Beer and Clay, #3

Mashing is the third book in the Beer and Clay series by Sean Michael. This is a book that is best read as part of the series and not as a standalone.

Toby and Damon are growing closer every day and depending on each other. They are making their relationship work. As Toby recovers from being shot in the shoulder, Damon keeps him from overdoing it. Everything thing is going well until Toby’s studio is trashed. Now Toby needs to decide how to move forward.

The beginning of the story picks up where the last story left off. At the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to see what happens to Toby and Damon next. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to his world. He did a great job of making it very realistic, establishing a sense of time and location. The pace of the story was steady fast pace from the first page to the last. The main characters and the secondary characters were exciting and realistic. I loved that both Toby and Damon were not perfect but managed a balance between them that seemed to make a relationship between them perfect.

The point of view alternated between Damon and Toby, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story is the growing relationship between Toby and Damon as they grow closer and get to know each other better. The conflict keeps the story moving forward. The level of conflict is perfect anymore and it would have detracted from the overall storyline. The dialogue between the characters was genuine and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. I am not a fan of cliffhanger endings but this book had one that I didn’t mind. I loved that it had an ending while still keeping us in the dark as to who is staking Toby and Damon. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Book Blurb for Mashing

Life is good for Toby and Damon—maybe too good. What happens when someone seems intent on destroying their happiness?

Toby and Damon are growing closer every day, with Toby recovering from the shot to his shoulder and Damon trying to keep him from pushing too hard too fast. Things are good between them.

They’re even better in the bedroom, where Toby is learning all sorts of new things and Damon is happily pushing his limits.

They’ve almost forgotten that someone doesn’t seem as happy with their closeness as they are, when Toby walks into his studio to find it trashed and his little apartment ransacked. Are the authorities going to be able to apprehend the culprit before Toby decides the best course of action is to remove himself from the equation?

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2015 5.00