Blog Tour Stop including Review & Giveaway – Blue Boys (The Boxed Set) by Garrett Leigh

 

 

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Roses are red, Valentines are…BLUE!

Three steamy bestselling novellas set within the Blue Boy world. All three novellas are set in and around the Los Angeles based Blue Boy Studio, an adult film company with a difference.

BOOK 1 – Bullet: Levi is a power top with an alcoholic mother, and a chip on his shoulder. Sonny’s a dancer with attitude and the biggest heart. Their scene together is just another day at work until Levi realises he’s falling hard for the twink he used to hate. Enemies to lovers is inevitable.

BOOK 2 – Bones: Skater boy Cam is a veteran actor at Blue Boy adult studio. Nursing an unrequited crush on his boss, he’s never needed anything else until kind-hearted Sasha rides into his life on his BMX. They share more than mutual attraction, and when Cam find himself in need of some healing comfort, friendship turns to love.

BOOK 3 – Bold: Go-go dancer Kai has never been the object of anyone’s desire, at least not for real, away from the adult studio where he films scene after scene from the bottom. Then quiet Matthew enters his life. A scene with a difference comes to call, if Kai can figure out how to truly own Matthew, inside and out.

All three novellas guarantee a happily-ever-after.

 

 

I’m not giving these star ratings.  I don’t really know what to give the books or the series as a whole.  The writing is good but…

I’m going to review this as a series since that’s how I read it.  I don’t think they could be read as standalones since most of the characters appear in all 3 books and several of the storylines carryover from book 1 through book 3.

Bullet

I couldn’t tell if Levi was angry for being gay or not…why was he so angry?  Why did he fight his attraction to men or was it just the porn he hated?  As the series progressed, he seemed fine giving casual affection to his friends and he was openly affectionate to Sonny, so I never understood the anger and aggression in his porn scenes.

The scenes between Levi and Sonny were interesting…a couple of times I felt they cared for and about each other and by the time I started to believe it the book was finished.

In this book, we never learned anything about Sonny…what was his story?

If you’re looking for a book with touchy feels, this isn’t it…I understand this is a book about porn stars but the only emotion I felt from the book was anger.

Bones

Sonny and Levi’s story continues a bit in this one.  There is still a lot of tension between then and even though we get a hint of some of Sonny’s history we’re left with a lot of questions.

This book is better than book 1 but still not fully developed or complete.  I don’t understand why these books are so short and the storyline continued into the next book never to be resolved.

Sasha and Cam seem good together and their attraction is immediate.  I loved how they met and that they didn’t work together…they seemed more genuine although Sasha smudged that a bit for me when he admitted he recognized Cam.

Sasha’s about-face and his lack of explanation were hasty and not handled well but over quickly, possibly only because the book is so short.  He ends up being pretty great and we get more feels in this book than in book 1.

I again was not a fan of the abrupt ended.

Bold

Sonny and Levi are still a mess in this book, their relationship is no clearer now than when it started, and their story cannot be finished.   It sounds like Sonny is bi-polar instead of having ADD but we haven’t gotten a clear answer.  I have no idea what’s going on between them and the back and forth we only get glimpses of in passing are frustrating.  I honestly don’t understand why we either don’t have more answers or we haven’t stopped reading about them.

Cam is still going through treatment but it’s more on the periphery except in one scene and how it affects Kai.

Kai is a bit of a contradiction in that he’s a very complex yet underdeveloped character.  I wanted to spend more time on them and with him but because we focused on the side stories and yes, I know – the porn – we just didn’t get the full story I wanted.    He and Matthew are great together and there are some hints dropped for future scenes or events that sounded promising but here we are 4 years later, and this is still the last book in the series as far as I can tell.  I could do the research to see if there are spin-offs, but I don’t think I will.

I also would like to know if the attack on the club was intentional or happenstance.  That was a huge ordeal and Kai’s recovery from it was WAY undersold.

There was another rushed ending after quite a bit of build-up.

All 3 books were too short, underdeveloped and incomplete for the stories being told.  A couple of the storylines are still incomplete and as the third book was released 4 years ago, I have no idea if they will ever be finished.  There was so much potential for powerful, emotional books but they just fell short which made me a bit sad, especially knowing what this author is capable of writing.  It took me over a week to finish 3 novellas and I’m not sure if I’ve ever felt as unsatisfied with a series.

 

 

About the Author

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

Website: http://www.garrettleigh.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garrettleighauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh

 

 

 

 

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