Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Stormy Glenn
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
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Publisher
Siren Publishing
Release Date
July 2011
ISBN
1610347110
Genre
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Mickey is a male prostitute. He needed some way to survive on the streets. But after a few years in the business, he was growing tired of sleeping with nameless strangers. After getting smacked around by someone he thought cared about him, Mickey decides to quit the business, take his nest egg, and leave town. He just doesn't expect the huge earthquake that hits the city.

When his neighbor and adopted grandmother, Ms. Dixie, is stuck in the rubble of what used to be their apartment building, Mickey knows he needs help to rescue her. He flags down a group of bikers trying to get out of the city before the aftermath chaos hits. Mickey tries to make a deal with the lead biker to save Ms. Dixie. He's disappointed when Vinnie agrees to take the deal out in trade rather than cold hard cash, but he agrees. He'd do anything to save Ms. Dixie, even let the sexiest biker he has ever seen have him. Hell, he might even enjoy it.

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Sep 06, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
This post- earthquake story from Stormy Glenn evoked a lot of feeling from me but not all of it was good. I felt choked up and on the verge of tears and then I was "you have got to be kidding me" appalled.

Mickey is tired of working the streets. He has been on his own since he was fifteen and he just wants a new start. Having made the decision to leave San Francisco for anywhere else, he throws everything in a backpack and heads down to say goodbye to his neighbor Ms. Dixie. Ms. Dixie is the only person in his life who has ever really cared about him and leaving her will be hard but he knows he has to make a clean break. After a tearful and emotional goodbye, Mickey heads to the bus station when all hell breaks loose and when he comes up for air, his apartment building is a pile of rubble and Ms. Dixie is underneath it.

When the earthquake hits, Vinnie and his friends are at Vinnie's garage. After having survived the city during the '89 quake, Vinnie knows they need to get out of town fast. Throwing everything in saddlebags and loading up their bikes, they start to pick their way out of town when a gorgeous man stops them and offers him anything if he will just help him get his grandmother out of a collapsed building. Vinnie knows they don't have a lot of time to get out of the city before dark falls and the looting begins but there is something about Mickey he just can't walk away from.

The love and acceptance that Mickey finds with Ms. Dixie was so wonderful to read I think we all need a Ms. Dixie in our lives. Reading his backstory just made me want to take him in my arms and keep him safe so at that point I was completely invested in his life. Vinnie is your typical strong, I-am-not-going-to-let-anyone-get-to-me man, but meeting Mickey brings out protective instincts he didn't even know he had.

The problem I had with the story is the completely unbelievable behavior that happens throughout the story. This earthquake is supposed to be so bad that the Golden Gate bridge collapses but they stopped to have sex in an alley at one point? Mickey's abusive ex is much more interested in following and raping him than trying to survive? These are the things that just didn't work for me. I did however really enjoy several of the secondary characters and would like to see books about what happens as they adjust to life after the quake.
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