The Replacement Guitarist, #4

Encore is the fourth book in The Replacement Guitarist series by Lori Toland. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease, but it is best read in order. This book was formerly known as Into the Light.

Blaze Shinozuka is a rock star with the band Razor’s Edge. After his relationship with his music manager Jason burned out, Blaze lives his life as he chooses and it’s been very drama free. Blaze seems to try to avoid Jason every chance he can and when he can’t, Blaze realizes that his feelings for Jason still burn bright as ever.

Jason Stockton is a music manager as well as a superstar in his own right. Jason has his own battles that he does not share. He does not cope well with stardom, which leaves him running into Blazes arms. Jason has such a snarky attitude.

The connection and chemistry between Blaze and Jason is intense. Blaze and Jason jump into bed every chance they can when they are together. The sex scenes were blistering. The relationship between them is fiery and this book does a good job of showing how hard relationships truly are.

I found this book well written with an interesting and fascinating plot. This book keeps you on your toes all the way through all the way to the end. The biggest issue I had with the book was that it was much longer and drawn out than it needed to be, because Jason and Blaze had a hard time keeping their hands to themselves. The main characters and the secondary characters were mesmerizing. Overall, this was a wonderful read.

Book Blurb for Encore

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.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2014 4.50