05 September 2014

Encore Review Blitz!

Encore Review Blitz
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?

This gay romance was formerly known as Into The Light and contains less loving than previous books in the series but more anger and snark. It also contains some female lovin', beloved character death and a possibly repentant pop star.
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With this being the final book in The Replacement Guitarist series, I thought that Ms. Toland would’ve gotten over ripping out my heart and stomping on it. But she didn’t. Apparently she saw this as her final opportunity to torture my poor heart because that sucker has most definitely been put through the ringer … repeatedly. I don’t know how Blaze and Jason put up with her. But seriously, Encore is a heart wrenching love story and the perfect ending to this series.

Without giving too much away to those readers who haven’t yet read the previous books (and seriously, why haven’t you?), Into The Fire left me wondering whether or not Jason and Blaze were going to come back from their break-up and this question was not answered quickly by any means. Of course, I hoped that they (and I) were going to get their happy ending, but time and time again life, lies, and misunderstandings continued to keep them apart. Just when I think everything is finally going to work out, BAM, somebody throws the door open to let more issues in and I felt like I had the misfortune of being between the wall and that door hurtling towards my face. But fortunately, Blaze loves Jason so much that he keeps giving him another chance even when he fears having his heartbroken one too many times by Jason. Thank goodness for crazy love … and make-up sex. HOT!!!!

I have enjoyed this series immensely and am so glad I got the opportunity to review books three and four because had I not, who knows when I would have finally read my copy of The Replacement Guitarist and that just makes me sad. I love Blaze and Jason and am very happy with the way Ms. Toland ended their story, but I will miss them; thank goodness for re-reads. So if you’re looking for a love story with some hot m/m action, a bit of the rock & roll lifestyle, and an awesome cast of characters, check out The Replacement Guitarist series and don’t forget the tissues.

“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.”


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?"
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.
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