Title: A Little Bit Country
in Don’t Read in the Closet Volume One anthology
Author: S.J. Frost
Genre: Contemporary / Gay Romance
These two men used to be rivals. A (country) music star who is the perfect son in law material and a volatile rock star with an attitude. The men have been at odds for years, the media fueling the rivalry. But somehow their animosity turned into tenderness. How did that happen?
Now, dear author, I realize this set up has the potential to produce a really sappy story. I personally hate sap and anything remotely resembling corniness. I hope for cynicism, anger and explosive emotions (translating to HOT sex!).
Oh: and tats and black eyeliner. 🙂
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s Hot Summer Days event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
Ash Ivers is a rock star, Jackson Abrams is a country star. Although they never met, Ash started a media feud between them that has been running for three years now. On a charity concert they finally meet, and they are both determined to end this pointless, baseless rivalry. But the inexplicable tension between them makes it really difficult. After many mistakes and misunderstandings on both parts, they finally manage to create a balance.
“I don’t get it with you two. You cross words constantly, but you’re both fans of each other’s music. You meet in person and fight, then share a beer. Fight, have a few laughs. Fight, and… well, that blank still needs to be filled, but you get my point.”
What I loved the most is that A Little Bit Country doesn’t want to provide a whole love story from beginning to end. There is no insta-love, no hasty ILYs, no rushed coming out. Instead, it gives a promising, wonderful beginning.
“I wish I could find something to tease you about, but you’re so damn perfect.”
Ash is a temperamental, passionate musician. He is hot-headed, but he can be reasoned with quickly enough. Jackson is calmer, more composed, but he sometimes he can’t control what slips out of his mouth. They are very explosive together, so they have to work hard on communication.
The chemistry between Jackson and Ash is incredible and intense.
A Little Bit Country is a very enjoyable story with great writing style and excellent humor. Recommended!