Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt, #Giveaway: Aidan's Journey by CJane Elliott

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn't looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.CJane is an ardent supporter of gay equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

Book title: Aidan’s Journey
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult

Pages: 326

The star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside. 

Aidan wasn't always such a player. He starts college naively romantic, hungry for the attention he can’t get from his workaholic father and mentally ill mother. Unfortunately, that leaves him ripe pickings for predatory professor Rodney Montgomery. Rodney’s flattering regard seduces Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship that destroys his innocence. 

Life looks up for Aidan when he finally breaks free of Rodney’s pull and moves to New York City to make it as an actor. Meeting sweet fellow actor Patrick Jaymes seems like the start of a fairy tale. But before Aidan can rebuild his life into happily ever after, family secrets rip him wide open, leaving him easy prey when Rodney decides he’s not willing to let Aidan go.

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Those who are looking for an M/M romance with this book, stop and take a deep breath. This is not erotica, this is technically not a romance either. This is a book that takes us readers on a journey of learning and maturation, complete with all the trials and risks someone takes on that life journey.

Aidan starts out idealistic and scared of what may be. He is a Republican politician's son and was subjected to a life that was monied but absent of any realness for lack of a better term. His growing up had the usual ups and downs we generally go through but he kept his basic instincts on the down low. He was not willing to risk going all out for fear of bullying from classmates and peers as well as fear of the wrath that his father could exact on him. Physically, he matures into a beautiful young man and honestly, excepting the blond hair, he much reminds me of Adam Lambert really. He is simply beautiful. And talented.

Aidan goes to college and there the 'play' that is this story really kicks in. He goes through a life that is pretty much expected from a young and just-sexually-awakened man and he makes decisions he regrets later on in life. But the regrets were a learning experience and it does him the world of good at the end.

The long and short of it is: this is a coming of age story. The journey Aidan takes the readers is long and sometimes heartbreaking, mostly frustrating, but curiously, it is a read that does not drag, neither does it read mindless. The author, CJane Elliott, managed to write a story that does not let go and I could not let go. For a heavy and sometimes, dramatic, read, this is a light read. At the end, I just let all the events unfold in my mind and was curiously satisfied and thankful for having read it. 

There is no romance per se, there is no erotica as many would expect, but it is a read that grabs and never lets go. This may not be your style, but it is definitely a worthwhile read.


Every good story begins with a journey. Mine started on a June day in 2011 as the Amtrak train pulled out of Union Station in Washington, DC. Lee and I were bound for New York City, ready to dazzle ’em all with our acting and singing chops. Look out, Broadway, here come Aidan Emery and Lee Dunlap, the stars of the U.Va. drama department! Jazz hands!
I was leaving my family home—which I’d recently been kicked out of by my father. I was also leaving behind a long-term, toxic relationship. Yes! I felt pretty fucking victorious sitting on that train, talking and laughing with Lee. I’d done it! Left my past behind! Right? I was sure, with all the surety of a twenty-one-year-old, that my dragons had been slain and New York City was where the gold awaited.
Not so fast there, bucko, I want to tell myself now. You’ll get to the gold, but you have many more hard roads to travel before you arrive. Oh, but don’t despair—there is a Prince Charming at the end of it all.

Rafflecopter Prize: eBook of one of my previous titles, including novel Serpentine Walls, or novellas

Tour Dates/Stops:
October 14: Love Bytes
October 15: Amanda C. Stone
 October 17: Wicked Faeries Reviews
October 22: Cate Ashwood

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