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Release Day Review: Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur

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Release Day Review: Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur

Book Info

Book Series
Off Beat #2
About the Author
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and "bromance" (and "The Young Riders") with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments. You can contact her at AM_Arthur(at)yahoo(dot)com

Publication Date
September 06, 2016
Content Warning
Contains Explicit Sexual Situations
After a tragic accident, Lincoln West’s dreams of making it big as a guitarist fell apart. Unable to play music, he’s battling a hopeless downward spiral, and takes his friend’s offer to stay at their beach house for the summer. While at an open mic night at local bar Off Beat, he locks eyes with a busboy who doesn’t make Linc feel so broken anymore.

Emmett Westmore lives for the anonymity of busing tables in his aunt’s quirky bar where no one pities him for the fire that killed everyone he loved. He blames himself for the fire, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him—except for Linc. Emmett’s walls drop when he’s around the gorgeous blue-eyed guitarist, but he has a secret that could destroy his budding relationship with Linc.

Both Linc and Emmett are looking for a way to live again…will they let their fears control them or take a chance on something real? 

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Review by Tracy C Muth
**copy provided by author/publisher via Divine Magazine in exchange for an honest review**

Lincoln and Emmett are both damaged. They've both faced tragedies. Lincoln has severe migraines and vertigo, after a hit and run car accident left him and some of the members of his then band lucky to be alive. Emmett suffers from anxiety and panic attacks after losing his entire family in a house fire. They meet at Off Beat, a night club owned and run by Emmett's aunt. They hit it off, but after being raised by a devote religious family, who believes homosexuality leads to eternal damnation, Emmett can't bring himself to go against his parents beliefs.

The first thing I'll say is, this is a series, and although they can be read as a standalone, some of the main and secondary characters from book one play pretty big roles in this story. I didn't read book one, and while I never felt lost, I probably would have benefited from reading book one and knowing all the characters. Ms. Arthur is one of my favorite authors, so I have no clue how I missed book one.

I liked the storyline, but I thought Linc and Em's relationship moved a bit too fast. I wish the author had taken more time with the getting to know you phase. The book has a lot of scenes with the secondary characters, and I felt some of those could have been eliminated and more time spent on Lincoln and Emmett getting to know one another. Maybe a few more dates and such. That being said, I loved both of these characters. They were both lovable, yet so broken you just wanted to cuddle them. I loved the chemistry and connection between them and the way the supported and cared for one another.

My only other complaint is, I thought the secret Emmett was left keeping is added drama and angst that wasn't needed, and it's dragged out almost until the very end and resolved much too quickly. Although, I will say it was a twist I never saw coming.

The story was well-written and mostly paced well. It's a story packed with heartbreak, but also friendship, hope, laughter and love. Totally recommended!!

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