When Jackson Rawlings comes out of the closet, he loses everything: from his record label to the self-confidence he needs to perform on stage. Jackson feels as if the world is out to get him. Broken and afraid, he escapes to Hallesford and the ranch he calls home. All he wants is to live out the rest of his life peacefully and out of the spotlight.
But the fates just love interfering in his life.
Marques Lopez is the owner of Phoenix Records, and not only does he hate what happened to Jackson, he feels Jackson Rawlings has plenty more to contribute to the music industry. He ventures into small-town USA to find the singer and when he does, Jackson is a mere fragment of the man he used to be. To make matters worse, Marques’s body and heart step in to present him with a choice between business and pleasure—unless he could have his cake and eat it too….
Jackson parted ways with his recording company after coming out as gay. Marquez wants to sign him with his company, but has to convince the country singer that not all companies are as much of a jerk as his former one. He gets Jackson to agree to write and release one song and if it does well, Jackson will sign with Marquez. But, these two sexy men create more than just music together.
I really enjoyed this story. While the ending wasn’t as engaging and strong as the beginning, it did lend a sensuality to the growing bond between Jackson and Marquez. Neither one took charge of the relationship and just let things happen, which was refreshing and realistic. Marquez came in and saved Jackson from a life of nothing and gave him hope for a future – as a musician and as a partner to a man he loves. But, Jackson gave Marquez just as much in return…a hope for love. Love that! I can only imaging the sweet, sweet, music these two will make in their future.
I’m normally not a fan of musician books, I know weird, in the minority, but there you go.
What I loved about this one, it is was more about the back end, behind the scenes and not the fore front of the whats going on the stage or the antics in the dressing rooms.
We’ve Jackson, who was outed at a gay performer and shortly after his record label dropped him. Now he’s lost all confidence and has ran home to lick his wounds.
Marques, hears about what has happened and swoops in to rescue Jackson and kick start his music career.
What neither one excepts is the connection they feel out of the studio.
These two, the music they make, the insecurities they both have, the fun they share, all over a short and bumpy period.
The fact that Marques will go to bat for Jackson, no matter is so touching. And when they realize both want the same things. fist pump yes!
The epilogue at the end is perfect. Nice way to give us our HEA