Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hot Licks by A.M. Arthur

Title: Hot Licks
Series: Off Beat, 3
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: St.Martin's Press
Genre: MMM, Contemporary
Pages 269
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Benji Moore is living his dream traveling as the lead singer of his band. His life would be perfect if he could get his boyfriend, Josh, to commit to an exclusive relationship.
Even though Josh loves Benji, he has good reasons not to trust in long-term relationships. So Josh decides to take some time to himself and sublets a room at a friend’s beach house. But when he walks into the nearby Off Beat bar, he finds a bartender who may be a good distraction from his relationship problems.
Van Holt doesn’t do anything deeper than sweaty one-night stands. But when Josh sets his sights on him, Van is surprised by their connection. Except Van also doesn’t do complicated, and the situation between Josh and Benji defines complicated. But the more time Van spends with them, the more he’s realizing how hard it would be to let Josh and Benji go.
Can the three of them find a way together, or will they all end up going solo?

Hot Licks is the third book in the Off Beat series by author A.M. Arthur. This story sometimes lost me along the way. I liked it, the story telling is great and the connection, but it is a complicated storyline. This is not the story you pick up after a long day. This is the one you pick up when you have time to really sink into a story and the complexity of the characters. Also this is the first time I have read this series. I have no idea if that contributed to my feeling slightly lost or not. So my recommendation would be to read the stories in order, perhaps you wont feel as lost as I did if you do that.
We have a very complicated love triangle in this book.
Donnie has come from an abusive home. Loves music. Reinvents himself and calls himself Van as an adult. He is a bartender. He is first attracted to Josh but eventually falls for Benji too.
Josh has come to the bar to hear the popular band Off Beat play, that is how he meets Van. Josh really wants Benji but Benji has rejected him when he meets Van.
Benji believes he is Asexual. And this complicates not only his relationships but his view of himself. He has to accept who he really is to be able to be with other people.
Now you have the play of relationships, and the twist to the book. How do you accept yourself for your past, and present to find your future with love? That is the complex question that this book has. Along the way I laughed, cried, and was puzzled, but I always enjoyed the book itself. Over all I say read this book in order, and have time to really sink into this one. Then I believe you will really love this book and its message that loves conquers all. 
                         Five Shooting Stars


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