Title: New York Heat (The Go-Go Boys of Club 21 Book 1)
Author: Cameron D. James
Publisher: Deep Desires Press
Release Date: December 25th, 2018
Page Count: 542
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Club 21 is New York City’s hottest gay nightclub. The drinks are cheap, the music is infectious, and the go-go boys are the stuff of dreams.
For Dan, it’s where his life will forever change. With his signature on the dotted line, he goes from bartender to owner. And with that change, he realizes that both his responsibilities and his stress have skyrocketed.
Club 21 is home. The staff are family. Like a mama bear, Dan is fiercely protective of his clients and his staff, especially his go-go boys, whose carefree dancing inspires Dan to make Club 21 the best it can be.
Especially Ken, once a fling, now the love of his life. There’s so much that needs to get done at Club 21, but Dan is terrified that all the long evenings will drive his young go-go boy lover away. Dan doesn’t want to lose him, but if anything ever happened to his staff—his family—Dan would never forgive himself…
Content warning: New York Heat contains a scene of mass violence and the death of a main character.
There were so many facets to this book, it’s difficult to know where to begin. For me, it was really awe inspiring the way that the story took place around five distinct couples, plus a myriad of other characters in relation to the New York Club 21.
The story starts with Dan taking over as the new owner of the club. He’s kept most of the staff and hires a few more, which includes 3 go-go boys, 2 bartenders, DJ Heat and Gabriel, the bouncer.
Each person has their own story and each story revolves around love, loss, tragedy, overcoming obstacles and becoming a family. It also mirrors a tragedy that happened in our own history, with the shooting of a gay club.
Honestly, this was really well done. It was easy to keep track of the characters, even though there were so many of them. I really enjoyed the background and individuality between them all. They really banded and took care of each other, which was impressive.
There were some things, though, that made it miss the mark of perfection, at least for me. One thing that went a bit overboard for me was the sex. To the point where I was skimming to get through the scenes. There was just so much of it.
Also, the plot seemed to get lost as the book progressed. I felt like yes, it was great to get to know each character, but at one point I had no idea what the book was trying to accomplish.
I loved the scene at the end after the shooting when the entire community rallied together to support LGBTQ rights and Dan was able to rebuild. It was a great way to finish the story off and was humbling to feel the love.
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