This was a recommendation from a friend of mine, and the premise, while not in my usual wheelhouse, sounded very entertaining so I decided to give it a try.
So, thanks to the authors, as well as Wednesday Books via NetGalley for the review copy.
Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.
On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?
This is the story of Ruben and Zach. They’re both members of a superstar boy band called Saturday. Behind the scenes, they’re also best friends, though at times, the pressures of fame, and the pressures of the band’s management forcibly keeping Ruben in the closet have made it difficult to get along all the time. As they go on a big European tour, Ruben and Zach get even closer, and when they decide they want to tell their fans, they realize that they will never get the blessing of their manager. And many shenanigans are had.
I quite enjoyed this book. I read half of it in one sitting when I should have been sleeping, and I love it when a book grabs me like that. Ruben and Zach are both really easy to cheer for, so it was easy for me to latch onto them and hope for the best, even when they were being colossal idiots (as is wont to happen in a lot of romances, lol). I also liked the exploits of the rest of the band, and especially how Angel’s shenanigans affected Ruben and Zach.
We see things from both Ruben and Zach’s POV in the first person, alternating chapter by chapter, and I thought that was a good way of getting both sides of the story. The font for each of them is different as well, which was admittedly jarring at first, but eventually became a good indicator of whose POV I was reading.
All told, If This Gets Out was a quick, fun read that hits hard at times, but was often adorable and jostled my feels more than once. I’d recommend it to anyone that’s into friends-to-lovers romance. Also the only-one-bed trope. Yep, it’s there, and I did not have a problem with it. ^_^ 4/5 stars!~