“The flood of tears won’t stop, the flow of fears won’t quit. You’re on my mind and in my dreams. The years of hurt won’t go, the terror of night comes back. You’re in my heart and in my soul. We’ve had too many lifetimes to lose love’s light. Why would we even want to try?” ~ Aubrey King (Bryan's Song)
Bryan Gallagher gets a lot more than he bargains for when he agrees to help rock star Aubrey King write his memoirs. Brian has idolized Aubrey since he was a teenager. It's a dream come true to have the opportunity to work with him; he never expected to end up in Aubrey's bed, especially since Bryan considers himself to be straight. Yet, there is something about Aubrey that is intoxicating; being with him just feels...right. Bryan can't imagine how they will be able to maintain their relationship, but he has faith that, with Aubrey by his side, they will find a way to make it work.
Aubrey is thrilled when Bryan agrees to work with him. He's had his eye on Bryan for some time, following his work as a music journalist and wants to meet him. Writing Aubrey's memoirs seems a perfect way to make it happen. Even Aubrey is surprised when he and Bryan click so quickly. Aubry never dreamed that Bryan, who he thought was straight, is so easily seduced; Aubrey is thrilled. Aubrey knows how quickly and deeply he falls in love, and tries his best to take his time and keep the intensity level down. Bryan is more cautious, especially since feelings for a man are so new to him. Since Aubrey needs to stay in the closet, their relationship has to be kept a secret. The men think that won't be a problem, but it turns out to be bigger than either of them had anticipated.
They think they are doing a good job of keeping it secret, but as one of the band members explains, all anyone has to do is look at their faces when they look at each other to know they are in love. After Aubrey reluctantly confides in Bryan about his shady past, Bryan reassures Aubrey that he won't hold what has happened against him. But there is one more thing Aubrey hasn't told Bryan, or anyone else for that matter, but convinces himself that it's not the right time. This omission comes back to haunt him when Bryan overhears a conversation in which Aubrey discusses the 'forbidden' subject. Knowing that Aubrey is still being untruthful, makes Bryan doubt everything else Aubrey has said; the trust between them is broken. For Bryan, it isn't something that could easily be fixed. It would take a miracle.
Some people have to lose someone before they truly appreciate what they meant to them. The key to a successful relationship is honesty. If a couple isn't truthful with each other; if they let their fear overrule being honest, they don't have good communication. Without it, love can't survive. If you like stories about rockers, their chaotic life style, and the necessity of being truthful, then you may enjoy this story. Thanks, Morticia, for a rockin' good story.