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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake
Bisexual Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 424 pages
Publisher: Leta Blake Books (November 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626227268
ISBN-13: 978-1626227262
Amazon: Smoky Mountain Dreams
Amazon Kindle: Smoky Mountain Dreams

Sometimes holding on means letting go.

After giving up on his career as a country singer in Nashville, Christopher Ryder is happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee. But while his beloved Gran loves him the way he is, Christopher feels painfully invisible to everyone else. Even when he's center stage he aches for someone to see the real him.

Bisexual Jesse Birch has no room in his life for dating. Raising two kids and fighting with family after a tragic accident took his children's mother, he doesn't want more than an occasional hook-up. He sure as hell doesn't want to fall hard for his favorite local singer, but when Christopher walks into his jewelry studio, Jesse hears a new song in his heart.

First story by this author and I couldn't put it down.  Very well written, with great plot line and very well developed characters.  I am a sucker for any story with angst!!!

Wow. This story. This story. First of all let me say that the scene between Christopher and Jesse in Jesse's office that starts off with them kissing with the fake pearl necklace between them? H-O-T. Seriously. The whole scene made me hard and hot. But then again there were a LOT of really hot scenes in this book, interspersed between a magnificent plot that while it had a number of editing mistakes, we're not enough to throw me out of the story. The setting was magically described, not just by the characters' awareness of their surroundings or giving a basic layout, but the setting was developed to the point where every place, and even inanimate objects held a memory, an emotion, a deep emotive power that resonated not only within the characters but within the reader as well. The same can be said for the characters. For while not every gay/bi man's story is the same, there is a air of familiarity within these characters. The desire to be able to let go, be one's true self, to love again after tragedy, to live one's truth, to love someone in spite of the adversity you may face, to long for a significant other even if it costs you relationships you thought were essential to your happiness, to stand up for oneself or someone else, and most importantly the desire to be seen by someone, anyone, who finds us worthy enough to want us to be a part of their family. The biggest issue(s) I had with this book could be greed on my part, although it sort of stuck in my craw for a bit: 1)What happened with Marcy? We know what DIDN'T happen, but inevitably, what occurred? It seemed like such a big buildup only to sort of stall out. 2)-here comes my greed- What happened with Gareth? He turned his attitude and personality around and really redeemed himself. He deserves a HEA. So where is it? 3)What does Christopher decide to do with the money left to him by his Gran that is "crazy"? If he has settled on the recording studio how does that go? Essentially, the story was. Right. There.

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