Rock Fiction Coveting: The Replacement Guitarist Series by Lori Toland

Posted: March 20, 2015 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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Seems every time I turn around lately, I’m hearing of a lot more of two things: Rock Fiction done in a series and male-male stories.

Like what Lori Toland’s cooked up. Check the description of the first book, The Replacement Guitarist:

Blaze Shinozuka has two goals: get a job as a guitarist and lose his virginity. At an audition for a famous pop star, he draws the attention of celebrity manager Jason Stockton—and their instant attraction sends his world careening off its axis just as he is thrust into the gritty world of rock ‘n’ roll.

Straight-laced music manager Jason Stockton is always professional and never dips his pen in the company ink. But there is something about Blaze that leaves him wanting what he shouldn’t. The guitarist’s exotic beauty and compelling innocence is a temptation Jason can’t resist.

After one lie in the national media pushes them apart, Blaze must decide whether he will trust Jason, a man he shouldn’t touch, let alone love. The cutthroat, jealous world of rock ‘n’ roll, has chewed up and spit out the toughest musicians, and Blaze vows he will be the last man standing, even after the music stops.

I like that when this opens, Blaze is a newbie. How much Rock Fiction is about either someone with Rock and Roll dreams, or else is about the jaded star who’s been into the groupie thing forever and is ready to be reformed?

And I like that it’s not another member of the band who Blaze has it for. In this scenario, I can see management getting involved and being around.

The rest of the series is interesting. Blaze and Jason weather hardships. Get fired. Break up. And by the fifth book, Blaze has made it and he’s an official pop star. (Really? A guitarist is a pop star?) And then Jason comes back around. This is one of those books that will either end the series or let it continue — If they break up, where’s left to go, story-wise? Isn’t the series about Jason and Blaze? But if they get back together, there’s a big world they can explore together…

I’m curious. Yes, me, who doesn’t particularly care for the gay lit. I’d read this series in a heartbeat.

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