Reviewed by Melissa Brus
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
This is the first book I have read by GR Lyons, but it will not be the last. Set in a future world, this is a story that draws you in from the very first line. The world building doesn’t have a lot of impact in this story but you get glimpses of the next installment where it seems to have more of a presence. In this book, Adrian and Zac are both struggling to find their way in the world. They are absolutely opposites. From family, to wealth, to health, to how they move through the world, these guys could not be more different. Lyons creates heat between these two young men before they even actually meet. This series follows the members of a music group, with Zac being one of the violinists of the trio. Zac is caught between who he wants to be and who he has to be. He is not out. And since he is also a member of a rock band whose other members are openly homophobic, he can’t risk coming out any time soon. Adrian is the son of a seriously powerful and controlling father. Adrian’s father goes so far as to track his homework assignments in college. Being so far under his father’s thumb, and having no access to any money until he graduates, Adrian can’t even conceive of coming out. He also suffers from debilitating anxiety. There are other serious mental health issues dealt with in this book that include self-harming. It is handled with care and the gravity it deserves. I found myself rooting for these guys so hard. Yes. There were times I wanted to reach into the book and shake them, but those frustrations were resolved in a great happily ever after!