Title: Broken Neon
Author: Tyler Robbins
Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Country music singer, Zane Alexander has struggled to keep his sexuality a secret, but hiding his attraction to their new guitarist, Finn Presswood, is damn near impossible.
On the run from a dangerous ex-lover, Finn has secrets of his own, but his feelings for Zane isn’t one of them.
When the new song they co-wrote leads to a recording contract with a major Nashville label, it becomes clear that their lives are about to change. Unfortunately, secrets are harder to hide in the limelight, so for Zane, fake-dating a famous supermodel seems like the best solution for everyone.
Their dreams are finally within their grasp until Finn’s past catches up, and no matter how much the two men love each other, happiness is never a guarantee. If good intentions pave the road to hell, then broken neon paves the road to Nashville.
When I read this blurb, I figured this would be a typical musician tale of a lead singer needing to hide his identity to save his career. And I was partially correct, but there was also a bit of crime drama thrown in. Broken Neon ended up being an action packed love story with a HEA and the promise of an interesting sequel.
I do not want to give away too much of the plot, but I do want to talk about how impressed I was that the story kept me guessing. As I said before, I assumed this would be a formula musician tale with one MC stuck so far in the closet, he ruins his relationship with the love of his life. Yes this was part of the story, but there was more. There was mystery, there was baggage, there was kidnapping, and FBI agents. Every time I thought I knew what was coming next, something new was introduced into the picture that kept me wanting to know more. Some of it was pretty easy to predict, but overall, it held my attention and kept me connected to the outcome.
I also liked the character interactions throughout the story. Both Zane and Finn were essentially struggling with the same demons. It was fun to watch both men give each other advice on the same issues they were dealing with while neither man would own up to the fact that he was being hypocritical with said advice. Eventually, though, things catch up to them both and they are forced to grow up and admit what they want in life. Together, they have a better future than either could have apart. The ending gives great promise of a long term HEA.
I do have one issue with this story. The epilogue felt forced. I see the connection, because of the character carry over, but Broken Neon was mostly a musician tale and the sequel seems to be a full on undercover crime drama. It was very unexpected and felt as if it was an afterthought tacked on to the end to get more milage out of this book.
Overall, Broken Neon was a good read with hot sex and a happy ending. I am looking forward to reading more about Angel in the upcoming sequel.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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