Author: Trevann Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Rating: 3.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Sex. Rebellion. Rock and roll.
Living After Midnight, Book 1
Cheyenne is a half-human incubus whose star is on the rise in the Unakite City rock scene. His father, the leader of the supernatural races, would prefer he keep a “low profile”, but screw that. Cheyenne has as much music in his veins as royal incubi blood.
Alexander’s future is all set—finish law school, join the family firm, and marry someone who’d be good for business. Not that he has a say in any of it. He’s barely met the woman his father expects him to marry.
As Cheyenne’s musical career takes off, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel, exacerbated by an ex-lover who can’t let go, a crotchety barkeeper with a dirty mind and a pure heart, a drag queen who moonlights as a nanny, and Alexander—who’s not sure if he’s falling for the incubus or the rocker.
Cheyenne denies who he is, while Alexander hides what he wants. Together, they learn that getting what they truly want means being who they truly are.
Review: A paranormal romance about a rocker is something that’s going to get my attention every time. That and the sexy cover made me pick this up. I’ve never read this author. This book had a lot of things I like to read about. Different supes living together in the modern world. A supe hierarchy and the politics of that. Power struggles. Good vs evil. The MCs were pretty sexy together. Some parts of this book just didn’t work for me however. Some dramatic moments and angst. So for me this book was full of highs and lows. Ultimately I liked most of the book and the MCs.
Cheyenne is a an incubus working as the lead singer of a band. He’s trying to stay under the radar but singing is what he loves to do. So he takes a gig at club in the seedier part of town. The crowd’s emotions when he performs also feed his demon half. Cheyenne dropped off his father’s grid and he’d like to keep it that way. His father is the head of the supernaturals in their area and a ruthless protector of his incubus people. He’s always put the good of his people above his own son. His reasons for hiding are not just that his father disapproves of his life choices. Cheyenne has a secret bigger than himself to keep. He has in his care two young children he’ll do his best to keep out of his father’s hands. Who would use for his own benefit and leverage. Cheyenne can barely keep them safe and fed by playing his gigs late nights at the club. Cheyenne’s incubus side draws fans to him. So when Alexander keeps showing up for the shows Cheyenne is intrigued. He’s strangely attracted to the human who has his own set of daddy issues to work through. Alexander has never been attracted to a man but he’s somewhat obsessed with being near Cheyenne. Cheyenne makes his interest known while Alex tries to deny his feelings. They don’t really coincide with his father’s plans for him. Because of his fondness for Cheyenne Alexander is drawn into a world he had no idea existed.
I did like the couple in this book. They had a connections and were super sexy together. Each has their own secrets and struggles. Cheyenne can’t tell Alex everything about his past because he has to keep it secret. For the sake of him and the children and for Alex’s own sake. There comes a point when the danger is too high to keep the secret however and Alex takes it all pretty well considering. Alex has a powerful father also and their business is dependent on him marrying a daughter of another business man. Of course the daughter is a horrible person.
I had some issues with the OTT villainous fathers in this one. They were both so vile in their disregard of their son’s feelings. Cheyenne’s father had moments where you think he might have cared but squashed those when he sent his goons to beat Cheyenne or bend him to his will. Alexander continuously ignored his chances to let his father know he wouldn’t be marrying that nasty woman even though he knew he’d never go through with it. I also never understood why if Cheyenne was so fearful for the children’s lives, why he never left the city. I get it was explained because of the money but he had to know they’d eventually find him if he stayed in the city. He seemed to be taking their survival one day at a time however. I thought Cheyenne’s powers were pretty cool and would have liked more of that in the story.
So I feel conflicted about this story. I’ll say I liked it but I know I had quite a few issues with it as well. It kept my attention and I liked the characters. There’s just a lot of frustration while the guys find the will and the courage to get out of their father’s grasps. Some convenient bad decisions and situations. I think that Cheyenne having those kids gave him a purpose beyond his music and that’s something he needed or he would have never been happy. Falling in love with Alexander made him happy as well but there’s the struggle with bringing him into his mess of a life and having someone there for him. Now that it’s been a few days my issues with the story aren’t the things I’m remembering most about this book. The great characters and their struggles are. So it was definitely worth the read.