CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her cats and husband
Book Title: Encore
Author: Lori Toland
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Blaze Shinozuka is a bonafide rockstar with his band, Razor's Edge. After his romance with music manager Jason Stockton crashed and burned, Blaze is free to live and love. It's been a wild and heady year that's been blissfully drama free until the one man he's been avoiding comes careening back in to wreak havoc on his heart once again.
Jason Stockton has become the superstar he never wanted to be. When his music reality show becomes an overnight success, he's thrust into the limelight against his will. He's coping with intrusions into his private life but then a chance encounter sends him right into the arms of the man he loved...and lost.
Their time apart has changed them, except the passion between them burns brighter than ever. With the media hounding them in the midst of multiple scandals, they find they can only depend on one person — each other. Will they learn to trust that their love is enough to see them through it all? Or will this be their final dance before calling it quits, this time for good?
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
After that whole chaotic ending from Into The Fire where Jason's and Blaze's relationship burned in the fire and wallowed in splitdom, when my heart got ripped because of the breakup I found so devastating and unexpected, we now have a book entitled: Encore. For me, there is an additional performance from these two men and I just know they will now try to get their heads back on screwed tight on their shoulders, man up and finally admit they made a mistake.
This one opens one year after that breakup and both men are doing well in their respective careers but not so much for their romantic lives. While Blaze left a trail blaze of hook ups living the life of a desperate rocker, Jason was slowly fading. His personality of someone strong and dependable has sunk to almost Simon-like coupled with some health issues that had been left hidden from everyone and now just rearing its ugly head.
The two are sizzling together, though, and that is why they really hooked up again, on the road, for a night. But what should have been a happy ending finally reached, Jason breaks up an already broken relationship and just succeeds in ripping Blaze's heart out not once, not twice but more. There were times I really wanted to bitch slap this Simon-imposter in Jason but that is why there is this story.
Blaze stepped into a relationship that he dreamt of for so long but instead of getting his HEA he gets burned and burned and burned to a crisp some more. He really is a sucker here and shows how invested he was in his and Jason's life together as a couple.
Basically, this books shows all of the flaws and imperfections these two men had that were not already revealed in the first three books. And even if this book was heart wrenching hurting and frustrating, it is still the perfect HEA end to the sizzling chemistry that could only describe Jason and Blaze's love for each other.
Yes, they do screw their heads back on tight and even hold that interview they should have given in the previous installment. Yes, they do finally commit. And yes, they do finally man up. And again, yes, they finally learn to be adults and trust in each other as well as talk and communicate.
FINALLY!!! The two finally grow up! And I just love them more now :D
Blaze turned around and grinned at Tommy, the lead singer of their band. “Hey man,” he said and gave him a one arm hug.
“I’ve gotta talk to you real quick.”
Suddenly there were a dozen people on stage with them as they moved the set around. Zack’s drums were already set up on the stage and Blaze’s guitar rested in the stand from the tour. Blaze turned back to Tommy. “We’ll talk later, yeah?”
Tommy shook his head. “It’s important. You’re gonna freak the fuck out.”
Blaze frowned as he dug in his pocket for his guitar pick. “What’s wrong?”
An announcement that rang out drowned his answer and Tommy threw up his hands in exasperation. After the introduction ended, he yelled, “Really? We’re trying to have a conv—” Tommy froze midsentence and looked over Blaze’s shoulder.
When he turned, he saw the one person he hoped never to see again in his life. In a town as small as Hollywood, he knew that wasn’t realistic but he had hoped they would be able to continue keeping their distance from each other.
As he looked up into Jason Stockton’s narrowed dark brown eyes, his heart pounded. The sliver of trepidation was drowned in the instantaneous desire that surged within him. Even though Jason had nearly destroyed him, Blaze still wanted him.
Jason Stockton had been his first real relationship and they had been head-over-heels in love until one stupid moment when they threw it all away. Though their fight had seemed important at the time, it had been stupid. Blaze knew that now.
Their disagreement over Cassie had been fueled by lack of sleep; their argument had spiraled out of control until they called it quits. Their very public break-up left Blaze’s heart shattered. Somehow over the past year, he had managed to avoid Jason and Blaze would have given anything to continue that winning streak.
He glared at Jason. “What the hell are you doing here?”