Author: M Jet
Release Date: January 31st 2015
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary LGBTQIA Romance
Layla Dane and Seth St. John both come from unfortunate roots. They meet as children when they form a friendship and support each other through years of trauma and abuse. Together, they turn to music for their escape, and find themselves in a promising music career before they are even out of high school. And once their high school graduation does come around, marriage and a record deal both seem like logical next steps in their unusual, whirlwind world.
A quick rise to stardom takes the couple in different directions. Layla refuses to succumb to the lifestyle that she’d watched her parents live, while Seth seems to embrace it. Because of Seth’s problems, addictions, and generally atrocious behavior, their band, Victim Unknown cycles through band mates. Which is how Tara Outeridge comes to know and befriend Layla. Where once there was a need for protection in Layla’s life that Seth filled; her husband has now become the thing she needs to be protected from. Tara fills that void of loneliness, and awakens in Layla a thing she’d never before acknowledged or admitted.
Unfortunately, Layla’s secret love could cost her life.
“Some people handled their problems, sorted out a dark past and rose above it. Some people rose to the occasion of stardom and success. They used their status to improve themselves and the world.
But others… Well, some people just weren’t cut out for the limelight.” -Limelight (M Jet)
This novella contains some explicit language and erotic love scenes including male/female pairings and female/female pairings. Not suitable for all audiences. 18+ only.
I am a huge fan of m/m fiction but admit to reading only a handful of lesbian romances. Limelight, however, is a great starting point for anyone willing to try this genre.
As usual M Jet creates a story with a dark edge, encouraging us to read on, although at times we doubt that the ending will be a fulfilling one.
The main problem I had with Limelight is the pacing of the story. On the turn of a page we find months and years have slipped by and this stopped me from completely connecting with the characters. Yet, the back-stories of Layla and Seth are directly relevant to the development of the plot and because Limelight is a novella,M Jet is forced to fast-forward through time.
Our emotional response is mainly through seeing the strong bond between Seth and Layla fade away as they allow their childhood to define them in different ways. Watching Seth’s demise and the effect this has on those around him is sad. Layla fights to remain with her husband, mainly because she feels she understands the pain he is trying to disguise.
Layla’s feelings towards Tara and not entirely unexpected, but rather than this seeming like a natural choice for Layla, we feel as though it is a response to the way men have let her down in the past. The question is though, whether this makes their romance any less touching and honestly I don’t think it does.
Limelight is really about Layla taking control of her life and despite the consequences this has upon the way I think the reader still supports her. This is a fast, but engaging read which I would recommend.