Nashville Nights: Music City Lovers, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
He's crazy for her . . .
Vaughn Tucker is the hot playboy drummer of the Tucker Brothers band, whose four albums have all hit number one. Vaughn is drop-dead gorgeous . . . and completely out of control.
Gigi Hayes's life is a million miles from packed stadiums and high-profile tour schedules. She's a small-town girl who spends all her time working in the library and studying to become a qualified social worker. For . . . reasons.
When Vaughn meets Gigi, for the first time in his life, he's the one who's star-struck. But Gigi is saving herself for true love. And even though she's drawn, against her will, to the beautiful, trouble-written-all-over-him superstar, she's not deluded enough to believe he's capable of such a thing.
Vaughn has already fallen hard. And Gigi's refusals only make him crazier. She's an angel and he may as well be the devil himself. But when heaven meets hell, all bets are off . . .
Nashville Nights is a sexy standalone rock star romance starring an out-of-control musician and the one woman who's everything he never knew he needed.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 58 minutes|
|Narrator||Desiree Ketchum, Teddy Hamilton|
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|Audible.com Release Date||February 28, 2023|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #141,703 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This is book two in the Music City Lovers series about the Tucker Brothers Band. The Nashville-based country-rock band had been on a fast track to fame and fortune, and now they are at the top. It took three years of non-stop, around the clock work, but it has paid off in spades. This series is a spin-off of the McCabe Brothers series. Gage, Caleb, and Bo McCabe are cousins with the Tuckers. Unlike the McCabes, who were raised with privilege, the Tuckers were raised by hardworking parents who struggled to make ends meet.
Kade Tucker, just turned twenty-six, plays bass and writes music for the band. He is the romantic of the family; quiet and stoic, he is the protective one of the bunch. His presence is just as powerful but in an understated way, and he is well-respected. His aloof demeanor earns him a little more privacy than his brothers. His girlfriend Carmen tours with him. Travis Tucker sings, writes, and plays guitar. He just had his twenty-fifth birthday and unlike Kade, Travis is never exclusive. At twenty-four, Vaughn is the youngest brother. He plays drums on stage and plays hard off stage. Roxie, twenty-two, is their manager – and happens to be their tough as nails sister. Despite the crazy atmosphere that follows them 24/7, the Tucker Brothers band is a family affair. The siblings lost their parents to a drunk driving accident six years ago, so they have relied on one another since.
With all four of their albums going platinum, they just got their second cover this year for Rolling Stone Magazine. Their record is number one and the fans are wild. The band just wrapped up a forty-eight show sold out tour and is finishing up a much-needed one month break before embarking on a quick twelve show, fourteen day West Coast tour. After that, the band will take a break to work on a new album before doing it all again.
In book one, Nashville Days, Travis finds instant love with eighteen year old Ruby Hayes when he purchases the large country property next door to her home. The supremely talented high school graduate might have lived a sheltered life, and might not have recognized the famed musician when she crossed his path, but her dream of going to Nashville and making a name for herself came true when Travis not only fell for her, but saw her talent and made her the Tucker Brothers’ new opening act.
IN THIS BOOK:
As this book opens, the Tuckers are all gathered at Travis’s new home and about to head to Nashville to begin their West Coast tour with Ruby as their opening act.
Vaughn Tucker, twenty-four, is the wild child of the family. He is free spirited and hard to pin down. He never makes empty promises, though. Whether it is a supermodel, a young actress, or a groupie, he always lets them know he is up for a night of fun, but then he is walking away. A night or two is his unbroken rule, no matter how much they beg and plead. When he isn’t indulging in the high life, he is working his tail off for the band. Drumming is very physical, but he loves it. He also enjoys writing, and even does vocals on a few songs. Vaughn might be all about fun, but he has a secret that his siblings don’t know about – a secret that weighs him down. They keep telling him that he needs help and threatening to put him in rehab, but his secret goes deeper than that. He is squirrelly, so he delays and insists it isn’t really a problem. But he keeps a stash of hard stuff on hand for when things get hard. He knows he needs a real break, but with the tour starting up again, he can’t let his family down.
Ginger Hayes, just shy of twenty-one, is the serious Hayes sister (but with a splash of sass). She dresses like a tomboy and wears glasses in order to keep guys at bay, though most aren’t fooled by her garb. Her curves and good looks ensure she always has suitors. That isn’t something she is looking for now, and besides that she has a rule. Her first time will be with someone she loves, and she isn’t wasting her time on that now. Her older two sisters, Scarlett and Rose, fell hard and fast for dominant and controlling men. Gigi, however, refuses to repeat their mistakes. Like her younger sister Ruby, she has a dream that is worth pursuing and she won’t let a man distract her from that goal. Gigi’s dream may not be as ambitious, but it is important nonetheless. Before he died, her father told her she has the gift of empathy, and she intends to use it. She helps people to see the good rather than dwell on the bad, allowing them to see their own value. People turn to her to vent and for moral support. Gigi has been working on her degree in social work at the community college for almost two years now, and in a few weeks begins her first case study at a nearby rehab facility. Gigi contemplates the butterfly effect, and marvels about how one interaction can change so many lives. If she can help just one person turn their life around, she will be satisfied. She looks forward to finishing her studies, getting a good job, and maybe even travelling to see the sights beyond her hometown. There is one thing that worries her, though. She has a tiny spark of energy that could potentially lead her into trouble. She has thus far channeled it into her studies, but she must keep that side of her under control.
On the morning that the band heads back to Nashville, Vaughn happens upon an angel with strawberry blonde hair. Her natural good looks have him spellbound, and he knows there is something very different about her. Her skittish response to him has caught his attention – he is used to women fawning all over him. He hates to leave her without any promises, but his schedule cannot be helped. So when he and his brothers drive over to Ruby’s house to meet her mother before they all head out on tour, Vaughn can hardly believe his luck when he comes face to face with Gigi, Ruby’s sister. Afterward he cannot get her out of his mind, and is determined to make Gigi his. But Travis knows how Vaughn is with women, and expects Vaughn to break Gigi’s heart, something that will also upset Ruby. Vaughn is warned to stay away, but he knows intrinsically that this time it is different.
Vaughn and Gigi’s story is an over the top instant love story that deals with some serious issues. It is a story about family and loss. It is about addiction and forgiveness. It is also about letting go. Gigi doesn’t sway easily from her plans, and though she might be attracted to Vaughn, self-control is not a problem for her. She knows Vaughn’s reputation and has no desire to be thrown out with the trash. But Vaughn is determined to show her that he is her Prince Charming and won’t give up on winning her over. Both Vaughn and Gigi wear shields. He doesn’t often show his vulnerable side to others, and the pharmacy he relies upon masks his pain. Gigi downplays her looks and hides behind her books. Vaughn self-medicates to tamp down the darkness; Gigi throws herself into her studies. She also makes it her mission to help others, sometimes at the detriment of her own peace. She struggles to say no and to put her own needs first. They both struggle with the loss of parents, even though years have since passed. Together, Vaughn and Gigi help heal one another. Their love story moves at the speed of light, but they do have a few bumps along the road. The couple soon finds a very happy ending.
Fans will note that Kade and Roxie have their own stories coming; this story shows a little of their backgrounds.
A few issues merit mention. *Spoilers* At several points throughout the story, timelines don’t add up perfectly, which sometimes causes doubling back and rereading. Additionally, the characters are often too much in their heads. Sometimes they go overboard and it becomes just a little too much. Third, three and a half hours for one band to play on stage is excessively long. They would likely have time to play each of their four albums on stage each night. Fourth, while it works to move the plot forward, Gigi does something so negligent that it is hard to believe. Fifth, it is a little confusing as to why Travis was not in staying with Ruby in the hotel. Sixth, while I am not a professional, I am not certain that the rehab facility had the right to hold Vaughn against his will (I believe if it were for a suicide watch they could keep him). Additionally, there was likely a camera in a room such as the one Vaughn was in (for his own safety). Further, I don’t believe he would have been released from the hospital until he was in a more lucid and stable state. Next, Gigi’s education – the steps and timeline – is not realistic nor accurate. Finally, Vaughn seems to have some serious issues, and though he might not be too far gone, it still feels like his cure is a little too simple.
Vaughn and Gigi’s steamy story is an over the top but sometimes serious easy read about a serious and strong-willed country girl and a wild tattooed country rock star. Gigi never buys into the fangirl hype, so she doesn’t get sucked into Vaughn’s fame. Their story works because she is confident in herself and unwavering (except, of course, when it comes to trusting Vaughn with her heart). Vaughn’s wild and carefree party lifestyle hasn’t done him any favors, and Gigi’s calming presence is exactly what he needs to finally find some inner peace. The story is nicely written. My ARC copies has some editing errors, but nothing major. The plot is simple. The characters are well-developed. They have real issues to deal with, such as grief, guilt, and substance abuse. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Vaughn and Gigi. I rate this book four stars.
I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
This is Vaughn's book; he is the drummer in the Tucker Brothers Band. He has fallen hard for Gigi Hayes, the sister of Ruby, the main character in the first book. These books do seem to be interconnected. This book takes place during the same period as the last one, overlapping some events. This book has a trigger warning for substance abuse.
Vaughn is dealing with his own skeletons and demons that haunt him in the form of his deceased mother. He is all virile male and knows it; he is cocky, tortured, and has reached stardom.
Something about Gigi intrigued him to no end. Maybe it is because she isn't clawing her way into his life. Gigi has her own demons to fight, but she chooses to do it by helping others.
Okay, so I kinda love the knight in shinning armory act Vaughn is pulling in this book so dreamy. He has known issues, and I hope he works thru them and doesn't lose the girl.
It seems she has a wise head on her shoulder, and her caring side is so deep and wide. They make it through the struggles of addiction, but of course, this demon will always haunt them. I love how sweet and caring he can be, even if he is his own worst enemy. Vaughn was such a complicated character, but the author did incredible justice in this book. I love the ending of this story, and the two epilogues are fantastic.
This story does continue in the next book with the oldest brother in the Tucker Brothers Band.
Then one morning he wakes up at his brother Travis's new property outside of Nashville when he sees a goddess of a woman walking towards him. She's walking by the pond on the property and still hasn't seen him. When she finally looks up she sees the most gorgeous man she's seen in her life. He's standing there with only a pair of jeans on that are only partly done up, and he's staring at her. She stops and starts going backwards. He tells her not to be scared, but she continues back across the fence to her home. He stops her and asks her name and she says Gi. He tells her his name is Vaughn but she already recognized him.
This story is so addictive. It really digs into their relationship and the longing they have for each other. Gi knows she can help Vaughn. She's always known she was meant to help someone and it turns out Vaughn was her person.
The strength of both families is amazing. So much love and understanding in both. So anxious to read Kade's story next. Enjoy