Title: Wishing for a Home (T.A. Chace Home Series #3)
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella (100 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Summary Review: Can a famous country singer find love with an ordinary cowboy? He can, if he plays his cards right and lets said cowboy know how he really feels. There are many bumps along the road, however Derek and Max are tough and love conquers all.
Derek St. Martin is Nashville’s hottest country singer. For eight years, fame and fortune have come his way, but he’s not happy. In fact, he’s on the edge of a nervous breakdown or checking into a drug rehab center. Hiding his sexual preferences is driving him to resort to numbing the pain. When his stepbrother suggests he should go on vacation, Derek jumps at the chance to relax and get his head on straight.
Max Furlo isn’t happy. His bosses were leaving him in charge of some singer while he had other more important things to take care of. Seeing Derek St. Martin for the first time hits Max hard and, suddenly, he’s considering a summer fling.
Both men know that a relationship can never be for them. Derek’s career wouldn’t handle the news and Max can’t live a lie. Yet when a summer fling becomes love, who will be willing to risk it all for a chance at forever?
T.A. Chace Home Series
Derek was tired of the rat race at 32 and he knew, if he didn’t do something, his singing career might be over because of drugs and alcohol. No one seemed to care what he did as long as he kept on making obscene amounts of money, which may be a thing of the past because he was in danger of losing his voice. His creativity was non existent and for a couple of years he had not been able to write any songs. Losing the music would be the toughest road to hoe so he called his stepbrother Eddie, the only person who he knew cared about him, and pleaded for help. Eddie immediately asked his friend Les Hardin whether Derek could come to his ranch to stay. However, Les and Randy his partner were leaving for Germany so he arranged for Derek to spend his three months of recuperation at the ranch owned by his friends Tony Romanos and Brody MacCafferty. This didn’t sit well with Max Furlo the foreman at the ranch who was afraid that he would have to babysit Derek, which could be a real pain in the rear, until he saw him and realized that he was in danger of losing his heart to the hot country singer.
Max had had a very difficult childhood with a father who never acknowledged him and the only person who loved him was his mother with whom he had been very close. Due to his background he was determined that he would not be going into the closet for anyone, and being with Derek would shove him deep in the closet because Derek’s career would never permit him to be out. So even though he was falling in love with Derek his eyes were wide open about what the relationship could never be. However he couldn’t stop hoping that things could be different even though he knew that it was wishful thinking.
Derek was also falling for Max. They didn’t rush into a sexual relationship but when they did cross that threshhold he knew that had things been different this was the man with whom he would have wanted to spend the rest of his life, had he been given the opportunity. But being gay and a country singer did not exactly go together and he had contractual obligations to fulfil which meant that he would be leaving very soon to go back to his world. He had pretended to be straight throughout his career, and on occasion had had one night stands with women. The only times in the 8 years since he embarked on his singing career that he had been with other men were in back alleys or the bathrooms of bars he frequented, which made for a very lonely life. The major plus for Derek was that being on the ranch with Max sparked his creative genius, and for the first time in years he was able to write songs again, mostly due to Max’s influence and love.
T.A. Chase has written a realistic portrayal about the life of a gay country singer, and he didn’t attempt to sugar coat the difficulties faced by Derek when he was on tour and on the circuit for those 8 years, became addicted to pills and alcohol and lost his ability to write. The road back was an uphill one but Derek matured and evolved. The relationship with Max was bittersweet for both of them because they knew they were living on borrowed time.
One of the pluses about writing a series like this is that characters from previous books pop in and out, and while I felt a couple of times that there was a bit too much ‘togetherness’ with the large circle of people around Derek and Max, including couples Tony Romanos & Brody MacCafferty, and Les Hardin & Randy Hersch, as well as all of their friends and various and sundry other minor characters, it did make for a diverse group. There were a couple of minor sub plots which distracted from the Derek’s and Max’s story, but maybe the intent was to use them to set up the next book in the series. If you haven’t read any of the other books Wishing for a Home might be confusing until you get all the characters sorted out, and at times the book might seem like Grand Central Station in New York. I think T.A. wanted to bring the fans of the series up to date with what was happening in the lives of characters in previous books and this worked. The protagonists were well developed and their relationship changed over the 3 months that Derek stayed at the ranch from one of simply sexual satisfaction to an emotional connection.
If I have one disappointment it was the number of spelling and editorial errors in this book. They weren’t big mistakes – for the most part they were simple things like misspelling ‘Hardin’ a few times, or using ‘coffee intact’ instead of ‘coffee intake’ and so on, which should have been corrected before the book went to print; this showed that not enough care was taken during the editing process.
Wishing For A Home is the third book in T.A. Chase’s wonderful ‘Home’ series after No Going Home and Home Of His Own. Definitely recommended especially if you are a fan of the writer and even if you’re not.
This book could be read as a standalone but would be best enjoyed as part of the series.