Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Best New Artist
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2017
Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large. Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out. Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.
I love BA Tortuga and her Texas Cowboys, they are a must-read for me and I believe that “Best New Artist” shone out as one of her best yet!
KT, aka Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman finally did what he set out for a long time coming…get the musical recognition that he deserved. But when he was awarded “Best New Artist”, an award he knew wasn’t for him, he threw it all back in their faces…hell he had been making music for most of his life, over twenty years, even if he had only been in Nashville for the last two. So after he makes a spectacle of himself on nationwide television, he tucked his tail between his legs and headed to the place he knew he would be safe, and could figure out just what to do with his life, back home in Texas. When Jonah “Jo Jo” Littlejohn saw his former lover and friend, KT, melt down for the whole world to see, he did the only thing he could do, against his best judgement, and extend a invitation to his home, a musician’s compound. But Jo Jo isn’t up for anything anymore. He has a very dark secret hanging over him that was evident the moment KT laid eyes on him again after all these years. “Best New Artist” is the story of how these two damaged men pick up the pieces of their lives and learn to trust and love again.
Jo Jo’s back story was heart wrenching. But you can’t live in a world of “what if’s” as KT’s mama always said. So little by little he learned to overcome his fears and live again, with the help of some good friends and finally with KT. Music was his obsession and compulsion. When all else fails he could drown himself in his music after all he was a extremely talented songwriter and musician. KT had a lot to overcome to learn to be around Jo Jo again. The man had literally threw him away so he could chase his dream of becoming a country star. But country stars didn’t broadcast that they were gay so he stayed deep in the closet. I truly loved how this was a slow dance to come to grips with what both men wanted and needed. They had a past that they fully embraced but opened themselves up for the chance at more which was a huge risk for both of them.
As I stated, I think this might just be one of the artist’s best books yet. I loved these men’s second chance at Love together and the way that KT went slow to gain Jo Jo’s trust and heart. A huge shout out recommendation for this fabulous new book.