The music calls Georgie.
Every night, she stands offstage, watching Xan Valentine set fire to the crowd with music until they would burn down the city for him. His music wraps her until her fingers dance, desperately wanting the piano, but her terrified legs could never walk onto a stage.
Most nights, when Xan Valentine strides off the stage, his dark eyes shift, blurring, and he becomes Alexandre de Valentinois again.
Sometimes, Xan won’t let go.
Some of the other band members, Rade and Grayson, are caught in a death spiral of booze, drugs, and groupies. The drummer, Tryp, is too infatuated with his new wife to do more than show up to play.
Xan is the only one who can compel them onto the stage. He’s holding Killer Valentine together with the force of his will.
This can’t go on.
Something has to break.
All of Blair Babylon’s books include mature themes, characters who act like adults, an unusual number of dead bodies for romance novels, people working through past trauma, dark humor, philosophy, nifty vocabulary, and explicit spicy scenes that may include bondage, domination/submission, sadism, masochism, roughness, positions that only highly trained contortionists should attempt, and deep, serious emotions.
Children and animals are sometimes in danger but are never injured nor murdered.
Things Blair’s books do not include / Blair does not write about: rape described in detail for titillation, any kind of sexual violence described in detail for titillation, coerced sex that happens (may be threatened), forced pregnancy that happens (may be threatened), noncon, dubcon, child abuse, CSA, or animal abuse.
In the very few instances where a character is sexually assaulted, it either happens entirely off the page, happened before the book began, or is not shown in detail. For instance, at one point, a sexual assault that happens in a book is entirely contained in the words, “And then—” Characters deal with the trauma afterward, and—and I cannot stress this enough—and then they get through it and reach a place where they are okay.
TRIGGER WARNINGS / CONTENT ADVISORIES / SHOPPING LIST / SPOILER ALERTS
THIS BOOK INCLUDES:
Sex, Explicit / Spicy / Five-Chili-Peppers / Earphones highly recommended for audiobook
Nudity, Explicitly Described
Bondage / BDSM / RACK / SSC / Similar Kink
Dominance / Submission / Total Power Exchange
Tantra / Other Sexual Practices
Sexual Positions that only skilled contortionists should attempt
Kidnapping / Murder / Non-Sexual Violence
Discussion of Self-Harm / Suicide
Alcohol / Drinking to Excess / Bad Decisions
Discussion of Prior Physical Child Abuse
Weapons Trafficking / Drug Smuggling / Money Laundering
Mafia / Bratva / Organized Crime
Illegal and Illicit Drug Use / Drug Abuse / Addiction / Overdose