Book Review: Behind the Lights (Social Sinners #1) by T.L. Travis

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Behind the Lights
Author: .T.L Travis
Series: Social Sinners #1
Heroes: Joey Hayes/Ricky “Stoli” Branson
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 172 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: June 9, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Joey Hayes and his best friend Ricky Branson have been together through the good times, as well as the bad. Attending their first concert as teens set the path for their futures in motion. Shortly after, the pair joined band class where they meet Ethan and Mick and the foursome formed the metal band, Social Sinners.

Things were going according to plan until Lucas Shane entered their lives, disrupting the flow and testing the strength of their friendship.

When Joey spirals down a dark path after catching his cheating boyfriend, this tasked the other three band members with making a difficult decision that could end his career as their lead singer.

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Review:

I knew going in this was a multi-book series, and with a series where the key players are in every book, the timeline takes, well, time to play out, but I still did not expect it to take so long for Joey to realize that Stoli was his happy ever after. The childhood love and friendship between these two grew into one of the strongest loves I’d ever read about; and they end up solid and totally in love. Unfortunately for Stoli, and the rest of their bandmates, it takes Joey freaking YEARS to see what everyone else saw…and I do mean everyone. This is a story about family, friendship, and a garage band that starts to skyrocket into fame and celebrity, and all the baggage that comes with it.
Joey and Stoli were connected at the hip since childhood and that connection is made crystal clear in the details that lay out their history in this first book. As much as I don’t want to discuss Joey’s boyfriend, Lucas,  he does play an integral role. Lucas was a high maintenance user and a loser. He was a dick, no ifs ands or buts about it. How Joey allowed him to come between him, his band, and his bestie, Stoli, is a mystery, but we all have that one lapse in judgment that we regret, and Lucas was easily that for Joey.
Although Lucas is the boyfriend to Joey in most of this book, Stoli and Joey have their special times and moments, too. And, we get the next book that is all Joey and Stoli, otherwise this would a much lower rating.

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

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

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