Social Sinners: Behind the Lights (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Social Sinners: Behind the Lights (Social Sinners #1)
Author: T.L. Travis
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: June 9th 2018
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Page Count: 172 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Joey Hayes and his best friend Ricky Branson have been together through the good times, as well as the bad. Attending their first concert as teens set the path for their futures in motion. Shortly after, the pair joined band class where they meet Ethan and Mick and the foursome formed the metal band, Social Sinners.

Things were going according to plan until Lucas Shane entered their lives, disrupting the flow and testing the strength of their friendship.

When Joey spirals down a dark path after catching his cheating boyfriend, this tasked the other three band members with making a difficult decision that could end his career as their lead singer.

Book 1 is the only book in the series that can be read as a stand-alone.
Book 1 – Behind the lights (MM)
Book 2 – In the shadows (MM)
Book 3 – A heart divided (MMM)
Book 4 – Beyond the curtain (MM)
Book 5 – After the final curtain (MM/MMM)

This book just blew me away. I figured I would like it but once I started reading it, I just could not put it down.

What I really liked about this book is, the main character Joey not only told the story from his perspective but he made sure that the background information was there for us to know what was going on and how he felt in that moment.

Joey and Stoli have best friends for as long as they could possible remember. They did everything together. They have always been close to the other. So when both realized their love for music and playing music at an early age, they decided they were going to have a band together one day.

After starting high school, Joey and Stoli met Mickey and Diamond. Each brought something different to the table but together they were amazing.

Like an new band trying to get their music heard, they had to pay their dues by attending concerts and performing as openers until they were able to build up enough of a crowd and following to make their band known.

Along the way, Joey realizes something about himself that took him by surprise at first. He is gay. When Joey basically has a panic attack about realizing this about himself the one that stepped in and made him see reason was Stoli. Stoli had a secret of his own. He is gay as well. So after accepting this about himself, Joey meets a guy at school that pretty much wraps Joey around his little finger, Lucas. Joey is completely head over heels for him but Stoli does not like Lucas at all and has no problems with letting anyone know it.

Can Stoli and Joey continue on as friends with a strain of not liking Lucas on their relationship? Will the band be able to survive what could turn into a huge war between two best friends all because of a guy? Will Joey ever really see what is going on around him or will he keep his blinders on?

This was an incredible read and I just cannot wait for the next book. I wish it was out now so I could see what this group of men is going to get up to next. T.L. Travis did an incredible job on this book.

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Galley copy of Social Sinners: Behind the Lights provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

1 comment

  • Thanks for the review. Ok, seeing a 2nd review of this, I get to say that not only was I a band nerd in HS, but I actually got to play once with the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was briefly in my lab band class.


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