Muse by Ethan Stone (Published by Stone Publishing, September 11, 2015, 42 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: Years ago author Micah Shea had a dream about a sexy adventurer, seeing the man in perfect detail. He’s been using the hot fellow as his muse—and star of his books—ever since. He’s always assumed Declan Muse was just a figment of his imagination.
That all changes when he meets avid reader Trevor, who is the exact embodiment of Declan, down to the phoenix tattoo on his back. At first Micah is drawn to Trevor because of the uncanny resemblance to the man of his dreams, but it soon becomes more than that and Micah falls for the real thing.
Afraid of coming off as insane, Micah is hesitant to tell Trevor about Declan Muse, but Trevor learns the truth and it all goes to hell. Now Micah only has a short time to convince Trevor he isn’t a psycho and that their relationship deserves a chance at a future.
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Muse is a real short book, and it’s mainly an erotica, which means that there is more sex than storyline. It’s not lacking a plot completely, though. What was there was very intriguing to me. Micah is an author with a popular series about a character called Declan Muse. He envisioned his character right as he was about to give up writing, and his books were popular enough that he attends a m/m romance author and reader convention. Having attended GRL one year, I am insanely curious if what happens at this book convention is based off something that happened or happens at real book conventions. Oh, to be a fly on the wall.
When a reader points out to Micah that a man at the convention matches Declan Muse’s physical description right down to his tattoos, Micah has to see him. Immediately there is a connection, though it appears to be sexual at first, it does seem to develop quickly. Trevor and Micah want to see what will happen after the weekend. Until someone tells Trevor that he is the embodiment of Micah’s character. How did Micah come up with Declan without ever meeting Trevor before? There is a touch of paranormal quality to the story that I enjoyed.
There is quite a bit of sex in this book, orgy scenes and random hook-ups. Though I prefer my books to have more substance, I can appreciate erotic content. My only complaint about the book is that there was no talk of protection in all these encounters even though most take place with strangers. I don’t know if the author didn’t want to take away from the heat of the moment by taking time for the character to open a condom, or if it’s meant to be implied, but the lack of condom talk did make me take notice.. It was a good short erotica though and I really love this author’s other books. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of erotica.