Oh happy reading days ahead! My name is Deidre, and as a reviewer I hang with a great group of ladies with varied interests who, through two blogs, share our love of books with the world. You can find us over at Literati Book Reviews and Literati Literature Lovers.
First off, many thanks to Contemporary Romance Cafe for inviting me to share my recommendation with all of you.
Last year I was introduced to this indie author by a great friend and author who, in no uncertain terms, told me I absolutely had to read his books. I trust her opinion implicitly, and so I did. From that moment forward, I latched on to his blog and Twitter to be up to date about any further releases and when I became more active on facebook, he accepted my friend request. Throughout the process of reading his latest release, I’d like to say he held my hand through it, but he did let me shake my fist at him for putting me through the wringer!
I do hope that you get just as much out of reading this book as I did, then proceed to get copies of his backlist (Power Exchange and Safeword), and keep up with this talented author. Without further ado, I give you my top recommendation of the year thus far for a stand-alone novel, Queers by AJ Rose (released January 2014; buy links can be found here).
Within her walls are stories. Love. Laughter. Tears. Lives lived to the fullest, and sometimes cut short before they really get started. She’s seen it all, from homelessness to super-stardom, boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as lamps, and boy, does she have secrets she could tell. Her one truth is that everyone who darkens her doors is accepted with open arms and a song.
Her name is Queers, and for one of L.A.’s few dueling piano bars, she has a lot of heart. On her stage, the beautiful voice of Duff McKinley rings so true he captures the shattered heart of his boss, Brad Mosely, who checked out of life three years ago. But even lifelong dreams have untold consequences.
Duff came to L.A. to chase his musical aspirations, but his best friend Garrett Slater accompanied him to chase a wish of his own: finding The One, his white knight. He believes Landon Kennedy fits the bill. Suave, handsome, and powerful in the music industry, Landon can show Garrett a life he’s only seen in movies. But even as Landon helps Duff realize his dreams, he brings Garrett into a nightmare he may never leave, one from which Garrett’s roommate, Jackson Moriarty, is determined to rescue him. If Garrett repays Jackson by seeing his own charms, so much the better.
Yes, within her walls, Queers has long history. Unrequited love, sinister intentions, fame, fortune, and a group of friends and lovers who would do anything for each other no matter the cost.
What I had to say:
“This is the type of story where in the review, I can’t address specifics because I’m so terrified that I won’t be able to stop, and spoiling anything for you as a potential reader. This is the type of book where you either read it along with a friend or get together afterwards to discuss in detail. So I’ll let the synopsis speak for the specifics of what you’ll find inside the pages. I’ll only add that it’s raw. It’s visceral.
The highs are high. The sweet moments will make your heart sing. The UST and fully engaged physical moments are searing, and will leave you breathless and your skin tingling. The anger and frustration will redden your face. The joy will make your eyes smile. The grief will rip out your soul, stomp on it, then put it through the blender before shoving it back down your throat. And the hope, oh the hope. It will put you back together again. Queers isn’t just a book you read. You experience it.”
Full text of my ‘infinite stars’ review can be found at Literati Book Reviews.
About the Author
It began with a Halloween themed short story assignment from a second grade teacher, and from then on, AJ Rose fell head over heels in love with writing. Even an active social life through school, learning to play the piano in a passable imitation of proficient, and a daring cross country move couldn’t stop the tall tales about imaginary people that refused to be ignored. With college experience came a change in perspective to romance and passion. A propensity to slash favorite TV characters brought AJ to today, writing mostly M/M for publication. But don’t be surprised if the occasional ghost still pops up.
While I’m recommending a novel of the MM romance variety, us Literati gals read lots of books in a plethora of genres, so be sure to check out our blogs, Literati Book Reviews and Literati Literature Lovers and give us a follow on Twitter and Facebook.