A Change of Tune

Title : A Change of Tune

Author : JM Cartwright


Publisher : Loose Id (BUY HERE)

Genre : M/M, Contemporary

Length : 254 pages (e-book)

Published : June 2, 2014

Rating :  ★★★



Johnny 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 — something very different. Moving to a farm in West Virginia, Johnny runs smack into Sheriff Virgil Grissom 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.

Note : This novel was previously published. It has been substantially revised and re-edited for this release.


Johnny Rayne – music star for the band Storm has decided to get out of the business, so he can try to live a more normal life. He quits the band and buys a beautiful farm-house in West Virginia, hoping there, he can start his life over again. On his first day in his new house, Sheriff Grissom stops by to check out the new resident and to tell him to watch out due to a prisoner escaping the prison 45 minutes from Johnny’s new home. Johnny is in a panic and the sheriff suggests he buys a guard dog. The sheriff is a bit pushy and alpha which gets to Johnny more than he would like to admit. Grissom wants Johnny and makes that clear within a matter of minutes. Now, Johnny has been hiding for over 20 years. He’s never even kissed another man, let alone had sex but he jumps into a relationship with the sexy sheriff just like that! *snaps fingers* Their coming together was a bit fast in my opinion. I mean Grissom was only in the driveway a few minutes before he made a pass at Johnny and with Johnny never having any kind of experience with another man, seemed a bit off to me.

At 50% through the book, I had to stop reading for a bit. There is quite a bit of sex and it was getting to be a bit too much for me. They spent more time having sex than talking. I wanted more dialogue between the two of them. I wanted them to talk about things – talk about their issues instead of sheriff alpha-ass strong-arming Johnny into having sex instead of talking. I mean, if you’re in the middle of trying to talk about something important and instead your partner bends you over, spanks your ass and then fists you… Yeah, I have an issue with that. They needed to talk.

Now, Johnny wants a chance at a real family. Kids, husband, pets. The whole nine yards. And when two small children lose both of their parents, Johnny will get a chance to love them, take care of them, and hopefully have a family of his own.

The story kept me turning the pages but, I had such a hard time with the dialogue and all the sex scenes. The inner dialogue for Johnny and Grissom was terrific but them talking to each other did not go as smoothly. The book wasn’t awful. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Rated 3 stars by Jen

LYLBTB 30 star