Title: Country Soul
Author: Remmy Duchene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 120 Pages
At a Glance: Country Soul is an easy, enjoyable read.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: When Jackson Rawlings comes out of the closet, he loses everything: from his record label to the self-confidence he needs to perform on stage. Jackson feels as if the world is out to get him. Broken and afraid, he escapes to Hallesford and the ranch he calls home. All he wants is to live out the rest of his life peacefully and out of the spotlight.
But the fates just love interfering in his life.
Marques Lopez is the owner of Phoenix Records, and not only does he hate what happened to Jackson, he feels Jackson Rawlings has plenty more to contribute to the music industry. He ventures into small-town USA to find the singer and when he does, Jackson is a mere fragment of the man he used to be. To make matters worse, Marques’s body and heart step in to present him with a choice between business and pleasure—unless he could have his cake and eat it too….
Review: Jackson Rawlings, country music star, comes out, only to then find himself “retired” from his record label. Jackson didn’t want to retire, but he’s tired and broken, and so has given in to the not-so-tolerant owner of Brutus Records—too easily, according to his best friend, Chad, but Jackson believed that no one would care if he was gay, because his music was what his fans loved.
Marques Lopez, owner of Phoenix Records, is willing to take a chance on Jackson. Marques is a surprise—he’s not just a businessman, he’s about family too. He doesn’t promote country music—yet—but he sees a big opportunity in getting Jackson on his label. He tracks down the musician at his ranch, only to find he’s not welcome, but Marques wheedles his way in and makes Jackson an offer he can’t refuse. Marques is really the hero in this story, as he sets out to prove to Jackson that his music is still what the fans crave. These two men may come from different places, but the music brings them together in more ways than one.
Remmy Duchene’s Country Soul is an easy, enjoyable read. It has a little drama, a little jealousy, and a lot of love. It’s also about not giving up without a fight and not making decisions based on what others may think.
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