September 27, 2020

Taming Dante

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Taming DanteTaming Dante by Joel Abernathy
Series: Dante's Infernal #1
Publication Date: September 28, 2020
Genre: Fiction, LGBTQ+, M M Romance, Romance
Pages: 235
Links: Buy On Amazon

Keeping up the rock star image ain’t easy, but someone’s gotta show these fakers how it’s done.

Hotel-room-trashing tantrums?


Daddy issues galore?


Glitz, glamour and general debauchery?

I wrote the f**king book.

I’m a textbook bad boy rockstar cliche, and I’ve never claimed to be anything else.

Hell, I own it.

At least, I did, until he came along: Mr. Self-Righteous who acts more like a priest than a drummer. Now he’s my bodyguard and the guy in charge of making sure I don’t OD before the tour ends.

Oh, right. I also have a crazy stalker who’s been obsessed with me since I was a kid. So that’s fun.

It doesn’t take long to figure out Cash is more of a danger than any freak with a shrine of me in his closet, and he’s way harder to shake. He’s managed to convince our band manager (AKA, the crappiest father ever) that he’s the only one who can protect me from my stalker and my own vices.

Cash thinks I’m stuck with him while he forces me to get clean, but what starts out as a Daddy/boy roleplay meant to freak him out turns into so much more than a game.

For the first time ever, I don’t know who’s going to win, but I’m not going down without a fight.


My new job is a nightmare.

The name of that nightmare? Dante Jung, lead singer of the world-famous band Dante’s Infernal, living trainwreck, and all-around brat.

His manager hired me to be the new drummer for Dante’s Infernal--since the singer has run everyone else off--and his undercover bodyguard.

The only problem is, I’m pretty sure Dante is more of a threat to himself than even his obsessed stalker. He drinks hard, parties harder, and he’s never turned down a lovesick groupie.

And there are a lot of those.

Dante is a brash, selfish, narcissistic douchebag. And he’s also a brilliant, devoted and passionate musician who can be unexpectedly vulnerable at times.

When he asks me to be his “Daddy” for the month we’re stuck together, I’m shocked, but not for the reasons he thinks.

Taming Dante is going to be one hell of a challenge, but he will break before I ever back down, no matter how undisciplined he is now.

He doesn’t know what he’s in for, but he’s about to learn.

Dante is a hot mess, literally and figuratively. There is no one really looking out for his wellbeing. So when Cash comes into the picture everything begins to make sense. Drake hired him a drummer and bodyguard but he became so much more to Dante like his Daddy and boyfriend.

Cash is a middle-aged gay man caring for his sister after his mother died. He also used to be a band and now works in the recording studio. But when the opportunity comes to be a drummer for Dante’s Inferno his sister won’t let him say no. Taking the job, he sure did not know what was in store for him.

Oh, and there is a little with Dante’s stalker. It’s not really a little issue but it is a big one and no one want’s to tell Dante just how much of an issue it has become. Dante is self-destructing and he needs to be saved so in steps Cash.

Detox is hell and Dante was not going to make it easy. But a simple challenge for Dante backfires on him in a major way. Challenging Cash to be his Daddy was supposed to make him run, not come closer. But maybe a Daddy is just what he needs.

Overall Taming Dante kept me enticed. The chapters were manageable sizes and the ends always had me wanting for the next chapter. The pacing was excellent for the story there no dull moments so areas where the plot seemed to stall.

Taming Dante had a bit of it all from mystery, self-discovery, and romance. It covered the bases of each of those genres and blended them all really well. There some steamy moments but nothing over the top, just the right amount of smut.

Overall I really liked Taming Dante. I was able to read it all in one day since it really captured my attention. If you are looking for a good M M Romance with some mystery in it, then this one is for you. It will be interesting to see how the author continues the series since this is book one.

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