Reviewed by Susan65
Title: In the Shadows
Author: T.L. Travis
Series: Social Sinners #2
Heroes: Joey Hayes/Ricky “Stoli” Branson
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 202 Pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: 08/17/18
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For Ricky “Stoli” Branson, the stars were on his side. Social Sinners was headlining their first sold out US tour. Radio stations across the states were playing their songs, and he’d won the heart of the man he loved.
Everything was going great, or so he foolishly believed…
When an accident has them burying one of their own and leaves another fighting for his life, Stoli questions his beliefs. Or lack thereof.
“Have faith,” his mother tells him. But how can you have faith in something that threatens to take away your only reason for breathing?
Finally. These two guys are what a romance novel is made for. Joey and Stoli are solid tight, the band is gaining positive traction, they are living the dream, and everything they touch is golden. They’ve moved on from Joey’s disastrous relationship with Lucas, and Stoli and Joey are sickenly in love…just ask the his bandmates, specifically Diamond, who gets a thrill busting their balls at every opportunity. Diamond and Joey lived together after Diamond was kicked out of his family’s lives. Not because he was gay, he’s not, but because he was in a band and not in church. Gag. I am sure we have not seen the last of them.
So, here I am just reading and loving every minute of this book. The writing is top notch and I can easily relate to these guys. I ended book one and instantly picked up this one without losing my place. This book is literally a continuation of Behind the Lights, and it was like turning the page from that book, and not just opening another book. I love when there is no rebuilding of the tempo, because the tempo was never lost.
However, no good romance is ever without issues, and this one made the “Lucas” fiasco look like child’s play. The band travels around on tour in a bus, and when that bus hits black ice and crashes, life for Social SInners changes forever. I admit, it was a bit heartbreaking to read some of those parts, and although our boys come out damaged and scarred, at least they made it out. Now, to figure out how Mickey, the quiet bass player, continues this storyline. Can’t wait to find out and I am going in now.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*