Rating: 2 stars
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Length: Novel

Trevor has finally achieved his dream. He owns a café and he gets to spend time with friends engaging his creativity. He has lived in the same small town all of his life and nothing new happens often. Until, Jordan walks into the café and Trevor cannot take his eyes off of him.

Jordan has come to the small town to get his life together. His dream was to make it big in the music world and his band was on their way. But, when his bandmates spent more time taking drugs then making music, Jordan finally walked away. Trevor could be the partner that Jordan has always wanted, but he’s not ready for a relationship. And, how can he ask Trevor to wait when the road may be calling once again?

This book didn’t work for me almost from the start and by 10% in, I was looking to put it down for good. The characters themselves were fine, but the writing style was not for me. The characters spent an incredible amount of time in their own heads going over the same things, as well as calling attention to lists of details along the way. I do like all the details usually, but here it read as long lists being given on too many things and I was ready for the characters to just move on. The dialogue also had a forced cadence that was amateur in style, the sentence structure was inconsistent, and the author used sayings incorrectly such as, “You think…. Well, you have another thing coming, man!” (Although it is commonly misused, “thing” is still incorrect here.)

There were also a lot of characters. So many characters. There were Trevor’s friends, who were also named in a list each time they appeared, and then there were Jordan’s brother and his husband. At times I felt I was in the middle of a series and other times it felt like it was an overly drawn out set up for additional books and from what I can tell, it is neither.

The band was incredibly cliché based on the antics Jordan told of them. The storyline as a whole read as a template with “insert closeted best friend over here” and “insert crazed drugged ex-band mate over there,” and there was no emotion to it and the whole thing was flat and dull. We are also not made aware of where the characters were or even what country they were in and they used British expressions a few times, but more often they did not. The relationship between the guys was mixed in here as well, but there was too much that drew my attention away from them as a couple.

If you have read this author before and they have worked for you, then here’s the latest release, but if you are a well-versed m/m reader, my suggestion is to pass.

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