Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blue Steel Chain by Alex Beecroft

Title:  Blue Steel Chain
Series:  Trowchester Blues #3
Author:  Alex Beecroft
Publication Date:  July 27/15 by Riptide Publishing
Length:  250pgs
Genre:  m/m contemporary romance
Shelf: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

At sixteen, Aidan Swift was swept off his feet by a rich older man who promised to take care of him for the rest of his life. But eight years later, his sugar daddy has turned from a prince into a beast. Trapped and terrified, Aidan snatches an hour’s respite at the Trowchester Museum.

Local archaeologist James Summers is in a failing long distance relationship with a rock star, and Aidan—nervous, bruised, and clearly in need of a champion—brings out all his white knight tendencies. When everything falls apart for Aidan, James saves him from certain death . . . and discovers a skeleton of another boy who wasn’t so lucky.

As Aidan recovers, James falls desperately in love. But though Aidan acts like an adoring boyfriend, he doesn’t seem to feel any sexual attraction at all. Meanwhile there are two angry exes on the horizon, one coming after them with the press and the other with a butcher’s knife. To be together, Aidan and James must conquer death, sex, and everyone’s preconceptions about the right way to love—even their own.

My Review:

I will admit that this is my first foray into this author’s writing. I found the premise to be unique without being completely out of genre, the romance believable, and the characters likeable. Romance and caring are everywhere as tensions run high and the characters’ pasts collide in the present. I enjoyed the concept that everyone’s relationship should develop in the manner that suits the participants, rather than those around them. It was a refreshing change.

I appreciated the realism and originality of the characters in this novel. Their situations were one of a kind, yet their reactions and personalities were easy to understand. I enjoyed that I could question the characters’ choices Beecroft creates likeable characters.

Beecroft has combined polished, inviting writing with a storyline that was remarkably unique in such a manner that readers will be pleasantly surprised. This was definitely a novel that I really enjoyed reading.

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