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Desolation Angel by [Dorine, Layla]
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Dare gets lost in music only he can hear.
Since childhood, it’s rolled through his mind, drowning out the rest of the world. When he comes back to himself he has the notes and lyrics for the songs his band plays. But he wonders if such talent is worth it, when the rest of his life is such a mess.
All Sionn ever wanted was Dare’s attention.
But that won’t happen as long as Dare has his ‘musical dreams’, so he keeps his attraction a secret. Too bad it’s impossible to keep anything secret when you live with your three best friends. When Sionn’s temper reaches breaking point, he sets Dare on a quest to ‘fix’ himself, in the hopes of gaining the love of the man he adores.

But Fate has a funny way of twisting things.
And ‘normal’ is just a state of mind, isn’t it? While Dare struggles to change, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the band is offered the chance of a lifetime. Can they pull themselves together fast enough to take advantage of it, or will Dare’s desire to be ‘normal’ unravel all their lives?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4324 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (4 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C1E03BS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's difficult to put into words how much I loved this amazing book 11 March 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It's difficult to put into words how much I loved this amazing book. I don't want to give too much away and I don't usually rehash the storyline however this time I think a little recap wouldn't hurt.

Dare is front man for the rock band Desolation Angel. He is an extremely gifted musician and an all round sweet guy. He lives in a house with the other members of the band - his brother, Tommy, Tommy's boyfriends Mark and Paul, and the gruff Scotsman Sionn. Sionn has been attracted to Dare for a long time, and the feeling is mutual. the only problem is that Dare is certain Sionn hates him.

Dare has episodes when he literally gets lost in music. His body switches off as his mind is absorbed with music and it is at these times he writes his amazing music. This has never been a problem for Dare or his band family, but it is a problem for Sionn who gets scared when Dare drifts off while cooking and sets the kitchen alight.

Dare overhears Sionn arguing with the other members of the band about Dare being unable to have a normal life, and gets the idea that Sions hated him because of what he begins to see as a disability, (which he never has before).

Because of this, Dare decides to get rid of the music whatever the cost.

It was heartbreaking to read Dare's struggle to become 'normal' and I loved the psychiatrist's attitude in trying to persuade Dare to accept himself for what he is and define his own normality. Dare steadfastly refuses to listen and is single minded even after Sionn declares his love and regrets his harsh words.

The characters are well drawn with highly individual 'voices' especially Sionn who has a strong Scottish brogue. There were times I wondered whether he was the right person for Dare because they spark off each other at times. However, there were times when they completely click and it was clear they were made for each other.

Music is woven through the story as a haunting refrain; at times a blessing and at others a curse. It is lovely to see how the band members are so protective of Dare and understanding of how important his music is to him, and how much his episodes feed into that. Dare without his music is a sorry creature indeed.

I know that a review should be like a sandwich with criticism cushioned between compliments, but I honestly struggle to find a criticism of this book. There are a few editing slips, but I've rarely read a book where there are none. Perhaps there could have been a little more detail about the music. Perhaps Sionn's accent might be less blatant, but none of it really detracted from the story.

I was enchanted with Dare from the first page to the last. He could have come a cross as a caricature, a little too perfect; a little too stubborn, but he's definitely not. He's true to character in everything he does, and his struggle (internal and external) is quite clear, without being overboard.

This is the kind of book that takes you on a journey with characters you can't help but get invested in. It's a page turner from beginning to end. I can't recommend it too highly.

I've been reading a lot lately, and I can honestly say this book has really stood out for the quality and smoothness of the writing, the strength of the characters and the haunting nature of the story.
3.0 out of 5 stars Desolation Angel Layla Dorine 30 April 2016
By Lena Grey - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
“You have to be careful what you wish for. What you think you want, may be more than you can handle.” ~ unknown

The rock band Desolation Angel, from 'Desolation Angel' by Layla Dorine, is much more than a group of men who write and play music together. Paul, Mark, and Tommy are in a committed relationship; Sionn, a lifelong friend, and Dare, Tommy's younger brother, also live in the same house and regard each other as family. They are extremely close and what affects one affects them all, which in many ways is a positive thing, and in others causes problems. Through no fault of his own, Dare's behavior has an enormous impact on the family. Although he's a beautiful, talented, charismatic performer, who writes all the fantastic music for the band, it comes at a high price. Dare experiences the notes and lyrics of his songs in daydreams, during which, he is literally oblivious to everybody and everything around him. Needless to say, this causes his family a great deal of concern for his safety.

Dare hates the fact that he's not “normal”. He feels like he's a burden to everyone involved and it bothers him to no end. The thing is, without drugging him completely out and making him a zombie, the dreams won't stop. On one hand they are a gift and on the other a curse. The thing is, Dare loves his music and would never want to give it up. Without “dreaming” he's afraid he will lose the ability to write and play. It's a hard choice, but Dare is desperate. He's tired of being so dependent upon others. Even though they tell him constantly that he isn't, Dare is afraid they hate him for it. After yet another incident where Dare burns his arm badly when he spaces out while cooking, Sionn can't take it anymore and insists that Dare get help. Part of his frustration is that Sionn is in love with Dare, but he's so fragile, Sionn doesn't want to make a move and lose his friendship. Therefore Sionn tries to hide his feelings with little success. Dare seems to be the only one who doesn't notice it. That's mostly because Dare thinks Sionn hates him for being the way Dare is. Dare begins to see a psychiatrist who refuses to give him drugs and insists that he journal his experiences to look for patterns and triggers. In some ways, it's harder, but Dare makes a valiant attempt, although he is still convinced that he's a freak and will never be normal. At which point his therapist reminds him that normal is relative. Dare has to learn to define who he is, aside from the rest of his family and find his own normal.

In the meanwhile, the band gets an opportunity to record their music, but it ends up they only want Dare. Out of loyalty and convinced that he could never play without his band, Dare calls the promoter and tells him exactly that—all of them or none. Afraid to lose them altogether, the record producers concede and take them all. The whole process is exciting, stressful, chaotic, and enlightening and they finish both relieved and hopeful for a better future. But when they go out to celebrate, tragedy strikes, threatening to tear the band apart, yet presenting an opportunity to become closer as well.

Each member of the band had his own story with elements of chaos, mistrust, angst, along with forgiveness, redemption, and love. I normally love rocker stories, but the characters in this story didn't engage my emotions as much as I would have liked. I felt as though I was outside looking in some of the time. Perhaps if I'd had more background information, I would have been able to become more emotionally involved. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The concept of the musical hallucinations was interesting. It seems almost magical, although I can see where it could become annoying if there were no way to control it. If you like stories about rockers, family loyalty, great music, and success against all odds, you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Layla, for introducing Desolation Angel to me and for the closure you brought to each of their lives. Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.
5.0 out of 5 stars the most awesome roadtrip with the Angels 11 March 2016
By V M C - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Layla takes us on a virtual roadtrip with the Desolation Angels, with exclusive passes behind the stage and right into their lives.

Mark, Tommy and Paul have their life, and Sionn and Dare have their own to sort out, along with crippling losses, their past coming back to haunt them, trying to rip them apart and a recording contract threatens to rip apart not only a six year old relationship but also the bond between two brothers who mean everything to the other.

Saying that Dare, the Golden boy and band’s singer is talented is probably the understatement of the century. He’s a savant and we all know what sort of problems they can face in life, right? Wrong! Nothing that we have ever seen, read or even heard of can prepare us for the journey of this wonderful man, who loves with all his heart,, lives with and for the music and so often loses himself in it.

This is an unputdownable book with strong, individual characters. their different interests ands their varying outlook towards life makes sure it stays so till the very end. I found myself tuning the last page and then realising that there was no more. And believe you me, that did make me sad. :(

A definite read for music lovers, musician lovers, and life lovers 😉 ( I do hope they make, even if a little, appearance in the future works of Layla)!
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book 7 November 2014
By Kathleen Burcham - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book. I think this is my favorite one so far out of all of Layla Dorine's books. There is so much chemistry between all of the characters and the story flowed so smoothly that I when I started it I found it hard to put it down. My favorite character in the book was Dare. I don't want to give away too much about his character, but you will just have to read the book and find out why.

I love the fact that this book includes a close knit bunch of friends, some are lovers. Dare is the main singer/songwriter of the bunch. He didn't want to be a bother to anyone and he has daydreams and tends to zone out. No one in the bunch can bring him out of it but Sionn.

I really would recommend this book if you love this type of rock romance.