Contemporary GLBTQ MM Romance
Released May 27, 2016
Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited
Series: Boy Banned, Book 1
When the only way to win is to hide who you are, how far are you prepared to go?
Reuben “Angel” Jacobs is one step away from giving it all up. Losing a place in the live finals of Sing UK almost kills him. He has no choice but to go home and work for the family business, even though it means giving up his dreams and proving his old bullies right.
Corey Dixon is a rocker at heart. Being on the spectrum means that making sense of other people’s ‘normal’ is hard in itself, let alone in the chaos of a high-powered competition. Singing is his safe space, the only way he can think through the noise in his head. Messing up his audition for the live shows means his journey is over, and it’s the worst day of his life.
The judges throw them a lifeline and create a boy band from the near-miss hopefuls. Angel, Corey, and three others are put together in a room and offered the chance to sing as a group. Agreeing to become part of the new band means Corey has to hide who he is and what Angel has come to mean to him.
Is winning worth the price Corey and Angel have to pay?
Reviewed by ButtonsMom2003
A wonderful and touching story by RJ Scott.
Boy Banned is a wonderfully different story from RJ’s usual books. One of the MCs (main characters) is “on the autistic spectrum.” If you don’t know it already, RJ’s son has autism. She’s written a very touching and personal Author’s Note at the end of this book.
Boy Banned is about a group of 5 singers who didn’t make the final cut on a fictional X-Factor type show. They are given one more chance to make the show if they are willing to ban together and form a group. They all decide to take the offer and see how things go.
Corey Dixon hates that he messed up his individual audition for the live show. Being “on the spectrum” makes a lot of things difficult for him. He especially has trouble reading emotions and expressing them which can work against him when it comes to performing live.
Angel Jacobs doesn’t want to go back to the life that’s waiting for him at home – working in the family business. He’s out and proud and giving up his dream will only prove the bullies in his life were right.
As the group comes together Angel has a calming effect on Corey and they form a tight bond – one that is threatened when the show insists that the band can have only one gay member – Angel – and that Corey has to pretend to be something he isn’t.
This story touched on all of my emotions. The relationship between Angel and Corey is sweet with a bit of heat. Everyone in the band just wants to go as far as they can in the competition. Each character plays an important part in the story but the relationship between Corey and Angel is the main focus.
It was great to see how the other band members came to care for and protect Corey as they moved along their journey in the competition. Corey’s struggles tore my heart out but it was worth it to take the journey with him and Angel.
If you are a fan of RJ Scott’s other stories please read this one, you will love it, if for no other reason than how personal it is to her. If you are new to her books this is a great place to start.
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My goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
I’ve has been writing since age six, when I was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and the mixing bowl. You can’t tell a six year old not to lick the bowl!
I was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader myself, I can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, my first real true love will always be the world of romance. I love my cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and love to write dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men. (Yum)
With over 90 titles to my name and counting, I am the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway, which was All Romance Ebooks best selling title of 2010.
I’m also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
I’m always so thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers.
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