Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Off Stage: Beyond the Footlights
SERIES: Off Stage Book 3
AUTHOR: Jaime Samms
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 300 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2017
Kilmer and Jacko’s relationship has been foundering for a long time. With the end in sight and despairing that he might never find a Dom who suits him, Kilmer heads to a local bar to drown his sorrows—and meets country singer Tanner.
Tanner feels oddly protective of the broken man and eventually convinces Kilmer to hire him to help remodel the small, sad house Kilmer once shared with Jacko. As Tanner and Kilmer get to know each other, Kilmer regains his lost independence and Tanner’s dominant streak rises to the surface. But will it be a help or a hindrance to the trust they’re trying to build?
The answer might lie in the music Kilmer gave up not long after he met Jacko. Music always granted him solace, clarity, and an outlet for his emotions, and with Tanner’s encouragement, he picks up where he left off. Playing together eases them into honest communication, and though a happily ever after will still take patience and work, taking a chance on each other sounds sweeter with every note.
Kilmer seems to walk from one disaster to another as he leaves a relationship with Jacko that has lost all sense of its boundaries and almost walks straight into another when he decides to drown his sorrows at a local bar. Somewhere along the line, maybe even from the beginning, the power exchange between Jacko and Kilmer was off and Kilmer has lost all sense of his self. His trust has been abused and as he finally walks away he shrinks into himself.
Tanner is by nature a very dominant man who generally knows what he wants and has no bones about getting it. When he spots Kilmer he has an overwhelming urge to protect him and he talks himself into a job fixing up Kilmer’s house. Getting this house sorted becomes relevant to helping Kilmer find his confidence and work out exactly who he is and Kilmer is pushed by friends who care to help Tanner and to start taking back control.
As Kilmer’s strength in himself grows his relationship with Tanner changes but both men are nervous of the next step. Tanner needs to exert his dominance but is Kilmer anywhere near ready for that? They both find solace in their music – it gives Kilmer a huge part of himself back that Jacko stamped all over, it enables him able to communicate more easily and best of all it gives him a chance at love.