Book Reviews

Reckless Jesse by Zane Menzy

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 06-June-2019

Book Blurb

In the space of ten years, Jesse Donavon has gone from chart-topping rock star to a thirty-something has-been longing for the roar of the crowd. He is broke, stuck in a job he hates, and struggling to connect with his teenage son. When he is forced to sell his apartment to avoid bankruptcy, he finds himself needing a place to stay. Unfortunately, no one is too keen to help out the former heartthrob. Well...there is one person.

Robbie O'Carroll isn't like the rest of Jesse's friends. He isn't famous, wealthy, or remotely pretentious. He also happens to be Jesse's number one fan. The lovable goofball worships the ground Jesse walks on, so when the rocker falls on hard times and needs a place to stay, Robbie jumps to his idol's rescue.

Robbie does everything he can to make Jesse's stay a good one. And Jesse? Well, Jesse can't stop wondering if there is more to his young host's playful banter than meets the eye. The more Jesse thinks about it, the more he finds himself battling dark desires he has tried for years to suppress. But one night, he gives in...claiming Robbie's body in a dubious seduction that rocks their friendship to its core.

Will the reckless rocker end up losing the one true friend he has left, or will Jesse realise you don't need fame and fortune to feel loved and adored?

Book Review

“Sooner or later in life, we will all take our own turn being in the position we once had someone else in.” ~ Ashly Lorenzana

Jesse Donovan is his own worst enemy. He has made so many mistakes that he has lost track. He is so arrogant, hardly anyone can stand him. At one time, Jesse had it all: success, fame, respect, but it didn’t last. Instead of accepting his fate, adjusting his lifestyle, and doing his best to move on, Jesse can’t do so. He continues to pretend to live like he did when he was a rock star. As a result, he has lost everything except for his friend Robbie, who sees through Jesse’s tough, arrogant facade and into the person he is underneath.

Robbie is an uncomplicated person who attempts to see the good in everyone. Quite literally, he has been a fan of Jesse’s, following him since he was a rock star. Robbie is a loyal friend, caring about Jesse both when he was on the top of the world, and, as he is now, down about as low as he can go. Robbie has stuck by Jesse because he loves him, although he has never told him. In return, Jesse treats him with the same disregard that he does everyone else. Yes, there is a lot of sexual innuendo in their friendship, but Jesse disregards it as joking. Jesse takes Robbie for granted, just assuming he will always be there, no matter how badly Jesse treats him.

Jesse treats his ex-wife, the only other person who comes close to understanding him, with the same indifference. He tries harder with their son, the product of a teen marriage, but Jesse is such a narcissist, he has no idea how to relate to him. His ex and son have put up with his behavior for so long that their expectations for Jesse are very low; his ex keeps pushing both of them because she feels they should have, at least, some level of a relationship.

One night, Robbie slips up and admits that he had a crush on Jesse when he was younger. Jesse’s all-about-me attitude will not let it go; he presses Robbie to tell him about it, but Robbie refuses for fear that Jesse will make fun of him. Jesse persists, wanting to hear about anything that will flatter his ego so Robbie finally gives in. Instead of handling Robbie’s feelings with the sensitivity they deserve, Jesse is determined to see how far he can take a physical relationship with Robbie. Even knowing that it’s Robbie’s first time with a man, Jesse is not gentle; he treats Robbie as badly as he has treated numerous women he has seduced in the past. Afterwards, Jesse tries to pretend as if it never happened, leaving Robbie feeling raw and used. He loves Jesse, but even his feelings have limits. Robbie decides that the pain of not having Jesse in his life is less than the humiliation he has to endure to be with him.

This has to be one of the best examples of how even the most obnoxious of people, given the right circumstances, can grow. I detested Jesse at first but, as the story went on, started to realize that Jesse had such disrespect for himself, that he constantly acted out, pushing people away because he didn’t think he deserved to be loved. I adored Robbie from the start. Yet I was relieved to see that, when it came down to it, he was wise enough to do what he needed to in order to take care of himself. He was forgiving enough to care for Jesse when he realized he was truly sorry and needed his comfort. Thanks, Zane, for a sometimes dark but hopeful tale, reminding me that, even under drastic situations, redemption is possible.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 328 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-May-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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