As a misguided youth, Rosy loved being that kid in Parkerburg—you know the one that everybody swears will end up in jail or comatose—until one summer day on the back roads of town when two lives came to a screeching halt.
Thirteen years later, Rosy owns the local pub on Maple Street and makes a good show of how he’s recovered from tragedy. He even convinces himself…until he meets the new man in town and realizes just how okay he isn’t. With the demons of his fatal past still stalking him, Rosy has no idea how to switch from simply existing to actually living.
Angus “Jet” Manheim—famous for his smooth, sexy voice and notorious for his hard partying ways—sped through most of his adult life on stage and in the recording studio. Sober and retired to the quaint New England town of Parkerburg, Jet’s ready to slow his soundtrack…until his compelling neighbor—a grumbling, muscular mountain of a man with an odd name—ups the tempo.
Frequently absentminded, Jet finds Rosy an easy object of focus, a solid center around which Jet hopes to build a future. But retirement isn’t easy. The entertainment industry doesn’t stop knocking just because you hang a do not disturb sign.
When Rosy’s and Jet’s pasts try to harmonize with their present, they might have to decide whether the chorus is worth repeating.
This is the first book in this series that I have read. It was easy to step in to Parkersburg and feel like I grew up their.
Jet is trying to put his life together in the one place he always thought of as home. Rosy is a home grown citizen and their immediate attraction causes a stir. Both men have lived through pain and guilt though from different sources. When they both come up against their pasts and the pain they thought they had overcome it makes any relationship almost impossible.
Jet is doing everything he can to be a better man, no more parties, drugs, or alcohol. So when he falls for a bar owner it causes him to think long and hard about what he really wants in life. Rosy must also deal with his most painful time in his life, he must decide just how much pain he is willing to go through to make this relationship work.
As they come together and deal with their problems, they come through it with a stronger, more determined attitude towards each other and their future! These characters are more believable to me because they are not perfect, they struggle with common problems that destroy people all around us.