Title: Dry Drowning
Author: Sky Burton
Genre: Contemporary romance, LGBTQ romance, gay romance, MM romance, friends to lovers romance
The movie, where Josh and I first met as co-stars, had finished post-production. Things had changed. The low-budget movie that was supposed to go straight to streaming was receiving glowing reviews from the early screenings, much of it due to the on-screen chemistry between Josh and I. No one knew that on-screen chemistry had blossomed into an off-screen romance.
We had retreated to Portugal together to relax after the filming ended, or were we trying to escape the rumors that had started? But we were about to get found out. A near-drowning incident at our local beach thrust us into the spotlight as heroes in Portugal while exposing our whereabouts and relationship in the US media. We had decisions to make. Our on-screen love affair that had blossomed to a real-life romance might be good for movie publicity, but exposing it will come at the cost of our privacy. It was time to go home and face the music.
A trip to Portugal casts a glaring spotlight on their relationship, causing strict scrutiny on love. The movie production wraps up and Ryan reunites with Josh in Portugal. They get some much-needed time alone which is exactly what they need. A devastating event brings their relationship out in the open. Overrun by the media frenzy and burning questions from their families, Ryan and Josh don’t know how to escape. While an on-screen affair is good for their careers, does it work in real life? Can their love overcome all the obstacles, or will their relationship break under all the pressure?
Dry Drowning is a steamy/spicy MM romance I couldn’t put down. This is book two in the series and I actually liked this one better than the first book. In Dry Drowning, we see what happens when a love affair goes public and how the strain either strengthens or tears apart our two heroes. The emotional narration tugs at the heartstrings. My heart went out to both Ryan and Josh. With sophisticated writing, Sky Burton draws the reader in until the reader becomes part of the story. The plot moves at an excellent pace with poignant tension and descriptive narration. The deep POV allows the leader to feel everything the characters feel. The stakes couldn’t be higher in Dry Drowning and I loved how Sky Burton worked it out. A brilliant MM romance from start to finish, Dry Drowning needs to go on your romance bucket list. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Sky grew up along the beaches of Orange County, California and, at one time, was a gallery represented artist with work in Palo Alto, California and Los Alamos, New Mexico. When she’s not writing, she’s painting, walking, or reading and always with music in her ear.
Much of her career incorporated her background in behavioral science working with companies in advanced technology marketing in Silicon Valley. She also designed and manufactured one of the first children’s shopping cart seats, started the first Silicon Valley VIP Tech Tour (she was a technology history nerd), and was founder of a public relations firm.
She reinvented her life from business writer to creative in 2014 when she went rogue, became fully self-employed, bought a tiny trailer and traveled alone for 18 months writing and volunteering.
Other books include Road Noise, the three-month road trip memoir; Running With Chickens, (co-authored with her son) published in 2016 but currently expanding and will re-publish later in 2022. She also wrote Leaving Madmen, published in 2001 and updated in 2016, and a variety of other nonfiction including In The Land Of Bugs And Rain and the wildly entertaining InternationalPublic Relations Guidebook.
Books in the works: Third book in the Music Of Us series (the MM romance continues) she plans to write while in Italy Fall 2022, Elements (sci-fi Winter 2022), and Essays After A Lot Of Tequila (2023).
She is an eclectic reader from nonfiction, true adventure, and romance to her obsession with all the Dugald Steer pop-up books.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N