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Synopsis: Travis McAllan is one of America’s top country music stars—loved by fans, he lives the dreamed-of life of a country boy who has made it. The lifestyle of a star, however, comes at a cost, and Travis keeps his sexuality a secret until he meets Geoff Randsell. The attraction is immediate and jolts Travis from his life of pretense.
Geoff has a secret of his own—he’s in a rocky relationship, and he’s not impressed by Hollywood glitz. When he falls for Travis, Geoff is swept off his feet, and he is both dazzled by and apprehensive about the celebrity lifestyle of private planes, mansions, and travel.
When a photographer sells a picture of Travis and Geoff to the tabloids, their courtship and private world comes under fire. Travis must risk his music career to be with the man he loves, and Geoff has to make the difficult choice to accept a life in the public eye.
In the face of increasing pressure, Travis and Geoff must stay true to themselves to get to the altar and say “I do.”
“Geoff, I want you to meet Arnie. He’s a model and an aspiring country singer.” Lu beamed, but Geoff didn’t get to say hello before Arnie turned to Travis and began gushing, pumping Travis’s hand.
“Oh my God, Travis McAllan, you’re my absolute favorite singer. It’s such a great honor to meet you.” Geoff and Lu were apparently forgotten.
Travis smiled faintly and then stepped back. “Whoah there, Arnie, are you trying to pump for water? It’s nice to meet you too.”
Geoff leaned close to Lu and whispered, “Maybe you should get Arnie another drink.” Lu nodded and grabbed Arnie once again.
“There’ll be plenty of time for autographs later,” she said. “Let’s get something from the table.” They walked away, but it was clear Arnie was disappointed he hadn’t gotten to spend more time talking to Travis.
Geoff and Travis surveyed the offerings on the table, and finally Travis said, “Let’s go somewhere for coffee or a drink. I don’t want any of this.” He made his way toward one of the backstage doors, and Geoff followed him.
“This is your party. You can’t leave just like that….” Geoff was excited by the prospect of being with Travis, but this was a charity event, and it might not look so good if one of the guests of honor left. Travis didn’t seem to care. He smiled and waved it all away.
“My brothers can handle the crowd.” Travis led Geoff off the backstage area, down a narrow hallway, and into a dressing room. He shut the door on the noise, and they were alone. Travis removed his cowboy hat, giving Geoff a glimpse of his handsome face, curly black hair, and awkward smile. They were standing so close their hands touched, and neither was surprised when the kiss happened.
About Jerry Sacher
Jerry Sacher currently lives in Chicago with his partner Dean and two cats in an apartment crammed with books.
He writes every day from the local coffee shop, his “office,” and when he’s not writing, his interests are San Francisco, the Titanic, and listening to records on an antique phonograph.