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Crucifox #1: The Green Eyed Monster

Melanie Tushmore

Out of Print

Sky Somers is an ex-traveller; the son of a folk musician and a new age hippy. Sky's form of rebellion is electric guitars, and he wants his own band. His desire is to set the world to rights through music. Brandon Cruikshank is new to London, recently arrived from Glasgow. Charismatic, charming; a natural born performer. Brandon is openly bisexual, with a penchant for dressing in women's clothes. His desire is to be adored.

From the moment Sky meets Brandon, he knows he has to have him. Brandon, in turn, wants Sky. But that's when it becomes clear they both have very different desires in mind. Brandon wants Sky as a lover, yet Sky only wants Brandon as a singer in his band. Misunderstanding set aside—or apparently so—Brandon and Sky become firm friends. To escape equally troubled pasts and families, they change their names. Now, Brandon Fox and Sky St. Clair are ready to take over the world.

As the years roll on, Brandon's desire for Sky still simmers, waiting. Then a chance night sharing a hotel room sparks the desire between them, and this time, Brandon wants it all. Sky has never explored his desires before. Now, the passion and jealousy Brandon has unleashed in him threatens to shake the whole band apart.

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5 - Lisa at The Novel Approach
"The Green-Eyed Monster is like a backstage pass to a musical version of boys-behaving-badly, and it was a huge hit for me. The problem is these boys just aren’t very good at communicating what’s what: personally, I blame the drugs, alcohol, and hairspray. Sooner or later, it’s all bound to muck with a bloke’s ability to rub a couple of brain cells together and spark a clue. I don’t mind telling you I growled at this book, I laughed out loud (the previously unrealized comedic potential of haggis has now been tapped), I’m pretty sure I pffft at it a couple of times, too, and then I was left with an evil, evil cliffhanger at the end for all my efforts. I’m only mildly anxious for the sequel, if mildly is loosely defined as: can’t stop obsessing about what’s coming next for Sky, Brandon, and the band."

5 - Whit on Live your Life, Buy the Book
"Holy crap that book was sooooo frustrating! I’m absolutely having a love/hate thing going with these characters. The tension in this book is thick but in the best way. I didn’t want to put this book down for minute because every damn time I thought this is it, they are going to get their shit together and then BAM…..nope. I wanted to scream at them! Apparently I love to be teased because this I loved – every minute of it. Brandon was a rock god of this book and played the part but what he seemed to want most is Sky. Who of course screws it up at every turn. Seriously, the guy made me nuts. The guys together were HOT! It’s insane that Sky could resist their chemistry. So good!"

5 - Sean at World of Diversity Fiction
"My goodness! I think that was like the best journey I had ever follow in a book. I know absolutely nothing about band group and how their life looked like until I read The Green-Eyed Monster. The way the author described their lifestyle was so realistic and I absolutely loved the characters. I learned a lot from this book even though this one was a fiction. The author mentioned in her acknowledgement that she used to work for the band, which to me, made the story more real. This is a book I’d easily recommend to anyone. Seriously, this book has a lot of characters with flaws. There was nothing perfect about these characters. I despise the books that have perfect characters because that would make the whole book fake. The Green-Eyed Monsters had the real thing about it. So, yep, highly recommended!"

5 - Crissy at Joyfully Jay
"The plot is wonderful – fun, exciting, frustrating, confusing, and completely perfect. I was worried for the first third of the book that I may not actually get to see any romance, but I was wrong…boy, was I wrong. [T]he inclusion of Sky and Brandon’s volatile relationship makes this story amazing. And the relationship between the two men? Well, when they are on, they are on and hot. God, they’re hot. But when they’re off…well, watch out. The writing is so wonderful. I love when an author can make me feel the story – the tension, the emotion – and Tushmore is obviously a master. I love this book, love the characters, love the plot, love it all. Everything about this story is fantastic. Like I said, there was a love/hate thing going on, but now I just love it and can’t wait for the next. I highly recommend The Green-Eyed Monster by Melanie Tushmore."

5 - K.A. Merikan
"It left me with a feeling of deep satisfaction. The characters: so well-drawn! I’m a sucker for flawed heroes and I really got what I wanted with this book. It is not a set of tropes, rushing to a HEA. It’s a story of a band rising to fame and the romance side is slow, with ups, downs and misunderstandings. I love that it’s such a big story and I got to immerse in it. You get to see the character’s emotions through their actions, not get told about them. Anyone can say they ‘love’, but it’s what they do that proves it. Thank you Melanie for hours and hours of entertainment! "

4 - Lis at Rarely Dusty Books
"The Green-Eyed Monster is a surprising story that left me with mixed feelings. It’s not a glamorous rock-star story. In fact the drugs, the lewd comments, the parties, the butt flashing and teasing are in abundance in this story featuring two incredibly stubborn men. Come to think of it, they may just redefine the word ‘stubborn’. Added to all of this is the theme of jealousy, spanning several years. It is also a very refreshing story. It’s nice to see men behaving like pigs for once. The Green-Eyed Monster will not be for everyone, but I sure liked it even though it turned out to be a bit of a soap opera story at times. But we all need a little soap in our lives sometimes! This is a story I most definitely can recommend. That is if you like a bunch of uncouth men, swearing, lame pranks, drug using (soft drugs only, by Dutch standards) and the punk/rock/metal scene. The Green-Eyed Monster is a sweet well written ride and I can’t wait for the second book."

3.5 - Lisa T at Attention Is Arbitrary
"From back street dives to envy worthy venues we get to tour along with the band – Crucifox. The early drug induced haze and complete lack of professionalism had me wondering if these guys even had a chance of getting their act together. But it’s the combination of the entire band – the cast of characters – that just works. Admittedly it did take me a while but, hot boy lovin’ mixed with awkward relationship development eventually won me over. Plus, the weird, crazy, wild-ride ending that threw me for a loop and had me not knowing what to expect next, totally blew my mind. I’ll have to stick around with this series, if nothing more, just to see if the author can take another sharp left turn and surprise me again."

3.5 - Yvonne at Hearts on Fire Reviews
"As a book about rock stars this was often fresh & fun. I liked Sky & Brandon together even if they’re a little frustrating. I did like reading about the 80’s London music scene. It seemed authentic with its emphasis on sex, drugs and parties. Plus we get to see some of the grungy behind the scenes stuff that goes into making a band. Obviously I have some mixed feelings about this one. I could have done without the het scenes and I wanted more of a resolution for the relationship. However, I did enjoy reading about all the on the road band experience and some of the scenes were quite hilarious. The net effect is while this may not have been my ideal m/m story I still found a lot of it quite entertaining."




99,000 words
366 pages

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Gay, Bisexual



Cover Art

Ria Chantler


M/F, M/M, M/M/F, 1980s, 1990s, British, London, bisexual, coming of age, coming out, contemporary, crossdressing, D/s, dark humor, drug use, dubious consent, exhibitionism, friends with benefits, horror, humor, infidelity, menage a trois, rockstar, violence, virgin, voyeurism