Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Before the Final Encore:
Tires flying over the interstate, college student Ian Dillon can’t get out of Greenville, SC quickly enough. As he watches his entire life fading away in his rearview mirror, his thoughts are only of his lover, Todd, and the memories of their time together, now completely shattered by Todd’s incomprehensible betrayal. His mind still reeling, Ian drives through the night until a split second decision guides him to Nashville, Tennessee. Everything will be better there. It has to be!
Sequel to Before the Final Encore
When hunky aspiring country singer Billy Eagan heads to Nashville in search of his big break, a relationship and love are the furthest things from his mind. Taking a foreman’s job at the Lazy H ranch and not knowing how he will be accepted, Billy decides to fly under the radar and stay as closeted as he can without denying who he really is. It’s immediately confirmed that he made the right decision when he discovers homophobia is still alive and well in Tennessee.
Then Billy gets his break and meets gorgeous record label executive Ian Dillon. Their worlds collide both professionally and personally, and Billy falls hard. But Ian is still haunted by the mysterious betrayal of his one and only lover, and knowing Billy possesses the power to emotionally destroy him, Ian decides to cut his losses and simply walk away. Determined not to give up on the man he loves, Billy secretly starts to unravel the past and quickly finds that it’s not what it appears. Can Billy rescue Ian’s heart, or will bigotry and hatred win over love?
Final Encore was Scotty Cade’s first published novel. It has since been re-edited and expanded a bit. I never read the first edition, so I can not speak to the differences between the editions. This review focuses on the second edition recently released by Dreamspinner Press.
If you are expecting a typical closeted musician story, then Final Encore is not for you. It focuses on Billy Eagon and his first forays into the Nashville music scene. It actually all comes a bit too easily to him. His main foe is from a ranch-hand who thinks Billy stole his job, and of course who is a homophobic prick.
In all honesty, there isn’t a lot of tension or angst anywhere in this story. Like most Scotty Cade stories I have read, it is an almost Pollyanna view of the world. Sometime you need that in a story. If that is what you are looking for, Final Encore is well written and enjoyable. If you want angst and main characters who have to work seriously for it. Final Encore is not the story for you.
For what it is worth, I am rather fond of Billy and Ian and look forward to After the Final Encore whenever it comes out.
Bonus Review: Before the Final Encore
There isn’t a whole lot to say about Before the Final Encore. On its own, it is a sweet story about a man who loses everything only to make a success of himself with the help of a stranger turned friend turned surrogate family. For readers of Final Encore, it offers some much-needed insight into history and headspace of Ian, one of the main characters in FE.
Well written and angst-free, it is a nice (free) bonus read for fans of Scotty Cade and/or Final Encore.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|