Undone Cover
Title: Undone
Author: Heat: Re
Genre(s): Romance Contemporary
Tropes: Forced Proximity Opposites Attract
Tags: f-f lesbian questioning queer lgbtq band rockstar musician ice queen
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Synopsis from the Creator:

What happens when you fall for the woman you shouldn't want and can't have?

Billie Rush can’t stop writing pop songs. The kind of songs that her rock band, The Shrikes, would never play. After their successful first album, the pressure for a perfect follow-up is crushing her creativity. Billie’s new songs and sound need an outlet, but she’s not just going to give them away to anyone.

Vero De Luca is always in the limelight for making mistakes. The daughter of a famous musician, she’s trying to make smart decisions for the first time in her life as she sets off on a solo career after years in a popular all-female group. Though she knows she’s fully capable of writing her own songs, the label insists that her first single needs a major name behind it, not just her own.

Both women think that working together sounds like a match made in hell. Though they can hardly stand each other, sparks start to fly when they’re writing the new single, “Undone.”

Will they go up in flames or find a way to work together through the blaze?

Review: Undone, by Bryce Oakley

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 9, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne

I think I've found a self-pub gem of a series with Bryce Oakley's Kaleidoscope Album. I've only read Undone so far, but I'm hooked. You know all of those rock band series with five men? This is that, but with lots of lesbian (and maybe bi?) women.

One note - Book three has been called a Toaster Oven in reviews, one of my least favorite tropes since it's usually 100% biphobic, but I am under the impression that the stories are bi-friendly and it's readers who suck.

But back to Undone. Vero is a popstar and daughter of a rock legend. She's recently left the girl group that made her famous and is being forced to write a song with an indie rockstar, Billie. Vero has spoken publicly about not wanting to be "labeled," but she's only publicly dated men in the past, so Billie is hesitant at first. Billie travels to Vero's family's house in the middle of nowhere and they're together for a few weeks as they work on The Song. As it turns out, their blossoming relationship provides just the inspiration they need.

As a reader and bi woman married to a man, I'm not in love with the idea that a person must have public same-sex relationships in order to validate their sexual orientation, but the book and characters didn't dwell on it much. It should also be noted that while Vero doesn't like labels, she does mention at one point that the only relationship that truly meant something to her is the last relationship she had with a woman, her former bandmate. I'm accustomed at this point to biphobia in lesbian romances, so who knows if this is just me being happy to not be completely erased or hated, or if the author actually acknowledges the nuance and fluidity of sexuality.

All that said, the romance unfolds naturally. It's a short development in terms of days, but since they're together every minute of those days, it doesn't feel rushed. As the pair work to overcome their preconceptions of each other, their own professional hangups and their past relationships, their romance and certainly their physical intimacy initially take a backseat.

In short, Undone is fresh but familiar, using common tropes but good communication that grounds the narrative. I wish Vero wasn't so alone, but Billie's band is great and I'm looking forward to spending the next book with her sister, Dom.


Suzanne read this book on audio on Hoopla thanks to her library.


Content Warnings: media homophobia, biphobia

Topics: review