Title: Guitars and Cages
Author: Layla Dorine
Genre: gay fiction, urban drama, contemporary, M/M fiction
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
My honest review:
To be honest, when I picked up this book, I didn't expect much. I loved the blurb, but I've read o ton of books which didn't live up to the expectations set by their description. I'm happy to say this was different.
I started reading, and what it seemed like a minute later, I was 250 pages in.
One of the things I liked the most about this is that it's not a love story, or not a typical one at least. The MC, Asher, is flawed, unlikable at times, but all his actions are justifiable. I could relate with him throughout the book. I laughed with him, cried with him, and hoped, despite his own doubts.
The story flows nicely, the characters are rounded and well written, and everyone has a purpose, a role in the book. There was the occasional missing word or repetition, but these were few and far between.
This is a beautiful story, especially if you're looking for something different. I can say in all honesty that I can't wait for Layla's next book, not only because I fell in love with her writing, but because this book is a tough act to follow and I want to see if she can keep the bar this high.
Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.
When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.
When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.
Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.
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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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