Book: Nest New Artist
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Publication date: April 28, 2017
Length: 204 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large.
Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out.
Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.
Second chances don’t come around often so when they do you hold on and do all in your power to make it work.
KT learned his lesson. Nashville, the stage, the lights that wasn’t who he was, and it sure wasn’t where home was. It may have taken him a while to figure out where home was but now that he has hope that he can get back the one man that made his heart sing he is not walking away.
Jonah has been through the unimaginable. He survived, but outside of his music, he hasn’t been doing much living. Reaching out to KT was an easy choice to make because the man needed to know he was welcome back home if he needed to crash after his speech.
This was a slow, methodical story. One that every word, every sentence, every beat was the story.
There wasn’t one part from the dogs, (especially Doodle) to the studio and guesthouse, to Ben and Christian, to family and gifts that didn’t further this story. That didn’t give a piece of itself to show the reader the love and affection in every touch between KT and Jo Jo.
My heart broke for Jo Jo surviving what he did, not knowing if he would ever feel whole again. And Ben, his best friend, having to see the image burned into his brain for years, fearing for his friend at every corner. And for KT because although he loved Jo Jo wholeheartedly having to see the pain and bleakness in his love's eyes day in and day out was rough.
The author created such a well-written soul encompassing story that I struggled to put it down. The speech fit the Texas red dirt feel of the story without going over the top which can be a pitfall in stories like these. But B.A. used the slang and accents as a tool to boost the world they created for the reader in their descriptions, not the sole thing that gave us the feeling of where they were.
Truly an excellent, beautifully written, all the feels journey I recommend anyone to take.
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