Tuesday, March 10, 2015

REVIEW: Drama Queens and Adult Themes

Title: Drama Queens and Adult Themes
Author: Kevin Klehr
Series: N/A
Pages: 198
Date Published: October 1st, 2014
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Format: Kindle
Genre: M/M Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Adam’s about to discover how much drama a mid-life crisis can be. He’s obsessed with Mannix, the nude model in his art class. But Adam has been married to Wade for nearly two decades, and they don’t have an open relationship.

Little do they know that Fabien, a warlock from the Afterlife, has secretly cast a spell of lust on Adam and his potential toy-boy.

As things begin to heat up, Adam’s guardian angel, Guy, steps in. But what’s the best way to save the relationship? Should Guy subdue Adam’s wandering passions or instigate a steamy threesome?
~My Thoughts~
Kevin has a very unique style for this story. It's MM Romance, but it has a alterior plot that sneaks up on you and captivates you without realizing it. While the romance is hot, the story is even more intriguing and you find yourself pulled into this world without realizing it. 

The book starts right off into the heat and romance and I was having images involving bathtubs and guardian angels that I never thought I'd have in my life! Unfortunately, dreams and images is all it is because it's just one of our lead's Adam fantasizing about a model in art class...sigh...Adam is embarrassed to be caught staring, especially because he's been in a committed relationship for 18 years. He is a talented artist however, and manages to use his skills and finish the class. Mannix, the model, is a smirkingly confident, yet somewhat average guy but he enthralls the majority of the class.

Side characters seemed slightly off for me. There were a lot of random cute guys or brief encounters with other people who had little to nothing to do with the main story. It would have been nice to see some kind of character or multiple characters be able to fit into the story instead of the random assortment of brief, flashes of characters that popped in and out. (i.e. Random blonde classmate that follows Adam to the bathroom, etc). 

 Drama Queens and Adult Themes was almost coy in its presentation of sex, which I found unusual for an erotic novel, but I suppose not so much so for a paranormal romance. It was just funny to hear a man say..."And that soft tuft of brown hair leading towards his...oh my!"...I guess I got used to the heroines saying things like that, but never brawny manly men :) 

I really liked the blend of supernatural with reality though. The guardian angel thing is always a hit for me because I love the idea of being protected and some kind of ethereal being following you around during all the mundanities of your life. I also enjoyed how Mannix and Adam clicked, even though it really could have only been the lust spell a warlock cast on them...See even things like that...warlocks and the like. It was a really cool blend of mythologies that I really got a kick out of!
~Try an Excerpt!~
"Three aces or a royal flush?" asked Maude as Angela.
She was sprawled on stage across a couch. Her lavender dress spread against the striped upholstery, showing her bare feet. In hand was a glass of sparkling water, pretending to be gin and tonic.
Shannon stood nearby, in smart trousers and white shirt, rubbing his chin.
"Your line is 'What do you mean by the poker reference…?'" I said.

"Oh yeah," he interrupted. "What do you mean by the poker reference, Maude?"

"No, Shannon, her stage name is Angela." Our theater president bit her bottom lip. "Now let's start again."

"Three aces or a royal flush?" asked Maude.

"What do you mean by the poker reference, Angela?"

"You seem to hold your cards close to your chest."

"How so?"

At this point, Shannon's character Ronny was supposed to stand perfectly still, avoiding eye contact with a woman trying to seduce him. Instead, he stumbled, crashing into the grandfather clock we spent half an hour trying to get on stage. Its discordant chimes were as shrill as fingernails on a blackboard. Stephen rushed to it, trying to hold it still.

"Are you drunk, Shannon?" I asked.

"Huh?"

Maude gave him a death glare, as he lay clueless on the floor.

"This is a really important scene to get right. There's no comedy. Just coded words from a bored socialite and her young neighbor. If you can't portray this with just a hint of caution, then what are you doing here?"

"Sorry, Adam. I had a rough night. Sugar Daddy threatened to throw me out."


"So you're either still drunk from last night, or you've had vodka in your Coco Pops."
~Meet Kevin!~
Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. The result was Drama Queens with Love Scenes, the first in a series of Afterlife tales.


Kevin is looking forward to thumping the keys on his laptop and churning out stories until it’s time for him to gain firsthand experience of the hereafter.
Kevin will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.


17 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and it was great to read the review to. The book sounds great.

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  2. I really liked the excerpt, sounds like a good read :)

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  3. Thanks Andra for your thoughts on the second of my Drama Queens novels, and for hosting during my tour. The next time I speak to Guy, I'll let him know you're in the market for a guardian angel. He may have a friend without a job.

    Also one clarification, the novel is also available in print.

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  4. Congrats and thank you for the chance!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

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  6. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  7. Thank you for your thoughts. Very helpful.

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  8. I like the intriguing cover the most!

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    1. The Wilde City Press cover artist is brilliant. The cover for the first book in the series is here - http://www.amazon.com/Drama-Queens-Scenes-Kevin-Klehr-ebook/dp/B00O4K2F4Q/

      The guy is amazing!

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  9. Lol, you review really made me laugh, thank you for that!

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  10. Great excerpt. Thank you for the review =) It sounds fantastic.

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  11. thank you for the excerpt, i enjoyed reading it

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    1. Thanks for enjoying it, Lisa. Love the Betty Boop avatar.

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