Spectrum Nights #1
Deep in the heart of the Florida Panhandle, Scott Ashworth's bleak life stretches out before him with not much hope for the future. His hardscrabble days are brightened by the arrival of a new stepbrother, Rylan Mahoney, who quickly becomes a friend, on the way to something more. What a teenage Scott overhears one horrifying night sends him fleeing from his home, never to return.
Flash forward six years, and Scott is now the hottest club host on the Phoenix gay scene. He takes what he wants, does what he wants, and does whom he wants. It's a good life, but the journey to local popularity and fame wasn’t an easy one. For all that Scott's looks are a blessing, at the same time they’re a curse—the source of his alcoholic mother’s inexplicable hatred.
Rylan dreams of photojournalistic glory. He’s in Phoenix looking for the story of a lifetime, but the project isn’t coming to fruition. Needing rent money, he accepts a gig at Phoenix Pride hawking lewd lollipops and edible condoms…all while wearing gold lamé hot pants and a matching bow tie. When Rylan’s house keys and street clothes go missing after his shift, he’s desperate, until a stranger in a convertible stops to help.
The man is absolute sex on legs, and Rylan is jolted when he recognizes him—his stepbrother Scott Ashworth, long missing but suddenly larger than life. Reunited after six years apart, Scott and Rylan are determined to put their past behind them, but fate intervenes and leaves their future in jeopardy once again.
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Publisher: Ninestar Press
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Coming of Age, Hurt / Comfort, Opposites Attract
Word Count: 93000
Setting: Florida, Arizona
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
The structure of Hansen's first Spectrum Nights book is a little awkward, but the story itself is a stunning, courageous and insightful tale of self-acceptance and love that is sure to win readers' hearts. Though a few of the secondary characters appear over-exaggerated, they only enhance the beautiful humanity of the protagonists, flaws and all. Because so much of the book deals with the heroes' pasts, readers may not have enough time to acclimate to their present-day realities before the cliffhanger ending. But this should in no way detract from the wrenching, funny and all-around impressive love story that Hansen crafts, or the touching messages of love, acceptance, honesty and loyalty that are woven throughout the text.
Warnings: Stepbrothers to lovers, some underage sexual activity and a cliffhanger ending.