Title: The Beat
Author: D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC
Characters: Frank, Dave, Tim & Johnny
POV: First person, Johnny
Sub-Genre: multiple partners (M/M/M/M)
The beat of love doesn’t always move every drummer in the same way…
The members of Frenzied Water, an up-and-coming rock band, can’t believe their luck when Frank Harold, former drummer for Heirloom, the most famous group on the planet, enters the studio and offers to be their new percussionist. And Johnny, Frenzied Water’s front man, never expects that his feelings for Frank will grow to the point where he needs to know the reason Frank left Heirloom for a less popular group.
One night, after a few drinks with Johnny, Frank finally confesses the reason he left Heirloom–a love affair-gone-wrong with his former vocalist. With the truth out, Johnny believes he has a chance with the sexy drummer if only he can convince Frank to leave the past behind and give their blossoming love a try.
Then a miracle happens, one that Johnny suspects may be more calculated than it appears. His band is invited to be the opening act on Heirloom’s American tour. It’s a dream for a rock group struggling for recognition, but a personal nightmare for Johnny, who wishes Frank as far away from his former lead singer as possible.
But Johnny is not the only one dreading this tour, and when a snowstorm in Denver traps Johnny, Frank, and two members of Heirloom together in a cabin, there will be no escape…
As always, I love stories with multiple partners and was pleased that D, J. was able to pull this off without it sounding fake or contrived.
I was also pleased that D.J. was able to segue it into two couples who got their happily-ever-after. How D.J. wrote the emotions had me reading faster than I usually do, unable to put the book down. I HAD to know what was going to happen next. The sex was hot, the men complicated and well-rounded.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes multiple partners, well thought out men and happily-ever-afters.
Reviewed By: CR Guiliano