A Change of Tune
By: JM Cartwright | Other books by JM Cartwright
Published By: Torquere Press
Published: Nov 24, 2010
ISBN # 9781610401029
Published By: Torquere Press
Published: Nov 24, 2010
ISBN # 9781610401029
Word Count: 85,300
Available in: Epub, HTML, Microsoft Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.prc)
DescriptionJohnny Rayne has had enough - enough of being at the top of the rock music industry for the last decade, enough of constant touring and recording. He wants something more -- just something very different. Moving to a farm in West Virginia, Johnny meets Sheriff Virgil Grissom on his first morning in the mountains.
The sheriff challenges Johnny in a multitude of ways - with overt machismo, disdain for Johnny's musician past, and all-around know-it-all-ness. The two men clash continually, and Johnny resists succumbing to the sheriff's brash charm until Grissom forces him to admit some very basic truths. One: Johnny's definitely attracted to men. Two: Johnny's definitely attracted to Grissom. And three: Johnny's definitely going to enjoy every moment of it.
Reader Rating: (88 Ratings)
Excerpt:He suddenly spotted a police SUV and his breath caught. He watched it come down US 33 as he continued, his eye following the progress of the vehicle into the store parking lot. "Jess -- this means a lot to me, a LOT. I need to know I have your support and that you'll do whatever it takes to help me." He watched as Sheriff Grissom cruised to a stop next to him, then turned off the ignition.
Jess sighed again in his ear. "Johnny -- I do support you. I don't know why you're doing this, but you know I've got your back." Jess' manner became brisk. "I'll have the attorney out there follow up with the state in a few days and let you know what we learn, okay?"
Staring at Grissom as the man got out of the truck, Johnny answered absently. "Yeah, Jess. Let me know. I gotta run -- 'kay?" He hung up and shoved his phone in his jacket.
"Hey, Sheriff." He ran his fingers through his hair, trying to look casual. A deep woof from inside jolted him forward. Excited, he turned to look at the huge black Schnauzer. "Hey, Grissom -- did you hear that? He spoke to me! He hasn't said a word until now." Johnny stuck his nose against the window, looking in at the monster.
Grissom leaned over to look in the cargo area. "He is pretty impressive looking. Jacey called my office to let me know you'd been in, so I figured I'd spot you around here. I'm glad you took me at my word when I suggested you get a dog..." His voice trailed off as he got a look at the two pitiful curlicue dogs in the back seat. They were sitting glued together, staring at the two men. Their low-pitched whines could just be heard over the traffic noise.
He raised his gaze to meet Johnny's, his brows raised sardonically. "You're kidding, right?"
Johnny raised his hands helplessly. "I couldn't leave them there! They'd already been there almost two weeks and you know what happens after fourteen days? It's awful. They were looking at me and crying and..." He stopped babbling as he heard a snort from Grissom. "What?" The snort turned into a cough. "What?"
Clearing his throat, Grissom stopped trying to hide his grin and openly smirked at Johnny. "Big, bad rock star can't resist a couple of dumb mutts, huh?"
Johnny had to defend himself at that. "Hey! You try resisting these two. They're even named after the Flintstones -- how cute is that?" Belatedly, Grissom's comment sunk in. "Whoa. Wait a minute -- you know who I am? How... how do you know?" He slumped back against the car, his hand going to his forehead. "Shit, shit, shit." He lunged back to a standing position. "Does anybody else know?" He stared fearfully at Grissom. He did not want his just-established peacefulness disrupted before it even got started.
"Relax, Blondie. Nobody else knows -- unless you've been dumb enough to flash your ID or credit cards."
"No, I didn't, Grissom -- and don't call me that," he tagged on, even though the nickname sent a thrill deep into his belly. "How did you find out?"
Grissom leaned a hand against the MKX, his body subtly invading Johnny's personal space. "I thought you looked familiar, so I went back to the office and did a little Internet search."
Johnny pressed back against the car as Grissom ever-so-slightly leaned toward him. He wasn't sure if Grissom was trying to intimidate him or jerk him around as the city boy. "Don't stand so goddamned close to me," he said firmly. At least, he thought it sounded firm.
Grissom didn't appear to think so, since he didn't move.
Johnny took a deep breath and forced himself to relax. He affected an insouciance he didn't feel -- but then, he was used to performing in front of people. "Hey, Grissom, better watch out -- folks around here might think you have the hots for me." He threw that out there, sure that would make Grissom bolt.
Grissom leaned closer. "Folks might be right."
Reader Reviews (14)
Submitted By: knutznboltz on Jan 16, 2013Another entertaining read from JM Cartwright.
Submitted By: piglet8821 on Jan 14, 2013great story, well written, would love to see another book with the two lead charters
Submitted By: shermell on Jan 11, 2013I loved this story. The sheriff and a singer, the mix was just work. This was the best story of the series
Submitted By: pjd65a on Jan 9, 2013A fun, light read. There is little angst but the characters hold your attention. I enjoyed it enough that I have re-read it recently and it was still fun - even the second time around.
Submitted By: Vampire66 on Jan 7, 2013This is a good read!!! Virgil just cracks me up the way he just takes over the big rockstars life the first time he pulls into the drive way. They have tough times in country town but they make it work its a good story.
Submitted By: enjoy on Jan 5, 2013I absolutely adored this book, and completely fell in love with the main characters.
Submitted By: tangel08 on Jan 4, 2013This book is one of my top ten favorites that i reread constantly. It has every emotion you can think of. I love the style of this author's writing and this is a definite must read. The characters are well laid out and have such big personalities that you feel as if you're living life right along with them. Johnny and Grissom are paired very well and come off as a real couple. The author does a very good job not to force the relationship. A must buy!
Submitted By: caparks on Jan 2, 2013What a wonderful story. I especially enjoyed the dynamic between Johnny and Grissom as their relationship developed.
Submitted By: kasha13 on Jan 1, 2013I really enjoyed this book I feel it is the best in the series. It is a love story between the haves and the have nots. It inspires many emotions for the reader but in a gentle setting of new love with a few bumps in the road to keep you intersted.
Submitted By: sfrizell on Aug 10, 2012No great dilemma or mystery to figure out or muddle through.....no one is in danger, emotionally or physically....just a nice, light, fun read.
Submitted By: readmorromance on Aug 9, 2011A Change of Tune is a wonderful book. The MCs are three dimensional and fun. You find yourself wishing you were a townsperson and friend to all those wonderful characters. The romance was extremely satisfying. The moments with the dogs were adorable and the glimpses of WV were spot on...take from someone who knows...*grin* Do yourself a favor and read this book....it is refreshing....Enjoy!
Submitted By: yummyskarsgard on Aug 3, 2011Really love "change" series. This authors work is a must buy.
Submitted By: dozyllama on Mar 2, 2011A wonderful story with truly believable characters. I would love for the author to do a sequel at some time down the line, just to show how much Virgil, Johnny and the children have continued to evolve.
Submitted By: ceagles on Feb 1, 2011One of the best books I've read in a long while. The story takes off right from the start and doesn't stop. There is no angst with the characters getting lost in missed signs and love waiting for someone to wake up and see it's right there. Johnny and Virgil work out the problems within hrs if not the next day and keep the story hopping with their hot sex and life in general going along like a freight train. Read it you won't regret it. I know I didn't and can't for more from the author.