When Rocky met Dex, it was hate at first sight. Country superstar Dex Dexter represented everything that budding rock star Rocky McCoy had left behind him in the Deep South – the religion, the homophobia, the hypocrisy, the lies. And Rocky represented everything that Dex had denied, had turned away from, had refused…
When Rocky met Dex, it was love at first touch. Double booked in the same slot on the main stage at CrossFest, they fought for the microphone like two dogs fighting over a bone. And when their hands met…
Rocky has had enough. “No more falling for straight guys. No way. No matter how hot. Especially if the ‘straight guy’ looks to me like a major closet case.”
Dex has had enough. “No way. I can’t be gay. I can’t lose my family, my friends, my career. I can’t.”
What they’ve had enough of doesn’t matter. It’s what they’ve never had enough of that will bring them together…
This story was wonderful. I couldn’t stop reading it. All of the music history was like going back to my childhood. I loved listening to most of the artists and songs mentioned. Including the stuff from before I was born. The story isn’t your typical romance. Most of it takes place before the two men meet. I loved that we get to see how Rock and Dex became who they are. I wish there was just a bit more of their relationship when they get together, and in the future after Dex came out and starts his new Script. I want to see how the two last long term. Especially with both of their careers.
Four and a half
I asked Brad to tell us Dex and Rocky’s favorite song. The song he gave is wonderful, plus he gives us a few lines to entice you. Read and enjoy!
I’d have to say it’s the Beatles, “Norwegian Wood.” It’s the one song that they both play at different points in the book. For Rocky, it’s the first song he plays for Korey’s father, the legendary musician Barrett Springfield. It’s just after he’s been caught playing rock and roll at home, instead of good wholesome Christian music, and he’s been punished for it. Barrett asks him if he knows what the song is really about, and he says no. To which Barrett replies:
“You know what that song is about, right?”
“It’s about a man having an affair. Which I guess is what you got caught having. An affair with the Devil, isn’t that what they told you.”
Then later on in the book, Dex and his best friend/almost lover Alex are jamming together, and out of the blue, Dex picks “Norwegian Wood,” too. Alex asks him:
“Why’d you pick that song? Just curious, I just wouldn’t expect, I mean no offense but…”
Dex laughed. “Yeah, I know. Not exactly shit-kickin’ music, right? I don’t know.” He frowned. “I just felt…it just…” He shook his head. “It was like I heard someone playing it, in my head. Far away. But not far.” He laughed. “Some fucking bullshit anyway.”
So I guess it’s the one ‘whoo whoo spooky’ moment in the book 🙂
Rocky picked up the Gibson Hummingbird. Chris Cornell played one of these. What more did he need to know?
He knew exactly what he wanted to play. How many times had he played this song, how many times had he stretched his voice, discovering his own vocal range. The notes of “Like a Stone” flowed from his fingers in a waterfall, and the words were a flock of birds banking wildly in front of the cascade, flirting with disaster.
He came to the end, the roaring finish, his eyes closed as he sang the epic wave of notes in the last word of the song, “alone.”
He’d only ever played the song when he was alone with Korey, who was no cheerleader. Korey would nod, say, “Good job.” And then tell him where he missed something.
When he was done, he opened his eyes. His new friends were speechless. “Was it okay?” he asked doubtfully.
“Holy fucking great mother of God,” Rick gasped. “Who the fuck are you? Where did you come from?”
Rocky smiled. “Under a rock. I’ve been living under a rock.”
Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits “A Little Too Broken” and “Given the Circumstances.”
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