Title: Fair in Love
Author: Jerry Sacher
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Travis McAllan, Geoff Randsell
Travis McAllan is one of America’s top country music stars—loved by fans, he lives the dreamed-of life of a country boy who has made it. The lifestyle of a star, however, comes at a cost, and Travis keeps his sexuality a secret until he meets Geoff Randsell. The attraction is immediate and jolts Travis from his life of pretense.
Geoff has a secret of his own—he’s in a rocky relationship, and he’s not impressed by Hollywood glitz. When he falls for Travis, Geoff is swept off his feet, and he is both dazzled by and apprehensive about the celebrity lifestyle of private planes, mansions, and travel.
When a photographer sells a picture of Travis and Geoff to the tabloids, their courtship and private world comes under fire. Travis must risk his music career to be with the man he loves, and Geoff has to make the difficult choice to accept a life in the public eye.
In the face of increasing pressure, Travis and Geoff must stay true to themselves to get to the altar and say “I do.”
Fair in Love is a contemporary novel set with in the country music industry. This fact already makes the story a little different as most music industry stories seem to be set within the rock and roll world. I love this little switch up as it makes the story a refreshing change.
Another change, in my opinion, was the main characters. Usually we have two very likeable men, looking for someone to love as much as they will love them. Sometimes there are obstacles and sometimes everything is easy going. Yet, in Fair in Love, I had a bit of a problem warming up to either one of the main characters in the beginning. Geoff is already in a relationship, one he should have put an end to a long time ago. I wish he would have manned up a little more and finished things with Doug first before getting deeper into a relationship with Travis but that is not how things happened. It is also his relationship with Doug that made me want to smack him near the end of the story. He comes across so confident and mature that it is hard to remember that he is just barely twenty three and therefore slightly forgiven for some of his actions. Travis is just as young, and under the thumb of his family. The youngest brother in the hottest country group around, he has always been careful of the imagine he projects to the public. For someone in the spotlight he has a bit of innocence about him when it comes to everything out side of the music business. I had to laugh at the fact that more times than not he relied on sunglasses and a ball cap as a disguise. The characters did come to grow on me and I was curious to see how the author would help these two young men find their happily ever after.
These two young men do have a strong chemistry between them and I liked how they clicked so fast. You can’t help rooting for them especially since they have interference from outside forces that should be supporting them instead. While their relationship moves fast you can’t help wondering, however, if maybe they should not take a step back and take things a little slower. I did like the way the author wraps everything up though and thought that the story finished perfectly.
This is my first book by this author, but I am curious to see what the author will bring out next. I think readers who like books set in the music world, will like this one as well. It has just enough industry background to spice things up while also messing things up for Travis and Geoff as well.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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