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Breaking Bonds by Ari McKay Guest Post and Excerpt!


OS Welcome to Ari McKay the author(s) of Breaking Bonds!


Hello, everyone! I’d like to thank Open Skye Book Reviews for hosting us during our blog tour for our latest release, Breaking Bonds. It’s part of the Dreamspun Desires line from Dreamspinner Press, and it’s the second book in our Walker Boys series. The first book in the series is Striking Sparks, which is available through Dreamspinner Press, but both books are stand-alone romances featuring two different couples, so you don’t need to read Striking Sparks to enjoy Breaking Bonds!
For my post today, I’d like to share an exclusive excerpt from Breaking Bonds. I hope you enjoy it!


Carter loitered nearby, and when Rocky left the kitchen to take a pile of dirty dish towels to the laundry room, he approached Liam again.
“I was wondering if you’re busy after dinner service tonight,” he said, clearing his throat as if he was nervous.
“Actually, I’d been considering going into Asheville,” Liam replied slowly. He’d given some thought to finding a companion for a little fun that wasn’t complicated by business. He was on vacation, after all, and since Carter wasn’t on offer, it was the best option Liam had. “I understand it’s very gay-friendly.”
“It is,” Carter replied, the admission sounding a little grudging. “It’s a big art, music, and food town. There are a lot of great places that offer live music most nights of the week.”
“That’s what I’d read. I was thinking of hitting a couple of clubs, checking out the local flavor. Why, is there something you wanted me for?”
Carter’s cheeks turned pink, and he studied the floor. “It doesn’t matter since you’ve already got plans.”
There was definitely something going on with Carter, and Liam wondered if Carter was more interested in him than he thought. He stepped closer and put his finger under Carter’s chin, coaxing his head up. “Plans can change,” he said softly.
Carter met Liam’s gaze shyly, and the blush in his cheeks darkened. “We could go to Asheville together,” he suggested, lightly resting his hand at Liam’s waist. “I know some good clubs.”
Liam could feel the warmth of Carter’s hand through his shirt, and while he thought that was an encouraging sign, he wanted to be certain. “Have you changed your mind about the fling thing?” he asked. There was no sense setting himself up for an evening of frustration if Carter just wanted to go as a friend.
Carter gnawed on his bottom lip, and Liam could see the inner battle he was fighting in his eyes. “You’re still going back to New York?”
“I have to go back. I can’t walk out on my mentor after he took a chance on me,” Liam replied honestly.
Disappointment flashed in Carter’s dark eyes before he lowered his gaze again and stepped back. “I thought we could hang out after dinner service, but maybe that’s not such a good idea. If you want the names of those clubs, I’ll write them down for you.”
It wasn’t hard to figure out that Carter wanted Liam, but he wasn’t going to settle for a short-term thing, while Liam couldn’t just throw away ten years of hard work and the debt he owed Marco. If he’d been a different type of man, he could have lied about his intentions in order to coax Carter into bed, but that wasn’t his way.
“No, but thanks anyway.” Suddenly the thought of a casual hookup with someone he’d met in a bar lost its appeal, and Liam shrugged as though it didn’t matter. “I’ll go back to my room and watch a movie.”
“I’ve got stuff I should be doing anyway.” Carter mustered a wry smile and shoved his hands into the pockets of his tailored slacks. “An owner’s work is never done.”
Part of Liam wanted to invite Carter to watch a movie with him, but it would probably lead to more frustration, so he ignored the impulse. “That’s what I’ve been told,” he replied instead. “Perhaps one day I’ll know for myself.”
“I’m sure you will.”
Rocky entered the kitchen, and Carter used that as an excuse to head for the door. “Good luck with dinner service,” he said, waving as he hurried away.
Liam watched him go, then turned to Rocky and started giving him directions for the preps for dinner and pushing away any regret about he and Carter being nothing more than friends. Immersing himself in work would distract him until dinner service was over. After that… well, going to bed alone was something he was used to, and it didn’t seem destined to change anytime soon.


From the frying pan into the fire.

After a critic’s review attacks both Chef Liam Walker’s culinary skills and his personal life, Liam can no longer take the heat of the cutthroat New York City restaurant scene. He needs to get out of the kitchen—at least long enough to cool down and regroup.

At the Overlook Resort in North Carolina, Liam meets owner Carter Galloway. Carter has a passion for the hospitality business to rival Liam’s own, and it’s not hard to see where their shared interests—and attraction—could lead. But Carter has no interest in a fling, and Liam has no intention of walking away from the career he fought so hard for. If they want a taste of happiness together, they’ll have to find the courage to break the bonds threatening to pull them apart.


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Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who have been writing together for over a decade. Their collaborations encompass a wide variety of romance genres, including contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, and action/adventure. Their work includes the Blood Bathory series of paranormal novels, the Herc’s Mercs series, as well as two historical Westerns: Heart of Stone and Finding Forgiveness. When not writing, they can often be found scheming over costume designs or binge watching TV shows together.

Arionrhod is a systems engineer by day who is eagerly looking forward to (hopefully) becoming a full time writer in the not-too-distant future. Now that she is an empty-nester, she has turned her attentions to finding the perfect piece of land to build a fortress in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, and baking (and eating) far too many cakes.

McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.





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5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book class difference College/University Construction Worker Contemporary DA Exploration Gay Handyman Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort Insta Love Little to no angst m/m May/December May/December Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Standalone Teacher

Strong Enough (Family Collection) Audiobook by Cardeno C Narrated by Ezekiel Robison






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When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.

When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.


This was a dark horse favorite of mine.  When I first read the e book, I liked this but I never loved it (as much as others by this author).  Later, after hearing the original audiobook by Aaron Pickering, I liked it more but I didn’t Love it.  When Ezekiel Robison re-narrated this – I fell in LOVE!

First, I absolutely love Ezekiel’s narration style and his use of accents.  OMG!  Emilio’s accent is to DIE for and is so adorable and sexy at the same time!

Second, the story itself, while 100% fantasy material, is so over the top sweet that when I find I need a comforting book to listen to – one that will warm up my heart and make me smile – even when I’m really down – this is one I turn to.  It’s just so nice and easy.  No conflict.  A fair amount of sex.  Some humor.  Great secondary characters.  It’s just all around comforting and sweet and really can turn my day around.

This book does have a bit of “tough” in it: erectile dysfunction, rape, bigotry. But it definitely doesn’t overwhelm the story. It only enhances it.   There’s a lot of humor –  I laughed out loud at the “do you have to wear flip-flops to those meetings?” comment and the “blow-job discussion”.

As for the audio, Ezekiel Robison ROCKED Emilio’s accent and the Spanish pronunciations- especially carino – *swoon!   I absolutely loved this narration and highly recommend it as well as the others done by the same narrator. I don’t LOVE Spencer’s voice as much as Emilio’s, but I think it suits him.  

If you’re looking for something to lift your spirits, if you’re a fan of the author or the narrator, if you love nerd/jock pairings – this is the book for you!  You won’t be disappointed.

5 of 5 stars


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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch by L A Merrill

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David Marks is looking for the perfect place to film his new web series and recover from his latest failed relationship. When reclusive writer Michael Sharp opens his Montana ranch to paying guests, David knows he’s found the right place—but he doesn’t expect to find Mr. Right too.

Forty years ago Michael Sharp’s father was murdered in front of him. No one believed a six-year-old boy’s testimony against the powerful Carver brothers. For years Michael has lived in self-imposed exile, the only living witness who can bring down the Carver criminal empire. But now the money is running out, and he’s forced to play host to a troupe of temperamental web actors and their energetically attractive director in order to stay alive.

The Carvers aren’t about to stand for rebellion. Michael has outlived his usefulness. Now Michael and David have to find a way to end this fight once and for all, finding justice for Michael’s father and meeting David’s funding deadline—all before one or both of them ends up dead.

Review by Beth

There were some interesting concepts and twists in this story. Film crew going to a location they have only viewed online, ranch opening as a resort to help pay a debt, and little to no internet signal lead to a comedy in errors for the first half of this short story.
David has great ideas for stories, he just sucks at dialog. Michael wrote a book 20 years ago that was so popular it was made into a movie. I just don’t think spending 5 nights writing together inspires the insta love the story presents. I would look at this story more as a how do we survive instead of a romance.
Like I said there are a couple twists you don’t see coming so the story will keep your interest, but as a romance or love story it’s just too unbelievable.

3 of 5 stars



Review by Mary

I have not read anything by L.A. Merrill before and I found this story interesting. David comes across as a klutzy character. He has had a difficult life and his heart is in the right place but life doesn’t go well for him. Michael is stoic. He knows he has to face the Carvers but doesn’t want to get any one else involved. It was a gentle romance over a short period of time. The romance sort of happens in the background while the focus is on the filming and then the Carvers. All of which is fine by me. I really liked that Ronni and Jen also found love, it was a nice touch.

I didn’t really get a sense of Montana in the story. The description of the scenery wasn’t very detailed so I found it hard to picture the setting or get a feel for the beauty of Montana. But that is just my assumption of the series, to showcase the State the book is about, it doesn’t really detract from the story at all. It still works quite well. The story itself is intriguing and pretty well encapsulated within the novella.

I would have liked more in the conclusion. It is happy for now for Ronni and Jen with a hint of happy ever after for Michael and David.


3 of 5 stars


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4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Brian Cherry coming of age Exploration Fantasies Fantasy Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers Homophobia Insta Love m/m Mid level angst Mild/low level heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Paranormal Pirates Virgin

Treasure Audiobook by Kim Fielding Narrated by Joel Leslie Review by Brian

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Julian Massey has always been sickly. When the young man’s parents send him to the seaside town of Urchin Cove to recuperate, he finds himself stranded in a tiny cabin with only the quirky local inhabitants for company. Then a storm blows through, and he finds an unexpected discovery washed up on the beach: an unconscious man.
After stealing a treasure, Kit Archer is taken prisoner by a ruthless pirate, Captain Booth. When a storm hits the pirate ship, Kit is able to escape, but not without serious injuries. Jules nurses him back to health, and friendship grows into desire. But Captain Booth is bound to come in search of his treasure and the man who stole it.
In a world with dragons, sprites, and wizards, it’s going to take more than a little magic for Jules and Kit to find lasting happiness together.


This is a book that might best be enjoyed on a beach with a steady supply
of fruity cocktails. It’s a bit light and fluffy, but perfect vacation on
a beach relaxing listen. The fantasy world is cute with domesticated
dragons and imps providing atmosphere. Our lead character is convalescing
at a beach front vacation spot from some vague ailment that honestly just
sounds like depression from being surrounded by small minded bullying
homophobes. He rescues an injured pirate and they quickly fall in love.
Most of the book is a leisurely romance with a few mild sex scenes. There
is some action near the end with the pirate’s former shipmates, and if
there’d been more action I’d have given the story five stars instead of
four. The pace was just a little too leisurely and relaxed for my taste,
but I still enjoyed it. Joel Leslie gives an excellent performance, as I
have come to expect from previous novels.
I would read more books by Kim Fielding as well.

4 of 5 stars



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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book class difference Contemporary DA Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort lawyer m/m May/December May/December Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Reviewer second chance at love

Bull (Brawlers #3) by J.M. Dabney

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Welcome to Brawlers Bar…

They said men only get better with age, distinguished and all that BS, but Archer “Bulletproof” Woods hadn’t gotten better. At fifty-six he was still as much an asshole as he’d been in his twenties and thirties, hell, maybe he was worse. Being a bouncer at a bar called Brawlers suited him just fine and he even tolerated the rest of the crew who’d taken up residence in his house when they’d had nowhere else to go. He was big, growly and homely that kept the parade of men passing through Brawlers at arm’s length for the past decade. One night changed all that.

What he’d thought was happily ever after turned into a nearly five year nightmare. Gregory Charles appeared to have it all, a successful business, sophistication, and a perfect marriage. His friend and best employee, Landon, begged him to come out to a friend’s bar to celebrate Landon’s anniversary. What could it hurt? A night without contemplating the hell that would come down on him the moment he served his husband with divorce papers would do him good. That is until he met the brooding older man staring into a whiskey straight ignoring everyone around him.

Watching for trouble was his job and Gregory screamed mistake as soon as the long, lean and handsome man sat down beside him. But he also knew when someone was in over their head and Gregory needed someone to watch his back. That someone was Bull, only time would tell if he’d have to fight Gregory as much as the man after him.


I love this series! This is a spinoff to the “Twirled World” series, and Bull is another bouncer at the bar, “Brawlers”. While you could read this as a standalone, you’ll be missing A LOT! There are so many crazy characters in these series that you’ll miss some of the nuances if you haven’t been following along.

Bull is the “Papa Bear” of the Brawler’s crew. He’s 50-something and divorced with an adult child in the Marines. While he’d love to find someone like all the other “boys” in his house, he’s sort of given up hope.

Gregory is still married – FYI, he’s separated the entire story and they do get divorced – to an abusive asshole. He’s not even looking to date, and older, bear, leather wearing, bikers-types wouldn’t appeal anyway. So… imagine his surprise when Bull ends up rescuing him one day and moving him in to his house!

Just as with the others in this series, this is a hurt/comfort extravaganza, with both Bull and Gregory healing in one another’s arms. The boys from Twirled and the Brawler’s crew are there – being hysterical! – and we get an inside peek into Psycho and Ben’s new household – woot!

Highly recommended for fans of the series/author, and cautiously recommended as a standalone.

(I think the editing just keeps getting better and better!)

4.5 of 5 stars


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The Acrobat (Blood Ties Book 1) by Agnes Moon

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The Acrobat is a professional thief with dozens of burglaries to his credit, but when he finds himself trapped in the enormous abode of a mysterious man, as seductive as he is lethal, he realizes that the police might not be the worst of evils. Vincent de Saint-Bonnet is incredibly rich, with many hidden secrets, and little will to live. A foul-mouthed little thief with magnificent blue eyes is just what he needs to bring some light back to his gray, long-drawn-out existence. A thief looking for a valuable dagger, an antique dealer with hundreds of years under his belt, for whom the weapon represents an object of . . . inestimable value. Each man has a precise goal and nothing will stop him from reaching it. Not even the incredible attraction that grips them, pulling them into a duel, one fought with lies and seduction.

This is a brilliant story! I loved the storyline- a young boy (Liam/Acrobat) who is forced to pickpocket and live rough, but is generous enough to care for another less fortunate youth (Mal). Years later, the two are forced to steal for a living (at least Acrobat is) and live in a den of thieves and other criminals. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Acrobat is forced to break into the mansion of a mysterious antique dealer (Vincent). This is where the fun begins☺.
The story is told from both POVs and it is fun to see how the other evaluates the situations that they find themselves in. When they meet, Vincent has been watching Acrobat break in to his house and it’s funny to read how differently the break-in is perceived – on one hand, Vincent knows he’s going to catch the thief and on the other, Acrobat believes he’s going to get away with breaking in. This interaction and perspective pretty much set the tone for the book. There is humour, passion, sadness (for the life that Acrobat has lived and how much he cares for his sick friend) and a bit of heartache. There is so much packed in the book that my synopsis could never do it justice, (this is why my reviews are mostly about how much I enjoyed a book).
This is one of the best books I’ve read this year and highly recommend.

4.5 of 5 stars


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A Tour/Guest Post/Blitz Men In Uniform Monthly Theme Spotlight

June’s Theme: Men In Uniform!

Watch all month for stories of hot men in uniform! We’ve got Military Men, Hockey Players, Baseball Players, Cops, and More!

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

First Contact by Alex Gabriel June 1st

Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Angela S. Stone Narrated by Jack Raleigh

Switch Hitter by Cheyenne Meadows 5th

At Attention Audiobook by Annabeth Albert 7th

Lover On Top by Kristin Cayne 8th

When all the world sleeps by Lisa Henry 10th



FISTS 1 by Bey Deckard  12th

THIRDS Book 1  by Charlie Cochet  14th 

Brewing Up Trouble by  Jessie G 15th

Conduct Unbecoming by LA Witt 16th
Red handed by Kay Simone 17th

Playing with Fire by Ava Thorpe Jun 18

FISTS 2 by Bey Deckard  19th
THIRDS book 2 by Charlie Cochet 21st
Up in Flames by SC Wynne 24th 
Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale – 26th
THIRDS by Charlie Cochet 28th

On Point Audiobook by Annabeth Albert 30

Join us for all the action!



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Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Too Many Temples by Erik Swill – designed by Maria Fanning!

OS: Welcome to Erik Swill author of Too Many Temples. He’s stopped by today to share with us the cover for his new book designed by Maria Fanning!


A big thanks to Open Skye Book Reviews for agreeing to host the cover reveal for Too Many Temples. I appreciate everything you do on this page!
This novella–my second of hopefully many more to come–draws on my experiences of having lived in both Australia and Indonesia. While not at all autobiographical, it relates the very real problems of falling in love with someone who lives far away.
Playboy Adrian isn’t much of a world traveler. But like many Aussies, he visits the nearby Indonesian island of Bali and meets someone who blows his mind (and other things). Tour guide Ketut has a habit of falling for people he knows he can’t possibly be involved with for more than a few weeks tops. But when these two get together, Adrian lets down his guard.
Bali enchants its visitors and makes falling in love seem so carefree. But Adrian knows he is out of his element in a foreign land and encroaching on “boyfriend territory” with Ketut. Listening to his heart brings complications and the risk of getting hurt again, especially since there is no easy way for them to be together. Oddly enough, the homophobic, rural part of Queensland may hold the key to their happiness. If they can see past their hang-ups.

Looking to spice up his stagnant sex life in Brisbane, self-professed player Adrian takes a week-long vacation in Bali, anticipating sun, surf, and plenty of no-strings-attached hookups. He doesn’t expect his attraction to the tour guide, Ketut, to become an obsession. As he travels around the beautiful Island of the Gods, Adrian is startled that he might be falling in love after swearing off relationships for good.
When Ketut opens a window of opportunity for a real relationship in Queensland after the vacation ends, Adrian retreats into his life of commitment-free fun. Unable to forget about Ketut, though, Adrian strikes out to the rural Queensland town of Rockhampton to find the man of his desires—hoping he hasn’t lost the chance for true love.

Author bio

Erik Swill is a professional editor and a cheeky storyteller. He has spent half of his life living abroad and half of that time trying to convince friends that he is not an international fugitive or secret agent. He isn’t. Really. But it probably doesn’t help that he writes under several pseudonyms, moves house frequently, and rarely posts anything on his social media accounts. He has published short fiction in Gay Flash Fiction and erotica in the Nifty Archives. With his longtime partner, Swann O’Hara, he coauthored the novella Wild Goose. Erik likes to write contemporary fiction but will try any genre once. Because why not?

Twitter: @ErikSwill



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– Excerpt
“The sea here is both beautiful and deadly. The color of the water and the temptation to walk out at low tide to the base of the temple… but when the tide comes in and you are left stranded out there, the currents are strong and poisonous sea snakes swim here in large numbers. It’s odd that something so beautiful can also be so deadly. Many people have died here.”
“So it is better to avoid it completely.”
Ketut thought for a moment before answering. “No, Adrian. That makes it all the more important to visit. That people have died to see something so beautiful, so holy, makes this even more special. Sometimes taking a risk can lead to a life-changing experience. Or at least one that you will never forget for the rest of your life. How long will you remember this moment, Adrian? Right here, right now?”
Adrian had been staring into Ketut’s striking eyes as he spoke. There was a depth to him that Adrian admired, something that he would never know based solely on their first encounter. For a moment, Adrian wondered how many of the guys who had served as one-off fucks for him over the years also had something more than a tight ass to offer him. But the thought was short-lived.
Ketut leaned in and pressed his lips lightly against Adrian’s, pulling back slightly after a brief kiss. Adrian refused to let go. He pushed his face forward to continue what Ketut had started. He wasn’t done. The moment was too immediate to settle for anything less.

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Author Spotlight Cardeno C: Perfect Imperfections Narrated by Charlie David

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Hollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle-of-nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant, bartender, and adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with “The” Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once-in-a-lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend.
Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing to pretend about their relationship.

 Review by Anna

I have read this book 6 times according to GoodReads, actually I have only read it once, but I have listened to Charlie David aka the sexiest voice ever, bringing life to JJ and Reg 5 times other than that. That, people, is some serious staying power! And that sort of staying power need rewarding. So I give this all the stars! 

Normally I would reserve a 5 star rating for something extraordinary and in truth, I can’t say that this book is perfect, or extraordinary. Because in actual fact it is a little bit cheesy and predictable and silly. It’s pure fluff. But its such good fluff!

It is just such an adorable story, with likable characters, hot sexy times and the sweetest storyline about friendship and finding yourself and falling in love. And I keep re-listening. It is sure to bring me a big grin and a happy sigh – even on a bad day. 

So for staying power, sheer joy and entertainment value, this deserves the 5 stars.




 Review by Morgan

(previously on this site)

First, I have to say that this is one of my all time favorite books ever and definitely my favorite by this author. It. Was. Amazing!

Jeremy Jameson – “JJ” to Reg- has famous parents and has been in the music industry since he can remember. He’s super famous and really out of touch with the “real world”. He goes out one night “incognito” to a bar to simply “be” and meets Reg, the bar tender there.

Of course, Reg recognizes him, but plays it cool, and the two strike up a friendship over several beers.

Reg is the most laid-back person you could ever meet. He’s the perfect foil for the sometimes overly dramatic JJ. JJ is astute enough to recognize this and asks Reg to come with him on his latest tour. They decide that being “boyfriends” would make this decision make sense to JJ’s manager and the rest of the crew, without having to explain the complexity of why they really want to do this. (JJ needs Reg and Reg is dying to help him out.)

So… even though JJ has been nothing but “straight” and JJ doesn’t even realize Reg really is gay… they embark as lovers on the tour.

The tour is fraught with media blitzes and pushy paparazzi, making JJ crazy. Reg is there to calm him down, however, and with each passing day, Reg is growing closer and closer to JJ and vice versa.

Here is where the story becomes golden for me. JJ continues to act and say and do these ridiculous things – things no straight guy would ever do – but he’s so clueless that it totally works! Reg is never abusive of this trust, only showing him – for once- true love and affection the only way he knows how.

When Halloween comes, the pair go out on the town in costume (JJ in drag!) and suddenly their relationship takes a dramatic turn.

There are a few hurdles thrown in there at the last – but most of this book is really a smooth-sailing adventure of sexual exploration and finding love.

It was tender, sweet and hilarious, all at the same time!

Charlie David does the audio and he is superb! He is one of my favorite narrators and does an excellent job here as well.

The only thing marring the experience from being 100% perfect is that (in the audiobook) there is a theme song. It’s very nice. At the beginning of each chapter and at the end, there is a little blip of the song played. It really made me jump out of the story because it interrupted the flow. I’ve heard some audio books where there is a little music at the beginning of each chapter, but not the end, too. I think that skipping the intro music and definitely not doing it both places would have helped me stay in the story easier.

But – that was a small blip and overall I can’t recommend this story enough. It was wonderful! I’ve read it over and over and already listened to it twice!

6 of 5 stars


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