I used to watch the X-Factor, back when it was a simple singing show, and they added all the fancy chair changing, etc.
But BEFORE this we had Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

There was a competition to end up in a boy banned (One True Voice – Who? LOL) or a girl band (Girls Aloud – you may have heard of them and/or Cheryl Cole LOL!). The girls won, but to be fair, their final song was awesome! [The Sound of the Underground – so impossibly catchy and sexy].

I'm fascinated when Simon Cowell takes five random people and forms a band – One Direction anyone? But, I didn't want to make a group that was ballads, and poppy, I wanted to form a prog-rock in-your-face type band, where two of the band have a hidden romance.

Then Meredith Russell made an awesome cover and suddenly I was writing the book!

If you like singers, bands, romance, and a HEA, you might want to check it out.


Boy Banned

Boy Banned

When the only way to win is to hide who you are, how far are you prepared to go?

Reuben “Angel” Jacobs is one step away from giving it all up. Losing a place in the live finals of Sing UK almost kills him. He has no choice but to go home and work for the family business, even though it means giving up his dreams and proving his old bullies right.

Corey Dixon is a rocker at heart. Being on the spectrum means that making sense of other people’s ‘normal’ is hard in itself, let alone in the chaos of a high-powered competition. Singing is his safe space, the only way he can think through the noise in his head. Messing up his audition for the live shows means his journey is over, and it’s the worst day of his life.

The judges throw them a lifeline and create a boy band from the near-miss hopefuls. Angel, Corey, and three others are put together in a room and offered the chance to sing as a group. Agreeing to become part of the new band means Corey has to hide who he is and what Angel has come to mean to him.

Is winning worth the price Corey and Angel have to pay?

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