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I had initially read the reviews on this one when I got it months and months ago and only remember that it was supposed to have a ton of angst the ind of angst where you re exhausted when you finish reading the book ie Keeping Promise Rock or Red Tainted Silence Perhaps my tolerance for angst is higher than other 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 characte Jaime has a way of teaching that first impressions aren t always right 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 out of 5Rating 4 stars out of 5Blurb Off Stage Set One Damian Learner and his grunge band Firefly are on 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 old contracts Damian agrees when Stan s best friend country and Western megastar Vance Ashcroft offers to buy him out of his old 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 of too much sex booze and drugs create a rift in the band Finally Vance with his understanding of Dominantsubmissive behavior sees that submissives Damian and Lenny are falling into chaos clinging to each other to try 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 other or burn out 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 or the band if he loses Lenny ReviewThis is the first book of the Off Stage series There are at least two books in this series and I think this is the first time that I don t want to jump right in and read the second book which is sitting on my Kindle along with the third book The story left me emotionally drained Some people have said that the story is about two couples but it really is about four couples First off this story is about a rock band and the dynamics of the band mates It is also about a manager and his relationship with the people that he represents DamianTrevor is the lead singer of the band Firefly Trevor and Lenny the guitarist have been friends since grade school They have always had each other s backs and they truly love one another They are however toxic together Stanley only manages a select few performers including country star Vance Ashcroft Stanley s sometimes lover They have been together for years and Stanley has managed to Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution keep Vance from ruining his career Together they take on the band Firefly with their dysfunctional band members Vance has a pretty good idea what needs to be done toeep Firefly from self destructing but it may be too late to escape without casualties There is so much chemistry between these characters that I really do need a time out to continue this series The pacing is fast and emotional Sometimes I felt that there was too much going on making the flow of the story a little rough for me The ending was bittersweet but I am hopeful for a better outcome in the second book Off Stage In The Wings This story was in my estimation is character development at its finest As a reader you get to Keeping Secrets know every aspect of these characters I felt their pain as well as their joy Review for In the Wings to follow soon PLOT 5 StarsCHEMISTRY 5 StarsPACING 3 StarsENDING 5 StarsCHARACTER DEVELOPMENT 5 Stars Review Copy of Off Stage Right provided by the Dreamspinner Press I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club 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 front of me There are just some things Inow 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 of tea Damian and Lenny are in a terrible relationship Damian is a drug user and Lenny is a domestic abuser No one suspects that of Lenny as he was himself a victim or domestic violence Seriously people need to look at stats 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 the outside 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 ind of a casual friends who have sex type of thing Stanley is a talent manager and wants to sign Firefly Vance is a country star and one of Stanley s biggest clients Amidst much drama Firefly signs a contract with Stanley Things go both uphill and downhill from thereFaye s full review can be found atLive Your Life Buy The Book Touching story of two pairs 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 are on a violent spiral 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 Guilt is such a useless emotion yet many of us carry it around like some obscene trophy using it as an excuse to endlessly punish ourselves for either real or imagined transgressions Damian Learner of Off Stage Right by Jaime Samms could be the poster child for what can go wrong when we let 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 each otherAs reckless and irresponsible as Damian seems he s the lesser of two evils between him and Lenny I felt a lot of sympathy for him although I wished he d get a grip and wa. Damian Learner and his grunge band Firefly are on 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 old contracts Damian agrees when Stan’s best friend country and Western megastar Vance Ashcroft offers to buy him out of
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S in exchange for an impartial review 45 rounded upI really enjoyed what is in effect the story of two couples in one though the story revolves around TrevorDamian and Stan rather than Lenny and Vance The ending is left open and with the characters still healing I wonder if there are any plans for another look at the couples particularly Vance and Lenny 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 out of his current contract is harder than Damian hoped and after paying the way out of his bandmates contracts he has to accept the offer of Stan s friend Vance a country and western superstar to help him buy out his own 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 of control for Damian and Vance steps in to take control 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 each other 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 outside the band in the shape of agent Stan and his friend Vance for the destruction to break its cycle Stan and Vance have had been on and off 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 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 some of what he needsAlthough DamianTrevor Lenny Stan and Vance are the main couples in this story the storyline focuses on 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 of Dom but he is a control structure and rules type of 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 of what is going on between Vance and Lenny we have no clue what is happening between them I can only 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 of 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 own doubts The things going 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 everything on 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 of Ds a controlling Dom a mess up sub some really hot sex and a happy ending for Damian and Stan This is not your regular take on celebrity musicians and the craziness of sex drugs and rock n roll that can surround them This takes a good deeper look at that world and combines a Ds dynamic or the concept of 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 of 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 one of 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 out and they seem to enjoy an open relationship Complicated couple number one The other couple Lenny and Damian are lead musicians in Firefly and have been besties since third grade They ve been there for each other through some very hard times they live together and spend a lot of time fighting together There is a sexual tension between them that they can t figure out and that frustration is becoming increasingly violent So each of these couples wants something from their partner that they aren t able to give and the crux of the story is their finding out what to do about itBecause this is fiction the solution is brought about by eeping things in the family Stan s taking 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 end of a very talented band It doesn t hurt that Stan has a thing for lead singer Damian and that Vance has his eye on guitarist Lenny I really liked the set up of the story the first third or so is especially good The middle gets bogged down in some pretty heavy angst and high drama with a bit of man handling as all hell breaks loose While this got a little over the top and wordy it did allow us to get to White Lace and Promises (Wild, Wicked And Wanton Book 2) know each character and where they were coming from and why they acted out in the ways they did Especially Lenny and Damian who are such complex mixtures 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 part of the story focuses on Stan and Damian and while that was fun Iept 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 overrun with sex and tie em uptie em down scenes What sex there was added to the plot instead of detracting from it This was about four people discovering what they need from each other and how to get it I really really liked that I liked that the lifestyle is presented as a compassionate nurturing bonding based on 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 Stan Vance Damian and Lenny as well as the rest of the band members who have their own interesting stories to tellFor this review and muc. 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 other or burn out 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 or the band if he loses Len.
S appalled with his lack of self preservation He and Lenny are both miserable but their history The Sunshine Coast News keeps them together Damian and Lenny are destroying each other which is the last thing they d intentionally do They do love each other but neither onenows what s wrong with their relationship much less how to fix it Both want the other to take control but neither is capable of doing it they continue destroying themselves and each other Disaster looms over them like a train wreck about to happen They can t live with each other and neither think they can live without the otherThe other tragedy waiting to happen is that if they continue they will also destroy Firefly their band which has the capability of being uite successful unless Damian and Lenny implode taking the other band members with them Their band mates The Return of the Cold War know something is very wrong between Damian and Lenny but they don tnow what it is or how to fix it either They miss a lot of the obvious clues that in retrospect seem obvious Their friends just The Rise of Obesity in Europe 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 with objectivity namely Vance to see the problems and their destructive potential He in turn explains it to Stanley and 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 going on 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 of developing each character and their relationships to each other 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 out of hand mostly due to denial and unwillingness to change There was a great deal 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 focus on their storyI d recommend this book to all Jaime s current fans and to new readers who enjoy their romances 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 purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews This story is a study in psychology or How Not to Build a Relationship 101 Trevor aka Damien and Lenny have been friends since grade school Together with other talented young men and women they ve formed a band Firefly and are performing locally when Stanley Krane a wellnown 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 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 the other can fulfill A huge part of their attraction to the young men is that they sense Damien and Lenny are both subs and that they are clearly in need of guidance and control Damien and Lenny have never had sex together though Damien has wanted it for a long time Lenny had been in an abusive relationship when Damien rescued him and gave him both a place to stay and stability in his life Little does he realize it but Damien himself needs to be rescued from himself and his risky behaviors He continually puts himself in dangerous situations drinking drugging and seeking sex as the solution to his need for control Though they try to help each other things are coming to a head in their pushpull relationship dynamic It all explodes one night when Lenny attacks Damien physically Fortunately by that time Stan has already signed their group and has been carefully watching for Damien s risky behaviors Vance is actually on the scene in time to stop the altercation and take control of Lenny From that point on Lenny is Len Vance s submissive Len does what needs to be done to end his relationship with Damien He leaves the band and gives himself over to Vance s control In the meantime Damien is taken in by Stanley who begins the long process of taming a wildly impulsive young man This is a slow journey to balance and sanity one Damien must take alone without Lenny in his life He eventually gives over control to Stanley yet still maintains a measure of it for himself through most of the story Stanley gets to see Trevor the real person behind the facade but it takes a long long time for Stan to finally get through all the layers of Damien s persona so that he can finally see the total man the embodiment of both Trevor and Damien I really enjoyed this story I liked the way the author spent time with each of the couples and their relationship dynamics In this story there were actually two couples and though Stanley and Damien were primary MCs there was enough of a storyline for Vance and Len that it s hard to call them secondary characters In addition the other band members Stanley s secretary Miri and Trevor s family brother sister in law mother and his cousin Christian were very well developed as secondary characters The psychology of the domination was very interesting as well Vance s taming of Len was closely compared to how he handled the taming of his horses on his ranch While Stanley s domination of Damien had a different focus and was similar to a study in psychological warfare at times Overall it was uite different from other BDSM or Ds stories I ve read and though there were a few erotic sex scenes they were not in place as a substitute for good writing I d recommend this story to any fan of Ds and to anyone who d be interested in the psychological aspects of the development of a Domsub relationship Others who might be interested are those who enjoy stories about musicians and those who understand that sometimes family is not just about relatives but about relationships Note This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Review. Is old 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 of too much sex booze and drugs create a rift in the band Finally Vance with his understanding of Dominantsubmissive behavior sees that submissives Damian and Lenny are falling into chaos clinging to each other to try.
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