Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Country hat act Markus Kane is skeptical when he’s asked to do a joint tour. He hasn’t seen Sebastian Longchamps since he gave up drinking—and since their compulsion for each other nearly cost them both their livelihoods. But Markus’s career is on the downhill slope, while the country-fried Cajun rocker’s star is still rising. His label thinks it’ll be a match made in ticket-sales heaven.
Sebastian knows better. One wrong move and Markus will break his heart all over again. This time he has much more to lose.
Time has changed both men, though, and while Markus and Sebastian try to fight their addictions, the big music industry machine has plans for them that don’t include a quiet retirement. Can Markus convince Sebastian that there are things in life more important than adrenaline and control? And can Sebastian make Markus understand that all he really wants is his music and his man?
Fighting Addiction is about music, breakups, breakdowns, chicanery, and second chance at love. That’s a country song right there. And that’s sort of perfect because music, the writing of it, the singing of it, the getting together and hashing out a melody and tracks…that’s an essential part of these men and the story Fighting Addiction. In fact, you could say, that music is the deep addiction that helps save both of them from their demons and reunites them so they can have their HEA.
And no one gets rednecks, music, and perhaps their demons better than BA Tortuga. Check out her playlist for this story here.
From the prologue to the epilogue, music is driving the story and these men. Both the need to get the music out for the labels, the need to write, the need to sing….music is at the heart of this story. And Tortuga makes us understand this fundamental element. From the sessions with the bands to the scenes where Markus and Seb are talking to each other through lyrics and songs, the power of music and its ability to direct lives sings in this book through the author’s vivid descriptions and lively dialog. The scenes are intimate, the language local and knowing, flavored with sayings, terms of endearment, and nicknames that speak of long term familiarity and love.
The characters, main, secondary, fleeting and not, all feel like people you know. Maybe musicians you’ve heard howling or picking along, if you’re lucky enough to go SXSW about 5 years ago or some of the bars in Nashville. Tortuga makes you feel their love of music and each other. You get the laughter, the love, and yes, the pain, and angst, when it all starts to go wrong with Seb.
Along with the music addiction, you have two main characters with other addictions. Markus is an alcoholic who’s sober now. Seb has his own demons driving him that you need to read about in the story. And yes, one more addiction. They are addicted to each other at a level almost cellular. All flowing to the country beat, as country melodies float through the stories like a sweet and sad refrain.
I loved the story, the fight for each other and for their music, all the cast of characters…but I confess I’m a dance on the graves of my enemies sort of gal and miss the total comeuppance at the end. That’s all that’s keeping this from a 5 star story. Except for that?
Fighting Addiction by BA Tortuga is fine as frog’s hair and a story I absolutely recommend!
Cover Artist: Tiferet Design. Sexy cover but I’m getting tired of the half naked torso. More bank perhaps?
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 25th 2012)