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Guitars and Cages by [Dorine, Layla]
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Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.
When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.
When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.
Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8686 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (26 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! 14 July 2015
By Tracy Muth ~Bayou Book Junkie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*copy provided by Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This book was not what I thought I was getting. I thought this was a M/M romance. It isn't. What it is, is an amazing story of one very messed up young man, and his journey to finally admitting to and accepting himself for who and what he is, with a tiny undertone of a romance. There is no HEA, but you'll be left satisfied. I was, yet I was left wanting more. I really hope the author finishes Asher's story. I think there are a lot more layers of this character to explore, and I'd love to see where the future takes him and, hopefully Connor. They had an amazing chemistry and I'm very sad that it wasn't explored. I'd love to see a book two or at least a novella to explore Asher and Connor.

This was a captivating story. I couldn't put it down. The secondary characters of Morgan, Alex/Alexia, Rory, Cole, and Connor were very well developed and added to the storyline.

The author made me feel. She took me on an emotional rollercoaster. There were times that, I hated Asher, and times when my heart broke for this poor lost soul. He frustrated me at times, as well, and I just wanted to shake him and scream at him, but I loved him none the less. The author pulled me into his very dysfunctional family, and made me feel like a part of it.

I loved this book,and I look forward to more from this author in the future. Highly recommended!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars annoyed and wanted to throw my Kindle a few times 4 July 2015
By Leaundra A. Ross - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book wiped me out! I mean wiped me out. I cried, I was pissed, annoyed and wanted to throw my Kindle a few times, these were emotions that just Asher made me feel. Let me tell you, I don't do angsty, I avoid angsty like the plague.This is a new author and there were no reviews yet and so I read this one because the blurb sounded interesting. I wasn't sure so I read a sample(my first time reading a sample ever) I read the first chapter and decided that I wanted to get the whole book. What can I say about Asher? He was hard to like but I had to keep telling myself that he was messed up, dang being in his headspace was painful and hard to read. He has some major issues. There are things he deals with, with his brothers and nephew also. This was not a typical love story, to be honesty the two MC's weren't the focus, I thought the love story was more about Asher learning to love himself. This book was real and did not wrap everything up in a bow. All the way to the end, you knew he had issues, reading it you can tell he's going to continue to have to work on them, but they did get better on some fronts. I know a lot of people who love the angsty, broken MC and this book is for you, also if you're like me and don't like angsty , still give it a try, I really enjoyed it,even though it wore me out. It was still a great book. Now I need to go read something fluffy, I mean sugary, sweet fluffy, hehe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 10 July 2015
By Pauladeenfan71 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is not your romance, erotica, love story that you want to seek out. What it is, is a story of finding ones self. Finding out your self worth. Asher has many dark moments from his past and in his present. At times I sobbed like a baby because of the pain and humiliation he endured. This story takes you through many stages of Asher's journey. Throughout this book I saw glimpses of troubles my own family has like Asher. My heart went out to him in so many ways. I just wanted to scoop him up and protect him. This book was so true to life it was scary at times. It was an absolute wonderful read! It is definitely a must read for everyone. Don't look for the sweetness. Don't look for the love. You won't find it. You will find a young man who has real life struggles. Family battles. Self hate. A young man who needs affection. Get your copy. I started this book this morning and haven't put it down all day. It is now 11 p.m. This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time.
5.0 out of 5 stars I hoped for a good story and good characters 15 July 2015
By Zane Kage - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Having never read Layla Dorine, I chose to read this book based solely on the blurb. I hoped for a good story and good characters; my expectations were exceeded. I finished this in one sitting, and this is no short read. Though most of my reviews are romances of some variety, “Guitars and Cages” is not a love story or a sexy tale. It is not hearts and flowers, nor sunshine and roses. With a fair amount of violence, non con, and both dangerous and life threatening situations, this book is not easy to read.

If you are looking for the good ‘feels’ and the ‘happily ever after’, you will not find that here. Though there are happy and sweet moments, they are woven sparsely throughout the rest of the events unfolding. What you will find is a very broken MC on a journey to finding and fixing himself. Asher Logan struggles to become someone that can live with his past, to survive the present, and find hope for the future.

This book is a huge dose of Asher, his family, and their ugly, sordid life. Not only is Asher screwed up, the supporting characters (his family, so-called friends, potential significant other) are ALL a mess. Even the one person in Asher’s life who seems to have it the most ‘together’ is a bit of a wreck. There is little clarity here; these characters are a hodgepodge of black white and grey. They come across as real people, with very real, very ugly issues.
Much like in reality, love and hate are almost the same side of the coin for them. Throughout Asher’s heartbreaking story, they love and leave one another, support and let each other down. Eventually they all must come to terms with themselves and who they are, especially the MC himself. My heart ached for each of them as they revisited past mistakes and nightmares, facing their demons, sometimes found in one another.

Asher Logan is one of the most broken characters I’ve ever read. He breaks a little bit more each day, even as he tries to move forward and heal. I could feel myself breaking a little bit inside along with him, and still, I could not stop reading. This book completely wrecked me. Extremely high on the angst scale, I lost count of how many times I felt my heart ache and my gut clench. My eyes even watered a few times, a rarity for me. Regardless, I would read this author again in a heartbeat. It takes talent to write in vivid detail and to bring forth such emotion from the written word; I was duly impressed.

There is no HEA for Asher here. However, it’s a realistic HFN with a vision to the future and possible/probable happiness for all involved. I’ll take it, and smile. This author and her characters have won me over; I am looking forward to her next release. If you are willing to take the tumultuous ride that is Asher Logan, tears be damned, then grab those tissues and get comfortable. Layla Dorine is about to take you for one angsty ride.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously. This is a good book! 15 July 2015
By johanna - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Clearly, this is one of those books that can send me to tears. And it did. By the buckets but! This was so good... How do I review something this well written?

The story is about one flawed man and other flawed men and women. We have the MC Asher who is not a likable individual at all. Well, he does have his moments and he is kinda the MC but seriously, if he were in front of me a good smack would have righted him. I would have to go on a stool and reach up risking breaking a hip, but you know what I mean. Seriously, this guy has some issues!

Then there is the nephew, Rory. Is he abandoned? No, he isn't but he kinda does end up as. Asher is tasked by his brother's widow to please take care of the boy as she seeks greener pastures. I won't reveal the whys, wherefores nor what happened next.

Then there is Alex, Asher's brother only this time, he went the Caitlyn way and became Alexia. I love Alexia. Please, I need her story! She is precious. But their brother, Cole, the a$$ by a million, needs a whopping for what he did to Alexia, and in the process, Asher and Rory. Unforgivable.

Then there is Conner. He is the unexpected lover that comes into Asher's life and he is gutted.

Who is Asher? What is he? Why is he going through all this drama? What does he do now? Who counts as family?

As the questions pour in, the emotions run through and... Seriously. This is a good book!

Note: That cover! That is one artistic work there. I just love it. One of the more original covers I've seen in a long, LOOOOONG time!