Book: Rockin' It Forever
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Length: 223 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar Ashley
Can the touch of a rock god last forever?
Music journalist Bryan Gallagher’s life has completely changed in an unexpected way. Not only has he snagged a dream assignment as the memoirist to alternative music’s rock superstar Aubrey King, but he’s also promised to give the beautiful and enigmatic musician a chance for them to forge a relationship. It’s all very overwhelming for Bryan since, up until he spent a sexually charged day and night with Aubrey, Bryan has never even dreamed of being with a man.
Aubrey is completely smitten with the boyishly handsome, young rock writer, Bryan. After their instant spark grows into something more, Aubrey is desperate to keep Bryan by his side for always. He’s promised Bryan that their love is for real, that Bryan isn’t simply one of his rock star conquests.
Their road isn’t an easy one, though. Despite their deepening bond and growing need for each other, other factors intrude. Neither Aubrey nor Bryan is ready to come out, and their relationship needs to remain a carefully guarded secret. In addition, Aubrey has to answer to the demands of his profession and Bryan has to traverse the shifting waters between his personal and business relationship with his famous lover.
Then a secret is revealed and everything in their joint world implodes. When a love is so strong that two men can barely take a breath without thinking of the other, will that be enough to bridge the loss of trust? The only way they can rock their love forever is if Aubrey can reach Bryan before it’s too late.
What I love most about books that have music, especially where it’s at the core of the character, is that the language to describe love and music are like poetry. The characters seem to love deeper, faster, and more passionately because of their love of music. There is this pull to the words that they alone drag you into the story and create a feeling unto its own.
“I don’t know if I can give you that. You’re the poet, the priest. I’m merely the
one who received your grace.”
Bryan a 28 year old freelance rock journalist who has been making a name for himself caught the eye of his idol Aubrey King. He has been a rabid fan of Aubrey’s since he was 12 years old and Aubrey was the lead singer of the now broken up band Falling Into Stereo. Getting the chance to not only meet Aubrey but to work with him is beyond his dreams. But his reaction to Aubrey, in person, isn’t what he expected. How can he feel the things he does when he’s always thought of himself as straight? And will he be just another notch on Aubrey’s rockstar belt?
Aubrey, 42 years old, left his rock star life behind when it became too much and no longer about the music that lives in his soul. Now he is planning a solo comeback and wants Bryan along for the ride. Aubrey has had to live in the closet his whole life and doesn’t see that stopping anytime soon; but he’s followed Bryan’s career and thinks he might be the man for him. Can he not push and allow Bryan the time he needs to come to grips with this new turn in his life? Can he trust Bryan to know all his secrets?
This book starts after the prequel Rockin’ The Alternative which is where Bryan Gallagher, rockstar journalist, meets Aubrey King, former lead singer of Falling Into Stereo, during a meeting about Bryan writing Aubrey’s memoirs and where the instant connection begins. You MUST read the prequel to grasp the full depth and connection between the two main characters. I hesitate on calling it insta-love because to me it felt more like a soul connection, a music connection, a life connection that lead them quickly down the path of live. That path was definitely travelled faster for Aubrey but he is the type of guy that wears his heart on his sleeve and just wants that one man to love that speaks his language. That knows music is part of who he is.
This was both parts sweet and hot but overall a romantic story. I loved how cautious Bryan was compared to Aubrey’s fast pace thinking although that can cause issues it also helped each one learn and grow. I have a thing for pet names in books but I am also picky about which ones work but in Morticia’s book Aubrey and Bryan’s pet names fit them each perfectly! This was a well written and low angst love but still brings broken hearts, music, and laughter together.
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