By- Jeanine Binder
Age Group/Genre- Romance 16 +
Twenty-five years of fame comes at a price for Nick, leaving him hard—a machine to produce nothing but his music. True to his British upbringing, he’s very set in his ways. Things are just as he wants them—no deviance.
In steps Kate—a studio musician who, by a strange twist, manages to get hired into his band. Everything starts out with the boundaries firmly placed, and it doesn’t take long for Nick to realize she’s going to change his world. To his surprise, he’s the one who is attracted to her first. She gets under his skin.
Living by the creed that letting people close gets you hurt, Nick stays driven in his commitments. He is a musician, first and foremost, but a turn of events leads him to investing in the recording company who produces his music. Can he handle this new venture, his music, and keep the woman he now loves?
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Kate knocked on the door leading to Nick’s bedroom. “Better be bloody important,” was the answer she heard.
Kate mentally counted to ten, then opened the door. She went inside, quietly closing it behind her. Inside she saw his suitcase along the wall and found Nick standing in front of the large picture window, staring down at the city lights. There was a half empty bottle of Scotch on the table next to him and he didn’t turn around as she stepped further into the dimly lit room. Kate didn’t say anything as she walked up behind him, putting her arms around his waist. Nick stiffened in reply at the foreign touch but after a few minutes, she felt him start to relax against her. She remained quiet, wanting him to get comfortable with her there. There was no doubt in her mind how she felt about him, boss or otherwise, and she was not going to let him drown himself in this pain, whatever had happened. She was sensing something more than just the funeral, which was depressing enough on its own. No, something happened and it was tearing him up. She had never seen him drink alcohol straight before. Matter of fact, she rarely saw him drink anything alcoholic in the almost six months they had toured together. The rest of the band drank their share of beer and other drinks, but Nick was almost never with them. And then only a single glass of something.
“Was it bad?” she asked softly, finally deciding to break the silence. The fact he hadn’t instantly tossed her out, Kate took as a positive sign.
“It was bad,” he confirmed, continuing to stare out the window and drink the Scotch he was holding.
He showed no intention of moving out of Kate’s embrace and rested against her. “This is why I have American citizenship, so I don’t have to go back to England. And, after this European tour, love, if I even remotely talk about doing anything in London, I want you to lock me up somewhere in a mental ward.”
Nick Marshall - 45 years old, blond, 6’4, British. Started playing music in clubs in London when he was 16. Was discovered when he was 20. One failed marriage early on which set the next 20 years for him to be driven to his music, forsaking any personal relationships. Relationship with his family was bad except for his mother -
Kate Thomas - 32 years old, red hair, 5’9. Kate was an aspiring pianist until an accident breaking her hand shattered her career. After a failed marriage, she moved back home with her parents and worked as a studio musician. Just for the experience, she auditions for a position as a keyboard player in Nick’s band - surprised when she gets the job.
Jeanine Binder's idea of the perfect soundtrack to Real Time
a mix of-
Live concert music
Soft rock for the more romantic scenes
Instrumental rock for the rest
About the Author
Jeanine Binder grew up in a small town in California on the outskirts of Palm Springs, where the Hollywood celebrities liked to vacation. After thirty years, she packed up, moved to Arkansas where she still lives today. Writing has always been a passion and hoping the next twenty years will bring many enjoyable books for others to read.