Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Avylinn Winter
Series: Treacherous Chemistry #1
Heroes: Chris Sinclair/Dante Heron
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 213 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Like a depressed moth drawn to a wild flame, Chris hoped that flame would brighten his life, not burn him alive.
Chris Sinclair fades into a gray world after losing his mother to cancer. When forced to attend a concert as a last attempt to coax him out of his shell, he discovers that life might not be as bleak as he first thought.
Dante Heron holds the audience between the tips of his fingers and the delicate bow, playing the violin as if every heart is his to command. However, something darker brews behind the façade, and Chris is determined to solve the enigma.
When Chris is offered the job of traveling around Europe with the famous violinist, he surprises himself by accepting. With no idea what awaits him, he’s thrown into a world where emotions rule and rules are bent.
They’re a perfectly dysfunctional match, but then there’s always calm at the heart of the storm.
Review: What an emotional stranglehold this story puts on the reader, and on Chris, one of our protagonists. This poor guy was offered the chance of a lifetime only to come to realize that when something sounds too good to be true it usually is.
Dante is a famous, world renowned violinist and Chris’s new charge. He is basically being paid to tour Europe as Dante’s friend (also known as his babysitter). Dante is a very difficult young man. He has temper tantrums, gives the silent treatment, and is probably one of the most impossible to love characters I have ever read. He also breaks your heart because you know he was royally screwed as a child and you just want to smack the crap out of him before you wrap him in your arms and take all his demons away.
Chris is a young college student who is still reeling from the death of his mother. His only family is a brother, Ayden, whom he lives with once school is between sessions. Ayden, and his husband Cal are like mother hens to Chris and it’s really sweet to read. I truly loved how they each played a part in how they dealt with Chris’s struggle with Dante and his growing feelings for his difficult charge.
Honestly, I would have left Dante high and dry on day two. Chris only saw what Dante showed him and that changed from day to day. Chris really had no idea which Dante he would be faced with each morning. Chris fell for the sweet and affectionate Dante, but unfortunately, these two lack communication skills and so the Dante that was prominent was the one who kept his lips sealed tight.
This is a great story, but it is full of angst and a total lack of communication. It’s a story of young love and learning to trust again. It’s a story that shows the best and the worst of family. And it’s a story that I thought I was going to hate, but ended up loving. My only real issue was with Ayden and Cal – for some reason they had a past that I felt like I should have known about because so much was alluded to on their relationship. Since this is touted as book one, I guess it was just my perception…but now I want to read their story, too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*