Review: The Duet by Harper Bliss

She should have kissed her…

Best-selling lesbian fiction author Harper Bliss brings you an age-gap rock star romance about what happens when the passion of a performance turns into something real with The Duet.

The Lady Kings and their singer, Lana Lynch, have been out of the limelight since Lana’s partner’s sudden death ten years ago. They’re ready for an epic comeback tour, but have to take a young and hip support band with them.  

Cleo Palmer and The Other Women are over the moon when they get booked to support their lifelong idols and share the stage with the iconic Lady Kings—especially queer legend Lana Lynch.  

But when Lana invites her to sing a sensual duet together every night, Cleo gets way more than she bargained for.  

Lana and Cleo’s on-stage chemistry is off the charts, but the differences in their age and life experience, not to mention some dramatic band politics, prove difficult to overcome.  

Can Lana and Cleo find their way to each other once the spotlights are switched off?13

My thoughts

Road trip. I will say that I love Harper Bliss’ new trend of having characters from previous books pop in. Since I absolutely adore Izzy Adler, it was awesome to have her appear here and in this context. 

Age-gap romance is a tough genre for me. This is usually due to the power dynamic of the couple. In this case, there is no power dynamic as Lana and Cleo are coming from the same area minus Lana’s experience. This is a really nice change.

“A queer audience is a loyal audience”

Loc. 1137

There is a tone though in Lana’s voice that speaks to their age difference and it can be a foreshadowing of future issues. Lana and Cleo view the world, and mainly how they handle their personal and business interactions, differently. Lana’s is as a result of her experience as is Cleo’s position. Lana’s voice though comes off as a little patronizing about it. She also isn’t very open to seeing Cleo’s position and basically is like “whatever”. Yeah, I didn’t click with that sentiment (chuckle).

As usual Bliss brings an interesting array of secondary characters. Lots of lesbians on a road trip definitely adds some drama and intrigue (chuckle).

I do wish that Lana didn’t need to be told to feel sparks between Cleo and her, but after realizing that they are there Bliss does bring the heat. Bliss does know how to light a fire.

I like The Duet. I really like Cleo’s character. She does the right thing even when it hurts. She puts her soul into her music. Cleo knows what is important and I really like that in a person.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

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Further Details:

Published by: Ladylit Publishing, 4 May 2022
Cover Design by: Caroline Manchoulas
Edited by: Cheyenne Blue; Proofread by Claire Jarrett
Narrated by:
Settings: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Pages: 236
Secondary Characters include: Transgender, Lesbian

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