TITLE: Roughnecks and Butterflies
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Ore 5
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books Inc
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018
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?
Ethan has worked hard to be his own man and not just his father’s son. He was born with expectations of what his life would become. But Ethan has his own plans, and no one, not even his overbearing father, will prevent him from seeing his dream through. He goes to the school of his choice, earns top marks in his studies, and on his own earns a prestigious job on Ore-5 where he can finally be free. Unfortunately, he finds himself stuck on a godforsaken planet with no money, no job, and practically homeless.
Ryder is the owner of the infamous Black Ryder male strip club and is in dire need of Ethan’s particular skills. He’ll do about anything to fix the mess in his club. What he doesn’t expect to do is find his butterfly.
Ethan is a great character with a lot of heart. He tried following his father’s path in becoming a big shot corporate lawyer but much to his family’s disappointment, he chose his own path instead. Ethan’s always been phenomenal with numbers. He sees them in a way no one else can. The opportunity to move to Ore-5 and work for a major company with all the perks has him finally seeing all his hard work paying off. I was rooting for Ethan from the beginning as I fell in love with him immediately.
Ryder is not typical. He’s sexy as sin and dances like the act was made for him, but there’s more to him than just his bad boy ways. Yes, he has sex with many different partners and is known for his dancing as much as his prowess in bed. He’s a virile man so who can blame him. What he isn’t known for is having any type of relationships. He’s a businessman running a legit business on a corrupt planet. He knows this, but it hasn’t affected him yet. Now that his business is being targeted, he needs someone with the skills to fix it and fast. What he never expects is to not only find his businesses savior but his butterfly as well.
I love this story. It isn’t like anything I’ve read, and that is so hard to find. The characters are strong, and the plot is exciting. I enjoyed all the characters, and I loved how vulnerable they could be at times. These guys truly are made for each other. It’s beautiful.
***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