It was ONLY them that couldn t talk see each ther r even communicate in any way It felt wrong then and even upon reflection it still feels wrong Likewise I enjoyed the nuance f the secondary characters A Mild Suicide of the band members and Damian s family but the support for Damian felt too little too late Damian was blamed and made a scape goat for virtually everything even though the entire book he was actually trying to make good things happen and championing everyone that shitn him but after Lenny s latest abusive tirade all Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of a sudden everyone supports Damianut Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of the blue It felt too lopsided both ways and left me not particularly caring for anyf them I recognized them as good characters but Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church on a personal reader level I didn t like them as people I thought Vance was an interesting character if incredibly selfish and insecure to keep Lenny isolated from Damian but he was a minor character and apparently has hiswn book I thought the relationship between Stanley and Damian worked n a lot f levels and it was nice to see that Stan recognized his wn failings and took steps to correct them at the end I m curious where that relationship could potentially go because I honestly don t see it being happily ever after that easily Most f all this is a thoughtful book with a lot Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of layers and depth It kept me thinking and I liked that about it I didn t agree with everything I read about the characters their motivationsr the solutions but I always like that Samms writing makes me think and get invested in the story I never felt as though there was that much angst as there is a lot Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 of down time with talking between any potentially angsty scenes which also tended to end peacefully It s a book I would recommend because it s interesting but definitely not for everyone I think it will resonate with some readers so thanthers I m tempted by the seuel with Lenny and Vance s story even if I don t really like either man This is not your regular take Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale on celebrity musicians and the crazinessf sex drugs and rock n roll that can surround them This takes a good deeper look at that world and combines a Ds dynamic r the concept f that lifestyle as an alternative to give a really great rocker romanceBased around two couples and their relationship to the up and coming grunge band Firefly we get a story Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of discovering limits in a hedonist anything goes rock star life While the band is the vehicle the story starts with the relationship between music promotermanger Stan Krane and his friend with benefits Vance Ashcroft who also happens to bene f his clients a very successful country music singer They are also both Doms so right away you see the problem In addition Vance is in the closet to protect his career Stan is ut and they seem to enjoy an Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian open relationship Complicated couple numberne The Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time other couple Lenny and Damian are lead musicians in Firefly and have been besties since third grade They ve been there for eachther through some very hard times they live together and spend a lot f time fighting together There is a sexual tension between them that they can t figure ut and that frustration is becoming increasingly violent So each f these couples wants something from their partner that they aren t able to give and the crux f the story is their finding ut what to do about itBecause this is fiction the solution is brought about by keeping things in the family Stan s taking n Firefly as a client means he gets an up close and personal look into Lenny and Damian s dysfunction and sees that their destructive relationship will also soon be the end Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of a very talented band It doesn t hurt that Stan has a thing for lead singer Damian and that Vance has his eyen guitarist Lenny I really liked the set up Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. of the story the first thirdr so is especially good The middle gets bogged down in some pretty heavy angst and high drama with a bit The Reformation (World History Series) of man handling as all hell breaks loose While this got a littlever the top and wordy it did allow us to get to know each character and where they were coming from and why they acted ut in the ways they did Especially Lenny and Damian who are such complex mixtures f bad ass and vulnerability that they suck you in make you want to smack them and still hope they ll find their way somehow impossible as that may seem The last part Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One of the story focusesn Stan and Damian and while that was fun I kept wondering about Vance and Lenny and how they were handling thingsI also appreciated that while this was about Ds relationships a big element the story wasn t Date With A Dead Doctor overrun with sex and tie em uptie em down scenes What sex there was added to the plot insteadf detracting from it This was about four people discovering what they need from each Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium other and how to get it I really really liked that I liked that the lifestyle is presented as a compassionate nurturing bonding basedn cognitive discovery as well as sexual need Throw in some talented broody rockers and you have something really sweetThe ending while it resolves the major issues does feel like an HFN and I m truly hoping for a seuel to see what develops between Stan Vance Damian and Lenny as well as the rest Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of the band members who have theirwn interesting stories to tellFor this review and much 4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewshttpmmgoodbookreviewswordpresscomDamian Trevor is the singer for grunge band Firefly being treated unfairly by their agent has Damian striking a deal with Stanley the best agent in the business But getting Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy outf his current contract is harder than Damian hoped and after paying the way Witchopoly outf his bandmates contracts he has to accept the Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most offerf Stan s friend Vance a country and western superstar to help him buy Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro out hiswn contract Tensions are high in the band though and Damian s volatile relationship with Lenny Firefly "s lead guitarist is heading for destruction As pressure mounts Damian turns to drink drugs and anonymous "lead guitarist is heading for destruction As pressure mounts Damian turns to drink drugs and anonymous and Stan takes the reins f control for Damian and Vance steps in to take control f Lenny When a sub needs to give up control they need a strong hand to guide them but what happens when the person you want to take control is also a sub Damian and Lenny love each ther but they can never have what t 45 rounded upI really enjoyed what is in effect the story f two couples in Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) one though the story revolves around TrevorDamian and Stan rather than Lenny and Vance The ending is leftpen and with the characters still healing I wonder if there are any plans for another look at the couples particularly Vance and Lenny This story is a study in psychology Boarding House of Hunks or How Not to Build a Relationship 101 Trevor aka Damien and Lenny have been friends since grade school Together withther talented young men and women they ve formed a band Firefly and are performing locally when Stanley Krane a well known talent manager spots them and is entranced by Damien s voice Stan comes to hear Firefly with his best friend and sometimes lover Vance Ashcroft a famous country singer handled by Stanley Both men are entranced by what they hear and see Vance s focus is n Lenny the guitar player who always stands stage right Stan s sole focus is Damien his looks and his voice Both men want these young men for than just their talent Both Stanley and Vance are Doms and though sometimes lovers each has needs greater than the ther can fulfill A huge part Bec (The Demonata, of their attraction to the young men is that they sense Damien and Lenny are both subs and that they are clearly in needf guidance and control Damien and Lenny have never had sex together
Damien has it for a long time Lenny had been in an abusive relationship when Damien rescued him and gave him both a place to stay and stability in his life Little does he realize it but Damien himself needs to be rescued from himself and his risky behaviors He conti. Is The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins old contract Overwhelmed by a crippling loan secretive guilt Stanley’s expectations and a volatile relationship with Lenny Firefly’s lead guitarist Damian disintegrates Bad habitsf too much sex booze and drugs create a rift in the band Finally Vance with his understanding f Dominantsubmissive behavior sees that submissives Damian and Lenny are falling into chaos clinging to each ther to try. .though damien has
Title Off Stage RightAuthor Jaime SammsSeries Off Stage Book 1Publisher Dreamspinner PressReviewer MollienRelease Date April 21 2013Genres Rockstar MaleMale RomancePage Count 350 pagesHeat Level 3 flames ut f 5Rating 4 stars ut f 5Blurb Off Stage Set One Damian Learner and his grunge band Firefly are n a meteoric rise to success If they get the right break fame awaits Seeking professional management Damian independently strikes a bargain with the best agent in the business Stanley Krane Unable to afford the penalty for breaking ld contracts Damian agrees when Stan s best friend country and Western megastar Vance Ashcroft Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 offers to buy himut f his ld contract Overwhelmed by a crippling loan secretive guilt Stanley s expectations and a volatile relationship with Lenny Firefly s lead guitarist Damian disintegrates Bad habits Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of too much sex booze and drugs create a rift in the band Finally Vance with his understandingf Dominantsubmissive behavior sees that submissives Damian and Lenny are falling into chaos clinging to each ther to try to avoid the inevitable crash When the pressure to perform becomes too much and the unthinkable happens Damian and Lenny have to decide accept that they need something they can t get from each ther r burn ut and take Firefly with them Vance is ready to claim Lenny but even Stan s hesitant agreement to give Damian the direction he needs might not be enough for Damian r the band if he loses Lenny ReviewThis is the first book f the Off Stage series There are at least two books in this series and I think this is the first time that I don t want to jump right in and read the second book which is sitting n my Kindle along with the third book The story left me emotionally drained Some people have said that the story is about two couples but it really is about four couples First ff this story is about a rock band and the dynamics A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of the band mates It is also about a manager and his relationship with the people that he represents DamianTrevor is the lead singerf the band Firefly Trevor and Lenny the guitarist have been friends since grade school They have always had each ther s backs and they truly love ne another They are however toxic together Stanley nly manages a select few performers including country star Vance Ashcroft Stanley s sometimes lover They have been together for years and Stanley has managed to keep Vance from ruining his career Together they take n the band Firefly with their dysfunctional band members Vance has a pretty good idea what needs to be done to keep Firefly from self destructing but it may be too late to escape without casualties There is so much chemistry between these characters that I really do need a time In the End out to continue this series The pacing is fast and emotional Sometimes I felt that there was too much goingn making the flow f the story a little rough for me The ending was bittersweet but I am hopeful for a better utcome in the second book Off Stage In The Wings This story was in my estimation is character development at its finest As a reader you get to know every aspect f these characters I felt their pain as well as their joy Review for In the Wings to follow soon PLOT 5 StarsCHEMISTRY 5 StarsPACING 3 StarsENDING 5 StarsCHARACTER DEVELOPMENT 5 Stars Review Copy f Off Stage Right provided by the Dreamspinner Press I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy f this book Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club Jaime has a way f teaching that first impressions aren t always right I had initially read the reviews n this ne when I got it months and months ago and nly remember that it was supposed to have a ton f angst the kind The Age of Treachery of angst where you re exhausted when you finish reading the book ie Keeping Promise Rockr Red Tainted Silence Perhaps my tolerance for angst is higher than ther readers because while there is angst in this book I didn t really feel like there was that much It definitely did not exhaust me and frankly I felt there could have been uite a bit The story is good as Samms is a good writer However I never connected to the characters so I always felt removed from the angst and it never really affected me I never felt for nor commiserated with the characters so I actually wanted angst and for it to be real and meaningful That said I enjoyed the book and read it in ne sitting which is saying something considering the length However it s not a book I would re read I liked it but did not love it even if it s a book I think I would remember which is hard when you read a lot and have a crappy memory Damian leads a grunge goth punk band named Firefly with consisting The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of friends so close they re considered family Onef those friends is Damian s best friend Lenny Everyone in the band except Damian has a sad tale Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of broken homes and horrible experiences that have stunted their emotional capabilities Lenny and Damian aren t sleeping together but they love eachther and want something neither can provide Both men yearn for structure and discipline in their Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) outf control lives and their cycle f pushing and punishing each ther for the inability to meet their needs is unhealthy to say the least Enter top manager Stanley and his best friend country star and sometimes lover Vance Both Stanley and Vance are Doms who can t meet each When a Man Loves a Woman other s needs because they fight for control When the men realize that Damian and Lenny need the two Doms as much as they need the submission the boys canffer hope springs for all four men However it s not smooth sailing when the two couples pair ff and there is a lot f emotion and past experiences to get through The story is basically about Damian and Stanley coming together and finding balance in a relationship with Stanley as Master and Damian as the submissiveslave set against a rock star background The secondary plot Keep From Falling of Vance and Lenny is parallel but not the main focus withnly a few scenes from their viewpoint and then the couple pretty much disappears entirely That said the characters are decent and each has a considerable amount Catalogue the Insanity of problems withoutverwhelming I liked the time the author spent developing the relationships between the two best friends Damian and Lenny and Stanley and Vance showing how each duo loved each ther but weren t really suited for romantic relationships It didn t diminish the closeness f their bonds but did show how best friends aren t always the best partners I know a few reviews mentioned the relationships were dysfunctional but I didn t really see it that way Damian and Lenny were hurting themselves and each Shrek other in a desperate attempt to get their needs met but neither man could do it nor could they understand why It takes anutside look to help both Damian and Lenny understand why the two were not working as wannabe lovers even though they d never slept together The story does justice TO THIS CONCEPT AS THE RELATIONSHIP this concept as the relationship volatile abusive and definitely not healthy which the writing goes into great length showing both the tragedy and the solution So while the relationship was dysfunctional it so needed help than to be cut ff completely My nly ualm was that I never really understood why Damian and Lenny had to be completely kept away from each Look Alikes Jr. other Both men agreed that it was a bad idea to have a romantic relationship as their needs were not and could not be met by eachther but to keep them completely cut ff each ther felt selfish to me It was as if "Vance And Stanley Were Worried "and Stanley worried the two boys would rather be with each Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin other and actually loved eachther than their new Doms despite all evidence to the contrary so in a selfish move the rockers were kept apart This really bothered me for a considerable part Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of the story and I never reconciled my feeling that it was wrong to cut the best friendsff from each He Remembers the Barren other when. Damian Learner and his grunge band Firefly aren a meteoric rise to success If they get the right break fame awaits Seeking professional management Damian independently strikes a bargain with the best agent in the business Stanley Krane Unable to afford the penalty for breaking The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf old contracts Damian agrees when Stan’s best friend country and Western megastar Vance Ashcroftffers to buy him Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis outf Nually puts himself in dangerous situations drinking drugging and seeking sex as the solution to his need for control Though they try to help each The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives other things are coming to a head in their pushpull relationship dynamic It all explodesne night when Lenny attacks Damien physically Fortunately by that time Stan has already signed their group and has been carefully watching for Damien s risky behaviors Vance is actually n the scene in time to stop the altercation and take control f Lenny From that point The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini on Lenny is Len Vance s submissive Len does what needs to be done to end his relationship with Damien He leaves the band and gives himselfver to Vance s control In the meantime Damien is taken in by Stanley who begins the long process f taming a wildly impulsive young man This is a slow journey to balance and sanity ne Damien must take alone without Lenny in his life He eventually gives Blue Guide New York over control to Stanley yet still maintains a measuref it for himself through most f the story Stanley gets to see Trevor the real person behind the facade but it takes a long long time for Stan to finally get through all the layers f Damien s persona so that he can finally see the total man the embodiment Homesick of both Trevor and Damien I really enjoyed this story I liked the way the author spent time with eachf the couples and their relationship dynamics In this story there were actually two couples and though Stanley and Damien were primary MCs there was enough A Criminal Affair of a storyline for Vance and Len that it s hard to call them secondary characters In addition thether band members Stanley s secretary Miri and Trevor s family brother sister in law mother and his cousin Christian were very well developed as secondary characters The psychology Sangue Derramado of the domination was very interesting as well Vance s tamingf Len was closely compared to how he handled the taming f his horses n his ranch While Stanley s domination f Damien had a different focus and was similar to a study in psychological warfare at times Overall it was uite different from ther BDSM r Ds stories I ve read and though there were a few erotic sex scenes they were not in place as a substitute for good writing I d recommend this story to any fan f Ds and to anyone who d be interested in the psychological aspects f the development f a Domsub relationship Others who might be interested are those who enjoy stories about musicians and those who understand that sometimes family is not just about relatives but about relationships Note This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts n Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review Guilt is such a useless emotion yet many f us carry it around like some Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star obscene trophy using it as an excuse to endlessly punishurselves for either real Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance or imagined transgressions Damian Learnerf Off Stage Right by Jaime Samms could be the poster child for what can go wrong when we let The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky our guilt run unchecked Damian practically destroys himself with drinking whoring and a destructive co dependent love hate relationship with his best friend Lenny Unless someone intervenes they will surely destroy eachtherAs reckless and irresponsible as Damian seems he s the lesser f two evils between him and Lenny I felt a lot f sympathy for him although I wished he d get a grip and was appalled with his lack Works Days of self preservation He and Lenny are both miserable but their history keeps them together Damian and Lenny are destroying eachther which is the last thing they d intentionally do They do love each ther but neither ne knows what s wrong with their relationship much less how to fix it Both want the ther to take control but neither is capable f doing it they continue destroying themselves and each Heart of the Wood other Disaster loomsver them like a train wreck about to happen They can t live with each The King's Commissar other and neither think they can live without thetherThe Bloodmage other tragedy waiting to happen is that if they continue they will also destroy Firefly their band which has the capabilityf being uite successful unless Damian and Lenny implode taking the ther band members with them Their band mates know something is very wrong between Damian and Lenny but they don t know what it is r how to fix it either They miss a lot Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction of thebvious clues that in retrospect seem Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner obvious Their friends just keep hoping things will change and they can continue toward the stardom that awaits them In the meantime they are all miserable as well It takes someone withbjectivity namely Vance to see the problems and their destructive potential He in turn explains it to Stanley and Every Sigh, the End offers a solution which involves separating Damian and Lenny Damian with Stanley and Lenny with Vance and taking them firmly in handThere are actually several story lines goingn in this book ie Stanley and Vance s relationship Lenny and Damian s attempted self destruction Vance and Lenny s association and Stanley and Damian s Jaimie does a fabulous job The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence the Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence of developing each character and their relationships to eachther then expertly weaving them together It s not a light love story about a rock band and their trials It s a deep dark hard look at what can happen when situations get badly ut f hand mostly due to denial and unwillingness to change There was a great deal Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis: Or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life of character growth involved as each person had to face their demons and begin to do battle with them and it s not an easy trip Jaime takes us up down and sideways emotionally but at least Stanley and Damian find their balance and are happy and willing to work hard to make it successful Vance and Lenny are still struggling but there is hope for the future They just have a lot farther to go than they first though as we will see in the next book which will focusn their storyI d recommend this book to all Jaime s current fans and to new readers who enjoy their romances Quest for Celestia: A Reimagining of the Pilgrim's Progress on the realistic challenging side but also still enjoy a happy ending Thanks Jaime for the thought provoking realistic and extremely emotional tale NOTE This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purposef a review n Rainbow Book Reviews Touching story f two pairs f friends and lovers who are trying to find their way through the life that was handed to them Vance and Stan are two Doms who are friends and lovers then you have DamienTrevor and Lenny Both Subs who are n a violent spiral "of self destruction and no way to stop except with Stan and Vance s help Jaime Samms is an "self destruction and no way to stop except with Stan and Vance s help Jaime Samms is an writer and she always delivers whenever pen and paper meet 3 StarsFor the most part I try to choose books to review I have a shot at enjoying I doubt I ll ever be a person willing to read and review anything put in front A Christmas Tree for Lydia of me There are just some things I know I won t enjoy and don t feel it s fair to penalize what may be a well written book because I dislike the subject Unfortunately Off Stage Right by Jaime Samms was a well written book that simply isn t my cupf tea Damian and Lenny are in a terrible relationship Damian is a drug user and Lenny is a domestic abuser No The God Solution: A Reply To The God Delusion one suspects thatf Lenny as he was himself a victim Eterlimus or domestic violence Seriously people need to look at statsf how freuently abuse victims become abusers That was very well written The co dependency runs both ways and it doesn t help that these two also work together as they re in the same band Firefly From the utside looking in everyone sees Damian slowly destroying Lenny with outside looking in everyone sees Damian slowly destroying Lenny with personal self destruction Enter Stanley and Vance They are also in a relationship It s kind f a casual friends who and Vance They are also in a relationship It s kind The Guilty Feminist: From our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies of a casual friends who sex typef thing Stanley is a talent manager and wants to sign Firefly Vance is a country star and ne f Stanley s biggest clients Amidst much drama Firefly signs a contract with Stanley Things go both uphill and downhill from thereFaye s full review can be found atLive Your Life Buy The Boo. To avoid the inevitable crash When the pressure to perform becomes too much and the unthinkable happens Damian and Lenny have to decide accept that they need something they can’t get from each Bunless Oven: Bring Hope to Your Trying-To-Conceive Tears otherr burn Stomp the Elephant in the Office out and take Firefly with them Vance is ready to claim Lenny but even Stan’s hesitant agreement to give Damian the direction he needs might not be enough for Damianr the band if he loses Len. .