Heavy Metal Blues Boxset by JD Walker ~ Book Review by Karen

heavy-metal-coverTitle: Heavy Metal Blues Boxset

Author: JD Walker

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/25/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues: Lester “Les” McCoy loves his country music. He’s also in lust with Damien Ridley — the ‘metal boy’ who lives downstairs — despite his very loud music tastes which drive Les crazy! He’s an old prairie bachelor, and thinks Damien is too young for him. But, a gay-bashing and some friendly advice lead Les to use Patsy Cline and canary yellow underpants to get the stud he’s always wanted.

Heavy Metal Bicycle Blues: Kenny Culpepper is a spin instructor, but he used to do more with his life. He’s still recovering from the homophobic attack by his former roommate, Biff Tremonte, and when he receives a letter from Biff’s brother, Kenny’s not sure what to do. But the two men meet, and Cypher Tremonte confesses that he was also a victim of Biff’s rage. What they find together is unexpected, and could become love.

Heavy Metal Sunshine Blues: Sonny Bonhomie is happy to sleep with Noah Stiles, a sexy guy he meets at a club. But then he finds out that Noah has a boyfriend, and confronts him about it. Worse, Noah tells Sonny the real reason he slept with him in the first place. Heartbroken, Sonny goes to a new LGBT bookstore and runs into Bruce, a bartender he knows. They hit it off, and Sonny’s sunshine blues might just be over.

Heavy Metal Heartfelt Blues: Bridges Barfield is a stern, rigid man who’s hard to please. But then he meets Trenton LeDoux, he of the magenta hair, lip ring, and free spirit, and they hit it off. Trenton seems to be stuck in the past with his dead husband, however. Bridges tries to help, but suffers from saying-the-wrong-thing disease. It takes many missteps before these men finally have a union that’s truly heartfelt.

My View:

This is collection of four interlinked stories, and just really sweet.

Les and Damien are very sweet together, Damien pulls Les out of early middle age and makes him have fun, while Les is hesitant Damien knows exactly what he wants, and gets it ! Kenny is Damien’s friend, and becomes his roommate in Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues, and the second story is his, and possibly my favourite in the series. Kenny starts a friendship with the brother of the man who attacked him, and this develops into love.

Sonny is introduced in Kenny’s story, and he is totally the good time boy, he compensates for feeling ordinary in his life and looks by working out fanatically and is a bit needy. Bruce is his prefect antidote, quite and thoughtful.

Bridges is Sonny’s boss and very stuck in a rut ! His relationship with Trenton pulls him out of himself.

Whole these are relatively straightforward and simple stories, there are some strong characters, with distinct personalities and the way that the stories link is enjoyable. Perfect for a lazy afternoons reading when you want to feel good !

 

Links

Heavy Metal Blues Boxset on Goodreads
JMS Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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