A fascinating musical and socio-economic trip through a bygone era!
Raised by his black grandmother in turn of the century New Orleans, mixed-race pianist Fitzgerald Delacroix struggles through poverty and racial discrimination while determined to make his living in the music business.
In exploring Fitz's day to day life, we are reminded of how far we've come as a society since those early days of the 20th century, when open prejudice and unthinkable discrimination were the law. The author weaves a rich tapestry of not only the realities, but also the popular musical genres, environments and influencers of the time. Music lovers and performers alike will appreciate the vivid and accurate descriptions of Fitz's performance style and technique throughout the book, as well as its colorful and well developed characters. From the formidable 'Gramaw' to the drug-addled friend Jed and the enigmatic fellow musician Hampton Lindsay, each contributes significantly to the story and to the shaping of Delacroix's life. It is also pleasing to note the many references to the piano works of composer Scott Joplin, whose ragtime tunes caught the attention of a new generation when used in the 1970s film 'The Sting'. Some minor drawbacks in that the story is rather drawn out longer than necessary, and as an ARC manuscript needs a thorough editing and spell check. After Dark Rag is a rare and unvarnished look into the New Orleans Rag and Jazz scene, where people of color found joy and inspiration in their music despite the stigma of slavery and the ever-present obstacles of racism, addiction and poverty.
Perhaps not so different from today, after all.
Sebastian is dealing with his mom’s death, being broke and now a rock star that gets him interested in the mile-high club. Ethan is tired. Tired of his music career, tired of fans, tired of the drama. Can a chance meeting make them both find a happy future?
Poor Sebastian. Poor Ethan. This story is about two unhappy guys finding each other. There’s an instant and fantastic chemistry as soon as they meet but the sex happened way too fast! Then it jumps to three months later where Ethan is miserable without Sebastian. They meet again at a concert and Ethan is ready to start something real. This is a very sweet scene that did have me swooning. This story is very rushed though. I wish the author had fleshed the story out to really give us some depth. At 51 pages it needed more meat but there is so much promise in this story that I had to give it four stars.
If you like romance that revolves around music, you’re going to love The Flight!
Finally, Joey and Stoli are in a relationship. It’s all new and unsure and adorable. They are on tour with the rest of the band experiencing the life of success. Mostly...
For a rock band the book is awfully uneventful. I just feels like nothing happens. There is one big, scary event but I don’t know. The story just feels like it drags. I do love the new relationship with Stoli and Joey. They have great chemistry and are so cute together. They are truly charming. I also love how the rest of the band acts toward them. Playful banter. Sex jokes. It is sweet and entertaining. The author also added more song lyrics which is such a great touch. Overall, this I enjoyed the second book in the Social Sinners series.
Joey is part of the rock band Social Sinners. When he catches his boyfriend cheating he starts to fall into a deep dark hole. Long time friend and bandmate, Stoli, may just be the light that helps him out of the dark.
I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never read this author before. My music tastes don’t exactly go in line with Social sinner but the author actually shares the lyrics which is a nice, detailed touch. However, the first half of the story is very slow moving and jumpy. The romance is primarily between Joey and Lucas. Lucas who I didn’t like and as the blurb states, not liking him for a good reason. The sex scenes are hot but because they’re between Joey and Lucas, with Lucas cheating, it makes them not so sexy. There wasn’t really much romance between Joey and Stoli which made me question if this was really a romance book. It was more about Joey and Social Sinners becoming famous. This book had a lot of potential. I’m excited to read the next book in the series.