Published: 30th May 2018
Author: C. M. Owens
Despite the fact it seemed like Base Masters was all over Sterling Shore, I’d never really known much about him, aside from random factoids. Things like…he’s a semi-estranged cousin of one of my brother’s friends, plays guitar in a local band, and he doesn’t get mentioned much unless he’s on stage.
Until…he decided I was going to be his first real-life muse, moved himself into my spare room, and started splashing the walls with pictures of my face next to his lyrics…
His weirdness differs from mine, but he’d be a perfect candidate for my hymen situation. Then I could finally move on to the next personal challenge on my list. The only problem is that he’s yet another man afraid of a virgin.
I genuinely never expected it to be so difficult to lose one’s virginity. I think the world has filled me with false expectations of debauchery coming so easily.
The human element always messes up the plans in my head.
Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author who uses initials in their pen name. Another great read by one of my favourite authors, with a series I love. Can’t wait to see how it all ends with the wedding we have been waiting for. This is very much part of a series so I would recommend that they be read in order and not as standalones as you may not get certain ‘in jokes’. Characters from all previous books pop up in this one so you may get a bit confused with who they are if you haven’t read them. But as the series is so great you should check it out anyway!
Britt and Base is the story I’ve been very excited to read. Mainly to get inside this girls quirky head to see what makes her tick and how she really views those around her. She is one weird and wonderful girl – elf ears and mystical fantasy to comic-con superhero extremes. Don’t worry because Base is just as quirky when he starts to see her as his muse – talk about ‘in the zone’. Almost stalker-ish at times but he somehow manages to make it come across as artistically charming.
Britt just wants to lose her virginity without any drama or feelings getting involved. She has seen what has happened in the past with all those around her so just wants the deed over with. Seems to be having a bit of trouble in that regard though as men seem to want to run the other way – protective brother and would be uncles having something to do with that. Now you may think that she isn’t completely aware of some of the things they do but it seems she has a certain way of getting back at them. Past books moments will have a bit more clarity and humour to them. She feels like an odd ball trying to find her way in a confusing world. She has plans and thinks things through with logic to get the answer she seeks but the human element seems to keep messing with her. Namely when Base comes onto the scene. When she asks him for a favour, I think you what that is, she is a bit hurt that he turns her down. She just needed a bit of girl talk to find out ways to get what she wanted. The fact that most wanted to come round to check in on said shirtless, sweaty, Greek god in training was neither here nor there. Doesn’t take long before that situation is taken care of and both seem to be on the same page. Well to start with anyway. Plans are one thing but when feelings get involved the human element always seems to change the direction you thought you were on.
All Base seems to be able to focus on at the moment is trying to get his band a contract deal. They know that they are good enough but need the next big break instead of just doing local clubs – even though Dane’s is a good gig. It’s at one of these gigs that he comes across Britt, taking the wrong idea from his inability to ask a direct question. She may have caught his attention then but it’s not until another strange encounter that he starts to fixate on her. Cosplay in the park where he finds that he does like the look of elf ears on a girl, helps Britt’s costume leaves little to the imagination too. He can see she has a story behind her eyes and longs to find out more. Once he has a muse in his head his musically mind kind of takes over and he loses a bit of focus on what he should and shouldn’t be doing. Now Base wouldn’t have thought saying no to taking someone’s virginity would get him on every Sterling female’s shit list, but that’s just what happens. It seems that he might think he is doing the right thing but he is actually messing it up. Taking advantage of Britt’s kind nature by taking over her spare room so he can be close to his muse as it helps the lyrics come out. Not a lot of give a take to begin with so you are glad when he sees sense. Hot and steamy fun soon to follow and with emotions off the table everything should be hunky-dory right? Well you know nothing is going to go that smoothly so hold on for the ride.
I wouldn’t say Base is a full alpha man, yet, more like alpha man in training. So he’s got a bit of work to do before he gets to the likes of say Kode or Rye. He was fun but not my favourite alpha with a soft side hottie – top three would have to be Kade, Kode and Mav – OMG I loved his book so much! That’s not to say the other men is this series aren’t all swoon worthy because they are when the need arises but they stand out a little more than most.
I think what made this book for me was the crossovers with all the other characters from the previous books. Whether it was a one on one with Britt and Harley (loved their chats, especially when she starts talking about a certain shirtless wearing sweaty band member at her apartment), the group BBQ (these Sterling men will do anything to keep Britt innocent, not that it works on Base though) or the girls lunch (now that was fun, talk about dropping in a conversation stopper – ‘oh he took my virginity 3 weeks ago’ before deciding what to eat, shocked faces all round wanting to know as many details as possible). They all bring together a series of some great characters in new interesting ways.
Now seriously will our man Kode ever catch a break to get a ring on his girl Tria or will it be a twist with her asking him? Now that he wouldn’t see coming after all his procrastinating with when to ask her. Liked that we got introduced to some new characters in the form of Base’s band members – Randy, Taylor and Sticks. All interesting characters who bring a certain something to an already brilliant series. OMG I loved it when they went to Britt’s talk. The fact Randy was taking notes was brilliantly funny. Note to self, next time you are asked to go to a talk make sure you ask what it is about first or you may wish a hole would open up so you could hide in it. Another great read and now I can’t wait to read the finale. You are left on a bit of a cliff hanger as you are wondering what might happen next with the wedding we have been waiting for. Kade and Raya are where we started so it’s only right that they end it off too. Happily ever after? Here’s hoping that goes for more than just them.
5 out of 5 stars