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Country Soul

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
When Jackson Rawlings comes out of the closet, he loses everything: from his record label to the self-confidence he needs to perform on stage. Jackson feels as if the world is out to get him. Broken and afraid, he escapes to Hallesford and the ranch he calls home. All he wants is to live out the rest of his life peacefully and out of the spotlight.

But the fates just love i
Paperback, 126 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published March 5th 2011)
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Jan 22, 2016 .Lili. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Country Soul by Remmy Duchene is the story of a country music star who was kicked out by his record label once he revealed he was gay, and the music executive determined to give him his dream back.

My highlights:

· The characters. I thought Jackson & Marquez complimented each other well. I enjoyed them as individuals and as a couple.

· I enjoyed how the story starts off on a melancholy note but as the story progresses and their feelings grow so does the tone of the book. It felt like a song.

4 Hearts

This story opens on a whole lot of feels, and I’m grateful for it. Jackson grabbed my attention from the first page and held onto it throughout the story. His emotions were raw and real, and not whiney. Remmy Duchene hit the mark in portraying Jackson’s broken heart.

Jackson has come out and is still adored by his fans. Country music is his life’s work and he loves it with his whole heart. But his record label doesn’t feel like he is good for business, and ends their contract, stating “
Insta-love but still I didn't feel any real connection between the characters. The whole 'big' misunderstanding was totally harebrained (and it wasn't that 'big' after all).... plus everything got solved way too easily.
Joyfully Jay
Mar 02, 2016 Joyfully Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wendy
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

This story starts right off with Jackson’s fall from grace as he plays his last concert in front of a packed arena. Having come out as a gay man, his record label dropped him like a hot potato, despite the fact they were still making millions off him and his music. Heading back to his farm to figure out what he will do next with his life, Jackson finds himself looking into the bottom of a bottle. Marques, in the meantime, can’t believe that a record company would
Feb 17, 2016 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love a great love story. I love when there's a Knight in shining armor! Jackson is tossed and abandoned by the music industry after he comes out. So, it starts off very emotional and I'm falling into all the feelings that are suffocating Jackson.

Marques swoops in pretty much and is like, "I'm going to make your dreams come true." So I swoon and I'm like OH THIS IS SO SWEET! And it was. SO SWEET! I did love these characters they were wonderful.

Personally, I had serious issues with how fa
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This one started out with a bang, but fizzled a bit for me.
I was expecting more of the "broken and heartbroken" Jackson.
Marque and Jackson's relationship developed so quickly and I didn't really see their "love".
All in all a sweet read, but next time guys use lube more often( I mean 3 years no sex and then just a little rimming and no lube, really! Ouch) and condoms ( you are strangers, use condoms).
Veronica /  V
Jan 13, 2012 Veronica / V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this story, very nice indeed.
I have read hundreds of M/M books, the only thing that I think it was missing, were the condoms:)
Jun 14, 2012 Idamus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Insta love and no condoms? Hell no, so not my thing
Jan 04, 2013 Janie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
I loved this story. My only complaint was that it was too short. I loved that Marques was like Jacksons knight riding in on his white horse to slay the dragon for him. Beautiful the way they came together. And I LOVED that there wasn't a specific top or bottom, that they both were switches, it was pretty hot. I think this story could have been a series book easily going on to tell about more of their life together and their marriage. Could have even had a book of his brother hooking up with Max ...more
Love Bytes Reviews
4 Heart Review by Kimberley

Jackson Rawlings, a country music artist pushed out of his record label for being gay, felt that he had to give up his love, his passion, which is music. Instead of fighting for what he loves, what has driven him all of his life, he decides to bow out and go home. This is where Marquez Lopez finds him.

Marquez Lopez, a music executive with his own recording label, decides to find him and make him fight for what he wants. At first it appears that he’s doing it because of
Not really a review more a reaction to some of the others

Omg! This whole book I don't recall the author mentioning either of them taking a dump
Andrea Goodell
Feb 17, 2016 Andrea Goodell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m normally not a fan of musician books, I know weird, in the minority, but there you go.

What I loved about this one, it is was more about the back end, behind the scenes and not the fore front of the whats going on the stage or the antics in the dressing rooms.

We’ve Jackson, who was outed at a gay performer and shortly after his record label dropped him. Now he’s lost all confidence and has ran home to lick his wounds.

Marques, hears about what has happened and swoops in to rescue Jackson and k
The Novel Approach Reviews
Jackson Rawlings, country music star, comes out, only to then find himself “retired” from his record label. Jackson didn’t want to retire, but he’s tired and broken, and so has given in to the not-so-tolerant owner of Brutus Records—too easily, according to his best friend, Chad, but Jackson believed that no one would care if he was gay, because his music was what his fans loved.

Marques Lopez, owner of Phoenix Records, is willing to take a chance on Jackson. Marques is a surprise—he’s not just a
Mar 22, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jackson parted ways with his recording company after coming out as gay. Marquez wants to sign him with his company, but has to convince the country singer that not all companies are as much of a jerk as his former one. He gets Jackson to agree to write and release one song and if it does well, Jackson will sign with Marquez. But, these two sexy men create more than just music together.

I really enjoyed this story. While the ending wasn’t as engaging and strong as the beginning, it did lend a sens
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

4.5 Stars

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

After Jackson is outed to his record label they drop him. Marques, a record exec in NYC has followed Jackson's career forever, and isn't happy when Jackson "retires". He can see how heartbroken Jackson is, so he heads to Jackson's small town to try to convince him to sign with his label and continue making music. What he never expected was to find not only a star, but love.

This was a sweet and steamy story. It flowed w
Mar 09, 2011 Meggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story start really emotionally and you just wanna know, why is the guy so hurting, what made him so tragically sad. From this point I was hooked with the story. The start was strong and deep. The plot was easy and enjoyable. Both main characters Jackson and Marques were interesting but everything played out to fast. The emotions were somehow real or described as real but I didn't feel them. Anyway this way enjoyable easy read.
Mar 25, 2011 Mandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-mm
I'd give this one 2.5 stars. I enjoyed the characters, but I felt everything happened too fast. Plus, (view spoiler)
Lila Hunter
Jackson Rawling’s farewell concert is in progress when the story starts. We get to experience his inner tumult and his battle to keep a positive outlook when giving his last press conference. He knows his career is over since the moment he came out and his record label dropped him. The fans and his crew, on the other hand, still faithful to Jackson and his music.

After all the goodbyes, Jackson travels with his best friend, Chad, back to their hometown of Hallesford. And from there on, he nurses
I read the first edition: It was an okay but forgettable quick read, to fast, to insta love and i just didn't feel the connection between the main characters.
yawn fest! I see where this isn't the first book this writer has published. even if it read like a first time one. for me the whole book felt forced. I really didn't get a feel for either of the characters like I have any other books that I have read recently, the stilted XXX scenes were cringe worthy. 7yr dry spell aside, no lube but sex anyway....ummm not!.... I couldn't see the MC's getting together. not sure I'll be reading this author again.
Paula Ridge
Jun 10, 2016 Paula Ridge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, 2016
ARC for review
This was an okay read for me. The character were entertaining and I read the entire story. I would have like to see more development of the relationship between the two characters. The story as a whole moved really fast for me. I could have done with a couple less sex scenes and more interations with the characters getting to know each other and interacting with each other outside the bedroom. The story itself was well written in regards to formatting and editing.
Blackravens Reviews
3.5 Ravens. Country Soul by Remmy Duchene is a well written, sexy book with vibrant characters and deep emotion that quickly engage the reader. To read the rest of this review, please visit
A solid 3.5 stars for me. I enjoyed the dynamic between the two MCs. I would have to agree with some of the other reviews about the lack of condom use. It seems unrealistic in a new relationship.
Lee Brazil
Mar 19, 2011 Lee Brazil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. Something about the characters rings true and touches the heart deeply.
Mar 23, 2011 Leaundra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awww this was a sweet story! I loved Jackson and Marques<3
The pacing was way too fast and the sex made me cringe.
Ryan Field
May 15, 2011 Ryan Field rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of Remmy's work I've read and loved it!!
Dec 15, 2012 Nikko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fluffy
So damn sweet!!! I loved it!!!
Mar 08, 2014 Simone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
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Remmy Duchene is a Canadian-hockey-watching-baseball-playing kind of guy. He loves walking in the rain and bugging his friends about his latest story ideas. Remmy believes that true love comes in all shapes, sizes, and sexualities. He is always saying "I'd rather see two gay people in love get married than two straight people that hate each other."
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