I think we should officially rename today Rockin’ Rock Star Day for the Nice Girls! Y’all in?
For today’s Rock Star Day, I’m featuring one of my favorite heroes from my Backstage Pass series – Nate. This sexy rocker has a heavy heart and a lingering was the only get stronger by the day.
Blurb for GOIN’ OUT SOLO:
Rock star Nate Hawthorne’s good-guy status is as iconic as his black cowboy hat, despite his personal struggles. Now faced with his own mortality, he must choose whether to continue being the good friend, the good band mate…or risk being very, very bad.
Sara Drayton has overcome a nightmare childhood to stand on her own merits, even if her overprotective brother can’t see it. Nate has been her forbidden fantasy for years. Now he’s offering her a no-strings weekend at his cabin to fulfill all her desires – except her wish to be his forever.
Nate knows he’s breaking the rules by taking Sara to bed, but he’s desperate for the peace he can only find through her touch. With death on the horizon, can forbidden love bring one man back from the brink of an uncertain future?
He’d always wanted a family of his own. People who loved him and wouldn’t leave. Reality was much different. A stroke of luck had made him friends with the boys who live down the road. They’d been his escape when his dad was dying. They’d taken him in when his dad was finally gone. And he’d adopted them for his chosen family when he reached adulthood. Looked like it was as close as he’d ever get to a family of his own—but he was eternally grateful for Solar Uprising. If not for his band brothers, he’d have lost his sanity long ago.
Finally Daniel nodded toward the dance floor. “She’s beautiful.”
Daniel threw him a knowing look. “Twenty-four is fully grown, even if her brother doesn’t see it.”
Nate had watched Sara grow from a shy seventeen-year-old into a sexy young woman, eager to test her limits. If only Jake would disappear long enough for her to escape. Nights spent dreaming of ways to awaken all that latent passion broke Nate out in a sweat, even now. “I know that. The question is, is it worth ruining a working relationship for someone who might not be here long?”
A shadow crossed Daniel’s face. “I wish you wouldn’t think like that, man.”
Nate had no response, no words. His only hope was that the tests would give them an answer, soon. God willing, because he wasn’t sure how many more needle pricks he could tolerate.
Daniel studied him for a minute before letting his gaze sweep the dance floor once more. “You know everything I say to you is like a brother, right?”
“I know, Daniel,” Nate said, even though he felt a rebuke coming on. “And I appreciate it.”
“You should. Or rather, I should. Not many people can tolerate me and my big mouth without putting a fist in it.”
That was for sure. Daniel was well-known for his open-mouth-insert-foot syndrome. But he, Michael and Daniel had been inseparable since they were teenagers. They might not be related by blood, but they were the only human beings still alive that knew Nate’s complete life story. As he faced an uncertain future, Nate wondered just how much weakness he’d be forced to show his brothers.
“Just remember, Jake still sees his sister the way he did when she joined us. But Sara is the one who knows what she needs.” Daniel slapped Nate’s shoulder a few times. “Stop being the good guy. Start being you. Buddy, you could do a whole lot of livin’ while you’re waitin’.”
He walked away, shucking his leather jacket before joining Taylor in the swirl of bodies gyrating to a classic Bon Jovi song. Nate wanted to follow, ached to follow. But the feeling of no longer being in sync with the rest of his family grew with every day he waited for an answer.
A waiter passed by with a trayful of champagne glasses, their bubbles adding to the effervescent atmosphere. Nate grabbed two. He never drank anymore, knowing what a slippery slide that was with all the pressure he was under. But tonight, he didn’t care. He downed first one, then the other, biting into the juicy raspberries floating in the glasses.
The taste burst over his tongue, reminding him he was alive. For tonight.
TEASER TUESDAY GIVEAWAY:
Interested in my Backstage Pass series? Nate’s story is a novella, but there are 3 other books in the series and I’m giving away an anthology copy (Books 1-3) over in the NGWN Facebook Readers group. Click over to join, then comment for a chance to win an autographed copy!
GOIN’ OUT SOLO is available now!