Title: Steady Stroke
After a tragic accident, Lincoln West’s dreams of making it big as a guitarist fell apart. Unable to play music, he’s battling a hopeless downward spiral, and takes his friend’s offer to stay at their beach house for the summer. While at an open mike night at local bar Off Beat, he locks eyes with a busboy who doesn’t make Linc feel so broken anymore.
Emmett Westmore lives for the anonymity of busing tables in his aunt’s quirky bar where no one pities him for the fire that killed everyone he loved. He blames himself for the fire, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him—except for Linc. Emmett’s walls drop when he’s around the gorgeous blue-eyed guitarist, but he has a secret that could destroy his budding relationship with Linc.
Both Linc and Emmett are looking for a way to live again…will they let their fears control them or take a chance on something real?
Author: A.M. Arthur
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Maybe This Time, Stand By You, The Truth as He Knows It, Getting It Right
Series: Off Beat
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Body Rocks, Hot Licks
Published by Swerve Source: Publisher
Published: September 6, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
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At the end of Body Rocks I was excited about the new Off Beat series. I was also very curious about what would happen to Lincoln. The car crash left him with some fairly serious problems. At the beginning of Steady Stroke readers are quickly reminded of those issues. The head injury prevents him from playing the guitar due to the vibrations causing dizzy spells. Bright lights can lead to migraines. Stress and other things that Lincoln simply can’t prevent have caused finding a job difficult. He’s trying to just enjoy summer on the coast at Trey’s beach house. Lincoln is trying hard to get back to normal with very little success.
Off Beat is where Emmett is trying to find his new normal. His aunt Beatrice is the owner and she’s hoping to get her nephew out of his shell. Emmett is not just in a shy though. He is trying to form a whole new identity for himself after he lost his family. Meeting new people is very difficult for him. Meeting and dating hot musicians is even more difficult. Emmett quickly sees how easy it all can be with Lincoln though. They have so much in common and Lincoln just makes Emmett want things he never believed he can or should have.
It’s easy to see that there was a lot of potential for this book. I completely feel out of interest at nearly the half way point when a huge secret was revealed. I know how romances work. I get a happily ever after at the end of it. I knew this big secret would be a hurdle that Emmett and Lincoln must work through to get their HEA. None of it sat well with me. After the big reveal I’d read a couple of sections and put the book down for a few days. I typically would have devoured this book in a day or two. It took me nearly a month. There was even more disappointment with how this big secret was worked through. It was basically no big deal all around. Just no.
There was a new character introduced that I hope gets a book. There’s so much potential for that to be a very interesting read. I enjoyed the secondary characters and I’m looking forward to finding out who gets future books in this series.