Heart Beats by Davidson King
Series: Joker’s Sin #3
Release Date: November 28, 2020
Every night Ledger stands on the stage of Joker’s Sin, the most popular gay nightclub in Haven Hart, mixing music. Many of the people who come through the doors want his attention, but lately he’s only had eyes for the red-headed bartender, Shane. When Ledger is invited to be on a panel at DJ Con, he asks for support from his friends at Joker’s Sin. To his surprise, Shane shows up.
For Shane, Ledger is everything he’s ever been attracted to in a person. They’ve danced around each other for a while, but finally getting to know the intense DJ one-on-one, he realizes there’s even more to Ledger than he ever knew.
Then craziness ensues. Someone sets their sights on Ledger, determined to make him theirs, and he and Shane find themselves fighting for their lives instead of living it. Whoever is behind this will stop at nothing to get Ledger in their arms.
With people getting hurt and dying around Ledger, can he keep the one man he’s just finally admitted he wants from a murderous fate, or will someone’s crazed obsession end it all?
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GUEST POST by the Author
Once Upon A Time… The End
When I was a wee child in school, learning to write essays and stories from my mind, I literally started each one with: Once upon a time. I thought that was the natural way to begin a story. I also thought there had to always be a female in distress and a strapping man to rescue her. As you can see, I no longer believe any of that.
I also thought ALL stories had to have The End when they were over, like the reader wouldn’t know? I think I still do that though… yeah. It’s so interesting how our minds are shaped from child to adult. How we are taught how writing SHOULD be. But I have learned there is no should be, it’s what is. Your mind is yours and what you choose to share with the world is your choice. How you begin it and end it, should come from your mind, not your 5th grade teacher’s. And if you want to start your book with, “And there was blood everywhere…” You do that. And if you put The End or not, make that be what you want.
I think I will always be grateful to my teachers for telling me what I had to write, because it started there that I realized I didn’t want to write what they wanted but what I did.
The doors opened and I was about to say something when I heard a roar. I jolted, hitting my back against the elevator wall.
Ledger started laughing. “I forgot to tell you about Lion.”
My eyes widened. “You have a fucking lion?”
Ledger was laughing so hard he had to put his boxes down. “No, Lion is my pet. Come on, I’ll introduce you.”
I didn’t move at first. Ledger looked over his shoulder and cocked a brow as if to say, “Move it.” Slowly, I stepped forward into his living space. It was a huge open plan for sure, but I had trouble focusing on the design because every sound made me feel like something was going to jump out at me.
Once I got my heart to stop trying to beat out of my chest, and nothing tried to murder me, I took in the place. It was vast, the living room and kitchen one big area. The walls were painted slate gray and white throughout the entire area. As I moved farther in, I saw a wall that blocked off the huge space and assumed Ledger’s bedroom was there. When Ledger opened the mysterious door, I heard the roar again.
“Yeah, no. I’ll stay here,” I said.
He shrugged and went through the door. I stood there, waiting for screams. My imagination was picturing a large cat mauling Ledger to pieces. Maybe I should’ve run to the elevator—self-preservation and all.
“How’s my fierce baby?” Ledger was talking in baby tones, and I wondered what was wrong with him, but still, I didn’t move. “Come here. I want to introduce you to someone.”
I was about to shout to tell him not to bother when I heard another voice. “Friend or foe?” What the hell?
When Ledger stepped out I saw a bird…on his shoulder. A flipping bird. It was gray mostly, with white around its eyes. I spotted some red below and I figured that was his tail.
“Shane, this is Lion, Lion, I’d like you to meet Shane.”
Yes, it’s Ledger and Shane!! They have been running around in circles since the previous book and I’m so happy we finally get their story!
Heart Beats is the third book in this series and I’d suggest reading the previous books, as it has spoilers for those. Ledger and Shane are so cute together. They are totally not what I expected. Ledger is adorably shy and Shane is so sassy! So good!
I loved seeing more of Toby and Atlas as well as Sparkles and Max. I cannot wait for Ciro’s book! Even though he is really involved in this book, we know next to nothing about him.
The stalker is easily identifiable but it was still very enjoyable to read. Also Ledger’s pet is the coolest character ever!! Highly recommend this series as a whole.
*ARC provided by the author via Vibrant Promotions in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children. If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.
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