Rating: 4 stars out of 5
In the sequel to RT Book Reviews’ Top Pick Broken Records, Gwen’s life looks perfect: She has a job she loves as stylist to the stars, a beautiful wife, Flora, and a house in the heart of Nashville. But the more she works alongside country music’s dynamic princess Clementine Campbell, the less Gwen is certain of her commitment to a life of domestic bliss.
Meanwhile, her business partner Nico Takahashi is happily settled down with reformed bad-boy musician Grady Dawson. But when Nico questions the permanence of their relationship, Grady retreats into some dangerous old habits. Will Gwen ruin the life she’s built with Flora for something new and exhilarating? Can Grady be convinced of Nico’s devotion before it’s too late? Burning Tracks is a story of tough choices, taking risks, and the pressures of living life in the spotlight.
Burning Tracks, the second installment in the Spotlight Trilogy, sees Gwen Pasternak take center stage in this saga of intertwined relationships. Gwen and her wife Flora have always been an integral part of Nico Takahashi’s life. She’s his partner, sometime life support, best friend and even foundation when things have gone wrong. And Nico has been hers, even if that put Flora on the outside. So bringing Gwen out here and letting us see more of her life makes total sense. She and Nico switch places for a book, with Nico and Grady switching places, their relationship drama swirling as a secondary although still greatly important element here in Burning Tracks. Neither Gwen or Nico can be separated from each other.
We have been leading up to crisis in relationships, small, large and everything in between and the cause of them. Here the push has been for a child from Flora, something that Gwen doesn’t really think she wants or is capable of being a good parent to. Adding to that pressure is a new client, Clementine Campbell, who wants all of Gwen all of the time.
Lilah Suzanne expertly threads us through the confusion that Gwen feels about all the complications in her life, the pressure she feels, the knowledge that she’s on the precipice of her relationship with her wife who she loves….we feel it all and love Gwen all the more. She’s so human and vulnerable yet trying to do her best.
Clementine Campbell, the powerful charismatic country star on the rise is just as amazing. She’s so brilliant a character, she shines off the page, even at her most irritating. Only Flora comes off as a grey figure here in comparison which is a shame.
Nico and Grady, and the others are all here too, fighting for their relationship, making mistakes still due primarily to communication, something that seems to plague them all.
I love the aspect of the country music business and style here. That never fails to entertain and inform.
Now to the sex. Yes, there’s a lot of F/F sex here. If you don’t care for that, then you can fly over it and still stay at the heart of this story, the relationship dynamics, the mistakes people make, and the paths back to the people who are really their HEA. I really enjoyed this story, loved it place in the trilogy and highly recommend it.
Cover art again is perfect.
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published August 11th 2016 by Interlude Press
Series Spotlight Trilogy: