Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Mirage by Tia Fielding

Mirage
by Tia Fielding
Published March 17th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: mobi, epub, pdf, zip/html, Paperback

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

When forty-six-year-old washed-up country musician Jasper “Red” Blue looks at the past, all he sees is a series of failures. His one treasured success is six years battling alcoholism without the help of AA. To secure his children’s future, Jasper desperately wants to produce a new album, but he can’t write alone. And he won’t work with just anyone. 
Jasper's record company manages to secure the writer one of the biggest country music songs in recent history to help write the album. Cade Wallace is a long-haired former soul surfer, devastatingly handsome, talented, and willing to take a chance on the rugged musician. Jasper, on the other hand, is deep in the closet. 
With Jasper's career hanging in the balance, he can't promise Cade anything, and Cade eventually heads back to his full-time job as a truck driver, taking Jasper’s hopes of a relationship with him. If Jasper’s dream of a life together is ever to come true, he will have to take some big risks, putting both his career and his children’s security on the line.
Mirage is about country star Jasper "Red" Blue. A recovering addict, a washout, a father. Try as he might, his songs cannot get out. He has the tunes but there are no lyrics to make them come alive. 

Cade Wallace is a song writer in secret, a truck driver by day. He has several hits to his credit and after meeting Jasper, he is willing to take the chance and make the silent tunes come to life. 

When Jasper meets Cade, there is an attraction that brews between them. Hopefully, this does not distract them from their main goal of songwriting. Should they both pass the tests thrown their way, this may just be a relationship they had been searching for all their lives.

Although the plot of Mirage would best be described by some as formulaic, it really is not. This is the story of two older men who finally get to realize what all those young hunky and twinky men do in the usual MM HEA plots. These two men have tasted the bitterness of life, have both gone through so many ups and downs, successes, failures and more. They are older, they are wiser. The way this story unfolded, it was definitely not formulaic.

What I really loved about this book was the men's imperfections. The author did not hold back on the men's feelings of insecurities, feelings of inadequacies. She did not hold back on their secret fears of probably failing their loved ones, especially Red whose drive for giving his children the best he could was tempered only with his drive to hope that Cade feels loved and is loved. 

This was a beautiful read, imperfections, cliches, formulaicness and all. It made me smile, it made me think, it made me feel. 

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