Review: “Roughnecks and Butterflies” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Roughnecks and Butterflies
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 185 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


Straight out of college, Ethan scored a coveted job on the mining planet Ore 5. So how the hell did he ended up working in a strip club?
What should have been the start of a life with lots of money, a prestigious job, and adventures in space, quickly turned sour as the promised job got downsized while Ethan was in route to Ore 5. Now there, he doesn’t even have enough money for the return ticket to Earth.
Stuck in the outskirts of the housing for the miners, he quickly finds that his usual standards are impossible to uphold. A new coworker opens up a new world to him, and in this world, the center of gravity is a big tattooed strip club owner named Ryder.
On the outside, Ryder is a player—promiscuous and superficial. And he has no problem throwing a punch if patrons get too frisky with his dancers. But he has hidden a side of himself since he came to Ore 5.
Both Ethan and Ryder see themselves differently from what others see. One is a body-conscious, chubby accountant—the other is a sex-symbol who has become the center of attention of every gay man on the planet—even a few straight ones who want to prove they are man enough to win the challenge.
They have one thing in common, but will their differences keep them too far apart?

This is an exciting new space opera series of Meraki P. Lyhne.
The story starts with Ethan waking up after two years of traveling in deep space in cyro-sleep, and he finds out that the company that had contracted him for a top accountant position had downsizing six months before his arrival. So now he finds himself on Ore5, a mining planet, with no job. Worse of all, the apartment that was promised to him was changed to an outskirt-area, one-room apartment with a communal shower.

Ethan is insecure about his looks because he’s a little chubby. His past experiences with his father and his ex-boyfriend leave him vulnerable and very introverted. He also realizes that he doesn’t have enough money to get back to Earth with all his belongings, so he needs to stay and find a job.

Ryder is the owner of a very famous club in the North part of the Ore5. The neighborhood is infamous and it’s where all the miners aka Worms come to have a good time. Ryder is a dancer, but he rarely performs. His outer facade is contrary how he feels inside. When unfortunate-fortunate events bring Ethan to his club, the club that’s in need of a good accountant, fate seems to have brought more than Ryder was hoping for.

Ethan is mesmerized by Ryder’s smoldering looks while Ryder’s watching another dancer, and he wishes to be the focus of such attention. But he’s smarter than to get his hopes up, so silently, and from afar, he allows himself to admire Ryder.
Both Ethan and Ryder live in their own cocoon…but will they be strong enough to come out and fly?

I really enjoyed this read, and I’m hoping to have my hands on the next installment of the series as soon as possible!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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