Facing the Beat (Young Spades #2)

Title: Facing the Beat (Young Spades #2)
Author: Riley Long
Publisher: self
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 199
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Lead guitarist for the indie rock band Young Spades, Liam Wilson has a shot at big city fortune–or he would, if he wasn’t too busy licking his wounds to admit the real reason his girlfriend left him. Determined to stay single, Liam has no time for anything–or anyone–new.

Jack Newton is used to playing the field. A talented photographer, he knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. There’s just one hitch: when an enigmatic guitar player wanders in front of his lens, Jack feels the tug of a chord he has never heard before.

What’s not to like? Liam is the guitarist in a band, who’s straight and single. Jack, a photographer, is taken to a Young Spades show by his roommate and can’t stop staring at and taking pictures of the guitarist. When he introduces himself and offers Liam a drink, Liam, of course says, ‘I’m not gay.’

And who doesn’t love a line like that?

But Jack knows he was checking him out. So, being the persistent bugger that he is, he gives Liam his number and makes Liam promise to text him. Let the romance ensue… There were a few bumps in the road, but the story progressed at a good pace and was fun and light.

As the book progressed I found myself loving both Liam and Jack. They were so sweet to each other and despite the whole ‘I don’t like guys’ act, Jack was so careful with him. It was refreshing.

I loved Liam’s friendship with Trick, his band mate. He was open and honest and gave him great insight and help and I laughed so many times at his expressions/answers to Liam’s embarrassment/questions.

Jack’s attitude of I want everything, but I’ll go at your pace, but hurry… was so fun. His character cared so much and so deeply.

Honestly, this was a great first time gay relationship book. I just really enjoyed it all.

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday