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Double Blog Tour #Review – Roadhouse Reds and Spider Webs & Cover Art by Layla Dorine

ROADHOUSE REDS

Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.

Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.

Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.

As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..

Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.

Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.

Roadhouse Reds Cover

Buy Links

WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/roadhouse-reds-by-layla-dorine/
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-roadhousereds-2055451-148.html
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Roadhouse-Reds-Layla-Dorine-ebook/dp/B01GKAY4RS/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roadhouse-Reds-Layla-Dorine-ebook/dp/B01GKAY4RS/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Roadhouse-Reds-Layla-Dorine-ebook/dp/B01GKAY4RS/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/Roadhouse-Reds-Layla-Dorine-ebook/dp/B01GKAY4RS/

Book Trailer

Review

Roadhouse Reds deceives you into the relative comfort of a contemporary story of misfits finding their way to a roadhouse diner where they can all be accepted. Colorful characters populate the diner, and sarcastic responses to customers are the norm. By the time the science fiction story line unfolds, you’re taken a bit by surprise by it. All I remember was groaning and hoping Ano ki wouldn’t end up with Jason.

I loved how little the blurb revealed, and how all stories of seemingly unrelated characters came together. The romance is not your run of the mill, traditional pairing, but it seems so fitting for what you’d expect for Jason.

Characters are pushed so far beyond their comfort zone, you expect them all to crack under pressure, bonds to break, and hell to reign their world, yet the strange events that suddenly plague the roadhouse just make them all stronger, individually and as a group.

I loved Roadhouse Reds, I couldn’t wait to discover what happened next so, despite it not being a short story at all, I went through it really fast. If you like science fiction, unusual characters, and dark pasts and situations, you’ll love this latest story by Layla Dorine!

SPIDER WEBS & COVER ART

Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to conversation about suicide and mental illness.

Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to a conversation about suicide and mental illness. A trip to visit an old friend who runs the tattoo parlor where he got his first tattoo soon nets him a conversation piece, in the form of a semi-colon tattoo, but the pain of grief is still overwhelming. Reconnecting with his band is an obstacle he’s not sure he can overcome. It takes some time away with best friend and fellow bandmate Troy Paulus to finally get him to open up and accept that the things he’s feeling are normal parts of the healing process. And if along the way, the two grow even closer, than that’s just a bonus right?

Spider Webs & Cover Art Cover

Just like with the previous book, I got caught by surprise. Well, not exactly like that, I hadn’t even read the blurb. I just knew Spider Webs & Cover Art was written by Layla Dorine, so I jumped into reading it. The first solid chunk of the story focuses on Jace’s loss and how he processes it, through his line of thinking and his conversation with a tattoo artist, while getting a new tattoo.

As this part about family and loss and failing to recognize the signs of someone spiraling down a very black hole is quite well developed, the fact that the story then morphs into a lovers to friends story is a bit out of the blue. Yet somehow, not surprising, if that makes any sense. There are hints that things aren’t that straightforward when it comes to Jace’s and Troy’s friendship. Even if the loss still consumes Jace, him suddenly realizing everything Troy is to him is an unexpected development, without feeling like something that’s just thrown in there for the fun of it. It reads like a natural development, once Jace is well enough to pick up on what’s going on.

This was a great, heartbreaking, and sweet read, and quite a contrast to the action packed science fiction that preceded it on my reading list.

Buy Links

MLR: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=LD_SWACA
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-spiderwebscoverart-2052837-149.html
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GIQM5RU
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GIQM5RU
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01GIQM5RU
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01GIQM5RU

Giveaway

Prize: $10 WIP Gift Card

About the author

LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.

Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.

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Writer, traveler, coffee and book addict, and also founder of EyesOnBooks. I've loved books all my life and now they are a huge part of my work. I have been blogging for about twelve years and have worked as a PR and marketing consultant in the IT&C field before shifting all my focus to books and authors.


2 Responses to “Double Blog Tour #Review – Roadhouse Reds and Spider Webs & Cover Art by Layla Dorine”

  1. Layla Dorine says:

    Thank you so much for hosting me and for such awesome reviews, I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the books.

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