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David wanted a nice trip to the Argentine wine country with his new boyfriend, Jazz. He wanted some new contracts for his import business, maybe a good tan, and a lot of kinky sex. Instead, he gets an uncomfortable reminder of the difference in their ages, a stiff dose of irrational jealousy, and the realization that his feelings for Jazz are much stronger than he thought David wanted a nice trip to the Argentine wine country with his new boyfriend, Jazz. He wanted some new contracts for his import business, maybe a good tan, and a lot of kinky sex. Instead, he gets an uncomfortable reminder of the difference in their ages, a stiff dose of irrational jealousy, and the realization that his feelings for Jazz are much stronger than he thought they were. He tries to keep it all to himself and let Jazz enjoy the trip, but his withdrawal, founded on old insecurities and the memory of loss, is the real threat to their new relationship.


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David wanted a nice trip to the Argentine wine country with his new boyfriend, Jazz. He wanted some new contracts for his import business, maybe a good tan, and a lot of kinky sex. Instead, he gets an uncomfortable reminder of the difference in their ages, a stiff dose of irrational jealousy, and the realization that his feelings for Jazz are much stronger than he thought David wanted a nice trip to the Argentine wine country with his new boyfriend, Jazz. He wanted some new contracts for his import business, maybe a good tan, and a lot of kinky sex. Instead, he gets an uncomfortable reminder of the difference in their ages, a stiff dose of irrational jealousy, and the realization that his feelings for Jazz are much stronger than he thought they were. He tries to keep it all to himself and let Jazz enjoy the trip, but his withdrawal, founded on old insecurities and the memory of loss, is the real threat to their new relationship.

30 review for Music in a Dry Country

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    This was hot, and I liked seeing more of Jazz and David, but it's really more of a short story than a novella.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bauer

    The story of these two stubborn love birds continues ... and escalates. I really love these boys. Off to read books three, four, and five!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    This is a review for the whole 5-novella series, since it pulled me in to where I bought one after the other without stopping, reading until 2 AM. I no longer remember individual installments, but the series as a whole was engaging, with distinct characters whom I cared about, so I'm giving it 5 stars despite any improbabilities and flaws. Each installment ends on a resting point, not a cliffhanger, but the HFNs are thin and I think it does need to be read as a whole. David is a guy in his late t This is a review for the whole 5-novella series, since it pulled me in to where I bought one after the other without stopping, reading until 2 AM. I no longer remember individual installments, but the series as a whole was engaging, with distinct characters whom I cared about, so I'm giving it 5 stars despite any improbabilities and flaws. Each installment ends on a resting point, not a cliffhanger, but the HFNs are thin and I think it does need to be read as a whole. David is a guy in his late thirties who needs his sex with an edge of danger and pain, humiliation and submission. When he was younger, he sought that in BDSM clubs and in bars and alleyways, knowing that he was risking his safety, unable to find satisfaction in tamer ways. One evening, walking home from a costume party, he's grabbed from behind by a young man who holds a knife to his neck and demands his money. He isn't carrying any, and as the would-be mugger gets frustrated, David finds himself turned on by the encounter, and offering his services instead. The mugger sends him on his way, but a week later David finds himself heading through the same park and gets jumped by the same guy and that encounter goes much more in the direction of his fantasies. The improbable start to this relationship is made to seem somehow plausible by David's needs, his ennui, his taste for reckless danger with his sex, and his underlying desperation that he can never get exactly what he craves elsewhere. His satisfaction with his wealthy life is at such a low ebb that it becomes just barely plausible he would endanger it with the choices he makes towards a young stranger. The very unlikeliness of it was oddly appealing. Jasper/Jazz turns out to be a broke 21-year-old musician, living rough, desperate for just enough cash to land a piano playing job, and far from a hardened criminal. As they dance around the edges of each other's lives for a while, they find that Jazz's natural bent toward domination fits David's need to subjugate himself to someone else. Jazz has never been with a man before, and his willingness to accept his bisexuality, D/s, and the bits of exhibitionist kink, seems a bit smooth, given his small town working class background. On the other hand, he is a musician with an artist's openness to experiences. This is a fast-sex, slow-romance series. Jazz has never even thought about a relationship with a man, and David has always assumed he wasn't the relationship type. Jazz is prickly about finances, seventeen years younger, and still figuring out his future. There's a lot of working through on both the emotional and physical sides of things. And as David begins to include Jazz in various parts of his life, they will encounter people who have known David a long time, who have preconceptions, affections, grudges, and jealousies that can derail a determined but fairly naive young man. As improbable as the beginning was, this still felt real, as these two very different men forge their obstacle-laden way forward. David mostly fights his own fears and habitual ways of thinking, and his perception of their age difference as an inevitable ending, with his awareness of how little Jazz has yet seen and decided about the shape of his future. Jazz deals with the wealth difference, his jealousies, and his musical ambitions set against his life with David. Both men have some family baggage that tinges their lives. The series is emotional, but not angsty, hot but not gratuitously so as each encounter plays a part in their developing relationship. The BDSM is far more D/s than SM. (In fact, my one real quibble was the degree to which David's needs and desires for sharper play seemed to soften when with Jazz.) I finished the series satisfied, and yet would read more of these two any time. Added to my favorites.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alba

    This second volume is still very well written (seriously, Kos writes so well), and the characters are still very fun to read about. Maybe "fun" is not the right word. What I love about this romance books, and what I love to see in other romance books, is that they are not in love at first glance (or first f*cking). I don't like when the main characters are desperately in love with each other after one week of knowing each other, or after three interactions. I'm not saying it can't happen, becaus This second volume is still very well written (seriously, Kos writes so well), and the characters are still very fun to read about. Maybe "fun" is not the right word. What I love about this romance books, and what I love to see in other romance books, is that they are not in love at first glance (or first f*cking). I don't like when the main characters are desperately in love with each other after one week of knowing each other, or after three interactions. I'm not saying it can't happen, because obviously it can, but that I'm tired of reading about it. Obviously, they care about each other, and do stupid things for/with each other, and they don't need to be in love to do them. I like the showing of the potential of the couple, that they could fall in love and love each other.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Proxi

    I LOVE these books. Novellas. Whatever. David is such a flawed character. He's prickly. He's a jerk. He does really terrible things for him. He probably drives Jazz super crazy, but that's just part of his (dubious) charm. I adore him anyway. I love that he's cranky and that he's a jerk. He's not a terrible person--it's more like he doesn't like other people and is more to the point about that than anything else. I feel that. :D;; I am also extraordinarily fond of Jazz, who is pretty clueless abou I LOVE these books. Novellas. Whatever. David is such a flawed character. He's prickly. He's a jerk. He does really terrible things for him. He probably drives Jazz super crazy, but that's just part of his (dubious) charm. I adore him anyway. I love that he's cranky and that he's a jerk. He's not a terrible person--it's more like he doesn't like other people and is more to the point about that than anything else. I feel that. :D;; I am also extraordinarily fond of Jazz, who is pretty clueless about the entire thing, but is totally on board with the relationship. I think. I'm pretty sure it's mostly David who has like 80% of the relationship hangups, haha. Jazz has his own issues with the relationship, but David's issues take the cake. The entire novella takes place in Argentina as David has taken Jazz with him on his business trip. The country, the surroundings, are written in such lovely tones. Just a beautiful setting. My only wish is for the book to be longer, but supposedly book 3 is novel length yay.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula´s Brief Reviews

    Reseña de la serie completa en el primero

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elliott

    My only complaint is that it was too short. Going to read the next one for sure.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Tonlet

    Highly enjoyable series! #teamdavid

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stonemagpie

    Picked this up immediately after reading the first one and I liked it a bit better. It's still too short but I'm growing more and more fond of the characters (particularly David).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    I feel cheated by how short this is. I know the third one said it's full-length novel but why do I need to read three books to get a complete story? That being said, I'm totally invested and going to read the third one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fhime

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Bennett

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abell

  14. 5 out of 5

    SaBine

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chels

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paola Quispe

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Karina

  19. 5 out of 5

    R.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Selthien

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dessa Lux

  22. 4 out of 5

    SM

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jan

  25. 4 out of 5

    BWinter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mal

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Auraya

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elena

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Baker

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