In The Shadows

TL Travis
In The Shadows
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Encompass Ink
Release Date
August 2018
Book 2 of Social Sinners
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

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?
Book 1 – Behind the lights (MM) Joey's POV
Book 2 – In the shadows (MM) Stoli's POV
Book 3 – A heart divided (MMM) Mickey's POV
Book 4 – Beyond the curtain (MM) Diamond's POV
Book 5 – After the final curtain (MM/MMM) All

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Sep 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
65 people found the following review helpful
The second installment in the Social Sinners series is more emotional and touching than the first book. This time from Stoli's point of view, we get to follow the first steps of Joey and Stoli as a couple and to see the band facing adversity while they keep fighting like brothers.

Ricky "Stoli" Branson is having one of the best moments of his life, finally at the side of the man he loves and with their band in one of its higher points, facing their first sold out US tour. But an accident threatens to change life as they know it. Now, Stoli has to fight hard to find strength to keep going while risking losing his reason for living.

I liked this book better than the first one, but there's still something that keep me away from fully getting hooked by the series. I struggle a lot at the beginning even though it was a lot more romantic and sweeter than the rest of the book but there was also a higher heat level. Seeing Stoli and Joey as a couple was something I was expecting and I loved it. I felt a little bit underwhelmed by the immature conduct of the members of the band, more often than not, but I still enjoy the overall feeling of brotherhood.

One of the things that make this book better for me was that they had to face some important and very difficult situation, there was a lot of pain in it and from that event on, I feel like I had a newfound love for the book. It became more emotional, more realistic and more captivating than it had been to me. I found it easier to get in touch with Stoli's feelings and to care for him and Joey as a couple. I was also very happy to see the support from the others. It was really good.

Overall, it was an entertaining book, there was a little bit of everything, romance, pain, music and a nice experience of brotherhood all along. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy M/M pairing and the ones that like reading hurt/comfort books.
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