Title: …And All Shall Fade To Black
Author: Layla Dorine
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, crazy ex, family drama, secrets, eating disorder
Page Count: 370 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Moving into his new apartment, Jax never expected to have to break up a fight between his new neighbors, resulting in a physical altercation and a visit from the cops. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that it would lead to him meeting Danny, the cute theater manager and playwright that lived next door. Unfortunately, his first impression of Danny and the way he’d cowered away in the fight with his ex, wasn’t exactly a favorable one. Jax already has his own issues to deal with, between his past problems with his mother and the chain of men who’ve floated in and out of her life, his new job as a piercer in his sister’s tattoo shop and his struggles with an eating disorder; the last thing he plans to add to it is a relationship. Yet Danny isn’t so easy to ignore and when they find themselves bonding after Danny shows him around town, and more when Jax offers to help with sets for his latest play, it becomes harder and harder for him to ignore the connection forming between them. As Jax’s insecurities and food issues grow more and more out of control, he find himself turning to Danny for help, rather than his longtime friends Callum and Max who lives just downstairs. Danny’s mix of patience, stubbornness and tough love make it harder and harder for Jax to keep his distance, and somewhere in the course of their daily lives, they find themselves moving from being friends, to being more.
Trigger warning: domestic violence
I am so glad that this book was made into a full length book. I first started reading this book when Layla Dorine first started publishing parts of his book on Facebook and I kept hoping that it would be turned into a book and now it has.
This was an incredible read. There is drama, ex boyfriend troubles, and even eating disorders. There was ups and downs and there was even quite a few times that I wondered if the two main characters was ever going to get it together.
At first Ajax seems like this harda$$ that had no tolerance for anything. He seemed to have it together but that was so far from true. It took rally getting into to his book to find out Jax’s secrets and the problems he was dealing with.
Danny is one of those characters that grabs your heart from the beginning and keeps it all the way through the book. He is truly an amazing person. He is stronger gen he knows that he is.