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The thing that makes this series so exceptional is it’s uniqueness. For one thing the band Sphere of Irony has it’s own unique make up. Two of the members are from the ghettos in London and the other two members are from tinsel town, Hollywood,CA. Two come from impoverished rough backgrounds and the other two come from priveliged back grounds. Together these four men have come together not only to make music but have became brothers. They fully support each other no matter what their record company, fans, and lives dictate. The other thing that makes this series unique is the characters themselves. They are not your typical wild and spoiled rockstars. They are very grounded and try to lead ordinary lives while being at the top of their careers. They have experienced it all and held onto their true selves. With the exception of one, he has to hide a part of himself. Because of the band’s popularity and his good looks, the record company wants him to hide his sexuality. He is a gay man with millions of women as fans.
Gavin Walker has had to hide his sexuality his entire life. He had to hide being gay in his early years because of his father’s career. Being a famous Hollywood producer of military action films and also being a former military career man has made his father hard. He resents his only son being gay. Gavin’s younger years were blemished with hate and despair. Once he was free from his father’s rule and started to build his own life his sexuality was once again forced to be hidden. This time it was his career and his bandmates careers on the line. But somebody knows his secret. He has a stalker that is becoming more and more dangerous.
Gavin is at the end of his rope. He’s scared, stressed, and falling apart. The only thing that gives him hope is the former FBI profiler his manager has brought in to find the stalker threatening his life. The biggest surprise is his attraction to his protector. Mitch Hale is a straight man and clearly has no interest in Gavin romantically. But the vibes are there and the confusion is even greater.
Mitch Hale has to find Gavin’s stalker before it’s too late. This case has blurred lines and nothing is predictable. He can’t get a handle on who the stalker could be or what his motivations are. He can’t get his client to cooperate with him long enough to keep him safe. He can’t understand his attraction to his client. He wants Gavin Walker to stay alive for more than professional reasons. He wants to explore his attraction to Gavin Walker.
As the danger escalates so does Gavin and Mitch’s relationship. These two are going to go up in flames.
I could not put Resist down. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. The chilling suspense was riveting. It kept me guessing up to the very end when the stalker was finally revealed. The relationship between these two men was beautiful. I loved that they gave their all to one another when they finally surrendered to their feelings.
I highly recommend Resist by Heather C. Leigh. The Sphere of Irony series is exceptional.
By Heather C. Leigh
Usually when I hear about an M/F author dipping his or her toes in the delectable pool of wonder that is the M/M genre, I'm hesitant to give the book a try.
The chemistry between a man and a woman is very similar to that of a man to man, but there's a fundamental difference that many authors can't grasp their first time writing a male only couple.
I was very quickly reassured. Heather C. Leigh roped me in fast. Her style, while not sparse, is fast-paced, smooth, and gives off a frenetic energy that's hard to resist. (wink)
Mitch is the biggest case of denial I've ever seen. And, reading M/M now for a couple years exclusively, I've seen some men in denial--and he wins hands down.
Ms. Leigh does a great job of showing the reader the tension between Mitch, our retired FBI agent, and Gavin, our slightly spoiled rock star. Gavin is immediately attracted, but confused by Mitch's conflicting behaviors, and comes across as a brat more often than a suave superstar. Thanks to the alternating POVs, we get to see inside both men's heads, and understand their actions, so I was never left thinking one was a jackass and the other a helpless brat.
Mitch is endearing in his frustrations and obliviousness, and Gavin is heartbreaking with his wounded psyche and painful past.
The actual plot, that of mysterious stalker, comes in second place to the broiling tension between the two leads. The bodyguard trope is overdone, even in the M/M genre, so reading this book was actually a pleasure. It was a refreshing take on an overused plot device, and I am very thankful it never fell into a repetitive rehashing of every other bodyguard/stalker tale known to the romance world. While there are similar and familiar elements, Ms. Leigh takes her time to make us focus on the growing relationship and emotions between Mitch and Gavin, and less on the constant danger from the stalker. The mystery surrounding the stalker(s) plays out more in the background, even while we're reminded on each page why Mitch is there, and why Gavin is so stressed out.
This was a different read for me. Not due to this being the author's first foray into the land of M/M, but because of Ms. Leigh's writing style. She leaves out extraneous details, keeps the plot moving, and makes the reader focus on the two men instead of the world they live in--usually I like a well-fleshed out environment, and I thrive on details. There is just enough detail in the story to give me a snapshot of where and what, then it's right into the interactions and dialogue. Smooth and swift, and I liked it.
I'm giving this book 5 Stars because of the intense and chaotic chemistry between Mitch and Gavin. I was addicted, and just as unable to stop as they were.
This book is aptly named!
This story was, at least, better than the book featuring Dax. What a mess that was--terrible characters and a lame plot...I can't even remember every awful detail, I guess I've blocked it all out for my own survival. ;)
I wasn't sure if I was going to read this one but curiosity made me give it a go. I thought it was ok. Although, the "bad guy" was pretty obvious and the story relied a LOT on the novelty of the romance--for me anyway.
It was slow in places and I had to force myself to keep reading. I know I'm not the intended audience (as a straight female) but it could have used some better plot and character development.
As I said, it was ok.
I was ready to give up on this series as the first book was just so-so and the second one, completely awful. But the next one looks somewhat intriguing.
This third book, at least, was a step up from the second one.
Hopefully that trend will continue.