Friday, May 27, 2011


Title: Reverb
Author: Jet Mykles
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-259-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Nick Gorman is riding the wave to stardom, as he tours with rock star singer Marlowe. A talented guitarist, Nick is finally living his dream. Marlowe had already asked Nick to stay with the band through producing the next album, which was scheduled shortly after the end of the tour. However, drugs and a moment of poor judgment can alter dreams into nightmares.
Reverb is a well written poignant romance filled with chaos, consequences of thoughtless actions, as well as a glimpse into the life of a celebrity. The intimacy is especially sensual. The characters are loveable and convincing, while illustrating realistic dilemmas. Marlowe is an emotional cripple on a number of levels. He fears his talent is not worthy of the many accolades received from fans. Taking drugs masked Marlowe’s second guessing of himself, along with his introverted personality. In Marlowe’s mind, drugs permitted him to present the glamorous image everyone expected from a rock star. Spending two years in restrained counseling forces Marlowe to look inward, to uncover the basis of his drug habit and become skilled at coping with sobriety. Obtaining forgiveness from the people he cares about helps in Marlowe’s struggle to get clean and sober.

At first glance Nick appears to be docile. However, beneath that mild facade lies a strong willed, take-charge young man who is determined to conquer any adversity he encounters, including his conflicting emotions regarding Marlowe. Nick wants to hate Marlowe because of the accident, yet he cannot forget their brief intimate time together and how it made him feel. Marlowe has been secretly in love with Nick for years. Nick did not recognize what he was actually feeling was love. It’s fascinating watching Marlowe and Nick tiptoe around each other. Both men are so genuinely heartwarming. Jet Mykles has created an excellent saga that I absolutely enjoyed. The characters draw the reader into their world, and then they take up residence in your heart.

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