Title: Desolation Angel
Author: Layla Dorine
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, Rocker Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Dare gets lost in music only he can hear.
Since childhood, it’s rolled through his mind, drowning out the rest of the world. When he comes back to himself he has the notes and lyrics for the songs his band plays. But he wonders if such talent is worth it, when the rest of his life is such a mess.
All Sionn ever wanted was Dare’s attention.
But that won’t happen as long as Dare has his ‘musical dreams’, so he keeps his attraction a secret. Too bad it’s impossible to keep anything secret when you live with your three best friends. When Sionn’s temper reaches breaking point, he sets Dare on a quest to ‘fix’ himself, in the hopes of gaining the love of the man he adores.
But Fate has a funny way of twisting things.
And ‘normal’ is just a state of mind, isn’t it? While Dare struggles to change, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the band is offered the chance of a lifetime. Can they pull themselves together fast enough to take advantage of it, or will Dare’s desire to be ‘normal’ unravel all their lives?
Mark raised an eyebrow. “What’s your problem?”
“I’m tired of this shite,” Sionn growled. “That’s what the hell my problem is. He zones out like a fuckin’ space cadet and you all just sit and laugh and make a joke of it. I’m goddamned tired of being the bloody one to bring him back. And for what? He’ll space out again in an hour or two anyway.”
Dare frowned, looking back and forth between Sionn and Mark. “I remembered to turn the pot off this time.”
“And it’s a good thing too,” Sionn snapped. “But did you ever think that it might not be a good idea for you to be trying to cook at all?”
Dare looked down, biting his lower lip. “Just wanted ta have dinner ready for ya’ll when you came in. Sorry.”
Paul plunked a bowl of soup down on the table in front of Dare. “Ech, don’t worry about him, he just had a pissy day at work and now he’s gonna be an ass for the rest of the night.”
Sionn shot Paul a withering look and sent one at Dare too for good measure. “Kiss my arse, you bastard.”
I loved this story. It had me laughing and crying in equal measures all the way through.
I fell in love with Dare right from the off. The music he hears almost constantly is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is it helps him to write the music that makes the band he’s in famous. The down side is it impacts on his life.
The story follows how he learns to cope and his budding relationship with a fellow band member. It takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions and events, before arriving at the wonderfully happy ending.
My favorite part had to be when Dare calls Charlie about the demo tape. He really plays it well and backs Charlie into a really tight corner. I won’t tell you what’s said but trust me you have to read that part.
Lastly the story is well written and a credit to its author.
Happy Reading 🙂
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About the author
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
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