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Title Off Stage RightAuthor Jaime SammsSeries Off Stage Book 1Publisher Dreamspinner PressReviewer MollienRelease Date April 21 2013Genres Rockstar MaleMale RomancePage Count 350 pagesHeat Level 3 flames ut f 5Rating 4 stars ut DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting of 5Blurb Off Stage Set Jaime has a wayf teaching that first impressions aren t always right I had initially read the reviews n this ne when I got it months and months ago and nly remember that it was supposed to have a ton f angst the kind Civil rights, tool of communist deception of angst where you re exhausted when you finish reading the book ie Keeping Promise Rockr Red Tainted Silence Perhaps my tolerance for angst is higher than ther readers because while there is angst in this book I didn t really feel like there was that much It definitely did not exhaust me and frankly I felt there could have been uite a bit The story is good as Samms is a good writer However I never connected to the characters so I always felt removed from the angst and it never really affected me I never felt for nor commiserated with the characters so I actually wanted angst and for it to be real and meaningful That said I enjoyed the book and read it in ne sitting which is saying something considering the length However it s not a book I would re read I liked it but did not love it even if it s a book I think I would remember which is hard when you read a lot and have a crappy memory Damian leads a grunge goth punk band named Firefly with consisting Cutthroat of friends so close they re considered family Onef those friends is Damian s best friend Lenny Everyone in the band except Damian has a sad tale An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of broken homes and horrible experiences that have stunted their emotional capabilities Lenny and Damian aren t sleeping together but they love eachther and want something neither can provide Both men yearn for structure and discipline in their The Claiming of the Shrew outf control lives and their cycle Summoned of pushing and punishing eachther for the inability to meet their needs is unhealthy to say the least Enter top manager Stanley and his best friend country star and sometimes lover Vance Both Stanley and Vance are Doms who can t meet each ther s needs because they fight for control When the men realize that Damian and Lenny need the two Doms as much as they need the submission the boys can ffer hope springs for all four men However it s not smooth sailing when the two couples pair ff and there is a lot f emotion and past experiences to get through The story is basically about Damian and Stanley coming together and finding balance in a relationship with Stanley as Master and Damian as the submissiveslave set against a rock star background The secondary plot Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return of Vance and Lenny is parallel but not the main focus withnly a few scenes from their viewpoint and then the couple pretty much disappears entirely That said the characters are decent and each has a considerable amount Dead Inside of problems withoutverwhelming I liked the time the author spent developing the relationships between the two best friends Damian and Lenny and Stanley and Vance showing how each duo loved each ther but weren t really suited for romantic relationships It didn t diminish the closeness f their bonds but did show how best friends aren t always the best partners I know a few reviews mentioned the relationships were dysfunctional but I didn t really see it that way Damian and Lenny were hurting themselves and each The Taste of Spruce Gum other in a desperate attempt to get their needs met but neither man could do it nor could they understand why It takes anutside look to help both Damian and Lenny understand why the two were not working as wannabe lovers even though they d never slept together The story does justice to this concept as the relationship was volatile abusive and definitely not healthy which the writing Goes Into Great Length Showing Both The Tragedy And The into great length showing both the tragedy and the So while the relationship was dysfunctional it so needed help than to be cut ff completely My nly ualm was that I never really understood why Damian and Lenny had to be completely kept away from each She Stoops to Conquer other Both men agreed that it was a bad idea to have a romantic relationship as their needs were not and could not be met by eachther but to keep them completely cut Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile off from eachther felt selfish to me It was as if Vance and Stanley were worried that the two boys would rather be with each Orb other and actually loved eachther than their new Doms despite all evidence to the contrary so in a selfish move the rockers were kept apart This really bothered me for a considerable part The Dandy and Lady Penelope of the story and I never reconciled my feeling that it was wrong to cut the best friendsff from each ther when it was ONLY them that couldn t talk see each ther Multi-Family Therapy or even communicate in any way It felt wrong then and even upon reflection it still feels wrong Likewise I enjoyed the nuancef the secondary characters f the band members and Damian s family but the support for Damian felt too little too late Damian was blamed and made a scape goat for virtually everything even though the entire book he was actually trying to make good things happen and *championing everyone that shit n him but after Lenny s latest abusive tirade all f a sudden *everyone that shit n him but after Lenny s latest abusive tirade all f a sudden supports Damian ut A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged of the blue It felt too lopsided both ways and left me not particularly caring for anyf them I recognized them as good characters but Think good thoughts about a pussycat on a personal reader level I didn t like them as people I thought Vance was an interesting character if incredibly selfish and insecure to keep Lenny isolated from Damian but he was a minor character and apparently has hiswn book I thought the relationship between Stanley and Damian worked One, Two, Three Me on a lotf levels and it was nice to see that Stan recognized his wn failings and took steps to correct them at the end I m curious where that relationship could potentially go because I honestly don t see it being happily ever after that easily Most f all this is a thoughtful book with a lot Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of layers and depth It kept me thinking and I liked that about it I didn t agree with everything I read about the characters their motivationsr the solutions but I always like that Samms writing makes me think and get invested in the story I never felt as though there was that much angst as there is a lot f down time with talking between any potentially angsty scenes which also tended to end peacefully It s a book I would recommend because it s interesting but definitely not for ev. Damian Learner and his grunge band Firefly are n a meteoric rise to success If they get the right break fame awaits Seeking professional management Damian independently strikes a bargain with the best agent in the business Stanley Krane Unable to afford the penalty for breaking Tea for Ruby old contracts Damian agrees when Stan’s best friend country and Western megastar Vance Ashcroftffers to buy him The Life of Saint Philip Neri outf Eryone I think it will resonate with some readers so than thers I m tempted by the seuel with Lenny and Vance s story even if I don t really like either man This is not your regular take n celebrity musicians and the craziness f sex drugs and rock n roll that can surround them This takes a good deeper look at that world and combines a Ds dynamic r the concept f that lifestyle as an alternative to give a really great rocker romanceBased around two couples and their relationship to the up and coming grunge band Firefly we get a story f discovering limits in a hedonist anything goes rock star life While the band is the vehicle the story starts with the relationship between music promotermanger Stan Krane and his friend with benefits Vance Ashcroft who also happens to be The Whistle Pig onef his clients a very successful country music singer They are also both Doms so right away you see the problem In addition Vance is in the closet to protect his career Stan is ut and they seem to enjoy an pen relationship Complicated couple number ne The ther couple Lenny and Damian are lead musicians in Firefly and have been besties since third grade They ve been there for each Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things other through some very hard times they live together and spend a lotf time fighting together There is a sexual tension between them that they can t figure A Stepdaughter In Heat out and that frustration is becoming increasingly violent So eachf these couples wants something from their partner that they aren t able to give and the crux f the story is their finding ut what to do about itBecause this is fiction the solution is brought about by keeping things in the family Stan s taking Rufus on Firefly as a client means he gets an up close and personal look into Lenny and Damian s dysfunction and sees that their destructive relationship will also soon be the endf a very talented band It doesn t hurt that Stan has a thing for lead singer Damian and that Vance has his eye n guitarist Lenny I really liked the set up f the story the first third You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series or so is especially good The middle gets bogged down in some pretty heavy angst and high drama with a bitf man handling as all hell breaks loose While this got a little ver the top and wordy it did allow us to get to know each character and where they were coming from and why they acted ut in the ways they did Especially Lenny and Damian who are such complex mixtures Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice of bad ass and vulnerability that they suck you in make you want to smack them and still hope they ll find their way somehow impossible as that may seem The last partf the story focuses n Stan and Damian and while that was fun I kept wondering about Vance and Lenny and how they were handling thingsI also appreciated that while this was about Ds relationships a big element the story wasn t verrun with sex and tie em uptie em down scenes What sex there was added to the plot instead The Cowboys of detracting from it This was about four people discovering what they need from eachther and how to get it I really really liked that I liked that the lifestyle is presented as a compassionate nurturing bonding based n cognitive discovery as well as sexual need Throw in some talented broody rockers and you have something really sweetThe ending while it resolves the major issues does feel like an HFN and I m truly hoping for a seuel to see what develops between
Vance Damian and as well as the rest f the band members who have their wn interesting stories to tellFor this review and much 4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewshttpmmgoodbookreviewswordpresscomDamian Trevor is the singer for grunge band Firefly being treated unfairly by their agent has Damian striking a deal with Stanley the best agent in the business But getting ut My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of his current contract is harder than Damian hoped and after paying the wayut f his bandmates contracts he has to accept the ffer Whos Next? Guess Who! of Stan s friend Vance a country and western superstar to help him buyut his wn contract Tensions are high in the band though and Damian s volatile relationship with Lenny Firefly s lead guitarist is heading for destruction As pressure mounts Damian turns to drink drugs and anonymous sex and Stan takes the reins f control for Damian and Vance steps in to take control Papi's Gift of Lenny When a sub needs to give up control they need a strong hand to guide them but what happens when the person you want to take control is also a sub Damian and Lenny love eachther but they can never have what they truly want because neither is strong enough to take control It affects them both in different ways and it takes interference from utside the band in the shape f agent Stan and his friend Vance for the destruction to break its cycle Stan and Vance have had been Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories on andff lovers for years but Stan can t be a sub for Vance he has too much Dom in him for that Vance has his eyes グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] on Lenny and whisks him away when Lenny s relationship with Damian goes too far Stan takes Damian in hand and begins to give Damian somef he needsAlthough DamianTrevor Stan and Vance are the main couples in this story the storyline focuses n Damian and Stan and in a smaller part Vance and Lenny Stan is just what Damian needs he isn t a whips and flogger type f Dom but he is a control structure and rules type f person he also doesn t take the relationship too far giving Damian room to heal before embarking into a sexual relationship Although we see a bit f what is going The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within on between Vance and Lenny we have no clue what is happening between them I cannly hope that Jaime Samms will give us their full story All the characters in this book are great you have divided feelings as you read what is happening and the truth begins to unfold There is hot scorching sex between Vance and Stan a nice touch f Ds between Vance and Lenny and some spectacular loving between Stan and Damian This storyline is really good and you become invested in Damian as he finds himself without the booze drugs and sex you want Stan to succeed as the strong guiding hand although Stan himself has his wn doubts The things going File Under: Arson on with Lenny are harder to see mainly because he has become so good at hiding and making himself the victim I began to resent him for dumping everythingn Damian s shoulders and leaving him to pick up the pieces I recommend this story to those who love damaged young men finding what you long for a touch Wicked Sense of Ds a controlling Dom a mess up sub some rea. Isld contract Overwhelmed by a crippling loan secretive guilt Stanley’s expectations and a volatile relationship with Lenny Firefly’s lead guitarist Damian disintegrates Bad habits f too much sex booze and drugs create a rift in the band Finally Vance with his understanding f Dominantsubmissive behavior sees that submissives Damian and Lenny are falling into chaos clinging to each ther to try.Stan Vance Damian And
Jaime Samms Ø 2 DownloadLly hot sex and a happy ending for Damian and Stan 45 rounded upI really enjoyed what is in effect the story f two couples in ne though the story revolves around TrevorDamian and Stan rather than Lenny and Vance The ending is left pen and with the characters still healing I wonder if there are any plans for another look at the couples particularly Vance and Lenny This story is a study in psychology r How Not to Build a Relationship 101 Trevor aka Damien and Lenny have been friends since grade school Together with ther talented young men and women they ve formed a band Firefly and are performing locally when Stanley Krane a well known talent manager spots them and is entranced by Damien s voice Stan comes to hear Firefly with his best friend and sometimes lover Vance Ashcroft a famous country singer handled by Stanley Both men are entranced by what they hear and see Vance s focus is Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training on Lenny the guitar player who always stands stage right Stan s sole focus is Damien his looks and his voice Both men want these young men for than just their talent Both Stanley and Vance are Doms and though sometimes lovers each has needs greater than thether can fulfill A huge part The Texan Meets His Match of their attracti Guilt is such a useless emotion yet manyf us carry it around like some bscene trophy using it as an excuse to endlessly punish urselves for either real r imagined transgressions Damian Learner f Off Stage Right by Jaime Samms could be the poster child for what can go wrong when we let The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) our guilt run unchecked Damian practically destroys himself with drinking whoring and a destructive co dependent love hate relationship with his best friend Lenny Unless someone intervenes they will surely destroy eachtherAs reckless and irresponsible as Damian seems he s the lesser Blue Guide New York of two evils between him and Lenny I felt a lotf sympathy for him although I wished he d get a grip and was appalled with his lack f self preservation He and Lenny are both miserable but their history keeps them together Damian and Lenny are destroying each ther which is the last thing they d intentionally do They do love each Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered other but neitherne knows what s wrong with their relationship much less how to fix it Both want the Garden of The Gods other to take control but neither is capablef doing it they continue destroying themselves and each ther Disaster looms ver them like a train wreck about to happen They can t live with each The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now other and neither think they can live without thetherThe ther tragedy waiting to happen is that if they continue they will also destroy Firefly their band which has the capability f being uite successful unless Damian and Lenny implode taking the Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments other band members with them Their band mates know something is very wrong between Damian and Lenny but they don t know what it isr how to fix it either They miss a lot Goig of thebvious clues that in retrospect seem Where Alligators Sleep obvious Their friends just keep hoping things will change and they can continue toward the stardom that awaits them In the meantime they are all miserable as well It takes someone withbjectivity namely Vance to see the problems and their destructive potential He in turn explains it to Stanley and Saraswati Park offers a solution which involves separating Damian and Lenny Damian with Stanley and Lenny with Vance and taking them firmly in handThere are actually several story lines goingn in this book ie Stanley and Vance s relationship Lenny and Damian s attempted self destruction Vance and Lenny s association and Stanley and Damian s Jaimie does a fabulous job f developing each character and their relationships to each a *Fabulous Job Of Developing Each Character And Their Relationships To *job f developing each character and their relationships to then expertly weaving them together It s not a light love story about a rock band and their trials It s a deep dark hard look at what can happen when situations get badly ut f hand mostly due to denial and unwillingness to change There was a great deal Young And Naive, Wasted Years of character growth involved as each person had to face their demons and begin to do battle with them and it s not an easy trip Jaime takes us up down and sideways emotionally but at least Stanley and Damian find their balance and are happy and willing to work hard to make it successful Vance and Lenny are still struggling but there is hope for the future They just have a lot farther to go than they first though as we will see in the next book which will focusn their storyI d recommend this book to all Jaime s current fans and to new readers who enjoy their romances Ebekulak on the realistic challenging side but also still enjoy a happy ending Thanks Jaime for the thought provoking realistic and extremely emotional tale NOTE This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purposef a review Israeli Soldier Girl on Rainbow Book Reviews Touching storyf two pairs Understories of friends and lovers who are trying to find their way through the life that was handed to them Vance and Stan are two Doms who are friends and lovers then you have DamienTrevor and Lenny Both Subs who aren a violent spiral Commissar of self destruction and no way to stop except with Stan and Vance s help Jaime Samms is an excellent writer and she always delivers whenever pen and paper meet 3 StarsFor the most part I try to choose books to review I have a shot at enjoying I doubt I ll ever be a person willing to read and review anything put in frontf me There are just some things I know I won t enjoy and don t feel it s fair to penalize what may be a well written book because I dislike the subject Unfortunately Off Stage Right by Jaime Samms was a well written book that simply isn t my cup Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook of tea Damian and Lenny are in a terrible relationship Damian is a drug user and Lenny is a domestic abuser None suspects that f Lenny as he was himself a victim r domestic violence Seriously people need to look at stats The Firebrand Legacy of how freuently abuse victims become abusers That was very well written The co dependency runs both ways and it doesn t help that these two also work together as they re in the same band Firefly From theutside looking in everyone sees Damian slowly destroying Lenny with his personal self destruction Enter Stanley and Vance They are also in a relationship It s kind Making Instruments Count of a casual friends who have sex typef thing *Stanley is a talent manager and wants to sign Firefly Vance is a * is a talent manager and wants to sign Firefly Vance is a star and The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About 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To avoid the inevitable crash When the pressure to perform becomes too much and the unthinkable happens Damian and Lenny have to decide accept that they need something they can’t get from each ther r burn ut and take Firefly with them Vance is ready to claim Lenny but even Stan’s hesitant agreement to give Damian the direction he needs might not be enough for Damian r the band if he loses Len. .