Book Reviews

Schoolboy Blues (Set in Stone 6) by Kiernan Kelly at Changeling Press

Genre Gay / Historical / Recent (1970s) / Actors/Entertainers / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-May-2017

Book Blurb

Once best friends, Angelo and Vincent parted after a night of hot passion and conflicting emotions.


Rock star Angelo knows a good thing when he’s got it, and what he has on stage with his band now is as good as it gets. He clings to that knowledge during the times when he longs for the warmth of a lover in his heart and his bed.


Vincent has grown adept at ducking his mother’s probing questions about grandbabies, while dedicating his life to nailing perps to the jailhouse wall in criminal court. His family and his career bring him satisfaction, but he dares not pursue a relationship that would complete his life.


Could the music that led to their parting a decade ago be the bond that brings these two lovers back together again?


Book Review

Set in 1972, the age of great and slightly-less great rock stars, this story is about two best friends who had one sexual encounter when they were seventeen, only for Angelo to run away and both of them to deny it ever happened. Neither of them wants to admit out loud that they are gay, but when Vincent has the opportunity to see Angelo perform on stage ten years later, he can’t resist. And that turns out to be a good thing because it gives them a second chance at love – yet not without obstacles!

Angelo may be a rock star – but he is not happy. Not just because his success is waning, but because he hates crowds, is lonely, and only relaxes onstage with his band. He is working on his next song, but climbing the charts is getting harder and harder.

Vincent may be a bigshot prosecutor – but he is no happier than Angelo. His career is in great shape but many of the people he works with are slimy and despicable, his Italian-American mother keeps prodding him about grandchildren, and Vincent knows he is gay but sees no way of coming out without destroying his life.

When Angelo performs near their hometown, Vincent can’t resist and goes to see the show. What follows is an explosive meeting, new questions, and a challenge for both men. Knowing what they do now – about their feelings for each other, that is – I was hoping they’d find a way to finally be together. It ended up being quite the stressful (on my part) adventure! Just keep in mind that not everyone was open-minded about two men loving each other back then.

If you like rock stars and tough prosecutors who share a weak spot for each other, if you enjoy the “magic” of the 1970s, and if you’re looking for a read that is as short as it is hot, occasionally funny, and just a little suspenseful toward the end, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 57 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-January-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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