Before the Final Encore (Encore 0.5)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: 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!
MY REVIEW: This prologue seems a bit rushed and incomplete. It would be better at the beginning of the book it’s supposed to be laying the groundwork for. But it’s still an interesting idea and read.
Final Encore (Encore #1)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: 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 that 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?
MY REVIEW: Well, other than the prologue having been copy and pasted in part from this book, which means having read EXACTLY the same thing twice, no real complaints about this book. It’s solid. It’s competent and entertaining. It’ll do.
After the Final Encore (Encore #2)
AUTHOR’S BLURB: Country superstar Billy Eagan’s career is soaring. He’s topping the charts and winning award after award. He and his manager and life partner, Ian Dillon, have been virtually inseparable for almost five years, solidifying their relationship as well as Billy’s skyrocketing stardom. After a secret kiss between the two of them at an awards show is caught on camera, a tabloid newspaper outs Billy and Ian as lovers, which could sabotage Billy’s career on the bigoted Nashville music scene. To make matters worse, an old adversary rears his ugly head and threatens to end everything Billy and Ian have worked for—including their lives.
MY REVIEW: Maybe it was supposed to be a “life flashed before his eyes” thing but repeating entire scenes from the previous book actually felt more like a filler. The author could have at least come up with other scenes, as the couple had been together for years after the scenes she copy and pasted, took place. Surely those wouldn’t be the only the ones the guy could think of?!
There is also no trigger warning about sexual assault or for the mention of past childhood sexual abuse.
The story itself is good. Likely I will read more by this author.