Release Day Review: Best New Artist by BA Tortuga

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.

God bless Texas and the Good Ol' Boy!

Well now, that was a nice, easy breezy little ol' story right there, I tell you what.  Love me some Texas boys, mmhmmm!

KT and Jonah were once lovers until KT got it in his big head that he wanted to be a star.  He lived for the fame and notoriety that a successful career in country music provided.  Jonah... well, not so much.  All Jonah wanted was to spend his days with his buddies, pickin' and singing.  He didn't need or want the glory so he packed his shit and headed home. 

Fast forward ten or so years and KT is up for the award for Best New Artist.  He was flummoxed when he won the award; he's been around for quite a while now, he's not some kid just starting out.  He's earned his licks so winning Best New Artist was like a slap to the face.  He was so angry, he lost his shit during his acceptance speech and not only burned his music career to the ground but took a wrecking ball to the ashes.  All on national television.  So he headed home to Texas with his proverbial tail between his legs.  Taking the hand Jonah held out for him, KT moves to Austin so he can get some seriously needed downtime and maybe start trying to put his life back together.

I had a great time reading this story.  Watching KT and Jonah slowly rekindle their relationship was a delight.  Their interactions with each other are sweet and loving and pretty dang adorable if I do say so myself.  Seeing Jonah, who had some difficult times, to say the least, while they were apart, emerge from his shell and knowing it was KT who got him to do so gave me a case of the happy.  It was adorable.  

I loved all of the characters in this book, and there were a lot.  Each one felt genuine and fully fleshed.  My favorite, though, was a little Yorkie with a big attitude.  I need me a Doodle!  That little bit of a dog was so dang cute!

If you're looking for a light, low angst read for your Saturday afternoon, I recommend Best New Artist.  It's a great way to get away from it all and just kick back, relax and let your hair down for a little while.  Plus, it's got Texas boys in it.  Yummy Texas boys.  Everyone needs a little Texas in their life from time to time, right?

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