4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Contemporary Dancer Exploration Fake relationship Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Music/Rock Star Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Stalker/Abusive Ex

Scorch (Homecoming Hearts book 1) by H.J. Welch

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At twenty-three, Blake is facing what most don’t see until decades later: the end of his career. His record label has dropped his boy band, and he’s got no place to go but home, except his mom’s about to turn his entire life into a reality TV show.

Elion isn’t where he wanted to be. A barista in a town so small he knows every customer by name, his world is about to be turned on its head when Blake – and the attending media circus – walks right through his doors. And like a fool, in front of thousands of viewers, Elion feels that old spark reignite.

Blake isn’t sure he’s a man’s man, but his producer assures him that a fling will be great for ratings. Elion’s set on showing him what being with a guy can really be like, too, and as reality and fiction begin to blur, falling in love becomes tantalizingly possible. Dangerously so, as a real-life superfan decides that Blake belongs to him.

Elion will have to fight if he’s to keep the man who’s fallen into his arms like manna from heaven.


What does happen to the members of a boy band when it’s all over? I’ve never thought about it unless I see them of celebrity reality shows. I liked this story because it’s not about regretting a life that has gone but positive about what can be. Blake heads home to decide what to do next and gets quite a surprise when it’s already been decided for him. Initially he goes with the flow. At this point I’m wondering when is Blake going to stand up for himself. He is such a sweet guy that taken he is advantage of by family and people around him.
I loved Elion, he is a fun character. So outgoing and the life and soul but hiding that he has had a difficult life. I loved his sassy attitude, no one was going to push him around. I enjoyed Blake and Elion’s first meeting and I thought the way they ended up in their fake relationship was inspired. The gradual realisation that they actually had something real is lovely. Not to mention they are hot together. Elion is such a gentle teacher and lover.
The filmmakers and the outlandish situations they force on Blake and Elion are described so well. There doesn’t seem to be anything they wouldn’t do to create drama and this makes a great read.
Overall this is such a satisfying start to the series and I’m looking forward to the next book Spark.

4 of stars out of 5


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