Title: Private Performance (Performance Series #1)
Author Name: Sibley Jackson (Pen Name for Caddy Rowland)
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2014 – 30pgs
*Note: This short gay romance contains hot gay m/m sex scenes
Jason had sworn to never care for a guy again before taking it slow and easy when it came to the relationship department. He’d chosen poorly once. By the time he walked away his self-esteem had been in shreds.
Z is a dynamic, sensual rock star in the making. His band is hoping to hit the big-time and they’re getting close. He realized long ago his lifestyle had no room for a long-term relationship.
Then Z plays at Boys Will Be Boys, a popular gay club for a charity event, and Jason has a front row table. When their eyes meet it seems destiny has other plans for the two young men. Both tell themselves it can’t work out. They should just enjoy one night of hot sex and move on.
But love insists on entering the scene, just when neither is looking for it.
*Book 1 of the Performance Series. Each book is a short story and can stand alone but are best read as a series.
This was a short, steamy story that left me wanting to read more about these characters.
I’m not usually a big fan of instant romance, but I’ll make an exception for this story because it was so sweet and charming while still being incredibly hot.
I loved how even though these guys were so worked up and eager to have at each other, they were still caring and tender. Despite their hook-up and impulsive declarations of love, they clearly have a lot to work through. I would love to see that explored a bit more.
For such a short story, I felt like I had a pretty good sense of the main characters. They’re both interesting without falling into tired roles and stereotypes.
A lovely, fun, sizzling short to keep you warm on a cold day. I give it 4 stars.
The drama of humanity. We live, die, love, hate, win and lose in a never-ending variety of ways. Often those ways are heart-wrenching. Other times they are not.
Why do people make the choices they do? Why do some abuse power? How do the powerless learn to survive? Why do a few dare to be different, while others conform—and why are so many disturbed by those who don’t?These are the questions that have always haunted author Caddy Rowland. Those questions keep her pounding away at her keyboard, creating novels showcasing the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human.
Caddy has always been a nonconformist. She likes to push the proverbial envelope when it comes to characterization and world building. Heroes have warts; villains have soft spots. Main characters don’t always learn their lessons because all too often we don’t, either. There isn’t always a happy ending, but sometimes there is. Otherwise she’d be predictable.
She writes for readers who like to think and feel; who like their stories to be raw, graphic, unpredictable, “real” and sometimes brutal. For readers who like their boundaries challenged; to be shown how rarely life decisions are truly black and white, but instead shades of grey.
Think of a carnival midway with books instead of rides. She asks you make sure you’re the minimum height if you plan on riding alone. You must also leave prejudices and inhibitions behind the entry gate. If you can’t, Rowland’s reads might be a tad much for you. Don’t worry. There are plenty of safer reads out there. Just step out of the line and find a more appropriate book for your reading enjoyment.
No, Caddy Rowland’s novels aren’t for everyone. But then again, they just might be for you.