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Posted June 10, 2013
This book is hot, hot, hot and it even had a great mystery drama plot to go along with it. Joey Jameson draws you in with his intense writing and steamy hot characters, and just refuses to let you go! I totally enjoyed this book and can't wait for more from this author. A great read that is highly recommended.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted June 1, 2013
After reading Mr. Jameson's last book and being left in awe of its clever storyline, I was greatly anticipating this release. While it's an atmospherically intriguing book with numerous steamy encounters I was still a bit disappointed upon turning the last page. And that disappointment mostly revolves around the main character of Dice Valentine.
Dice is a male stripper who enjoys the power he has over his audience. His relationships are casual as he lives a rather hedonistic lifestyle of drugs, sex, and rock 'n roll. His most recent fling consisted of booty calls in the back alley of the strip club until the night his fling is found dead and he becomes the prime suspect. Many of Dice's actions would be filed under "too stupid to live" as he runs screaming like a girl from the crime scene to fall along the way which leads to a blackout. The next morning he finds himself at home, and though concerned, it takes him forever to connect the dots of what he found in the alleyway and the implications towards himself. He never calls the police and when finally questioned by them his responses are mostly parroting what he's asked. He wrings his hands and tries to flirt his way out of trouble as the detective assigned to the case is pretty hot. Like a heroine in a horror movie, whenever he's being chased he falls and takes time out for a sexual encounter or two (both are incredibly hot scenes) along the way even though he fears for his life. He's waiting for someone to save him instead of saving himself, which leads to him making poor choices in protectors.
Mr. Jameson knows how to write a story that draws you in through its intense atmosphere. From the smoky and sweaty strip club to the cold and intimidating interrogation room, you can't help but find yourself fully immersed into this world. The scenes at the strip club are particularly enticing as the sexual tension Dice creates with his performance reaches a crescendo that left this reader breathless. The mystery of who really did it is kept a very good secret. The inclusion of the crazed individual chasing Dice is yet another intriguing twist that keeps you guessing. Unfortunately all these twists come together in an ending that is wrapped up entirely too quickly. I almost felt cheated by how quickly the conclusion played out. Other than my issue with the ending and my disappointment with Dice as a hero, I found this another enjoyable read from Mr. Jameson who has a unique way of telling a story that sets him apart from other writers in the m/m genre. His stories are ones you can lose yourself in as his words completely draw you into the world he's created and I'm left greatly anticipating his next release.
Posted April 27, 2013
Blackout is definitely not what I had expected - quite pleasantly so, though. I knew that there was going to be a mystery to the story, I just hadn't thought that it'd be as in depth as it was. The passion, the crime, the worries and the wonders really do keep you intrigued the entire time.
It can be hard, sometimes, to mix sex and crime. There were a couple of times where I wasn't quite sure the two went well together, but for the most part Joey Jameson did an excellent job at giving the reader a good combination of passion and action. I will say that Joey's main talent with his writing is his descriptions. His ability with giving details is phenomenal. Every move, every feeling, every speck of lust or fear was laid out in such a way that it felt as if you were there, maybe even experiencing it yourself. ;) Sometimes too much detail or descriptions can be overwhelming or bothersome, but not in Blackout - this time it fits and is just right.
This isn't your usual romance story, but you do get a good dose of all the sexual tension, desire, and steamy scenes that you need. The crime and mystery part by no means takes a back seat in the book. Like any good mystery, you get to play detective as well, and just when you think you've got it figured out another clue or event happens that throw's you for a loop again.
Blackout is one that I definitely recommend, and I look forward to reading more of Joey Jameson's work.