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- Print Length: 328 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XPZX3G5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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House of the Rising Son (Living After Midnight Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Cheyenne, son of the leader of all the supernatural species, doesn't want that kind of power. He prefers his magnetic hold over humans to come from his music. He just wants to be left alone to be a rock star. He discovers that it isn't so easy to disentangle himself from his birthright. He has to fight for his independence and his children but along the way he falls in love with Alexander, who is struggling to break free from his own father's suffocating expectations. And Cheyenne, who has trust issues, also finds a core group of tough and quirky of friends who support him as he supports them.
House of the Rising Son is all about sex and violence and rock and roll and characters that touch your heart. I'm so glad I broke out of my comfort zone to read it.
I was intrigued by the title. My mind began to hum while scanning the synopsis, "There is a house in New Orleans | They call the Rising Sun | And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy| And God I know I'm One," (Lyrics from The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals) and words are popping out at me: rock and roll. half-human incubus, music, royal blood, law school, drag queen, contains hot were-tiger sex. I was expecting angst, romance, sexy characters, paranormal royalty and smexyness, clearly these are all excellent reasons to select a book.
More than anything else, House of the Rising Son is a family drama. It does contain the elements I mentioned above, but there's a lot more. It's about Cheyenne’s very messed up dad and all the political pies he's got his grubby fingers stuck in, Alexander’s hoity-toity parents and their equal pretentious expectations, and how two pretty great guys managed to scrape themselves away from all the parental fuckery mostly intact, to make an awesome family of their own. The kids are amazing, everyone should have a drag queen for a nanny, and I would LOVE to sit down and have drinks with Eddie sometime.
Honestly, the story line isn't all that fluid; it stops and starts, veers off track, gets caught up in unnecessary sub-plots and is quaintly cliched.... so what. It's got heart, it's different, I liked the characters, it was honest and true and yeah... I'd totally read it again
My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for Carly’s Book Reviews.
Cheyenne is a an incubus working as the lead singer of a band. He’s trying to stay under the radar but singing is what he loves to do. So he takes a gig at club in the seedier part of town. The crowd’s emotions when he performs also feed his demon half. Cheyenne dropped off his father’s grid and he’d like to keep it that way. His father is the head of the supernaturals in their area and a ruthless protector of his incubus people. He’s always put the good of his people above his own son. His reasons for hiding are not just that his father disapproves of his life choices. Cheyenne has a secret bigger than himself to keep. He has in his care two young children he’ll do his best to keep out of his father’s hands. Who would use for his own benefit and leverage. Cheyenne can barely keep them safe and fed by playing his gigs late nights at the club. Cheyenne’s incubus side draws fans to him. So when Alexander keeps showing up for the shows Cheyenne is intrigued. He’s strangely attracted to the human who has his own set of daddy issues to work through. Alexander has never been attracted to a man but he’s somewhat obsessed with being near Cheyenne. Cheyenne makes his interest known while Alex tries to deny his feelings. They don’t really coincide with his father’s plans for him. Because of his fondness for Cheyenne Alexander is drawn into a world he had no idea existed.
I did like the couple in this book. They had a connections and were super sexy together. Each has their own secrets and struggles. Cheyenne can’t tell Alex everything about his past because he has to keep it secret. For the sake of him and the children and for Alex’s own sake. There comes a point when the danger is too high to keep the secret however and Alex takes it all pretty well considering. Alex has a powerful father also and their business is dependent on him marrying a daughter of another business man. Of course the daughter is a horrible person.
I had some issues with the OTT villainous fathers in this one. They were both so vile in their disregard of their son’s feelings. Cheyenne’s father had moments where you think he might have cared but squashed those when he sent his goons to beat Cheyenne or bend him to his will. Alexander continuously ignored his chances to let his father know he wouldn’t be marrying that nasty woman even though he knew he’d never go through with it. I also never understood why if Cheyenne was so fearful for the children’s lives, why he never left the city. I get it was explained because of the money but he had to know they’d eventually find him if he stayed in the city. He seemed to be taking their survival one day at a time however. I thought Cheyenne’s powers were pretty cool and would have liked more of that in the story.
So I feel conflicted about this story. I’ll say I liked it but I know I had quite a few issues with it as well. It kept my attention and I liked the characters. There’s just a lot of frustration while the guys find the will and the courage to get out of their father’s grasps. Some convenient bad decisions and situations. I think that Cheyenne having those kids gave him a purpose beyond his music and that’s something he needed or he would have never been happy. Falling in love with Alexander made him happy as well but there’s the struggle with bringing him into his mess of a life and having someone there for him. Now that it’s been a few days my issues with the story aren’t the things I’m remembering most about this book. The great characters and their struggles are. So it was definitely worth the read.
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