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?
“Hey bro.” 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.” “Blaze.” 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?”
I really like M/M romances. Like, a lot. So when I saw this one was coming out I could not wait to read it...... And then I started reading it and I was a little confused. I thought, maybe this is bad writing. Half of the book was not making any sense to me. So I looked up the book and guess what I found.... This was the FOURTH book in a series..... number FOUR. DOH! Palm to forehead moment. Unfortunately I just did not have enough time to read the first three. But that did not stop me from reading this one. And even though I was confused about some things, I was able to enjoy this book and figure out what was going on as I went along.
Encore by Lori Toland is about musician Blaze and the on again off again romance he was with his manager, Jason. Let me start by saying the chemistry between these two is SIZZLING. And the romantic scenes? Panty melting.
I do have to admit however, that the constant back and forth and all the reasons that they can not/should not/would not be together kind of annoyed me. I tend to have a low tolerance for that kind of thing. If you both care about each other and want to be together, then I think you find a way to do that instead of constantly focusing on the reasons that it won't work. But, I digress.
I also really enjoyed the side characters. Jason's grandma was a gem and made me wish that I had a grandma like that!
I highly recommend reading the first three books before you read this one, however, that does not meant that you can not read this and enjoy it. I fully intend to add the other books to my TBR list and I am pretty sure that I am going to love those books as well.
So four glasses of my favorite White Zin to Encore by Lori Toland. Cheers!
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.