Monday, May 7, 2018

Review & Blog Tour: Ice On Fire by G.R. Lyons (Review + Giveaway)

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Zac Cinder is on the verge of making his dream come true. His punk rock band, Inferno, might have a shot at an audition for a record deal. Fame and fortune would mean he could finally help his parents. They'd raised eight kids in a loving household while barely scraping by, so Zac is determined to give back in any way he can.

Keeping Inferno together, though, means keeping his biggest secret. His bigoted bandmates would drop him in an instant if they found out Zac was gay.

Then he meets Adrian Frost, and Zac can't resist the shy man. Adrian gives up everything to be with Zac, but Zac can't bring himself to do the same. He doesn't want to lose Adrian, but he can't give up Inferno, either. Not when he's so close to realizing his dream.

When one cruel decision rips Adrian from his life, Zac will have to decide if ambition is worth the price of the greatest happiness he's ever known.

(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)

WARNING: Contains scenes of self-harm that may be disturbing for some readers.

3.5 Stars!

Zac dreams of becoming a Rock Star. Between his two very different bands and going to school, he’s stretched thin. However, success means being able to help his family, something he desperately hopes to do.

Adrian seemingly has it all but his life comes with way too many strings. His sorry excuse for a father controls his life and the only way Adrian can deal with things are through meds and self-harm. The bright spot in his life is his short trips to the venue in his building to watch Zac play his violin.

When the two men find themselves paired up in a class at school, it becomes hard to deny their mutual attraction. Unfortunately, life isn’t easy for either man and when Adrian’s father discovers them together things don’t go well. Zac and Adrian struggle with what their lives have become and Adrian spirals further apart. 

They both will have to make sacrifices and it’s not always easy, deciding what they really want and if they really should be together.

This is my first G.R. Lyons book and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at first. Luckily, it was a pretty easy read and I didn’t find the need to have read the Shifting Isles series to understand the world building. I found myself drawn into their world and it easily kept my attention.

I enjoyed both Zac and Adrian, I definitely empathized with Adrian’s struggles. There were a few times I got annoyed with but for the most part, I was rooting for these two men to get their HEA. Together, they were sweet and passionate and in the end, I definitely saw how much they loved one another.

Overall, I would recommend Ice on Fire.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

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Author Bio

While daylighting as office manager for the family auto repair business, G.R. Lyons can often be found working on one of multiple manuscripts or desperately trying to keep up with the TBR pile.

Anarcho-capitalist, quietly out trans guy, former belly dancer, coffee guzzler, highly-sensitive introvert, CrossFit enthusiast, and lover of m/m romantic fiction.



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