Dai gave up everything when he ran away with his cousin, traded a life of wealth, power, and security to create their band and live the way they want. The one thing he refuses to do is hide; he's worked way too hard, and given up way too much, to pretend to be something he's not.
Cooper never anticipated he would trade rodeo fame for country music stardom. But the secret he had to keep for his own safety is now a secret he has to keep to protect his band. The one thing he can never do is make his sexuality public; he's sacrificed far too much to risk it all by airing personal matters.
But when a chance meeting turns into a passionate night that neither can forget, a tenuous relationship neither wants to let go, someone is going to have to break the rules...
First things first.
First things first:
MANTIES ALERT! MANTIES ALERT! MANTIES ALERT!
Okay, now that that's out of the way....
Shine Forever is a sweet, light, uncomplicated read that many people will enjoy. Unfortunately, it didn't do much for me.
There's nothing really wrong with it. MCs Dai (pronounced "Day") and Cooper were first introduced in Love You Like a Romance Novel where they'd been a couple for 5 years. (This book takes place prior to that one.) Dai is the openly gay lead singer in the rock band Forever and a Dai, while Cooper is the closeted fiddle player in the country band Shine the Moon. They appear to be total opposites but they're both shy bookworms who greatly enjoy Dai's predilection for manties and leather skirts.
Nothing much else happens--Dai and Cooper meet, they fuck, they miss each other because they're both on the road. Then they meet again, fuck and miss each other. They never argue, there are no Big Misunderstanding and any cross words are resolved within seconds. The characters don't even experience much inner angst. It's nice. They're both nice. And sweet. And I was bored. (Even the manties didn't do much for me--and we never got to see the leather skirt scene.) Around 60% a slight plot starts to emerge--the "will Cooper be outed?" stuff that was promised in the blurb. But even that is easily resolved--so easily I'm not sure why it was even necessary.
But like I said---it's a sweet, fluffy read that many will enjoy. I just need something with a skosh more conflict.
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