Los Angeles, 1985. Jackson 'Jax' Reed is the lead guitarist of Acts of Insanity, a hard rock band forging its place on the Sunset Strip.
After firing his lead singer, and with a showcase gig for record executives just a few weeks away, Jax is forced to find a new frontman - fast.
When Harley Moore walks in to audition for the gig, the secret that Jax is desperately trying to keep hidden, even from himself, begins to unravel and threaten everything that he and the band have worked for.
Can Jax keep his secret hidden? Can he keep his growing love for Harley a secret? Or will his need for love and acceptance threaten everything he's worked so hard to create?
It's a Long Way to the Top is the first book in the Acts of Insanity series. You won't want to put down this raw and sexy exploration into the landscape of 80s rock 'n' roll.
Review: So this book was definitely interesting. Have to remember this book takes place in the 80s, so you have to overlook some colossally bad decisions to get into the story. Jax is a junkie, there's no other way to put it. He has a band and is on the verge of a record deal, but he has a secret. He's actually gay. Maybe bi, since he does have sex with women, but he clearly prefers men and has elected to live in the closet in order to further his career. Harley seems hetero, then gay, then hetero again. There's an attraction there but Harley has a past that makes him less likely to engage with another man. Most of the rest of the band is cool, but there is one huge homophobe in the group for unexplained reasons. The ending is a cliffhanger, I suppose, but I kind of don't like where it ended. The story itself is good and I'd certainly read the next one