Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: MLR Press Art Department
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/28/2011
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Sex. Drugs. Rock ‘n Roll. Nick Gorman’s got it all. He’s on top of the world, living his dream, playing guitar on stage in front of thousands of people with non-other than Marlowe. The famous singer could have had his choice of anyone to replace his former guitarist, but he picked Nick to tour with him. Now Nick’s star is on the rise, all thanks to Marlowe, who’s not only Nick’s idol but is fast becoming a terrific friend.
In the blink of an eye, it all turns upside down. A drug-hazed time in a bed alone with Marlowe forces Nick to be aware that the rock star’s interest in him is more than just friendly. Then, before he can even react to that, both singer and guitarist are in a near-fatal accident that could ruin both their careers.
What now? Marlowe’s in jail for two years and Nick is broken. Could they ever play together again, let alone explore the sizzling reverberations that still exist between them?
Reverb by Jet Mykles is a deliciously angsty, gritty and sensual story of loss, love and second chances.
A successful rock star, adored and revered, Marlowe has everything he wants until he throws it all away due to a moment of drug hazed stupidity. I adore angst in my books and I first read Reverb a few years ago, it’s one of my all-time favourites.
With his charisma and fluid sensuality Marlowe is at the top of his game, everything he touches is gold and he feels invincible. He has plucked fresh gifted guitarist Nick Gorman from obscurity to join his band and the world is his oyster. All he needs to make everything perfect is Nick in his bed. Before both men can do more than begin to explore the attraction that sizzles between them Marlowe causes an accident that plunges him in jail and Nick fighting to play again. Both men are broken and damaged. The emotions sizzle in Reverb. Marlowe moves between elation, grief, regret, to anticipation and hope, and everything in-between. Marlowe uses his time in prison to re-evaluate his life and vows to make it up to Nick anyway he can, if he gets the chance, even if that means becoming a man he thinks Nick wants, hiding his own fear and longing.
Nick also has his own demons to fight as he moves from excitement, through to anger, frustration, hate and resentment. For Nick music is his world and the thought of losing that is terrifying. Eventually Nick learns to forgive and that is followed by the anticipation that comes from starting again as the two men try to build a new future, this time on an equal footing. I loved how their roles transferred, with Marlowe becoming the more fragile, more dependant of the two, and Nick becoming the stronger man, stepping up and becoming what Marlowe needed. Nick had to learn how to forgive to be able to move forward and Marlowe needed to feel worthy of that forgiveness to be able to let the past go. Reverb is a story of two parts, before and after the accident. It’s sensual and dark, gritty and opulent, dramatic and exciting. I felt for both Nick and Marlowe, who becomes a very sympathetic reformed character. It is also a sweet and quite gentle story in places.
Nick and Marlowe carry the story but I do think Kip needs a mention, as Marlowe’s friend and manager Kip is a strong presence throughout the book and a driving force behind Marlowe’s redemption. I loved Kip and he’s very much a barometer for the emotions running throughout the story. I can’t recommend Reverb highly enough, it’s a fabulous story.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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