Rating: 5 stars
What do you do when your lover cheats on you? Why you head out and go clubbing and get your drink on, that’s what Etienne Fletcher is doing. Accompanied by his sister, Et is listening to a local cover band, downing Martini’s, all the while wondering if he wouldn’t be better off just going home. He’s feeling old and out of place, a Abercrombie and Fitch in a hipster world. Until he spies sex on two legs and it’s headed straight for him.
Eyes rimmed with black eyeliner, all lean lines and tats, Brady is everything Et’s former boyfriend wasn’t. With a smirk and a roll of his hips, Brady turns Etienne’s world upside, picks his pocket and disappears.
So begin’s Katey Hawthorne’s Riot Boy and what a wild sexy romp this is. Et and Brady are both wonderful and wonderfully unique characters right from the start. Their true personalities are concealed by the front they present to the world. Both have hidden depths and one has a frightening secret. Written in Et’s POV, the reader tags along as Etienne’s attraction to and need for Brady grows. With music, Rimbaud and live wire dialog, the author sends you on a careening ride of sex, anxiety and love no matter the obstacles before them. And there are plenty.
This is the first book I have read by Katey Hawthorne but it won’t be the last. Joyous, succinct, and sexy, here are two characters that will live in your hearts long after the last page has turned. And isn’t that why we keep reading?
Note; The author includes a playlist at the back of the book so you can listen to the music played in the novel. I loved this as I was not familiar with all the bands. Great job.
Cover: Loved the cover, it represents the novel perfectly.
Etienne never thought getting his pocket picked could lead to a first date. He knows the second he catches punk boy Brady’s eye that the guy is pure trouble, but Et can’t resist his wicked sense of humor, pretty face, cold hands — and the “piss off” swagger when Brady’s on stage with his band doesn’t hurt, either.
From Rimbaud to Buzzcocks to Malbec to handcuffs, they introduce each other to their favorite pleasures, and the chemistry is unstoppable. But Brady disappears in the night, won’t give Etienne a phone number, doesn’t talk about his past; Etienne’s never known someone so hungry for affection but with so many trust issues. Et would give all he has, but he has the feeling Brady needs saving from something before he can take what Et offers.
Then, the “something” shows up: Brady’s dangerous family, all of them more than human — including Brady, who has the ability to supercool matter with the slightest touch. Throw in the family talent for criminal activity, and it’s an explosion waiting to happen.
Et wants to help him escape his past, but if Brady keeps disappearing, he may not get the chance.
Available from Amazon, All Romance, Loose Id (http://www.loose-id.com/Riot-Boy.aspx)