ARC Review: Defining Us by Zoey Derrick

Posted December 6, 2015 by Jennifer in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: Defining Us by Zoey Derrick
Defining Us
by Zoey Derrick

4 Stars


Released: November 17th 2015
Published by Self Published
Pages: 370
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“This is such an angsty, heart wrenching, emotional charged book that I really needed to read it alone and in the quiet to avoid distractions.”
~ Under the Covers

The 69 Bottles series has been a wild ride and I’ve enjoyed each of the installments immensely.  Zoey Derrick turns the angst up a notch in Defining Us, the story of Eric and Calvin.  This is the first male-male book, though we’ve got some delicious ménage scenes in the first few installments.   Eric is the only openly gay member of the band, though everyone seems to know where Calvin’s true attractions lie.  They’ve been into each other from almost first meeting, but Calvin, for reasons that will become clear, has never allowed himself to pursue any type of real relationship with Eric.  If Calvin can overcome the unthinkable to make things work remains to be seen, but Eric won’t give up easily.

Anyone who starts Defining Us should be aware that you’re going to have to deal with some very ugly subject matter regarding Calvin’s past.  The abuse and torture he had to endure as a teenager is unthinkable and even more disturbing to think it occurs in the real world today.  I wasn’t prepared for the impact of Calvin and Eric’s struggle because as hot and sweet as the previous books are, none of them dealt with such a heavy and emotional issue.  I really applaud Ms. Derrick for the ways she handled the subject matter.  It made a huge impact on me as a reader, yet didn’t detract from the typical smoking sex scenes we normally get in her books.  She writes male-male it very authentically and it shows in how easy her dialog and scenes are to read.  This is much more a couple-centered book than the others, with little extraneous action going on.  We’re in the characters’ heads in first person, which I happen to love in this series.  This is such an angsty, heart wrenching, emotional charged book that I really needed to read it alone and in the quiet to avoid distractions.  I don’t cry often, but I shed some tears for Calvin’s struggle and cheered for both of their bravery in overcoming such a huge obstacle.  Overall, a truly great read from an author who has come to define rocker romance for me.




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About Zoey Derrick

It is from Glendale, Arizona that Best Selling Author Zoey Derrick writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.

Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.


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I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.

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this seems like a really good series


Thanks for the review Jennifer

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.