Monday, December 10, 2012

Fighting Addiction by BA Tortuga




Title: Fighting Addiction
Author: BA Tortuga
My Rating: B
Genre: contemporary, m/m
Publisher: Torquere Press
ISBN: 978-1-61040-377-1
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 64000
Cover Artist: BSClay

Buy Links: Torquere Books   Amazon   ARe

Book Description:
Country hat act Markus Kane is pretty skeptical when one of his oldest industry friends calls and asks him to do a joint tour. He and Seb haven’t seen each other in years, not since Markus quit drinking. Maybe not since he and Sebastian Longchamps almost lost their careers to the fact that they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.
Sebastian is a country-fried Cajun rocker, and he’s been missing Markus ever since they broke up all those years ago. His label thinks he and Markus are a match made in ticket-sales heaven, but Seb knows better. He knows that it won’t take even the tiniest effort for Markus to break his heart all over again, and this time around he has way more to lose.
Time has changed both men, though, and while Markus and Seb try to fight their addictions, the big music industry machine has plans for them that don’t include the quiet life. Can Markus convince Sebastian that there are things more important in life than adrenaline and control? And can Sebastian make Markus understand that all he really wants is his music and his man?

My Review:
There were moments when this book broke my heart and I truly wondered if it was going to end well for these men. Seb and Markus were hot and heavy a few years ago. Although they were both totally into each other, they weren't willing to give up their careers when the threat of being discovered occurred. Country music doesn't really support gay singers...so they chose their careers instead of each other. At the time, Markus was fighting his own demons too...with alcohol. So they split and have stayed apart ever since.

In the meantime, Markus has gotten fit and clean. Sebastion has become an even bigger star, which has triggered all kinds of issues for him. There are a LOT of demands on him, so he's become OCD about his schedule, his foods, his body. He's not eating, he's not sleeping, he's taking prescribed pills to keep him going. He's spiraling, although that isn't so obvious at first.

The one thing that truly ties both of these guys together is their true and honest love of music. That's the one thing that's ALWAYS worked between them, whether they were together or not. When they work together on music, it all flows perfectly and they create magic. I loved that aspect of the story line. Every part of their interactions include music, even when they are just relaxing or trying to relax. It definitely ties them to one another. I loved the secret that Seb has kept from Markus over the years and his tattoo that reveals it...such a neat detail that the author wrote into this story.

Overall, this was definitely a story that I loved. These are flawed characters, but I fell in love with them and wanted them to survive, even though that looked highly doubtful through so much of the book. My heart ached for both of them and all that they have to get through just to be together. It's really a wonderfully woven story. My only complaint and why this book has a "B" rating rather than an "A" is that there are real issues in the book with the POV and dialogue tags. I was CONSTANTLY getting lost in who was talking and who's point of view we were in...to the point that it would take me out of the book and I'd have to re-read to figure out who was saying what. The book was so good...it hurts that this was such an issue in it, because it kept it from achieving "great"...but I still truly loved the book and the characters and getting to go on this journey with them. I need to listen to more country music...

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.



About the Author:
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her partner, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but is feeling the Colorado mountains calling. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.
Twitter: @batortuga

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