Exquisitely Hidden (Sin City Tales, #2) by M. Jay Granberry
Title: Exquisitely Hidden
Series: Sin City Tales, #2
Author: M. Jay Granberry
Genres: M/M, Multicultural, Rockstar Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2019
He was everything I needed when I thought I had it all…
As front man for the band everyone’s eyes are on me.
I bask in the spotlight
Because it hides the flaws.
Everyone has secrets.
Mine will ruin everything I’ve built.
My career, my music, my life…
But keeping this secret?
It’s breaking my heart.
I knew how we would end before we started
And still I can’t resist him.
Not everyone will understand.
But I do.
He’s the man I’m meant to love.
How long can I deny who I truly am?
Should I keep my secret or risk it all?
4 iScream Cones
"The ache of two breaking hearts replacing our shared passion with unspoken sadness."
I've been excited to read this second installment after being blown away by the author's debut novel, Exquisitely Broken. Yeah, I'm a self-confessed rockstar romance addict and that was what made me give this new author a test drive. I was introduced to Adam and Seth in that first book so I knew going in this was going to be a heartbreaker, especially for Seth. 💔
After spending time in foster care as a kid, Adam knows what it's like to have nothing, and he doesn't want to go back there. When their fans assume that he and the female lead singer are a couple he doesn't correct them. They just live their lives and smile, keeping their secrets. When their fanbase grows to include a stalker it becomes necessary to hire extra security. There was no denying the instant chemistry between the rocker and the security guard, Seth. The sizzle between them was intense and they probably didn't hide it as well as they thought they did.
Seth has been out of the closet for years and he doesn't want to be anyone's dirty little secret. But, getting one taste of the delicious rocker is something he can't resist. He's warned up front not to expect more, and he doesn't. That doesn't mean he doesn't want more. "I've offered my heart, I've offered my body, but he won't take it." What's it gonna take for Adam to realize that his fear of losing will guarantee that he does? If he lets Seth walk away, won't he be taking his heart with him? How satisfying will his rockstar lifestyle be if he's all alone?
What I missed in this story is the music. Sin is the songwriter and the singer, so it's understandable that her book included lyrics. And, I have to tell you, that even as support characters, Sin and Jake steal the show. He's just so alpha and bossy and they can't keep their hands off each other. That's one of the things I loved so much about their story...sigh. 🔥
Don't get me wrong, I adore Adam. But, I wanted to spank him at times. He's just so stubborn and determined to ruin his own life. He's always been the protector in his relationship with his bestie, Sin. They learned a long time ago that, "Family..." "Ain't never been blood." Now that she's with Jake, he's not needed as much. He's got too much time on his hands to fantasize about the one he wants but can't have. Or can he? Guess you'll have to read Exquisitely Hidden to find out.
M. Jay Granberry is first and foremost an insatiable reader.
Among her favorite things are classic fairy tales, smutty books where characters have heart, old lady sweaters (preferably chunky knit), gift baskets (giving not receiving), and charcuterie trays (green olives, smoked cheese, and Genoa salami).
She is a true Las Vegas native, the one in Nevada not New Mexico, and to answer the most frequently asked questions about growing up in Sin City…
No, she doesn’t live in a hotel.
No, she has never been a stripper although she does know some.
Prostitution is absolutely illegal in Clark County (Las Vegas)!
And what happens in Vegas does indeed stay in Vegas.
M. Jay earned a degree in words and stories, and after fifteen plus years of doing everything other than writing, she penned her first novel.
Giving a voice to characters, that are strong yet fragile, that are sometimes uncomfortably real, that express love in dirtiest ways with the sweetest sentiments is honestly a dream come true.