Title: Best New Artist
Author: BA Tortuga
Narrator: Brian Hutchinson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 6 hours and 3 minutes
At a Glance: Buy this book for the good story of a love that once was, and may be again despite what life does to you. Buy the book because the narration for this story is spot-on and the accents and voices of every character are fully developed.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large.
Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out.
Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.
Review: Kasey Tuffman is the hottest new thing in Nashville. After working hard to become the next “thing” on the country charts, he’s done it all, including winning best new artist of the year at the premier country music award show in the industry. Unfortunately, however, Kasey is tired of the game, the show, and not being who he needs to be in his heart to be a complete. So, he promptly tells off the audience in attendance and the national viewership also watching.
Kasey returns home to his family, but h realizes he has to move on if he’s going to put his life back together and decide what to do next. So, Kasey calls up his old friend Jonah Littlejohn to see if he can crash there for a bit. Jonah and Kasey share more than a past. They were once bandmates, toured together, and they were also lovers. But just as Kasey was reaching some notoriety, Jonah walked away from their burgeoning fame and Kasey’s bed.
The two men have each suffered trauma and tragedy, and they are unsure if they can be anything more to each other again, or if the past is too high a mountain to climb. They need to find a way to a new normal, see if the spark remains, and see what their future holds.
Brian Hutchinson’s voice is a perfect match for this title. At once tentative and forceful when Kasey and Jonah begin to reconnect, the expanse of emotion and action here is fully explored in the best way possible. From nosy and troublesome family, busy body friends, and a pack of hounds worthy of full animation, nothing is left behind here. Those familiar with BA Tortuga’s work know they will be in for a fun ride with believable obstacles and resolutions. Mixed with Hutchinson’s voice talent, they practically sing, which, for this story, is exactly what was needed.
This is a complete story, no waiting for sequels or book twos. The narrative is whole as is the narration. Buy this book for the good story of a love that once was, and may be again despite what life does to you. Buy the book because the narration for this story is spot-on and the accents and voices of every character are fully developed. Buy it if you love novels set in the southwest, have the addition of the music world, or if you like narrations that complement and improve the words the narrator has been given. Or, buy it because your ears and mind deserve a treat.
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