This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 18, 2013
I was eager to dive right in with this sequel to The Replacement Guitarist to see where things went for Blaze and Jason. It picked up right where the other one ended and jumped right into the stress of the holidays. I was so curious about Jason’s family and impatient to discover what would happen when Jason was introduced to Blaze’s family. I got all that and more with this second installment in the series which should most definitely be read in order.
Jason and Blaze were planning to spend a few days in NYC and then head home to LA for several quiet days just for them before they must part ways when Blaze heads to Europe on tour. Best laid plans and all that… suddenly Jason’s family decides they’re going to spend Christmas together and they’re going to do it at Jason’s house. Blaze feels like an observer when Jason shuts him out emotionally without explaining what upsets him so badly about his family’s visit. Meanwhile, Blaze misses being with his own family even as he gets to know Jason’s famous Hollywood family. It isn’t long before an unexpected set of circumstances lead to an impromptu trip to visit Blaze’s family too. He worries about his parent’s reaction and having to tell his Gran about Jason. The distancing thing still hasn’t been fixed between him and Jason and now he had to add the worry after meeting Jason’s family that they really were from different worlds. Even while they have declared their love at the end of the previous book, they both wonder if love is enough. So much happens in this segment of the story to test them. Things really happen fast at the end and it is left wide open for the next book to pick up that dangling thread.
As I said, I loved the idea of the stressful family holidays which added some scenes that made me chuckle being the backdrop for this one, but it was also fun to see them beginning things together as a couple too. Everything is so tentative and new- that is everything, but their scorching hot love life. Nothing tentative about that. These guys are as into each other as two lovers can be. Even though they weren’t on tour, there was still plenty of page time of them participating in their shared musical world. I love it that Jason writes music and Blaze can appreciate it because of his background and it’s cool that Jason can recognize Blazes guitar talent too. There is a bit of angst as they get used to trusting in each other’s love, but it doesn’t last so long that it gets irritating. Watching them make-up was definitely worth the misunderstanding.
So after enjoying this second segment with Jason and Blaze set during the holiday season, I look forward to what is coming next for this very engaging couple. Those who enjoy a spicy m/m contemporary romance set in the music entertainment world should give this series a try.