Friday, March 8, 2019

Moved by You by Ann Lister Release Blitz

Vance feels trapped. He never cared about his family’s wealth and prestige, but he finds himself pinned in place by the weight of his father’s expectations. Vance would much rather sweat in his studio creating metal sculptures with his blow torch than take any kind of position at the family firm. When pressure from his father mounts, Vance is torn between going with the flow or making waves. But everything changes when Vance hits a bike messenger with his car.

Kyle has drifted through his life with a massive chip on his shoulder against the privilege that’s always been just out of reach. His job as a bike messenger doesn’t help. He’s stuck delivering packages to the very elites he loathes. When Vance crashes into Kyle, they’re suddenly thrust onto different paths than they ever expected. But can they take this new path together, or will egos and societal privilege create too many obstacles to overcome?

Moved by You is a 67,000 word MM novel with an enemies to lovers theme, and a HEA.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the story of the fairly explosive relationship between an architect and a bike messenger. Or it’s the story of two talented artists who have to work through their pasts before they can form a beautiful partnership. It’s a steamy read that is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and feels wonderfully human.

The blurb explains Vance is angry – but seriously, he’s a raging asshole at the start of the book. Add Kyle’s defensive anger and these two pretty much explode all over the first few chapters. Vance keeps explaining that they piss each other off but they both seem to rage at each other without any obvious catalyst. I found it a little bit odd. Thankfully, their relationship calms some once they’re willing to listen and they start to understand each other. Even then, they both get a couple of good toddler-style strops in before growing up a bit.

It was easier to understand the misplaced rage once we start to learn about Vance and Kyle’s pasts. The street thug and the Park Avenue prince shouldn’t have much in common but neither man experienced much childhood love or nurture. I also love their shared artistic passion. Under all the crazy, these two share interests, passions, and values. They are also pretty explosive in bed.

I do have some reservations about this story. I think the anger at the start is overplayed. I don’t love grown men throwing tantrums. I think Kyle’s grief is underplayed and I would have preferred this as a dual narrative because Kyle gets a little bit lost under Vance’s personal dramas. I felt like Vance’s father is more of a caricature baddie than a fully developed character and the interactions between Vance and his father at the end of the book really didn’t ring true for me. But I’m being a little bit harsh. This was a really great read. I read it in a single sitting and I really didn’t want to put it down.

I really enjoyed this book, although sometimes I got pretty annoyed with Vance! He was a confusing mixture of entitlement and anger at being under his father's influence. Thankfully, Kyle gives him a backbone to deal with the issue – even if Kyle didn't realise it at the time.

I enjoyed the interplay between the two men as Kyle fought the attraction thanks to his preconceptions. Vance did give him plenty of cause to be concerned, but then the two of them come from complicated family lives which have definitely skewed their ideas of normal. Add in their artistic tendencies, and you can guarantee a high octane relationship will result.

If you like a story which is well rounded by the end, but has enough drama to keep you wondering as you read, then this will be just what you want to add to your reading list.

I have read several books by this author in the past and loved them all. This book felt like it was written by someone else, it just didn't fit the author that I know and love. I didn't really connect with Vance or Kyle until the book was almost over. There were so many pages without dialogue that I found myself skimming and becoming bored at times. When there was actual dialogue and Vance and Kyle were together, I enjoyed the book. I wish we would have gotten more of Kyle regarding Kiki before and after the event that happened. The epilogue was good when it came to Vance and Kyle but adding in Vance's dad just seemed wrong and fake. I hope this was just a one off for the author and for me as a reader. The book wasn't horrible, it just wasn't for me.

Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha's Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels. After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award.

Her 'behind-the-scenes' exposure to the music world and her love of rock music is the inspiration for her erotic rock star romances. Her rock star romance, “Fall For Me”, Book One in The Rock Gods series, was a Finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Award and Book Three, Make You Mine, established her as an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author. Each book in The Rock Gods series brings her two favorite elements together: musicians and the love between two men.

Her stories focus on what it truly means to love; love unconditionally, love without restrictions or labels, love without fear or judgment – to just simply love.

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