Title: The Performers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Tom Foster and Noah Webster
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Sequel
Tom Foster and Noah Webster have been together for three years. In that time, Tom has completed his doctorate, Noah has begun working on his master’s, and both men have come into their own as performers. Suddenly international recognition becomes a reality instead of a dream. They even perform at the dedication of a concert hall at the University of Aragoni.
But it’s not all smooth sailing. They still have to battle Noah’s Uncle Joe over the division of property he owned with Noah’s late father. Tom’s father has been distant ever since Tom chose music over law school. And Noah’s mother’s attitude toward his relationship with Tom leaves something to be desired. With their busy performance schedules, will Tom and Noah be able to make peace with their parents and get a fair deal?
The Performers by Etienne is latest addition to the Avondale series, and is the sequel to Love Turns the Page. This book tells the continuing story of Tom and Noah. The men have been together for several years, yet, are still dealing with the same family issues that plague them in their first book. I was surprised to see that Noah’s mom was still having a problem with the men’s relationship, but liked the way the author brought her around to understanding their relationship. There is also the issue of Noah’s uncle and I was thrilled to see him get his come up pence.
Noah’s family isn’t the only one having problems and I have to say I honestly forgot that Tom had some family issues of his own. While different than Noah’s problems, they are no less important, and the author brings those problems to the forefront, resolving them in a way that readers will enjoy. Besides the family issues popping up, the men are also dealing with an increasing number of professional obligations cutting into their time, and must learn how to manage everything so they can still have some type of personal life.
As much as I enjoyed The Performers, this author is one that I think readers will either like or don’t. The author’s writing style takes some getting used to and I admit that the first time I read one of his books I was not sure if I would be reading more. The author however has a way of making you care about the characters, and I find myself coming back for each new story. His stories also center more on the men and their relationships as opposed to the sexual chemistry that some authors rely on. Because of this his stories have a more realistic feeling to them. The Performers is not different. From the first page to the last this story comes across believability which, for me, made the story more enjoyable.
I hope the author has plans to bring more on these two, but, until then I will be waiting for the next Avondale story.
Reviewed By: Lydia