Book Reviews

Drifter by Eden Winters at Rocky Ridge Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 06-July-2020

Book Blurb

Some legends never die.

Killian Desmond met his end in the fiery crash that killed his band, or so the newspapers say. Now a nameless drifter, he plays one pick-up gig after another in a haze of pain and regret, moving on the minute someone says, “You sound like that guy from Trickster.”

Getting outed cost Mike Rose his musical family. A bassist without a band, he’ll play any kind of music to earn a paycheck, but Trickster’s music provides light during the darkest moments of his life.

A chance meeting brings together two lost souls who spark enough heat to set their guitars on fire. Their chemistry, both onstage and off, feels like something written in the words of a song and gives them courage to face life again.

But to seize their future, they have to confront their past.

Every damned, ugly inch of it.

 

Book Review

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways - either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” ~ Dalai Lama

Mike Rose, of ‘Drifter’ by Eden Winters, has been doing the best he can after being disowned by his ‘religious’ family for being gay, traveling around trying to make sense of his life. The one thing that keeps him going is his love for music. He derives inspiration from music by a band named Trixter. He learns to play every song they ever released. When Mike finds out that the entire band was killed in an automobile accident, it makes him sad but he still has their music to enjoy. However, when a substitute comes in to play with the band that Mike is currently a member of, Mike thinks he’s seeing a ghost because the man looks and sounds just like Killian Desmond from Trixter. The stranger even goes by that name!

Since the accident, Killian has been a shell of a man. With a few exceptions, everyone thinks he perished with the other members of the band. He drifts from day to day with no purpose and a huge amount of survivor’s guilt. Constantly, he wonders why they died and he survived, if only barely. Finally, he has had enough of wasting away and begins to drift from place to place, doing what he loves most, making music. Lots of artists do cover work for other artists, so no one thinks anything of it if he looks and sounds like Killian Desmond from Trixter. He has decided that drifting from place to place with no commitments, nothing to tie him down both physically and emotionally is the way the rest of his life is going to be. When he meets Mike, he doesn’t know what has hit him. From the beginning, he and the handsome young man he first calls Texas, hit it off fabulously, both musically and physically. Killian hooks up with Mike after their gig, intending to leave the next morning, but when that time comes, he finds that he simply doesn’t want to leave the sexy, good-natured man with no expectations. One night turns into another and soon, Killian knows he doesn’t want to ever leave and the feeling is certainly mutual.

‘Drifter’ has everything I love in a story: handsome musicians, finding love where you’d least expect it, and music, the universal language that heals all wounds. I fell in love with Mike and Killian and appreciated their hard-won trust and their ability to survive when others may not have. Thanks, Eden, for introducing me to another delightful pair of men to add to my long list of characters you have created for me to admire and love.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 296 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-July-2020
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Drifter-Eden-Winters-ebook/dp/B089G68SSS