Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur

Title: Steady Stroke 
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Off Beat #2
Main Characters: Emmett and Lincoln
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Swerve
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
After a tragic accident, Lincoln West’s dreams of making it big as a guitarist fell apart. Unable to play music, he’s battling a hopeless downward spiral, and takes his friend’s offer to stay at their beach house for the summer. While at an open mic night at local bar Off Beat, he locks eyes with a busboy who doesn’t make Linc feel so broken anymore.

Emmett Westmore lives for the anonymity of busing tables in his aunt’s quirky bar where no one pities him for the fire that killed everyone he loved. He blames himself for the fire, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him—except for Linc. Emmett’s walls drop when he’s around the gorgeous blue-eyed guitarist, but he has a secret that could destroy his budding relationship with Linc.

Both Linc and Emmett are looking for a way to live again…will they let their fears control them or take a chance on something real?

My Review:
This was an interesting story. Linc is still trying to recover from a concussion that he received in a hit and run last year. He's still having real issues...migraines, he can't handle much light, and most importantly he can't play guitar. He's floundering. It's been a year. Thinking this is what his life is going to be for the foreseeable future is tough. But he's at the beach for the summer, so he's determined to get out...not just sit at home and mope. So he sets out to make some new friends (and I loved that that was truly his goal....find some friends...it was rather sweet.) And he meets Emmett.

Emmett desperately needs a friend. His entire family died in a fire and he's been subjected to hate crime abuse. As a result, he's terrified of crowds, but he battles through that every night to work at his aunt's club. 

Both of these guys have faced devastating losses but they each find a safe place in each other. I liked the guys together and how much they learn to rely on one another and how they are able to spread their wings a bit with one another. Seriously, they each provide a safe place and I loved that aspect of the story. 

There was a twist in the story that I did not see coming, and I'll be honest, I'm still not sure where I stand on that little detail because it's a hard thing to accept 'as is'. Things were done without consequences and as much as I like the characters, that doesn't quite sit right for me. I'm not sure. That one little thing just doesn't feel right. I know that's super vague, but I don't want to give any spoilers. Because the book was good and most definitely worth a read. There just may be a trigger there for some...because consequences are needed...at least in my opinion. But by the same token, that would have totally ruined the story...I get that, but... (totally torn on this one.)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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