Social Sinners: In the Shadows (Tosha’s review)

Title: In the Shadows (Social Sinners #2)
Author: T.L. Travis
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: August 17th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 202 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


For Ricky “Stoli” Branson, the stars were on his side. Social Sinners was headlining their first sold out US tour. Radio stations across the states were playing their songs, and he’d won the heart of the man he loved.

Everything was going great, or so he foolishly believed…

When an accident has them burying one of their own and leaves another fighting for his life, Stoli questions his beliefs. Or lack thereof.

“Have faith,” his mother tells him. But how can you have faith in something that threatens to take away your only reason for breathing?

This series is off to an incredible start. Book one was primarily a backdrop for what was to come for Stoli and Joey. It was told in Joey’s point of view. Now book two is out and it is told from Stoli’s side of things and boy is it hot.

In book one Stoli finally catches on that his best friend has feelings for him. It took almost an act of god for that to happen but he finally opened his eyes to what has been in front of him all along. Now that Stoli has realized he has feelings for Joey in return as well, this is where the true work begins for both men.

Though one would think finally realizing you are in love with your best friend would end with the happily ever after, that is not how this goes. Which is what I really like about this book. Both Stoli and Joey have to come to terms with their new reality of being a couple and Joey has to figure out if he wants to even take the chance that Stoli will change is mind in the end. Joey is not sure about putting his heart on the line so Stoli is going to have to pull out all the stops to get Joey to feel comfortable in their new relationship.

Once both men finally acclimate to their relationship, fate steps in and tests their new resolve. Stoli is going to have to really step up and be the strong one and not let Joey fall when an accident occurs. Faith is tested. Lives hang in the balance. Can Stoli find the faith to realize that things happen for a reason and that he needs to accept what fate and God has thrown at each and everyone of them in the band? Or will he crumble and take everyone in the band with him?

This was a great book two. I am glad this one was from Stoli’s point of view. He is a character and a half. The things he thinks are only something Stoli could muster up. I love there is a serious side as well to this book. I cannot wait for book three to come out. I have a feeling it is going to blow the readers away.

Social Sinners Series

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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.