Book Reviews

Escaping Indigo (Escaping Indigo 1) by Eli Lang at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / New Adult / Erotic Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-August-2017

Book Blurb

Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.


In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.


Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.


Book Review

“When we find the courage to face our pain, it always helps heal others, as well as ourselves.” ~ Phyllis Edgerly Ring, 'Snow Fence Road’

Micah, of 'Escaping Indigo' by Eli Lang, lost himself when his best friend suddenly died. Everything they did together is now too painful to do without his friend. Instead of grieving and moving on, he wallows in his grief, giving up on the hopes and dreams he shared with his friend; it hurts too much to go on without him. The one thing he can't give up is music. Micah may not want to be a drummer any longer but he still wants to be close to the music scene. When Micah tis offered a job as a roadie for a band called Escaping Indigo, he jumps at it.

During the tour, Bellamy, one of the band members, strikes up a friendship with Micah. Micah is pleased, but confused as to why Bellamy prefers his company over his friends in the band. They become lovers, but their relationship is very inconstant. Both men have suffered life-altering losses; Micah goes back and forth between being intimate with Bellamy or being rejected, left wondering what happened. Bellamy has mental issues and Micah is in a self-imposed prison of grief. These circumstances make it difficult to know what you want.

Even with the emotional turmoil between him and Bellamy, Micah admits that he has to deal with his friend's death. Micah begins to work through some of his grief; learning to do things that ease his pain, instead of dwelling on it. Toward the end of the tour, things aren't any better with Bellamy. Micah decides to quit his job and goes home. Even though he loves Bellamy, Micah is convinced that Bellamy wants to keep denying he has a problem more than he wants to deal with it so he can love Micah.

I was attracted to the cover and was expecting the story to be more about the band than it was. Instead, it was more character driven than plot driven. There was a great deal of introspection and character growth which is something I usually like to see, but it took Bellamy and Micah so long to get there, it was almost anticlimactic when they did. It was told from Micah's point of view, making it even more poignant. It was harder to identify with Bellamy since I never knew what he was thinking, but easy to pick up on his fear and confusion and to sympathize with him. Thanks, Eli, for the emotional roller coaster ride and the reminder that if someone isn't “right” with themselves, they can't be “right” with anyone else either.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 221 pages/67400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-July-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $21.98 bundle
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