. The other performers were hilarious, too.
Some of my favorite quotes:
Darien: “How’d you get so good at this covert, spy, hidden identity stuff?”
Brian: “Watched a lot of Bond movies. They are so hot. Daniel Craig. Oh. My. God!”
Darien: “I never knew being a queen was so much work”
Brian slapped his shoulder. ” We haven’t even got to the makeup yet.”
Darien: Happily-ever-afters only happened in those annoying chick flicks and love ballads he wrote.
I would give this book 4.5 stars. It was a unique concept executed well. I enjoyed reading it, and the cliffhanger at the end makes me want to find out more! I given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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