Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Release Day Review: Detour by Sid Love

Detour-front-cover-fin-web-200x300Title ~ Detour

Author ~ Sid Love

Publisher ~ Cool Dudes Publishing 

Published ~ 13th June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Austin Reyes works as a bartender to support his ailing mother in a small town called Eaton. But his life takes a horrible turn when his boss’ son, Caleb, arrives in town and Austin falls prey to Caleb’s lustful intentions. (TRIGGER WARNING***) The turn of events in his life force him to leave Eaton after his mother commits suicide succumbing to the depression and Austin comes to Denver to start a new life.

Dylan Carver is out and proud. He’s also a well-known actor in the porn industry. When haters damage his car, Austin, now homeless and destitute, is injured and Dylan helps him. In the immediate aftermath, Dylan develops more than a passing interest for Austin, and, though they part ways, chance meetings never stop.
Austin lets Dylan in on the secret about his past, but soon realizes that the man who looked so happy on the outside, has his own baggage. Unbeknownst to them, someone is plotting to get Austin killed.

Even while surrounded by danger, Austin and Dylan’s relationship takes a detour that was always meant to be. Will this detour be Dylan’s undoing? Will Austin finally come to terms with his mother’s suicide and follow his own truth? Or will their lives implode?



Cheryl’s Review

This was such an interesting book. It’s one of those stories where there are many strands, all woven together – no more like a plant with shoots flying out all over the place, sometimes winding around other shoots and sometimes turning around and weaving themselves together in surprising way.

I can’t deny there were times when I lost my place a little as the book tends to skip large periods of time with only a scene break. I found this a bit distracting and, more than once, I was confused about when and where the action was taking place. This was not, however enough to turn me off the story.

I really enjoyed the characters in this because they weren’t perfect.

Austin is severely damaged by experiences that make it difficult for him to have sex and culminate in his mother’s suicide. Dylan is a porn star and an almost recovering alcoholic, Amy is in love with Lianne, hiding it by throwing herself at men, and Lianne is in love with an assassin. They’re all beautifully screwed up.

Austin (Aka Teeny Aka Oz) is my favourite character. He’s damaged and thinks himself weak and pathetic, but he’s not. Just to have kept his sanity and got to where he is proves he’s stronger than he thinks. He’s always thinking of other people and taking responsibility for everyone’s lives. I see a lot of myself in him, which I probably why I empathise.

Dylan is a rock. He’s also flawed, but he’s far more stable and sound than Austin and despite a few false starts he’s steady in his love and support.

Amy and Lianne are hilarious. They are clearly the best of friends. In the beginning, Amy is … to say she throws herself at men is an understatement. When Austin first meets her, she pins him to the sofa and rubs her boobs in his face (Oh no, not boobs! Austin hates boobs, at least when they’re being rubbed on his body).

There are other bit-part actors (probably recruited by Trev through the magic of porn) and they’re all well drawn  and vivid.

The story is generally well paced, although it has a habit of speeding up at times, and making time jumps which catch you unawares.

All in all, this is  a sometimes frustrating but always entertaining book and is thoroughly a romance through and through with not too many bad things happening and a lot of angsty kisssing

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