Saturday, September 24, 2016

Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur

Title: Steady Stroke
Series : Off Beat, 2
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: MM. Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
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?

Steady Stroke is the second book in the Off Beat series by A.M. Arthur. This one is a very emotionally charged read. I liked the characters in this book. Very easy to fall in love with them and feel apart of their lives.
Lincoln is very neat organized. He has grown up poor. He has medical issues. He really misses a man he considers to be his brother. He also has something horrific happen to him by a date. He has to wear sunglasses or he gets horrible headaches. And a car crash a year ago has changed his life forever.

Emmett tries to fight his homosexual urges. But he really likes and admires Lincoln. Shy and quiet, he likes to melt into the woodwork. He lost his family in a fire. And now he hides who he is from the outside world. He loves to sing.
They develop a very fragile trust, but something from the past is waiting and lurking. When it surfaces can their love survive it?
I liked the everyday feel of this one. This book also touches on issues that are very much in the now. I adore Ms. Arthur's works and this one is no exception. When you want a very emotional read that will keep you turning the pages I highly recommend this book. 

               Four Twinkling Stars

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