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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Indigo Knights: Squire by Jet Mykles

Indigo Knights: Squire by Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (165 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Buttercup

Rabin Squire is on top of the world. At long last, everything is going his way. He’s about to go into the studio with none other than Brent Rose to put together a new album for his band, the Indigo Knights. Okay, so there’re currently only two members of the band, but with Brent’s help, that’ll soon change. Things are looking up.

Then there’s Izzy, Brent’s cousin. Rabin’s never been interested in a guy before but he can sure tell when one is gorgeous, and Izzy is that. He’s also funny, and sweet as hell.

Since he’s not gay, Rabin never expected to have a fling with Izzy. But Izzy says their having sex doesn’t make him gay. Rabin’s not so sure about that but if Izzy’s good with it, what harm can come of it? Izzy agrees; no one else needs to know.

Then an even bigger opportunity means that Rabin has to move away. So if the thing with Izzy was no big deal, why does it hurt when it comes to an end?

Love is love, regardless of who it is that falls in love, and Jet Mykles knows love, or at least how to write about it. Indigo Knights: Squire is the first book in Jet Mykles fantastic new series. While Brent and Hell from the Heaven Sent series, are a part of this new series, you do not have to have read the Heaven Sent series to understand or appreciate Indigo Knights.

Squire follows Rabin Squire as he tries to get his band together, and make the most of this great and probably last opportunity to make music for a living. That's hard enough to do without the distraction of a surprising and male love interest, Brent's cousin Izzy.

I love that Izzy is going to be a chef and that Rabin is a musician. Music and food is such a great and natural pairing. Izzy and Rabin are pursuing their passions and are excited to expand their horizons. I think that's something most readers will relate to.

I love Jet Mykles's use of clubs and dancing as a point of awakening or self-enlightenment for her characters. Music and dancing is such an expression of ones self. Ms. Mykles will take her characters who are confused, or a bit lost, maybe searching for something that they are not even aware of, and send them clubbing. It's in the clubs, these very public places where they get their private, personal revelations, or at least get started on the path to finding their epiphany.

Rabin is not gay, so when he goes out for a night on the town to pick up a girl, any girl, and ends up back home and in bed with Izzy, he's a bit confused. This leads to the first of many all important "are you gay or do you just sleep with men" conversations. As Izzy so succinctly put's it "Sex doesn't make you gay. Gay is a way of life, an acceptance of who you are and what you like. What we just did was fabulous—amazing, stupendous—but it was just sex."

Izzy is enthusiastic about everything, for the most part he just exudes happiness. Izzy is a happy guy, but some of his flair is his way of masking his vulnerability, he doesn't want to let Rabin know how attached he is to him. His usually exuberant attitude makes his attempts at being cavalier and worldly all the more endearing. Izzy tries so hard to maintain this air of confidence with Rabin, so I think it's great when it's revealed that there are things that he's never done, and is nervous about trying. Of course when Rabin tells Izzy that he is moving to L.A. for his band, Izzy tries to be strong and stoic, but fails miserably, and you really just want to reach into the computer and give him a hug.

It isn't until Rabin gets back together with his old band, Zane, Marcus, and Sam, that he truly realizes how far he has come and how much he had changed. Zane and Rabin have been friends and band mates since college, but Rabin never truly liked Marcus or Sam and time apart has not improved their relationship. Marcus is so arrogant and conceited, convinced that he is the savior of the band. While I don't recommend picking a fight with the very homophobic jerk in your band as a means of coming out publicly, I do applaud Rabin for finally standing up to him.

Rabin's time in L.A. might not have been great but it wasn't a complete waste, he met Danny there. The amount of time you have known someone doesn't always matter when it comes to friendship. Sometimes people just click, Danny and Rabin are a perfect example of this. Within hours of meeting Rabin is baring his soul to Danny, telling him things that he can't bring himself to tell Zane, at least not yet. The reason that Rabin can do this is that he doesn't have a history with Danny, there are no expectations or preconceived notions, Rabin can just be himself, and Danny understands. If Rabin's friendship with Zane is indicative of his past, then Danny is definitely representative of Rabin's future. Although I do hope that Zane comes around.

Hot sex, Hot boys, Hot music. Indigo Knights: Squire, has great characters and a story you can get lost in. I'm very eagerly and only slightly impatiently waiting for the next in this great new series.

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