Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Southern Whiskey by Morgan Shaw

Title:  Southern Whiskey
Author:  Morgan Shaw
Publication Date:  August 15th 2016
Length:  200pgs
Genre:  m/m romance
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★
Book Links: Goodreads – Amazon(US) – Amazon(CA)

Back Cover Blurb:

When two gay country stars tug on each others' heartstrings, it's time to face the music...

“I need to tell someone what happened.”

Shy musician Eli Clay's problems are piling up. He's part of a musical duo with his best friend Jessie - the only person who knows he's actually gay. He can't come out to his parents, and his manager is out of the question, too. He could lose his contract if he admitted he likes guys. But that's not the only problem... Eli slept with someone, and that someone might just be Jessie's ex-boyfriend. The regret is eating him alive, and he doesn't know who to confide in. That is, until he meets his musical idol, Austin Moon.

“I want to get over him...”

Sexy, talented and the perfect catch. Austin Moon has everything going for him... Except for his messed up love life. He keeps his love close to his heart - always wearing the dog tags of his once-lover, Miles, who died in combat. Austin's music career is going places, and he knows he can make it big, but his manager Ajax thinks he needs someone else on his team. Enter Eli Clay.

“I can make it all better.”

When the two young musicians are thrown together in a hot summer of love, they can't resist temptation and the strong pull they feel towards each other. They'll have to go up against a homophobic manager, an angry best friend, and a love that could break both of their hearts... But in the end, it will all be worth it.

Southern Whiskey is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhanger.

My Review:

I wanted so badly to love this story.  The plot had a great deal of potential, unfortunately at times there was just way too much going on.  The setting was well developed, allowing me to picture it all.  I really enjoyed Shaw's descriptions. There were some inconsistencies in the editing and the plot line as a whole that definitely detracted from the story for me.

I love characters who get caught up in their circumstances and have to find a way out of the situation.  That was definitely the case here, even if the situations tended to be ones of the characters' own making.  At times I almost felt as if it was getting a little too convoluted however.

This was an intriguing first release by Shaw.  With a little fleshing out and some balancing of the plot and action it has a whole lot of potential to be an unforgettable read.  It already is a one of a kind story.

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