*Previously published as Odd Man Out***
He was a rock star with one last chance.
She was the bartender holding his dreams in her hands.
Ryker changed his image to succeed at singing in a large band once before. With little payoff.
His new band isn’t asking much, at least not at first, not something that would hurt him on a personal level.
At least, until he considers Nikki.
But Nikki, oh Nikki, with curves like a guitar who understands what working for a dream really means. His only obstacle to every other desire he’s ever sacrificed for – not his ex-band, not his ex-friend, not the Alzheimer’s slowly taking his mom, not even the façade of being the gay lead singer in an all-gay band.
But Nikki has dreams of her own. And catering to a man who cares entirely too much about what others think isn’t in her game plan. He could be an integral part of her goals – her hopes, but not hiding who is he and what he wants.
Yet, sadly, that’s the funny thing about dreams. Sometimes they change. Sometimes they become less about him and all about her. Or less about her and all about him.
Odds are they don’t change at the same time.
If his dreams change, will hers?