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Moved by You
Vance feels trapped. He never cared about his family’s wealth and prestige, but he finds himself pinned in place by the weight of his father’s expectations. Vance would much rather sweat in his studio creating metal sculptures with his blow torch than take any kind of position at the family firm. When pressure from his father mounts, Vance is torn between going with the flow or making waves. But everything changes when Vance hits a bike messenger with his car.
Kyle has drifted through his life with a massive chip on his shoulder against the privilege that’s always been just out of reach. His job as a bike messenger doesn’t help. He’s stuck delivering packages to the very elites he loathes. When Vance crashes into Kyle, they’re suddenly thrust onto different paths than they ever expected. But can they take this new path together, or will egos and societal privilege create too many obstacles to overcome?
Hi guys, we have Ann Lister popping in with the stunning cover to her upcoming release Zac’s Mulligan, isn’t it gorgeous! <3 ~Pixie~
(Guarding The Gods 01)
Zac Mulligan is a former Marine now providing personal security for the infamous rock band, Black Ice. Seeing all the guys around him in committed relationships reminds him of his childhood best friend . . . the only person Zac has never managed to get out of his head or his heart.
Ben Holland is an artist. Falling deeply in love with his best friend in his teens, Ben is left alone when Zac leaves him for the military. Ben heads off to college and lives his life “out and proud” as a gay man and creates a brand name for himself with his artwork. Throughout all the years that pass, Ben never forgets his childhood friend, Zac, or the feelings they once shared.
Zac realizes a decade is too long for Ben not to have a presence in his life and finds Ben living on Cape Cod where they spent their summers as kids. Meeting each other as adults stirs up a lot of memories for both of them.
Zac is looking for a mulligan, a “do over,” with his childhood best friend. The question is: Can Ben find a way to put aside his old hurts and fully open his heart to Zac for a second time? Or maybe the past is something better left buried on the beach where it all began.
ANN LISTER is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.
After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award. Her ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure to the music world and her love of rock music is the inspiration for her erotic rock star romances.
The Rock Gods series gave her Bestselling Author status on Amazon. Beyond The Music, Book 7 in the series, reached #1 in Gay Erotica in the Pre-Order and held that spot for several weeks. The last book in the series launches the spin-off series, Guarding The Gods, which is releasing in early summer 2016.
Fall For Me, Book One in the series was a Finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Award. Each book in this series brings her two favorite elements together: musicians and the love between two men. These stories focus on what it truly means to love; love unconditionally, love without restrictions or labels, love without fear or judgment – to just simply love.
Title: Beyond the Music Series: The Rock Gods, #7 Author: Ann Lister Genre: Contemporary Romance Length: 454 pages Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing (February 23rd 2016) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts Blurb: Lincoln Stallworth, bass player for Black Ice, has quietly watched each of his band mates fall in love and has accepted the fact he’ll probably never find the same for himself. He doesn’t really believe in true love, couldn’t fully understand the absurdity of it, or the notion there could be just one perfect person for everyone.
A debilitating health issue began to shadow Lincoln in the middle of their last tour. As his physical symptoms worsen, Lincoln has to fight the urge to hide from the world and himself inside his estate.
Aaron Baylor enters Lincoln’s life at his lowest point. Lincoln feels broken, damaged beyond repair, and he’s ready to give-up. Aaron’s patience and unwavering support slowly begin to pull Lincoln back to being present in his own life and gives him hope for a future and for love.
Will Aaron be the glue that holds the broken pieces of Lincoln’s life together?
Can Lincoln fight his way back to good health and take a chance at love?
Or will the task be too great for Lincoln to handle?
Beyond The Music is Book 7 in The Rock Gods series. This is the final story in the series, but also the launch of a new M/M spin-off series, Guarding the Gods, which will have many cameo appearances from The Rock Gods characters in each story. If you enjoyed The Rock Gods, I hope you’ll give Guarding the Gods a try!
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Review: Black Ice’s talented bass player, Lincoln, has slowly been isolating himself over the past year. Partly because he is trying to hide a severe health issue that he isn’t even fully aware of just how severe it is, as of yet. And partly because he’s tired of watching his fellow band mates and friends pair off and find their love. Lincoln is trying to convince himself he couldn’t care less, but deep down there is some jealousy and envy roiling in his gut.
On a break before the tour with Ivory Tower, Linc wants to smoke some pot, sleep and fade into the wallpaper until it’s time to rehearse. Thankfully when Linc has a fall, the bands stage manager Spimoni, is there to take him to the ER. Spimoni uses the fact that Linc doesn’t want any of the guys in the band to know what’s going on with him, he gives Linc an ultimatum. Get a physical therapist or tell the guys in the band.
Aaron Baylor is good friends with Spimoni and not only does he understand the word confidentiality, he has worked with one of the Ivory Tower guys in the past. Aaron has the patience of a saint and the harder Linc pushes back, Aaron stands his ground and forces Linc to do what must be done if he’s going to learn how to live as normal a life as possible.
Spending every waking hour together gets off to a rocky start, as I said. Linc is furious over his diagnosis and feels worthless having to depend on Aaron so heavily. Somewhere along the way the lines between therapist and patient begin to blur. The attraction has been obvious from the beginning, but the progression to something beyond just friendship is slow and tedious.
Linc and Aaron are so busy with getting Linc well enough to go on tour and figuring out how to navigate some type of relationship, that they don’t see the threat lurking in the shadows.
In a way I’m sad that this is the last book. I’ve been on tour with Black Ice and Ivory tower, watched as these guys found their soul mates, fell in love and even attending a few wedding. I’ve sat on the sidelines as they have struggled, for various reasons, to be true to themselves and move past hatred and bigotry to find their place in this world. I seriously feel like a distant cousin, I’m so invested in these characters and their lives.
So, Lincoln has been the ornery bass player pretty much from the start. He’s standoffish and volatile at times. But he is also loyal and dependable. He knows that there is something wrong with him, but he refuses to do anything about it. Reasons vary from not wanting to let the band down, his love of playing and worrying he won’t be able to anymore, and knowing that if he does something about it he is admitting there is something wrong. Ignoring it allows Linc to convince himself he is okay.
Aaron is perfect for Linc. He has the patience of a saint and he doesn’t take any of Linc’s crap. Early on, Linc lashes out several times and even fires Aaron at one point. He quickly comes to his senses, apologizing and begging Aaron to stay. It’s hard for Linc to accept help, it is just not something he is familiar with and he associates it with showing weakness.
As the story unfolds, you can see the two men falling in love. Small gestures, their inner thoughts, longing looks… it all slowly unfolds and as hard as these two fight at the start, they put all that determination into having a successful relationship. Aaron keeps Lincoln grounded, supports him, loves him unconditionally to spite his diagnosis. It’s hard for Linc to believe for a while there, but once he realizes the depth of his feelings, he refuses to let Aaron go.
Everything comes to a head in London while the guys are on tour and the threat that has stayed in the shadows emerges. At the same time, Lister introduces the team that is going to provide security for the bands moving forward. And I already see a couple of stories I want to come from these large and in charge guys. I also enjoy how the Skullblasters make an appearance to spice things up a bit. And who is to say we won’t have a love story down the road between one of the Skullblasters guards and one of the guards for Black Ice. A girl can dream, right?
This is a fantastic series with well written story lines and three-dimensional characters. You really get pulled into each and every story with believable storylines and perfectly flawed characters. While each story could probably be read as a standalone novel, why would you want to? I think reading the books in order is necessary to enjoy the full effect of the world Lister has created.
The books are emotional, intriguing, completely captivating, passionate, funny and enduring. I highly recommend anyone that likes stories with guys of all shapes, sizes and personalities that are passionate about their jobs, their friends and their lovers.
Now I have to sit here and wait for the first book in the spin-off series for the Guards, Ann Lister is such a tease! * I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Fighting His Fire Series: Rock Gods, #6 Author: Ann Lister Genre: Contemporary Romance Length: Novel Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing (August 28th 2015) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts Blurb: Locked-down at a Los Angeles intervention facility, everyone around Dante Dupont and his Black Ice band mate, Ashton Lane, thought this would fix the issues between them. Dante and Ashton knew differently. What made this a hundred times worse was the fact they were stuck in this room together. They hadn’t shared space like this since the one afternoon they both wanted to forget. And, revisiting that nightmare was not an option . . . with or without the help of a therapist.
Two musicians. Same band. Afraid to admit their true feelings, being in close quarters again has them both at their breaking point. They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, but neither of them can find a reason to leave, and fighting the fire is becoming more and more difficult to do.
Dante’s baggage isn’t pretty and his scars run deep, but Ashton might be the one to finally see beyond his past and help him find a way out from the smoke screen he’s spent his life hiding behind. In order to get there, though, they’ll both have to walk through the flames.
Review:This is the 6th book in a series that must be read in order.
At the end of ‘Meant for Me’ we saw the extent of the hatred Dante and Ashton carried for each other. But, sometimes the journey from enemies to lovers can be a life changing experience. That’s what is about to happen to Dante and Ashton.
Stuck in rehab for their severe anger management issues by their boss, Dagger, Dante and Ashton have to face some traumatic events from their pasts in an effort to move forward and develop a more symbiotic working relationship. They are both stubborn to a fault, and to spite their mutual attraction to each other, they fight it to breaking point.
Dante was violated as a youth by someone close to him and the scars on his psyche run deep. He can’t get past it because he refuses to talk about it, much less deal with it. If he can’t find a way to overcome that hurt and pain, he will never be able to be the man he wants to be for Ashton.
Ashton is younger and has a hair-trigger temper. He also has horrid communication skills, unless you count yelling, jumping to conclusions and throwing things as a communication skill. He wants Dante in the worst kind of way, but getting what he wants would require him to bend and flow, and it will take a lot of convincing for that to happen.
Volatile doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship. For every two steps forward, they seem to take ten backwards. Neither of them is the best at talking about their feelings on a good day. Add to the already tenuous situation misunderstandings, ghosts of the past and a crazy stalker and what you have is a recipe for disaster. These two will have to find a way to channel all their hurt, frustration and anger into something more positive if they stand a chance at a relationship. Not to mention the mass of broken things they leave in their wake.
There is nothing better than a frenemies story that blossoms into an electric love story. What I found that I enjoyed the most about Dante and Ashton, aside from the earth-shaking fucking sex they had, was the way they had to grow together and learn to do things they weren’t necessarily comfortable with in order to preserve their love for one another.
There were a lot of ups and downs, one minute Dante would be fucking Ashton into the mattress while Ashton shouted enthusiastically at the top of his lungs, and the next they would be trying to beat the living shit out of each other for sometimes no apparent reason. It was emotional, volatile and amazing.
If you like the Assassin/Shifter series by SGD, specifically the insane love affair of Devon Lyons and Andre Panchenko, you are going to be so engrossed in this book; this Devon and Andre on fucking steroids. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading.
There were a couple of times I wanted to lock them in a room and bang their stubborn heads together, until I realized, Dagger already did that. You also get a nice surprise at the end of the book, one that fans will be jumping for joy over.
Definitely a must read series, but please read them in order, you’ll lose a lot in translation if you don’t.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
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Meant for Me
(The Rock Gods 05)
Tony Wilcox, the quiet keyboard player for Ivory Tower, has always believed he was straight. A sexual encounter with his best friend leaves Tony questioning his heart and the unwavering attraction he has for Jared. Living and working together is no longer enough for Tony… he wants more. He wants Jared as his.
Jared Baker, the bass player for the band, has a past that is getting in the way of him fully embracing what he wants… Tony. He’s tried everything to create distance between them, but none of it eliminated the feelings he has developed for Tony.
Trying to suppress the anger and confusion from Jared withdrawing from his life, Tony does his best to get beyond the feelings he has for his friend. When Jared becomes deathly ill, it’s Tony that he calls for help and Tony has to decide if he can heal Jared without giving away too much of his heart.
Can best friends find their way to true love and discover if they were meant for each other, or will the challenges of life force them to choose separate paths?
Title: Looking At Forever Series: The Rock Gods, #4 Author: Ann Lister Genre: BDSM (lite) Length: Novel (419 pages) Publisher: Sleigh Farm Publishing (November 28th 2014) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts Blurb: Mick Wheland, Ivory Tower’s bad-boy guitarist, has recently realized two important things about himself. He prefers sex with men over women, and the idea of a committed relationship doesn’t scare him as much as it once did. He’s seen the positive effects of love from watching his band-mates find life partners, and now he’s thinking he might be ready for the same himself.
The problem is knowing where to look for Mr. Right, and living out of a suitcase while touring with a band is not exactly conducive to finding real love.
Sonny (Rooster) Roostarelli leaves the seclusion of his Vancouver cabin, where he went to lick his wounds after a contentious divorce, and moves back to Los Angeles. He claims relocating to L.A. is for business purposes, but now that the dust has settled on his failed marriage, Rooster feels he might finally be ready to settle down – with a man.
A chance encounter for Wheland and Rooster on a busy L.A. street rekindles an old friendship between the two professional musicians. Rooster needs a short-term place to stay and Wheland has plenty of extra space at his hillside estate and that lands Rooster in Wheland’s guest room. What starts out as a music collaboration opportunity quickly turns personal when the chemistry they have becomes too strong to ignore and soon the music they’re making spills from the studio and into the bedroom.
The road is a grueling bitch musicians love to hate. Being on stage under the hot lights can sometimes be the only place they feel comfortable and alive. Can two high-profile rock stars make a life together in such an artificial world – on and off the stage… or will past mistakes and family secrets keep them from finding their forever?
Review: Mick Wheland has made a name for himself as Ivory Tower’s guitarist with an attitude. He experimented with his sexuality with his band mate and best friend, only to feel shunned when his friend fell in love with someone else. After a run of threesomes where he skirted the boundaries of straight sex, and an amazing one-night stand with a sexy waiter, Wheland has come to the conclusion that he just might be gay.
Sonny Roosterelli has recently returned to LA after a hiatus in Vancouver nursing his wounds from a bitter divorce. When he and Wheland bump into each other, an old friendship is re-kindled and Wheland offers Sonny his guest room while he’s in town. The two spend a lot of time together in the studio and soon the mutual attraction becomes palpable, resulting in an extremely erotic night that ends with both men wanting more than either of them expected.
Both men have been on the run from a serious relationship for varying reasons, but the connection, chemistry and communication they share convinces them to give a commitment with each other a chance. Old wounds, secrets and the pressure of being a real life rock and roll star prove to be more challenging than they initially expected. Do they want to be together enough to overcome any obstacle?
It is a work of art, in my opinion, when an author can take a character that is less than desirable and turn him into someone you are rooting for. That is what Lister did with Wheland. With the events and his actions in Make You Mine (book #3), I wasn’t very fond of him, but in this story Lister took the time and effort to explain why Wheland acted out and made the decisions he did. Then there was the addition of Sonny to the world of The Rock Gods, the perfect partner for Wheland. Slightly submissive but strong and assertive as well, sexy and loyal. Wheland needs an equal, a partner, someone who won’t put up with his bullshit, but is willing to bend to Whelands demands in the bedroom. They really are the perfect pairing.
I absolutely love this world of rock stars that have built their own chaotic family unit that Lister has created. Pick up any one of the books in this series and you will find three-dimensional characters, involved storylines, passionate relationships, and descriptive scenery with a ballad of friendship and love playing in the background.
A must read for those that like a little Rock and Roll with their romance, and there is a little light BDSM for this coupling as well. I recommend reading the books in order to understand the dynamics between friends and lovers, and while I have enjoyed each and every one of these books, Ryan and Dagger are still my favorite!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Make You Mine Series: The Rock Gods, #3 Author: Ann Lister Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance Length: Novel (387 pages) Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing Group (April 29, 2014) Heat Level: Moderate just not in moderation Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts Reviewer: Tams Blurb: Cooper Rand is the high-energy drummer for his band Ivory Tower. Everyone is drawn to Cooper; which makes him the go-to party guy for those lucky enough to call him friend. He loves the lifestyle that comes along with being a rock star and feels perfectly suited for the role. He is also a professional when it comes to the hook-up, unwilling to stick around long enough to allow emotions to enter into what he’s doing. He’s lived his entire life ‘in the moment’ and it isn’t until he meets Jayson that he begins to question the direction of his life and if he’s been missing out on something truly special all this time.
Jayson Keller has spent most of his life living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard working as a builder. Living on a small, conservative island also has Jayson working overtime to keep his sexual orientation secret. He has mastered the art of hiding in the closet, but he doesn’t want it to be a forever thing. Jayson always said if the right man came along, he’d happily leave the safety of his closet and live openly as a gay man. The problem is, living where he does limit his partner options and finding someone worth coming out of that closet for seems an unlikely prospect.
A party at Alex Metcalf’s island estate brings Cooper and Jayson face-to-face. Lightning strikes hot and fast and suddenly their lives take a whole new path. Has Jayson finally met a man worth leaving his self-imposed closet? Have a couple of hours spent alone with Jayson opened Cooper to the idea there is a deeper meaning to life beyond the stage and the value of a committed relationship? But, a bigoted family and the rock star lifestyle could ruin everything and keep both men searching for what was standing right in front of them: a soul mate. Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Make-You-Mine-Rock-Gods-ebook/dp/B00K1053R4 Review: When Cooper Rand literally runs into Jayson Keller at a party, both their lives will change, irrevocably. The attraction is instantaneous and overwhelming, for both of them. From that first twining of the hands, it’s pretty much a done deal. Now Cooper and Jayson just have to figure out in their heads what they are already feeling in their hearts.
Cooper Rand loves them and leaves them, he has a steady stream of past lovers and the no strings attached approach has always been his modus operandi. Until he met Jayson. From their first meeting he was captivated by Jayson’s eyes. For the briefest moment, Cooper wasn’t sure Jayson was gay, but then Jayson kissed him and stole more than just the wild drummer’s breath.
Jayson Keller has spent his life hiding who he was. He and his mother escaped his abusive father when he was young, only for her to choose a replacement that replaced the physical abuse with angry words. He has always explored his sexuality behind closed doors and decided when he was a young adult that his true attraction lies with other men. His mantra has always been, I’ll come out when there is someone worth coming out for. Could Cooper be that person?
The two struggle with every aspect of their relationship except the physical one. Their attraction is immediate, intense and burns white-hot. It’s a flame that is never extinguished. It’s the trust, communication, falling in love and being loved that they are having issues with. Can Coop trust Jayson to be open and honest with him about everything? Can Jay trust Cooper with his heart, and not constantly worry his new lover is falling into the arms of another. Reputations do proceed us, you know. While passion in a relationship is extremely important, so is trust and communication. If Cooper and Jayson are going to make a go of it, they will have to learn that difficult balance between the three.
Lister has created some of the most fascinating characters with her Rock Gods series. This is book 3, and while the struggles are similar with each installment, each different character definitively shows a life of their own. I loved how she took the bad boy rocker, Coop, and showed how he was completely annihilated emotionally by the good old boy, Jayson. These two are like rabbits, which at first annoyed me, but then I realized that it was an important aspect of the story Lister was telling for these two characters. It’s safe and easy for them to just fall into bed. What’s difficult and hard is to talk, open up and trust each other with everything, especially their hearts.
Three dimensional and fantastically flawed characters undoubtedly bring ‘Make You Mine’ to life. But the in-depth and detailed writing skills of Lister add a reality and a beauty to the story that would be lost otherwise. This is a must read for those that like rocker stories, true love, hopeless romantics and those HEA endings!
Publisher:SleighFarm Publishing Group (November 2nd, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Mega rock star, Alex “Zander” Metcalf is burned out after nearly two years touring with his band, as well as emotionally drained after his sexual preferences were exposed by the media. He is ready for a long sabbatical – alone, and retreats to the east coast island of Martha’s Vineyard; leasing an Oceanside estate. Alex seeks the quiet lifestyle of a recluse to write new material for his band, only to meet the handsome estate manager, Chase, and his gorgeous fiancée, Danni, living in the guesthouse on his property. Alex’s hope of solitude is soon forgotten when he discovers Chase has a repressed bi-sexual side that is aching to surface and Alex is more than happy to help him explore it. What neither Alex nor Chase expects is the emotional power of their chemistry expanding to involve the three of them when Danni becomes entangled in their passion. Alex believes he has finally found his perfect ménage relationship with Chase and Danni. Sometimes two isn’t enough and it takes three to complete the union of a fulfilled love. But, will their new relationship be strong enough to survive when real life wants to punish them for their unconventional love? And, can they be confident in the strength of their love to take the ‘happily ever after’ they can only give each other?
Review Take What You Want is book two in the Rock God series. These are stand a-lone books that follow other characters from the previous ones. This one is about Zander, singer and guitarist in the band Ivory Tower. Zander is bi-sexual and got outed in the first book Fall For Me along with Dagger Drummand (Yes, you get a bit more of Daggar and how he’s doing later in this book). After the scandal Zander’s girlfriend Mia breaks it off and he goes to Martha’s Vineyard and rents a secluded house to get away and regroup. Chase is the caretaker that lives in the guesthouse with his fiancé Danni. He and Danni are very open with each other and plan to marry. Danni finds out Chase has a secret fantasy of being with a man though he says he has no plans to act this out. She encourages him to so they can get past it. He meets Zander and sparks fly between the two and Danni encourages Chase to act on his attraction and get over it. Things aren’t as easy as it seems.
I have to say this is a very hot story. The romance with Danni and Case is hot and perfect, and then toss in a sexy rock star and it’s off the charts smokin’! The story line is interesting with Chase trying to find himself, and Zander trying to recover from his past. I loved the emotional depth of all the characters especially Chase and Zander. I loved the fact that this ménage wasn’t all about the woman but trying to make a relationship for all three as equals. The only thing I have to say that I didn’t like was there was so much sex and the book was so long that by the end I was exhausted. I found my-self skipping through some of the sex scenes about ¾ through. I found the ending very satisfying!
If you like friends to lovers, stories about finding yourself, coming out, rock stars and a good, steamy ménage this is definitely for you!
Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing Group (May 11, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Entertainment journalist, Ryan Pierce, meets the infamous bad-boy rocker, Dagger Drummond, and walks away with a great interview and a scandalous news bit that has the potential to turn the music world on its ear. Exposing the story would boost Ryan’s career, but it would also come with the risk of ruining Dagger’s privacy – and possibly his Rock God status.
The unlikely friendship that develops between Dagger and Ryan brings Ryan to question more than just his journalistic oath to report the news. It also forces him to take a look at himself and newly discovered feelings – feelings that make Ryan blind to the risk of becoming front-page news himself.
Will Ryan find the courage to make a life decision to give himself true happiness with Dagger or take the path that would likely lead to heartbreak and destroy his career forever?
Review: Ryan Pierce is a journalist for a popular music magazine in LA. He’s interviewed more rock stars than he can remember. Unbeknownst to him, his next interview is going to turn his world upside down and make him question who he is. Dagger Drummond is rock star gold. Everything about him oozes sex appeal, from his striking good looks to his air of confidence. The fact that he truly is a talented singer/songwriter is just a plus. Ryan gets a great interview from the meeting, but when he returns for something he left behind, he learns a secret Dagger will do anything to keep that way.
Dagger has kept the truth about his sexuality a secret for fear it would ruin his career. Ryan has lived his life as a straight man, never even considering he might be gay, until he meets Dagger. The attraction is evident from the start, but Ryan denies it to Dagger and even to himself for the longest time. The two form a unique bond of friendship based on late night phone calls, random texts, trust, and mutual attraction. Dagger is a good boy though, and keeps his hands to himself until he’s sure Ryan is ready to reciprocate. A snake in the grass, a jackass that is jealous not only of their relationship, but of Ryan’s success as well threatens to tear this couple apart before they can even commit to each other.
What a fantastic love story between the two most unlikely victims. Dagger has to work for Ryan’s affections and trust me they are well-earned. This is not an add water equals love story. No, this was a slow ride to make it to the finish line. I’m not usually a fan of angst, but Lister made that aspect of the story work in her favor by turning it into an internal debate Ryan had with himself about who he was. And more importantly who he wanted to be. There was a role reversal along the way that threw me at first, as Ryan become the strength where as it was usually Dagger. But it played out beautifully.
I enjoyed a fellow bloggers review of this book where she stated she is not usually a fan of M/M books, and even though she skipped the sex scenes in this book, she LOVED the love story. I think that’s the best description for this book. I don’t recommend skipping the sex scenes though, I read those twice actually. These two are just plain sexy as hell once they get going, and they don’t know when to stop. They love to kiss and oh, my god Lister knows how to write those kisses, I was fanning myself before they ever even made it past that first kiss!
I will recommend a tall glass of water, a fan, and some Kleenex before you begin. Fans of sexy, passionate alpha male loves stories with a good dose of angst and some emotionally charged chapters will love this book.