Book Review – Street of Dreams by Jenna Galicki

The Road to Rocktoberfest #4
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 268
Characters: Mac/Jake
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Shared World

Blurb:
One street touched a thousand lives and sent two boys in opposite directions.

For Reid Mackenzie, Street of Dreams offers hope for a better life and a chance to share his music with the world. For Jake King, it reinforces his life of crime and the ties to a city that empowers him.

They were two boys, growing up side by side in the same neighborhood, but their lives couldn’t be more different. Mac comes from a humble Scottish family and dreams of the stage and the day he has enough money to escape Chicago’s South Side. Jake knows he’ll never leave. The impoverished city, and his notorious father, have a hold on him that won’t let go.

Circumstances force them to carry on their relationship in private, until it explodes in the worst way. With the will of a warrior, Jake vows he’ll do whatever he has to in order for them to be together, no matter how brutal the consequences.

This is a story of courage, kilts, and second chances.

Street of Dreams is the 4th book in the multi-author Road to Rocktoberfest series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but why not stay and enjoy the whole show? If you like scorching tales of hot rock stars and the men who love them, then you’ll adore the untamed musicians of Rocktoberfest!

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Review

I love how, not only the stories, but the tone of each story is different within this shared world. Street of Dreams is dark and gritty in places, yet Mac’s love of music, and his and Jake’s love for each other shine through. This is very much a powerful story about family, as well as love.

I thought this story felt very realistic, especially with how Jake was stuck in a horrible situation with his father as he couldn’t leave his brothers. It says a lot about his strength of character with how he keeps going each day, and the sacrifices he makes to save the man he loves. While Jake does make his money in a less than legal way, I could see why he had to, and how far he was backed into a corner. I liked how he was slowly able to show the real side of himself to Mac, and then others.

Mac is wonderfully passionate and I loved his obvious love of music. I also enjoyed the description of his music and performances. They resonated, and felt very authentic. His courage and love when he puts himself in danger to protect Jake says a lot about him as a person.

The supporting cast not only fill out this world, but are family, both by blood and friendship. I loved Skylar and how supportive she is of Mac, and then later Jake.

I thought the author did a great job in showing Jake’s father as a threat, and nasty individual. The showdown between him, Jake, Mac, and Ben was scary, and reinforced that Jake would have to be very careful, bide his time, and never be free until his father is gone.

I loved the conclusion to the story, and thought it was perfect for these guys and their family.

This is my first time reading this author, but I’ll be looking out for more.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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