A Matter of When by Eden Winters ~ Book Review by Caroline

22906931 Title: A Matter of When

Author: Eden Winters

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


Wealth. Fame. Gold record. Hookers and Cocaine front man Henri Lafontaine has it all…including a control freak manager, band members who smile as they sharpen blades for his back, and last but damn well not least, a fan out to steal his heart. Literally. Trying to write hit songs and plan a comeback in the midst of the hi-fi white noise of LA feels more like watching his world implode, until he’s offered a month in the Colorado Rockies for vocal coaching.

Sebastian Unger’s rich, classically trained tenor inspires wicked thoughts. More than a pretty choir boy, he cracks the whip without hesitation to drive tattooed bad-boy Henri to give his all to his music. Working, fighting, and finally establishing a fragile peace, they find inspiration and perhaps more in each other. But the clock is ticking. Time will pull Henri back to the grit and gold of LA’s mean streets and fame machine, while Sebastian must return to the opera circuit, where a mysterious man known as “the patron” holds far too much sway. Only the trust they’ve built on a handful of notes bridges their two worlds…and shields them from malice.

Caroline’s View:

This book absolutely held me from the minute I started it the minute I finished. I fell head over heels in love with Henri and Sebastian and their quiet but passionate love affair.

Henri Lafontaine is a rock star that has fame and fortune and not a lot else. His band manager is a god awful human being and as the story progressed and her real identity was found out I wanted to wring her neck! His band hates him although the feeling is mutual. His anxiety is off the charts and he uses drugs far too often. His life is micro managed and loveless.

When an attempted assault is thwarted and Henri ends up in therapy it is clearly time for a change and thankfully his current doctor agrees. Taking control of his life is a new experience for him but one he grabs with relish. He walks away from his band, sacks his manager and takes control of his finances – that will do for a start. He then finds himself a new manager who swiftly sends him off to the Colorado Rockies to stay with an old friend for vocal coaching for a month.

His host for the month is Sebastian Unger. An angel faced opera singer with the thoughts of the devil and a man that is hiding his secrets under a shy smile. He may well be the first person that hasn’t dropped to their knees in awe of Henri’s rock god status and also the first person to criticise his voice skills. Sebastian takes perfection of his craft to a crazy level and it seems everything he does in life has a purpose and that purpose is to improve his voice.

The first few days do not go well and the house is filled with tension, both from a clash of attitudes towards each mans work ethics and sexual. Henri doesn’t really try to hide his attraction to Sebastian but Sebastian seems almost afraid to let his feelings be known. Once Henri starts applying himself to his training and Sebastian relaxes a little it is not too long before they embark on a passionate affair and spend all their available time together.
The month passes too quickly but Henri is healing and feeling more positive about his life than he can ever remember. His plan is to return to the city and put together a band that works well for him instead of one that constantly works against him. The only problem in his life is Sebastian. He doesn’t want to say goodbye to the man but doesn’t know how they can make things work with their very different lifestyles.

Sebastian hasn’t been completely honest with Henri and a dark shadow looms in his life stemming from the days when his mother passed away. After a month spent with Henri his past is about to me his present and it proves not to be pretty. Another surprise comes from Sebastian’s new manager that shakes everybody.

As Henri puts together his new band and proves to be successful Sebastian is at a crossroads in his life and needs to brave enough to finally fight back. Will he be able to do it on his own though or will finally be honest and lean on the man he has fallen in love with.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

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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