Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Vocally gifted singer, Jesse Alexander, has dreams of taking his band, Conquest, to the top.
Evan Arden was thought of as a musical genius when at the height of his career he vanished from the spotlight.
Together, their relationship is just as intense as their music careers. With success pushing down on them, Jesse must decide between his life of music, or his life with Evan.
A reread of a favourite series was not a difficult thing to do at all!
I love a good rocker story and the Conquest series is one of the best I have come across. Although the plot is tried and tested, the record execs and higher ups always trying to keep their artists in the closet, SJ Frost gives you so much more. For starters she gives you Jesse and Evan and you will be hard pressed to find two more determined rocker boys or two men more in love.
Evan is a tricky character. He has achieved world fame, he has hit the top of his career and he has made himself a very wealthy man. Why then did he up and leave it all behind three years ago? As I said he is tricky. He had no dreams of adoration, fame or wealth. He used his craft for a specific reason and when it didn’t work out as planned it left him broken.
Jesse is a spitfire. Incredibly intelligent but nobody could dissuade him from his musical dreams and ambitions. Let down by his family for being an out and proud gay man the most important person in his life is his brother who picked him up when he most needed it. Mediocre is not good enough for him which is why he goes through so many band members as he is not afraid to tell people they are rubbish.
It all happens by chance. Evan is drawn to return to America. Jesse is pushing his music through gigs at small and not spectacular bars. Evan is at one of these bars and hears his voice and so starts a chain reaction of events that will make and break them.
Their relationship is all consuming and happens very quickly. The record company that Evan brings to see Jesse signs them almost immediately and there is a real buzz that they are going to be very successful. Julian and Trish join Jesse and Kenny as the new members of the band and everything looks to be heading in the right direction. The only problem is in just a few short weeks Evan and Jesse have fallen in love. Being gay and in love and setting out on a career as a rock star – so begins the trauma.
There is no good guy/bad guy in the situation. There are just two men struggling to stay afloat. Their pain is palpable and for weeks it seems no one is a winner.
As well as Jesse and Evan there are a host of other great characters in this book and I loved them all– except for Trish! The ending brings us a HFN as the two men realise that what they have between them is the most important thing of all.
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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