Title: Squire (Indigo Knights #1)
Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Length: Novel (165 PDF pages)
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Summary Review: I liked Squire the first book in the Indigo Knights series, but not as much as the Heaven Sent books. I miss the glamour, charisma and excitement generated in HS.
Rabin Squire is on top of the world. At long last, everything is going his way. He’s about to go into the studio with none other than Brent Rose to put together a new album for his band, the Indigo Knights. Okay, so there are currently only two members of the band, but with Brent’s help, that’ll soon change. Things are looking up.
Then there’s Izzy, Brent’s cousin. Rabin’s never been interested in a guy before but he can sure tell when one is gorgeous, and Izzy is that. He’s also funny, and sweet and…sexy as hell.
Since he’s not gay, Rabin never expected to have a fling with Izzy. But Izzy says their having sex doesn’t make him gay. Rabin’s not so sure about that but if Izzy’s good with it, what harm can come of it? Izzy agrees; no one else needs to know.
Then an even bigger opportunity means that Rabin has to move away. So if the thing with Izzy was no big deal, why does it hurt when it comes to an end?
Rabin Squires felt it in his bones. This was going to be great. Why? He was going to be staying with Brent and Hell of Heaven Sent for a couple of weeks so that Brent could produce his band’s new album, and he couldn’t wait to get started. Rabin had filled in for Brent when he fractured his hand just before Heaven Sent was due to play at a New Year’s gig and they had remained friends. This was the break he and his band mate and friend Zane had been looking for since the Knights had been let go by their record company when their two recent releases tanked. When he showed up at Brent’s and Hell’s home the first person he saw was Izzy, Brent’s cousin who was staying at the house for a few months. Even though he was definitely heterosexual, Rabin thought that Izzy was very attractive and it was obvious that Izzy felt the same way about him.
While working with Brent on the new album Rabin noticed that Izzy was checking him out and Brent warned him that Izzy fancied himself in love with him. Rabin was not into long term relationships but was great with short term flings and had remained friends with some of his ‘overnights,’ but going to Chicago from L.A. meant that he would have to develop new f***buddies. Just before Rabin moved into his own apartment Brent and Hell went away for the weekend and he decided to scope out the action in the bars, but there was a little complication – Izzy asked if he could tag along. When they went to the bar Rabin couldn’t find anyone he wanted to hook up with and was leaving early, when Izzy decided to call it a night too since it wasn’t a gay bar and there was nothing there for him. Obviously when they went back to the house Izzy made a play for Rabin who caved so quickly I’m surprised he didn’t get whiplash. Jet Mykles writes incredible sex scenes so the sex was smokin’ and Rabin realized that he had a problem – he liked gay sex too much. The next day Rabin had a lot to think about — Izzy wanted them to continue to have sex, but keep it a secret from Brent and Hell since he had been in trouble recently.
When Zane came to Chicago to share the apartment with Rabin the arguments about the music started right away, and it was clear that he and Rabin were headed for a showdown. But before the big blowout happened they were offered a deal by their previous record company which had one downside for Rabin, it included their old band mates whom he hated. Moving back to L.A. was a good career move for the band but how would it affect Rabin’s new relationship with Izzy which might be turning into love?
What I liked
Brent’s role in Squire which was in the background and supportive of Rabin, allowing him to make his own decisions and mistakes but always being there to offer advice when it was needed.
Jet’s sincere attempt to make the characters different to the guys in HS, which was a good strategy but also had some downsides e.g. not enough charisma and spark between the characters IMO.
Izzy take-charge attitude to define his and Rabin’s relationship so that he could get what he wanted before Rabin could object.
What I didn’t like
There seemed to be a lack of chemistry and excitement (except for a few fights) in book 1 of the Indigo Knights series – elements that were evident right from the start of Heaven Sent. The characters seemed pedestrian at times and there was no spark. Also, the fun that I was accustomed to in the other series was missing.
Although Izzy was 22 he acted a lot younger when he was around Rabin — like a teenager at times — maybe it was the emphasis on his small stature. I had a bit of difficulty seeing them as a couple even though I really liked his character which was very appealing.
Rabin was het when the book started like all GFY books, but even for this type of story his switch to gay was so fast it made me dizzy.
Zane, Rabin’s long time best friend became homophobic and intolerant immediately after Rabin told him about Izzy. I guess homophobia trumps friendship.
If you’re a fan of Heaven Sent and are expecting the same level of excitement and larger than life characters you won’t find them in Squire. However, to be fair, I think it would be extremely difficult for Jet Mykles to duplicate the elements that made HS so successful. That series was awesome! If you’re willing to give Indigo Knights a chance to find its own level I think this will turn out to be an excellent series. I want to anticipate each new story with excitement the way I did with the previous series and I’m sure that with quality plots and protagonists this series will find dedicated readers. The new member of the band, Danny, should be an interesting character and I get the feeling that his story is next. Definitely recommended.