18 May 2014

Make You Mine Tour Stop!

Cooper Rand is the high-energy drummer for his band Ivory Tower. Everyone is drawn to Cooper; which makes him the go-to party guy for those lucky enough to call him friend. He loves the lifestyle that comes along with being a rock star and feels perfectly suited for the role. He is also a professional when it comes to the hook-up, unwilling to stick around long enough to allow emotions to enter into what he's doing. He's lived his entire life 'in the moment' and it isn't until he meets Jayson that he begins to question the direction of his life and if he's been missing out on something truly special all this time.
Jayson Keller has spent most of his life living on the island of Martha's Vineyard working as a builder. Living on a small island also has Jayson working overtime to keep his sexual orientation secret. He has mastered the art of hiding in the closet, but he doesn't want it to be a forever thing. Jayson always said if the right man came along he'd happily leave the safety of his closet and live openly as a gay man. The problem is, living where he does limits his partner options and finding someone worth coming out of that closet for seems an unlikely prospect.
A party at Alex Metcalf's island estate brings Cooper and Jayson face-to-face. Lightning strikes hot and fast and suddenly their lives take a whole new path. Has Jayson finally met a man worth leaving his self-imposed closet? Have a couple of hours spent alone with Jayson opened Cooper to the idea there is a deeper meaning to life beyond the stage and the value of a committed relationship? But, a bigoted family and the rock star lifestyle could ruin everything and keep both men searching for what was standing right in front of them: a soul mate

Make You Mine is the third book in the Rock God Series and the perfect title for Jayson and Coop’s story.  Jayson was introduced to us in the last book as Chase’s friend who questioned if Chase was homosexual.  After what appeared to be a judgment on his part, we learned that Jayson was gay but had never told anyone out of fear of rejection.
At a party that Alex was giving, Cooper and Jayson connected and the sparks flew.  Knowing that Jayson was finally opening himself up to affection from another man was wonderful for me as I felt so sorry for him in the last book.  After the party Cooper went back home on the west coast while Jayson went back to his construction company on the east coast.  If this was going to work they would have to form a long distance relationship. 
We are taken on their journey of finding each other, making time for a weekend getaway, video chats so they could see each other, phone calls and texts.  Cooper had money and would get in trouble by trying to help Jayson. Jayson was a proud business owner, he wasn’t rich but he got by with what he earned on his own.  He didn’t want to be taken care of so when Cooper would reach out to help either with a problem Jayson was facing or to arrange for them to be together Jayson had a hard time accepting it for what it was.  
Once they decided that they did have a chance at a future it meant Jayson was going to have to come out and tell people and change his life.  Let’s just say some of his family didn’t make it easy for him but Cooper was determined to support Jayson through it.  When Jayson had to make a decision to go back to the east coast and try to help a family member, he had no clue what he was going to face in the midst of the family drama that his coming out caused.  Would all of the anger and hatred be too much for Jayson to continue his relationship with Cooper?  Sometimes fighting for what you want is harder than just accepting defeat and doing what others expect from you.
What I love most about Ann’s books is she keeps her stories real.  We see the prejudices against homosexuals and the pain they endure not only from society but from their own family.  She doesn’t leave us in the darkness of prejudice, she shows us what love and acceptance can conquer with her characters.  In a way she displays the black and white attitudes of society, the good versus evil and gives the reader a chance to see the other side of the situation through characters that we begin to feel something for.  She tries to give courage to those who hide who they are, so they can take a risk and trust that they will find people who will accept them.  For the narrow minded she proves that you can show compassion and acceptance without risking your convictions. Allowing others to find their happiness doesn’t have to threaten what you have as a straight person. We could all learn about acceptance and love through the characters in the Rock God Series.   I admire what she gives in each of her stories and I highly recommend her Rock God Series to everyone. 
Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha's Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.
After graduating art school and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award. It was this 'behind-the-scenes' exposure to the music world that inspired many of her novels.
In 2013 she released Book One of her new rock star series: The Rock Gods. Book One is titled, Fall For Me. This novel is her first full-length gay, erotic romance and it is also a Finalist novel for the 2013 Rainbow Award.
Book Two in the Rock Gods series is titled, Take What You Want. This story is a m/m/f menage and released in early November 2013. Book Three, titled: Make You Mine, is expected to release in Spring of 2014.
When not writing, she enjoys reading, creating stained glass, and traveling.


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