Author: Layla Dorine
Publisher: Desolate Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Release Date: October 28, 2022
Genre: MM Rocker Romance
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Hurt-comfort, Found Family
Themes: Rocker boys falling in love, Road Trip, Outdoor Concert
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: 321 pages
It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger. Characters from a previous Rocktoberfest book, Tattered Angel, do appear and feature prominently.
“Okay, I’m sitting, my supper will apparently have to remain raw a little longer.”
“It’s all for a good cause, I assure you.”
“It better be, I skipped breakfast.”
“So nibble a graham cracker and open your ears. Don’t try telling me you don’t have any when Winter said you have s’mores at least three times a week when you’re home.”
Huffing, Tripp yanked the drawer open and snatched the package from inside.
“Thank you. Now, they need small shows, we need some soft runs on the new material, so I was thinking…”
“No, hell no. Fuck you for even thinking we should go back on the road again. I just got a new couch. We haven’t even broken it in yet. Not a single divot.”
“Thought that’s what you and Winter would be writing the new songs on.”
“We have, doesn’t mean we’ve made a suitable imprint yet.”
“Okay, guess we’ll put off working the kinks out. Too bad. Jesse suggested we invite Riley and his crew to give them a chance to work on their new material. I hear Dez and Zakk have almost two albums worth of material. It’s a good idea, if you ask me. Oh, and get this, Saint’s Seduction reached out to Dez, again, and tried to get him to come back and play for them. The way I heard it; he never took the call. James gave them the flat ‘no’ Dez had conveyed to him the previous time and hung up on them.”
“Can’t say I blame them, the guy is talented.”
“If you think so, why do you two end up foaming at the mouth every time you’re in proximity to one another? I can practically hear you snarling from across the room.”
Tripp sighed, ‘cause he’d asked himself that for a couple of months now and what he kept coming back to was a relationship he didn’t know what to do with.
He was jealous.
Not of anything musical when it came to Dez’s ability and experience, but of the man himself and the time he spent with Zakk. Even the knowledge that Dez was dating Riley didn’t dull the possessiveness he felt towards a man he was barely lucky enough to see six times a year.
Something clicked in his brain, along with a voice telling him to stay the fuck outta his own way before he fucked things up, again.
“Are you saying it would be us, Tattered Angel and Wild Child?” Tripp asked, excitement beginning to surge through him.
“And who the hell would book that insanity?”
“James and Russ are raring to be unleashed on the project, but there are a few hiccups to iron out.
“Who would headline?”
“We’ll rotate, everyone should be good with that.”
“Band members are, a few of the venues are not.”
Why did it sound like he was chewing? He’d better not be eating anything good after the way this conversation had derailed Tripp’s meal.
“Hey, did you hear what I said about the venues?”
Tripp pulled the phone away from his ear, scowling at it for several seconds before warily drawing it close again. “My ears were working just fine until you bellowed in them!”
“Then pay attention, damn. Now, what do we do about the venues.”
Grumbling beneath his breath, Tripp tried to figure out why he was being asked to problem-solve for an issue he wasn’t completely on board with being a part of yet. Still. It would provide plenty of opportunities to spend time with Zakk. “Okay, so, we give them what they want and schedule the rest of the rotations around it.”
“Good idea on the surface, but when you see the emails I sent you about the locations, you’ll see why the issue came up.”
“Yea, okay, I’ll take a look. Next.”
“Besides the animosity between you and Dez?”
About the Author. . .
Layla got hooked on writing as a child and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
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