Wendy reviews ‘Heart Beats’ Joker’s Sin, Book 3 by Davidson King. Published November 27, 2020 203 pages.
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Every night Ledger stands on the stage of Joker’s Sin, the most popular gay nightclub in Haven Hart, mixing music. Many of the people who come through the doors want his attention, but lately he’s only had eyes for the red-headed bartender, Shane. When Ledger is invited to be on a panel at DJ Con, he asks for support from his friends at Joker’s Sin. To his surprise, Shane shows up.
For Shane, Ledger is everything he’s ever been attracted to in a person. They’ve danced around each other for a while, but finally getting to know the intense DJ one-on-one, he realizes there’s even more to Ledger than he ever knew.
Then craziness ensues. Someone sets their sights on Ledger, determined to make him theirs, and he and Shane find themselves fighting for their lives instead of living it. Whoever is behind this will stop at nothing to get Ledger in their arms.
With people getting hurt and dying around Ledger, can he keep the one man he’s just finally admitted he wants from a murderous fate, or will someone’s crazed obsession end it all?
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The doors opened and I was about to say something when I heard a roar. I jolted, hitting my back against the elevator wall.
Ledger started laughing. “I forgot to tell you about Lion.”
My eyes widened. “You have a fucking lion?”
Ledger was laughing so hard he had to put his boxes down. “No, Lion is my pet. Come on, I’ll introduce you.”
I didn’t move at first. Ledger looked over his shoulder and cocked a brow as if to say, “Move it.” Slowly, I stepped forward into his living space. It was a huge open plan for sure, but I had trouble focusing on the design because every sound made me feel like something was going to jump out at me.
Once I got my heart to stop trying to beat out of my chest, and nothing tried to murder me, I took in the place. It was vast, the living room and kitchen one big area. The walls were painted slate gray and white throughout the entire area. As I moved farther in, I saw a wall that blocked off the huge space and assumed Ledger’s bedroom was there. When Ledger opened the mysterious door, I heard the roar again.
“Yeah, no. I’ll stay here,” I said.
He shrugged and went through the door. I stood there, waiting for screams. My imagination was picturing a large cat mauling Ledger to pieces. Maybe I should’ve run to the elevator—self-preservation and all.
“How’s my fierce baby?” Ledger was talking in baby tones, and I wondered what was wrong with him, but still, I didn’t move. “Come here. I want to introduce you to someone.”
I was about to shout to tell him not to bother when I heard another voice. “Friend or foe?” What the hell?
When Ledger stepped out I saw a bird…on his shoulder. A flipping bird. It was gray mostly, with white around its eyes. I spotted some red below and I figured that was his tail.
“Shane, this is Lion, Lion, I’d like you to meet Shane.”
I’m such a huge fan of Davidson King. Since the very beginning I’ve enjoyed their style. Humor mixed with dangerous characters and tons of love all packaged up in a fascinating tale has been the standard I’ve come to rely on for this author. Heart Beats is no exception. As a matter of fact, it might be my new favorite.
I savored this book. I was so very tempted to read it all in one sitting but I made myself take my time and I got so much enjoyment out of it. I can tell you that I made several trips to YouTube to listen to songs that were mentioned and those songs led to other songs and the book brought back so many memories with the songs and down the rabbit hole I went. It was freaking awesome!
I was hoping for Ledger to have his story told and was super happy that he and Shane found their way to each other. The chemistry and sexual tension between them was off the charts and the way they were shy with each other melted my heart.
Ledger has this mysterious edge and the feel of someone who had a past that played a large part in how he would live in his present and future. Definitely someone who felt deeply. I just love a guy who you know is going to love hard when they fall and Ledger sure does!
Shane really came through as a stand out character. I kinda thought that he might be someone who fell through the cracks and wasn’t very developed since we didn’t know a whole lot about him from his previous cameo’s. I was delighted that that wasn’t the case. He was very much front and center in the book and the relationship and a man who knows what he wants and what he’s about. It was pure joy to watch he and Ledger as they navigated their budding relationship and tried to solve the mystery of who was stalking Ledger and to figure it out before it was too late.
Adding suspense and drama to the romance seamlessly seems to be Ms. Kings superpower because the story was flawless. She makes it look so easy and that’s the sign of a great storyteller.
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
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Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.