Lori Toland – The Replacement Guitarist


Author: Lori Toland
Reviewed by: Lexi
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9780988708877

Rating: ★★★★☆ 



Blaze Shinozuka has two goals: get a job as a guitarist and lose his virginity. At an audition for a famous pop star, he draws the attention of celebrity manager Jason Stockton—and their instant attraction sends his world careening off its axis just as he is thrust into the gritty world of rock ‘n’ roll.

Straight-laced music manager Jason Stockton is always professional and never dips his pen in the company ink. But there is something about Blaze that leaves him wanting what he shouldn’t. The guitarist’s exotic beauty and compelling innocence is a temptation Jason can’t resist.

After one lie in the national media pushes them apart, Blaze must decide whether he will trust Jason, a man he shouldn’t touch, let alone love. The cutthroat, jealous world of rock ‘n’ roll, has chewed up and spit out the toughest musicians, and Blaze vows he will be the last man standing, even after the music stops.


When I first started this I wasn’t sure what to think. The story contained a couple of troupes I don’t normally indulge in: virgins over the age of eighteen and excessive indecision. I spent the first three to four chapters on the fence but ultimately was glad I waited because I ended up thoroughly enjoying the story.

Both Blaze and Jason started the story with instant lust on the first meeting but they both had reservations. Their thoughts bounced back and forth constantly with, “I want to but I shouldn’t.” Even though they were plagued with doubts, within a couple of days they had a sexual encounter.

Blaze was innocent in every way and when faced with a difficult situation he had difficulty speaking his mind or defending himself. Jason was older with a history of being burned in the past and instead of looking for answers he bolted the other direction.

Cassie, the diva singer of the band, was known to bed and discard all of her guitarist. She does some terrible things. Jason, as a longtime friend, defends her and swears that aside from the antics she’s a good person. *cougbullshitcough* I beg to differ and firmly believe that somebody needs to take her down a peg or two.

Another obstacle for the boys was Blaze’s family. His parents are what I would call “traditional” for their culture. They labeled Blaze as rebellious when he chose to study the guitar instead of classical piano and they waited for him to get it out of his system and become a good son.

Jason continued to withhold his past history. There were a couple of times when he could’ve shared it with Blaze and Blaze would’ve understood but Jason plays his cards close to his chest. In my opinion, the secret kept a wedge between him and Blaze because he even though his love for Blaze is turn, he didn’t trust Blaze.

If you like hot sex in you rock ‘n roll stories, you’ll find plenty here. With Blaze being innocent, it tends to be on the softer side as times but nothing truly down and dirty as I expected. Blaze and Jason move from lust to love and the two indulge often.

What I did miss was the relationship development. I sometimes felt that they were sexing their way into a relationship and at the conclusion of the story I thought that maybe I was right. I could see their attraction to each other but no solid foundation. They basically lived for their next sexual encounter. It made me wonder if in book two they cool it between the sheets and grow together to form the trust they lacked end of the story. There are a couple of open issues that I assume are going to be resolved in the next book but it didn’t detract much from my overall enjoyment.

I would recommend this if you enjoy cute, innocent guitarists, a vulnerable older man, two hot guys that deal with their own insecurities, you like hating bad behaving divas, and you enjoy watching two deserving men fall in love. Oh, and sex, lots and lots of sex. 🙂


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