4 stars for Desolation Angel by Layla Dorine #MM #Musician

DesolationAngel_600x956Title: Desolation Angel
Author Name & Publisher: Layla Dorine (Wayward Ink)
Publication Date & Length: March 4, 2016 – 268 pgs


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?

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 FourStarsI really enjoyed this story of an emerging band and their talented yet distressed singer/songwriter.  While this is marketed as a m/m romance, it is more a story of friendship and brotherhood between the boys in the band.  There are several romantic relationships at various stages of development in the book. While the focus is on Sionn and Dare, the band’s climb from rough bars to recording contracts and Dare’s journey towards self confidence take centre stage.  
I love rock band stories and this doesn’t disappoint.  This is a story of the grit at the start of a band’s career.  The grotty shared house, the grubby bars, the poor security – there isn’t much glamour here but there is an incredible amount of heart.  
I’m not sure if the stalker/drug dealer storyline added anything.  The ending of that storyline was a little OTT and didn’t quite work with Dare’s quieter personal journey.  I did enjoy Dare’s attempts to become  more normal – the psychiatric help, his martial arts classes and I loved the way the author questions normal throughout this story.
This is rocker without the rockstar glam often found in books about bands.  I enjoyed the grit and I really enjoyed Dare’s steps towards self-awareness.


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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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