Book Reviews

The Beat by D.J. Manly at Amber Allure

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Menage MMM / Multiple Partners / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-May-2013

Book Blurb

The beat of love doesn’t always move every drummer in the same way...

The members of Frenzied Water, an up-and-coming rock band, can’t believe their luck when Frank Harold, former drummer for Heirloom, the most famous group on the planet, enters the studio and offers to be their new percussionist. And Johnny, Frenzied Water’s front man, never expects that his feelings for Frank will grow to the point where he needs to know the reason Frank left Heirloom for a less popular group.

One night, after a few drinks with Johnny, Frank finally confesses the reason he left Heirloom—a love affair-gone-wrong with his former vocalist. With the truth out, Johnny believes he has a chance with the sexy drummer if only he can convince Frank to leave the past behind and give their blossoming love a try.

Then a miracle happens, one that Johnny suspects may be more calculated than it appears. His band is invited to be the opening act on Heirloom’s American tour. It’s a dream for a rock group struggling for recognition, but a personal nightmare for Johnny, who wishes Frank as far away from his former lead singer as possible.

But Johnny is not the only one dreading this tour, and when a snowstorm in Denver traps Johnny, Frank, and two members of Heirloom together in a cabin, there will be no escape...


Book Review

"The beat of love doesn’t always move every drummer in the same way..." is the opening sentence of the blurb, and it is an amazingly accurate description of the theme of this story about four rock stars. Most of us love to follow their often slightly crazy shenanigans, love affairs, and other craziness, and this story shows all of that in perfect detail, with a strong focus on the love and lust that blossoms between the members of two bands.

Johnny is in love with Frank, the drummer who joined his band after a "personal difference" with his ex-lover Dave. It takes them a whole year to actually fall into bed together, and Frank is awfully withdrawn afterward, but the lust and passion between them is obvious. Problem is, Johnny wants more, ideally a commitment, and Frank just doesn't seem to be sure yet.

Then things escalate. Johnny thinks Frank wants to get back with Dave. Dave's new lover, Tim, is angry about that and wants to make Dave and Frank jealous. Needless to say, the whole thing almost blows up in their faces when the whole emotional mess turns into a wild foursome. No, that may not have been necessary to figure things out, but it sure cleared the air between them!

If you like stories about slightly crazy, and insanely hot, rock stars, if you enjoy reading about the things four men might get up to together when all inhibitions have been removed thanks to some pot and a lot of alcohol, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that is as hot as it is fun, you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 13000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-April-2013
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