Release Date Review: Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Title: Steady Stroke
Author: A.M. Arthur
Series: Off Beat, #2
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Swerve
Publication Date: September 6th 2016
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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?

My Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Lincoln has had a hard time coping with his injuries from the car accident he was in a year ago. His head injury causes him to have crippling migraines that he constantly has to watch for things that may trigger them, including any lights. After his head injury he had to work to get his balance back to even walk and it left lasting effects on his equilibrium. He lost his ability to play guitar because the vibrating strings made him feel dizzy.

Emmett has a lot of anxiety issues due to his traumatic past. He tries blend in and disguise himself behind colored contacts, dyed hair, and even changes his name to keep himself from being recognized as being of Syrian nationality. Coming from Muslim parents he was brought up to believe that homophobia was wrong so he also tries to deny his sexuality.

I thought that Emmett and Lincoln were so sweet together. Emmett was so understanding and helpful when it came to Lincoln's migraines. There were many times that he had to take care of him. Lincoln was really good at getting Emmett to come out of his shell and embrace who he is.

This is the second book in the series and it just as filled with angst as the last one. So. Much. Drama! Even though this is the second in the series, it can be read as a standalone. There was a big secret that got revealed towards the end that I thought was handled a little too well, however. I thought the forgiveness came a little too easily on everyone's part because it wasn't only one person affected.

I am excited for the next one in the series because I want to know more about the other guys in the band and also Melody and Van!

** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **

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If you also want to check out the first book in the series, Body Rocks, you can read MY REVIEW.

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