Make You Mine by Ann Lister ~ Review by Caroline

A new author for me and rock stars…..that would be a yes!

519355Title: Make You Mine

Author: Ann Lister

My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Cooper Rand is the high-energy drummer for his band Ivory Tower. Everyone is drawn to Cooper; which makes him the go-to party guy for those lucky enough to call him friend. He loves the lifestyle that comes along with being a rock star and feels perfectly suited for the role. He is also a professional when it comes to the hook-up, unwilling to stick around long enough to allow emotions to enter into what he’s doing. He’s lived his entire life ‘in the moment’ and it isn’t until he meets Jayson that he begins to question the direction of his life and if he’s been missing out on something truly special all this time. 

Jayson Keller has spent most of his life living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard working as a builder. Living on a small, conservative island also has Jayson working overtime to keep his sexual orientation secret. He has mastered the art of hiding in the closet, but he doesn’t want it to be a forever thing. Jayson always said if the right man came along he’d happily leave the safety of his closet and live openly as a gay man. The problem is, living where he does limits his partner options and finding someone worth coming out of that closet for seems an unlikely prospect.

A party at Alex Metcalf’s island estate brings Cooper and Jayson face-to-face. Lightning strikes hot and fast and suddenly their lives take a whole new path. Has Jayson finally met a man worth leaving his self-imposed closet? Have a couple of hours spent alone with Jayson opened Cooper to the idea there is a deeper meaning to life beyond the stage and the value of a committed relationship? But, a bigoted family and the rock star lifestyle could ruin everything and keep both men searching for what was standing right in front of them: a soul mate.

My View

This is story that spans a year about 2 men who at first seem to have nothing in common with each other. I haven’t read the first two books in this series but after meeting the characters from them here it is something that I will have to rectify.

I love Rockstars! Any book that is about rockers makes it very quickly onto my book shelves. This one is different in that we don’t go to any concerts or spend weeks on a tour bus.  This is much more personal than that and is more of a love story.

Cooper Rand, drummer with Ivory Tower, literally bumps into Jayson Keller at a house party. Two more different men you could not find! The sparks fly immediately.

Cooper lives a hectic and hedonistic lifestyle well suited to being a rock star.  He is 100% committed to his music and is perfectly happy to live the life of a wealthy rocker. His personal life is just that – personal. He follows a strict rule of one night hook ups and has never even entertained the idea of a relationship.

Jayson is in the closet and has no intention of ever coming out unless he meets the right man who he wants a forever with. As he is not looking or interested in that sort of relationship he is more than happy with the way things are. He is builder with his own business, his family life isn’t great but overall he is happy.

Never say never – that is an apt phrase for this book. When this pair meet and have one night or orgasms on the beach, there is a subtle change in both of them. What follows is a bumpy ride in learning about relationships. Neither man is willing or able to admit how they feel and it sees them stumbling and picking themselves up again and again.

Not everyone is happy about their relationship and outside forces from both sides cause trouble but there is something building, something strong and lasting, that sees them through the worst of it. I really enjoyed this story. It was fun to watch them navigate a relationship with no idea about how it worked. I did feel the first half of the book was a little slow, sometimes a bit repetitive, in the will I won’t I stage. Neither man could make their mind up about anything and I just wanted to bang their heads together!

This book was fun.  It is a love story that takes on a life of its own and drags the characters, sometimes kicking and screaming, into a relationship that neither were looking for. Oh, I forgot to mention they are pretty damn hot together too!!

Buy Links:

Amazon
Amazon UK

I would like to thank Ann Lister for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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