Author ~ Layla Dorine
Publisher ~ Wayward Ink
Published ~ 17th June 2016
Genre ~ Science Fiction M/M Romance
Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.
Roadhouse Reds is the third book that I’ve reviewed from Layla Dorine. The first two were wonderful works of fiction that I lived, breathed and greatly enjoyed. So, this one had something of a reputation to live up to. So far each book has been from a different genre, and for this instalment we are taken into the realm of aliens (on earth).
This story starts life in a diner with a group of people who have been there for years - and Jason - he of 6 months tenure, and who the story centres. Trajin is a young man who is Jason’s friend with benefits. Clyde, a trucker, is the older man who has come to care for Jason. The period is current day; at least that’s what I assume since Sponge Bob is referenced. Other characters emerge as the tale develops.
Jason has Fort Knox built around his feelings. Having gone through the foster system, he doesn’t let anyone in. This is where I felt sorry for Trajin, who wants more than Jason is willing to give. Clyde, on the other hand, is bullish and experienced enough to make dents in Jason’s fortifications.
Seeing a meteorite land in a nearby field, Jason runs towards it. What emerges from the crash is a red-winged devil-like thing that points a claw at Jason and says’s “Mine.” The alien believes Jason is his mate. After that, strange things happen to Jason – abilities develop. I will leave things there for now, as, you know me, the blurb probably reveals more of the story than I do. Suffice as to say Jason gets to learn that family isn’t always about blood relations.
The story is dialogue heavy, which in places slowed it down – especially in the first half. As authentic as the banter was, I found myself skimming paragraphs. However, each chapter had a little something extra that kept me reading enough to hit the mother ship. After that. I was grabbed by the balls and pulled into the story. I was then, glued to every page. It had emotion, action, drama, and the whole nine yards of entertainment.
Roadhouse Reds is a different take on anything I’ve read before. It’s a battle of power, birth, friends, belonging, love and true family with an added twist. The story has an interesting, varied cast and a decent heat rating, although I think the temperature could have been ramped up a notch in places.
One thing I adored was how every character had several layers of personality – from the rough, tough exterior to a heart of marshmallow. If earthbound extraterrestrials are your thing, and you believe aliens already live among us, you will be even more convinced of it after reading this.