Friday, August 7, 2015

Asher Beauregard Attempts to Give a Damn by Thursday Euclid


With a sold-out tour looming and intense media attention on their every move, the Artificial Hearts are the hottest rock act in the world. It's just a matter of time until newfound fame illuminates a past Asher Beauregard would rather leave in the shadows. When he meets Leo Harpstedt, the irresistible frontman for the opening act, undeniable chemistry draws them together, but Asher’s secrecy and emotional scars keep Leo at a safe distance.

Posh and well-adjusted despite the blue hair, Englishman Leo comes from a world that Asher, a Louisiana-born high school dropout, can't imagine, never mind inhabit, but as first the Artificial Hearts' manager and then the tour throw them together, the tension between them grows uncontrollable. Leo's seeming confusion about his sexuality and Asher's refusal to let go of the persona and be vulnerable threaten to destroy the tender friendship they've built living and working together.

With help from his drag queen stylist, lesbian sound tech, and a lead guitarist with secrets of his own, can Asher overcome the public revelation of his deepest secrets and seize this chance at love?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Kris☆☆☆☆
4 1/2 stars.
I wholeheartedly enjoyed this read. Asher Beauregard was the perfect ruined rock star, front man. His past was tainted by a homophobic mother and several horrible run-ins with closeted gays who blamed him for their transgressions. Leaving home at 17 to live on the streets, Asher's seen and done it all. It all added up to the best in tortured artist with a heart of gold. I adored Asher, his introspection and self-loathing made him so relatable and loveable. All the while you wanted to smack him silly for not seeing himself as he was! This book has moments of brilliant imagery, musicality and poetry. The concert scene put me right in the stadium. The lyrics of Asher's songs were genius, I wanted to HEAR these songs, I wanted to SEE the Artificial Hearts perform for REAL! I was sucked in and along for the ride, screaming Asher's name along with the written fans. The angst and want between Asher and the front man of their opening act, Leo, who also turns out to be hired to "handle" Asher was written so full of regret, need, and crossed signals it was almost perfection. I say almost because maybe this went on a bit too long?? How many times can they do this to each other and still be perfect for one another? How many times can they not get it right...a few too many for my liking. All in all I would say this book was just about a 5 star read. I'd read anything to do with this series at this point, bring it on, I need more!!


Ruthie☆☆☆
This is a hot rock star MM read which does a good job of bringing to life the less acceptable side of the business, as well as the intensity under which the up and coming stars have to cope with and survive.

It is hot, naughty and pretty emotional reading. I liked the language, the passion and the confusion. Did I think that the too and fro went on too long? Yes, but it got there in the end, and by then I was just happy it got sorted out. I am glad I read the book and will be looking out for more by this author, who does troubled well!



The Thursday Euclid (scientific name T. Euclidus) is a strange and elusive creature dwelling in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Frequently mistaken for Bigfoot, Chupacabra, or the monster of the week, T. Euclidus is, in fact, a 30-something black sheep with a penchant for indie music, social justice, and hot and sour soup. Between attending Bible school, coming out as queer, dropping out, becoming a teenage parent, coming out as transgender, and finally finding himself, Thursday's life influences his storytelling in unexpected ways, and he'll tell you truth is always stranger than fiction.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Asher Beauregard Attempts to Give a Damn by Thursday Euclid to read and review.

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