Book Review: Semblance by Chris E. Saros

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Semblance
Author: Chris E. Saros
Heroes: Drake/Scotty
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 236 Pages
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Drake isn’t looking for justice. He’s not interested in doing what’s right. He’s after one thing and one thing only: revenge. That means taking down the Boredega drug cartel—and the shadowy, seemingly invincible man who heads it—even if he goes down with them.

Drake plans to destroy the cartel from within, and he uses his nightclub, Semblance, as a front for money laundering and drug trafficking. He’s sacrificed almost everything to complete his mission, and just as he’s getting close, he’s derailed by flirtatious bartender Scotty, who offers Drake a glimpse of the happiness he’s missed by pursuing a personal vendetta. Scotty might be irresistible, but Drake has come too far to turn back now. He’ll have to find a way to keep Scotty safe, fend off persistent prostitute Natasha, feed tips to the authorities, and edge his way closer to the upper echelon of the cartel, where he can finally strike. He’ll need to do it all while keeping his intentions covert—and he’s not the only one at Semblance with secrets.



This is one of those stories where you have no idea how the MC’s can possibly find a way to be together in the end. Drake is a man set on revenge for the loss of his family and has basically dedicated his life to seeing that through. At this point, he is running a club that is utilized by the cartel he wishes to take down. The same cartel the cops have not yet been able to get close enough to the leader, and when anyone tries, they are found and eliminated, including Drake’s father and the rest of his family.

In the meantime, he uses outside people to work in his club, including bartender hottie, Scotty. I loved Scotty. He was sweet and funny and just exactly what Drake needed to see past the tunnel vision vengeance road he has been on. Maybe he is enough to give Drake something else to live for.

But, before that can happen, things come to a head with the cartel and Drake ends up in trouble. I won’t say any more about it so as not to give too much away. Suffice to say there are a few twists and turns, though some are pretty predictable. Regardless, it was exciting and edgy, and I loved how the story all came together, from Drake’s family to how it all plays out. There are still some unanswered questions at the end that I felt needed some closure, but all in all, it was a great story. I will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future.

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*



Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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