Author: Ann Lister
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Mick Wheland, Ivory Tower’s bad-boy guitarist, has recently realized two important things about himself. He prefers sex with men over women, and the idea of a committed relationship doesn’t scare him as much as it once did. He’s seen the positive effects of love from watching his band-mates find life partners, and now he’s thinking he might be ready for the same himself. The problem is knowing where to look for Mr. Right, and living out of a suitcase while touring with a band is not exactly conducive to finding real love.
Sonny (Rooster) Roostarelli leaves the seclusion of his Vancouver cabin, where he went to lick his wounds after a contentious divorce, and moves back to Los Angeles. He claims relocating to L.A. is for business purposes, but now that the dust has settled on his failed marriage, Rooster feels he might finally be ready to settle down – with a man.
A chance encounter for Wheland and Rooster on a busy L.A. street rekindles an old friendship between the two professional musicians. Rooster needs a short-term place to stay and Wheland has plenty of extra space at his hillside estate and that lands Rooster in Wheland’s guest room. What starts out as a music collaboration opportunity quickly turns personal when the chemistry they have becomes too strong to ignore and soon the music they’re making spills from the studio and into the bedroom.
The road is a grueling bitch musicians love to hate. Being on stage under the hot lights can sometimes be the only place they feel comfortable and alive. Can two high-profile rock stars make a life together in such an artificial world – on and off the stage… or will past mistakes and family secrets keep them from finding their forever?
This series is about the rock band Ivory Tower and this book concentrates on their bad boy guitarist Mick Wheland.
Mick’s childhood wasn’t great and has left him with a lot of emotional baggage. When the truth came out about his father a few years ago he was left devastated and has never spoken a word to anyone about it not even his band mates. Once a year he holds himself a kind of pity party where he gets drunk and tries to forget. The hangovers are never worth it and the memories are still there the next day.
As he is driving to the pub for this annual event he literally crashes into a man he hasn’t seen for a few years, who is also a musician, and they end up talking for hours. At a recent wedding and with the events following on from Cooper finding Jayson, Mick has finally admitted to himself that he is gay. Spending the evening with his old friend Rooster he also has to admit to himself that he finds the other man extremely attractive. Before he fully realises what he is doing he has invited Rooster to stay at his house until he finds something more suitable.
Rooster hated the travelling and touring so left his band for a more settled life. He still collaborates with them so hasn’t left the business entirely. As a good Italian boy he got married as expected but that didn’t work too well for him when what he really wanted was a relationship with a man. He divorced his wife and spent some time in seclusion at his cabin in the wilderness, only just returning to LA to rejoin the rat race. As he has been living in a hotel he is quick to accept the offer of lodgings from Mick, a decision made easier as Mick is very easy on the eye.
This pair fumble around each other for a while as they have no idea how the other man feels. One thing you do feel very quickly is their connection to each other. As a couple I love them. They very quickly felt right together and it happened long before they ended up in bed. As two men fairly new to a relationship with another man it was a pretty seamless transition without too much drama and this had a lot to do with the way they supported each other and were honest with each other from the start.
There were things sent to try them. After a very short period of time together Mick is expected to hit the road and tour and Rooster is adamant he wants to play no part in that. The wrench of them being apart from each other calls for compromise and they both discover the reality of just how deep their feelings go. Another test is family, Mick is not used to having any and the only memories he has are bad, but Rooster’s family is an integral part of his life and something that has to be faced. It is also something that will bring great sadness to them both and test their priorities.
For me this was a beautiful story. There were misunderstandings and passion but most of all support and love. These two men just felt right for each other from the start. It was also good to get a glimpse into the lives of the other band members and hopefully we will get to read Jared and Tony’s story soon. After reading this one I really want Dante and Ashton’s story too as I feel that will be explosive!
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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