Book Reviews

Resonate (Something in Common 3) by Talia Carmichael at Simply Sophisticated Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-January-2020

Book Blurb

When Gerald Ramirez and retired rock star Bur Jenkins meet, it’s not exactly love at first sight. Actually, Gerald thinks Bur is using their mutual friend, and Bur seems to get a kick out of messing with Gerald.

To be honest, Gerald’s never been attracted to another man. But then Bur admits he’s attracted to Gerald, and now Gerald can’t stop thinking about what the two of them might be like together. After proving to himself he’s not interested in any other men, Gerald comes forward with an admission of his own: he’s interested in Bur, and he wants to give dating a shot.

Bur never dared to hope for this, but the chance to get close to Gerald is too tempting to resist, even though Bur is sure their relationship will crash and burn. After all, they’re completely mismatched….

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2012.

Book Review

Love has a way of sneaking up on us when and where we don't expect it to. This is certainly the case for Gerald Ramirez and Bur Jenkins in Resonate by Talia Carmichael. Bur knows he wants Gerald, but thinks he's straight. Gerald has always though he was straight as well, until Bur comes on to him. Then he realizes that he has to re-think that particular option if he is going to pursue what could be his biggest chance on happiness.


Gerald Ramirez is a complicated man. He's arrogant, bossy, and difficult to get along with. He's also overpowering and overprotective. Most of all, he's never realized just how lonely he is and what he's missing in life with his shallow, detached existence. The indifference may work well for his job as a cop, but does nothing for his love life. Bur Jenkins evokes all kinds of unwanted emotions inside of Gerald, ranging from anger, frustration, and distrust, to a disturbing sense of physical attraction which totally confuses him. Completely thrown by these new emotions and feeling extremely uncomfortable, he knows he has to make a decision.


Bur Jenkins is a man who knows what he wants. At 25, he's retired from touring in his music career. He has the support of his two brothers and has moved not only himself, but his entire band to one place because he considers them all family. Bur is also a man with a violent past and is still wounded from his experiences. Bur is very skeptical when it comes to interacting with anyone's parents and it causes conflict when he is hesitant to accept Gerald's close relationship with his mother. Bur needs to trust again, to realize that everyone isn't like his parents, that some parents are good and accepting and supportive.


I'd recommend this story to anyone who enjoys relationships that are out of the ordinary, along with angst, mystery, intrigue, and one that emphasizes that family is not always comprised of people who share blood. Thanks, Talia, for an enjoyable, entertaining  story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 216 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-September-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
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