I Just Want To Make Music With You AgainIt S Been Five Years Why Is He Even On My MindCountry Music Star Blake Bradley Was Born For The Stage His Band, The Sinsationals, Is Selling Out Arenas Across The USA But A Toxic Cocktail Of Success, Substance Abuse, And Personal Conflicts Threaten To Tear The Band Apart Secretly, Blake Longs For The Band S Early Days Back When Things Were Simpler He Had Cal, His Best Friend And Guitarist, In His Corner Things Were Good Things Were Easy But When They Dared To Test The Boundaries Of Their Relationship, Exploring Something Deeper, Cal Quit The Band And Left Blake Hanging Coming Home To Denver Stirs Up Pain Than NostalgiaHe Thought We Were Just Fooling Around, But I Fell In Love I Had To Run Before It Killed MeBar Owner Cal Lindsay Is Married To His Job He Works Hard And Takes Care Of His Staff, Trying Not To Think About What Could Have Been But When His Best Friend Drags Him To A Sinsationals Concert, He S Face To Face With The Past He Walked Away From When Blake Shows Up At His Bar The Next Night, Cal Isn T Sure If He S There To Make Amends Or Flaunt His Newfound Wealth And Success All Cal Knows Is The Aching Truth He Never Stopped Wanting Blake But It S Far Too Late To Fix Things, Isn T ItIf We Do This, You Can T Run Off On Me AgainAfter A Tentative Reconciliation In The Bar, Blake Invites Cal To Travel With The Band If Everything Implodes At The End Of The Tour Anyhow, What S The Harm Touring Across The Western US, The Two Men Explore One Another With The Tentative Caution Of Strangers As They Struggle To Rebuild Their Relationship, They Discover That Second Chances Are Earned, Not Given Can Blake And Cal Let Go Of Past Hurts And Learn To Forgive Or Will The Band S Infighting Drive An Impossible Rift Between Them Heartstrings Is A Steamy, Standalone Gay Romance Novel With A HEA And No Cliffhangers Copy provided to the reviewer in exchange for a fair and honest review Let me start by saying this is the first book by Sierra Riley that I ve read, I have them all on my kindle, but I ve had so many books to read lately that I hadn t had the chance until now, but hopefully I ll be able to read of them soon, because I loved this one Blake is The Sinsationals frontman, and while he s enjoying some of the success they ve earned, he longs for simpler times, when they were just starting out and they didn t have to deal with some of fame s less savory aspects Above all, he longs for his best friend, Cal, who just left the band five years ago with no explanation When the tour comes back to Denver, he knows it s his chance to find some closure.Cal Lindsay left the band he was in when he realized he wanted than he could rightly ask of Blake at that time and now, as a bar owner in Denver, married to his job, he wonders what could have been When Blake shows up at his bar the day after a concert Cal attended with his best friend, he realizes he s never stopped wanting Blake, but is it too late for them When Blake invites Cal to come with The Sinsationals for the last part of their tour, they ll have to deal with than just mending their friendship.I loved Blake and Cal, they were both fantastic characters Cal was like this calming force for Blake, his haven when everything else in his life and his group seemed to be going wrong And Blake was the one that made Cal actually live for a while and not just submerge himself in work Nevermind that they were hot, hot, HOT together fans self I adored Yanmei, too She was awesome and definitely my favorite out of all the supporting characters If I could ve asked for something , it d probably be a bit angst as Cal and Blake found each other again It felt too easy, although at the same time I have to admit that it didn t feel forced at all.All in all, an amazing read Very well written, fast paced, with a great cast of characters and a compelling storyline that just grabbed me from the start of the book and didn t let go until the last word Definitely recommendable Rating 4.5 Stars Terrific reuniting of lovers, and the spark reignites Music is the background here We have an interesting story of Blake, who plays and sings in a Country band, and who USED to be in a band with Cal Cal now runs the bar in Denver his Dad gave him when his Dad retired Blake s band is in town and they see each other, and then Blake walks into the bar They talk, catch up, one thing leads to another when Cal is offered a chance to play in the new band for the rest of the tour Their current lead guitar player, song writer, Rhett, is becoming a problem Now, on the road, Rhett is spinning out of control, he attacks Blake, and Cal takes Rhett down Rhett s contract is solid and holding it over their heads The show must go onSexy times are happening and these guys are wonderful together After some hot shower lovin , Rhett barges in with threats Then there is THE SPIDER, realizations, Rhett s a no show , and once again the show must go on Complications arise We get terrific characters we care about, great sex, and a story we want to see through to the end and beyond Then there s the burgundy and blue Beta fish, Roy I m not telling any, because you will want to find out yourselves Fun stand alone story, wonderful characters and some problems get resolved HFN.ENJOY an honest review for a generous free copy I don t like country music, but I liked this book I wanted to put that first because when I got the ARC I was a little wary I was thinking maybe I d try thinking of them as rock stars instead I love a good rockstar romance , but I really didn t need to The music is a big part of the book, but you don t have to like country to appreciate it I promise I think that tells to how well done the book is.I really enjoyed this book I generally prefer getting together books over second chances books, I think because they often have of the sexual tension that I love This, however was a really great second chances story I loved the way the prior relationship was handled, I loved the snippets from the past I think they were worked in well where they weren t a huge part of the story, just a little bit It didn t leave me wishing I was reading their first story like some second chances stories do I felt Cal Blake s connection I believed that they had been best friends and lovers I also felt how they still felt about eachother There wasn t any elements to the story that felt out of place or that I didn t believe in.This was really well written It s kind of a simple plot but it has depth and substance to it I will say I wish I were leaving a better quality review I had some major life stuff going on in the middle of reading this book and I was delayed almost a week between starting and finishing this book I ll maybe try re reading it again sometime because I don t think I could really get my head and my heart in it enough when I finished it I feel like that s not fair to the book Given the quality of the writing and how much I was enjoying the book before my life stuff went on, I m rounding up my 3.5 stars to 4 view spoiler One thing I really liked about this book was how the initial part of their relationship was handled It portrayed really well how they were young and stupid and I found that completely believable Being now in the my early 30s and looking back at my relationship at 19 20 years old we were young and stupid It doesn t mean we loved each other any less, we were just insecure and needed to live I completely buy that you can have that experience and then find eachother again later on and reconnect that relationship and make it something of substance We see that there was miscommunication on both of their parts, but at least personally while I was a little frustrated with the what happened to the characters, I completely understand it and I think it would happen in real life It didn t seem to be a stupid trope that would only exist in fiction, nor was it over the top or unbelievable hide spoiler Confession time I skimmed many small sections of this book and I NEVER skim books The book s premise had all the trope y goodness I was hoping for friends to lovers, second chance at love, life styles of the rich and famous but the execution of all of these potentially wonderful things was mediocre The story plodded along from the first page to the last, pretty one note Even when things with Rhett reached their boiling point, there wasn t a sense of urgency or real angst over what came next Like, the words describing the turmoil and angsting may have been on the page, but the writing wasn t evocative it didn t move me It didn t help the book that I felt as if the chemistry between Cal and Blake was lukewarm at best What s the point of reading a romance novel about two guys in a relationship that basically make you want to yawn the entire time Sorry, Sierra Riley, but I m just not that into you and your formulaic books. Blake and Cal have been friends since high school, made incredible music together even an album , but cannot seem to tell the other how they feel causing their relationship to end badly five years ago Blake went on with the band and hit it big Cal took over his father s bar back home Both missed the other but still neither reached out to the other until a tour brought Blake home and he decided to reach out With help from Cal s friend, Blake talked Cal into touring with him, they slowly, painfully figured out where they went wrong, and Blake realized how he had unintentionally hurt Cal All looked like good times ahead, unfortunately the band guitarist and song writer threw a monkey wrench demanding Blake get rid of Cal or he was walking with the rights to the music True love triumphs and let s just say Karma is a bitch Great story with lovable characters and an awesome HEA This book was provided to me for an honest review.This book was entertaining and well written I liked both MC s very much, and I was glad to see them give each other a chance again The secondary characters were well written and added a lot to the story There was low angst, but a nicely paced love story.The blurb really captures the story, and I definitely recommend checking it out He Needs To Take A ChanceAn ARC was given to me for an honest review This is a story about ex lovers and friends getting back together after a five year lapse Their breakup hurt each of their hearts because they didn t have closure Since they ve decided to get back together musically, hopefully they ve learned how to communicate this time around This is a well written entertaining read Enjoy I did. I didn t understand why any of this needed to happen, lol. If you like Sierra Riley stories and the way she writes them you will love Heartstrings because it does pull on them really hard make sure you have tissues I would highly recommend reading this story plus Sierra others books she is a excellent Gay romance writer I Was given this story for a honest review..
Sierra Riley was born and raised in a small town where she spent all her time reading under trees before she moved to the Bay area to pursue her own love story She writes the kinds of books she loves to read rollercoaster rides with happily ever afters She s rarely at a loss for ideas, and credits her wonderfully supportive friends with helping her stories actually make it onto the page, as wel
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- 219 pages
- Sierra Riley
- 15 September 2019 Sierra Riley